No bed sharing or safer bed sharing?
Results from the New Zealand cot death study played a pivotal role in the introduction of advice to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the early 1990s. Advice to abandon the prone sleeping position for infants was followed by a dramatic reduction in the incidence of SIDS and post-neonatal mortality in New Zealand, as well in the other countries that followed the country’s example. However, as described by Mitchell et al in this issue, the decline in post-neonatal mortality in New Zealand plateaued in the 2000s.
The recent fall in postperinatal mortality in New Zealand and the Safe Sleep programme
Postneonatal mortality rates changed very little from 2000 until recently. There has been a decrease in mortality in New Zealand from 2009 to 2015. This study describes an infant Safe Sleep programme and postulates it is the cause for the recent decrease in deaths
Parental Smoking During Pregnancy - Findings from the Growing Up in New Zealand Cohort
This document is the final output of the Smoking in Pregnancy project competed by the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI). It provides an analysis of the Growing Up in New Zealand antenatal (Wave 1) data. NIHI identifies key findings and conclusions.
Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 2: Transitions in exposure to vulnerability in the first 1000 days of life
Better decisions can be made for children when the conditions which cause them adverse effects and long-term harm are understood. This can inform public policies which aim to prevent, reverse, or mitigate these adverse effects.
BMJ - A qualitative analysis of messages to promote smoking cessation among pregnant woman
Although aware that smoking while pregnant presents serious risks to their unborn children, some women continue to smoke and rationalise their dissonance rather than quit. We explored metaphors women used to frame smoking and quitting, then developed cessation messages that drew on these metaphors and examined the perceived effectiveness of these.