The recent fall in postperinatal mortality in New Zealand and the Safe Sleep programme
13 April 2016
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
02 January 2016
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
02 July 2015
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
07 November 2014
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.
NZ Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee, 9th Data Report, 2008-2012
02 January 2013
This is the 9th Data Report released by the CYMRC. It predominantly reports on data from 2008 to 2012, with some tables and figures for 2002-2012, and some for the time period 1979-2012. These data are from the Mortality Review Database, which contains information on all deaths in children and young people aged 28 days to 24 years who died in New Zealand from 2002 to the present.
SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better
11 August 2012
Mortality from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has decreased substantially from the late 1980s. This has been attributed to the change in infant sleep position initially from prone (front) to side and then to predominantly supine (back). We calculate that this has saved over 3000 lives. However, we argue that we could save more infant lives, if more focus was given to the risks observed from parents sleeping in the same bed as their babies.