The following pool of research seeks to inform readers about SUDI so that the community is best informed about its associated risk factors.

This research effectively informs our key messaging around SUDI, which is disseminated to a range of stakeholders including whānau, communities and health professionals.

The recent fall in postperinatal mortality in New Zealand and the Safe Sleep programme

Edwin A. Mitchell, Stephanie Cowan, David Tipene-Leach

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

Gayl Humphrey, Chris Bullen, Fiona Rossen, Natalie Walker

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

Susan M. B. Morton, Polly E. Atatoa Carr, Cameron C. Grant, Sarah D. Berry, Jatender Mohal, Avinesh Pillai

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

Janet Hoek, Heather Gifford, Ninya Maubach, Rhiannon Newcombe

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. 

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy

Ministry of Health

02 May 2013

If you choose to sleep in bed with your baby, put them in their own baby bed beside you – for example, a pēpi-pod or wahakura.

NZ Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee, 9th Data Report, 2008-2012

NZ Mortality Review Data Group

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

Edwin A Mitchell, Peter S Blair

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.