When Ariana Davis' newborn twins wake in the night, she simply turns to them to comfort their cries.

She is among the west Auckland mums invited to flax-weave their own wahakura (bassinet) to safely co-sleep with babies.

Waitematā DHB launched the safe-sleep classes at Waitākere Hospital three years ago to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)​.

Instructional video on safe sleep practice from Southern DHB Innovate

Watch the original YouTube video on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Errwvi27T0&feature=youtu.be

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking.

Reducing smoking and bed-sharing will be the targets of a new national programme launched this week to reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

Sudden death rates for babies in Northland have halved but Maori infants still make up more than 90 per cent of overall deaths.

Whanganui community midwives are busy distributing 18 beautifully made babies quilts gifted to expectant mothers by Cotton On Quilters' Whanganui group.

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternity services quality co-ordinator Angela Adam says the midwives identify women who know that woollen blankets are best for babies, but have indicated that cost is a barrier.

Many of the 44 babies who died of cot death in 2015 were living in damp, cold conditions - including converted garages and even cars.

A report released today shows rates of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) have dropped drastically, but not for everyone.