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.

Elevation of the Head of the Cot and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

E. A. Mitchell, Lorraine Scragg and M. Clements


Gastroesophageal reflux may be associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and thus elevation of the head of the cot might be associated with a reduced risk of SIDS. A questionnaire was mailed to subjects, who were interviewed previously as part of a large nationwide case-control study. European SIDS cases (n = 105) were compared with European controls (n = 828). There was a significantly lower risk of SIDS if the head of the cot was elevated (adjusted odds ratio = 0.46: 95% confidence intervals = 0.28, 0.78).

Māori whānau and Pasifika families experience of sleep health messages.

Lana Perese, Kerehi Warwick, Fofoa Pio, Deborah McLeod, Tania Slater


The purpose of this research was to understand the level of awareness of commonly promoted healthy sleep messages, experiences with these messages, enablers and barriers to implementing the messages, whether additional support or information may be needed and how this could best be shared with Māori whānau and Pasifika family.

Can We Protect Pregnant Women and Young Infants From COVID-19 Through Maternal Immunization?

Flor M. Munoz


In this issue, Flannery et al report on a large study including 1714 pregnant women who delivered newborns in the northeastern United States during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, from April to August 2020.

On the path to reclaiming Indigenous midwifery: Co-creating the Maternal Infant Support Worker pilot program

Naana Afua Jumah, Leanne Tyler, Roxanne Turuba, Lisa Bishop, Mary Tait, Anne Renaud, Christopher Mushquash


The Maternal Infant Support Worker (MiSW) pilot program demonstrated that it is possible to provide a virtual training program and then provide continued virtual mentorship as the participants work in their First Nations communities. By prioritizing Indigenous voices above those of the research team, we were able to gain the trust of the MiSWs and maintain engagement with communities.

Insights into Inconsistent Infant Safe Sleep Practices among African American Caregivers

Malliga Jambulingam* , Margaret Alston, Ariel Hunt, David Thomas, Yvonne Bronner


Community resilience — what matters and what works

EeMun Chen, Principal Consultant, MartinJenkins Ben Craven, Senior Consultant, MartinJenkins Ruth Martin, Senior Advisor – Strategic Issues and Investment, Ministry of Social Development


The review was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to provide an evidence base to support all-of-Government thinking aimed at strengthening community resilience, during periods of significant adversity.

Pregnant women’s perspectives about maternal immunization in Latin America

A.Fauzia Malika, María Belizan, Mariana Gutierrez, Alba Vilajeliu, Lauren N.Sanclemente


Maternal immunization rates and vaccine uptake in Latin America vary from country tocountry. This variability stems from factors related to pregnant women, vaccine recommendations fromhealthcare providers and the health system. The aim of this paper is to describe women’s knowledge andattitudes to maternal immunziation, and barriers to access and vaccination related decision-making pro-cesses in Latin American countries.