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.

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Dr Felicity Ware (Ngā Puhi), Kaniwa Kupenga-Tamarama (Ngāti Maui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāti Apakura) & Stephanie Shankar (Ngāti Tuwharetoa).


On the maramataka of Whiro, I was part of an impromptu wahakura wānanga for a hapū māmā who had missed our last wānanga due to tangihanga. Our kairāranga, came in and we all assisted this whanaunga of mine to weave her pēpi a waikawa wahakura.

Risk factors for late (28+ weeks’ gestation) stillbirth in the United States, 2014–2015

Darren Tanner, Sushama Murthy, Juan M. Lavista Ferres, Jan-Marino Ramirez, Edwin A. Mitchell


This study provides population-based evidence for stillbirth risk in the US. A high proportion of late stillbirths was associated with high maternal BMI and small for gestational age, whereas participation in supplemental nutrition programs was associated with a large reduction in stillbirth burden. Addressing obesity and fetal growth restriction, as well as broadening participation in nutritional supplementation programs could reduce late stillbirths.

Infant Sleep Hazards and the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy

Melanie Estelle MacFarlane, MSc1, John M. D. Thompson, PhD1, Jessica Wilson, MSc (Hons)1, Beverley Lawton, MBChB2, Barry Taylor, FRACP3, Dawn E. Elder, FRACP4, Nick Baker, FRACP5, Gabrielle K. McDonald, MPH3, Jane Zuccollo, FRCPA6, Martin Schlaud, MD, PhD


Tobacco smoking in pregnancy and bed sharing remain the greatest SUDI risks for infants and risk increases further in the presence of sofa-sleeping or recent caregiver use of alcohol and/or cannabis and other drugs. Continued implementation of effective, appropriate programs for smoking cessation, safe sleep, and supplying safe sleep beds is required to reduce New Zealand SUDI rates and SUDI disparity among Maori. (J Pediatr 2022;-:1-9).

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