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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Sudden unexpected infant death in Auckland: a retrospective case review

B Lynne Hutchison, Charlotte Rea, Alistair W Stewart, Timothy D Koelmeyer, David C Tipene-Leach, Edwin A Mitchell


To review autopsy reports of all SUDI deaths in the Auckland region, New Zealand, from October 2000 to December 2009.

SIDS-related knowledge and infant care practices among Māori mothers

David Tipene-Leach, Lynne Hutchison, Angeline Tangiora, Charlotte Rea, Rebecca White, Alistair Stewart, Edwin Mitchell


Māori have high SIDS rates and relevant information is needed to craft appropriate prevention strategies. The aim of the study was to determine what Māori mothers know about SIDS prevention, and to determine their SIDS-related child care practices.

What is the mechanism of sudden infant deaths associated with co-sleeping?

Christine G McIntosh, Shirley L Tonkin, Alistair J Gunn


The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has fallen dramatically in the “Back to Sleep” era; however, half the cases now occur when the infant has been sleeping in bed with another person. Despite the association of SIDS with co-sleeping, parents are receiving mixed messages. It is often presumed that co-sleeping deaths are due to ‘overlaying’, when the adult rolls on top of the baby, stopping baby from breathing. We examine research that shows that it is not necessary to cover the face, or squash the body of a baby to restrict or prevent breathing and cause oxygen deprivation.

Reporting Mortality 2002-2008: Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)

Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee


Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been defined as ‘The sudden death of an infant, which is unexplained after the review of the clinical history, examination of the circumstances of death, and post-mortem examination’ (Rognum and Willinger 1995).

How Social & Income Inequalities Damage New Zealand Children

Child Poverty Action Group | Susan St John & Donna Whynd


In the last decades of the 20th century New Zealand had the fastest growth in income and wealth inequality in the OECD. Little has been done to improve the situation since then. Child poverty remains a major concern in New Zealand, even after the implementation of Working for Families (WFF). In 2001, NZ ranked near the bottom of the rich nations’ index measuring infant mortality, children’s health and safety, teenage pregnancy, and immunisation.

Supporting pregnant women to quit smoking: postal survey of New Zealand general practitioners and midwives’ smoking cessation knowledge and practices

Marewa Glover, Janine Paynter, Chris Bullen, Kay Kristensen


This study examined New Zealand general practitioners’ (GPs) and midwives’ smoking cessation knowledge and support offered to pregnant women who smoke.

ABM Clinical Protocol #6: Guideline on Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding

*Rosha McCoy, M.D., FABM *James J. McKenna, Ph.D. *Lawrence Gartner, M.D., FABM


THE ACADEMY OF BREASTFEEDING MEDICINE is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. One of the goals of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is the facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices. This clinical guideline addresses an aspect of parenting that has a significant impact on breastfeeding: infant sleep locations.