Wānanga Creating A Safe Space For Our Pēpi

July 10, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

In an attempt to lower the chances of our pēpi’s becoming victims of SUDI or Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy, the Northland DHB and other organisations around NZ are hosting free wānanga with hands on learning and teaching for expectant mothers and whānau in making their very own wahakura.

Raewyn Smith from Northland DHB states that Whakawhetu was instrumental in generating wahakura wānanga in Northland regions and the DHB are holding wānanga in the outer districts like Kaikohe and Kaitaia.

The wahakura has recently gained popularity with mothers of newborn infants choosing the flax bassinets over its manufactured counterparts. Tests and studies conducted by Otago University and Otago Polytechnic have proven that the wahakura is just as safe and practical as a conventional bassinet.

“Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee looked into SUDI deaths and found Northland was quite high in the statistics.”

“Majority of the whānau affected by SUDI were whānau Māori and that was quite alarming.”

The rate of SUDI deaths have dropped in recent years. According to Stats NZ sudden accidental deaths of infants have decreased from 5.0 deaths per 1,000 in 2008 to 3.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018. The OECD has an average of 3.9. 

Infant mortality for Māori dropped from 6.7 in 2008 to 4.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018.

It is clear that the safe sleep efforts of many are making a difference.

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