November 26, 2015
SUDI surge sparks keep pepe safe wananga
High levels of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy among Maori in the MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board areas has sparked a hui today at Whangaehu Marae.
Katherine Clarke from health promotion body Whakawhetu says the Protecting our Mokopuna Seminar involved not just health professionals, midwives and community health workers but also the kaumatua and kuia from the region.
"Because many of our young mothers follow the advice of their nannies and when our nannies were having babies we were lying our babies on their side and on their puku. The research has shown we don need to turn them over onto their back," she says.
Katherine Clarke says is promoting the PEPI message – Place baby on it's back in its own sleeping space, Encourage mothers to breast feed, and eliminate smoking in the whanau.
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