Information for caregivers

Safe sleep for your baby (
This information from describes how to ensure safe sleep for your baby.


Observation of mother and baby in the immediate postnatal period: Consensus statements guiding practice external link (
This consensus guidance has been developed by members of the New Zealand College of Midwives and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – New Zealand Committee, with the support of the Ministry of Health.

Safe sleep essentials external link (
A health education brochure with guidance on best sleeping position and keeping baby in a smokefree environment to prevent SUDI.

Protecting infants from SUDI (PDF, 18 KB)
A resource from chapter 1 of the CYMRC’s Fifth Report to the Minister of Health (December 2009) offering guidance on how to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy.

Safe Sleep – How to protect your baby (
A resource from the Ministry of Health with guidance on protecting your baby during sleep.

Keeping your baby safe during sleep (
This fact sheet contains key messages about making every sleep a safe sleep to prevent babies from dying suddenly in their sleep. It has been reproduced from the pamphlet Keep your baby safe during sleep, which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Health, the Health Promotion Agency, the CYMRC, Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme, and the Office of the Chief Coroner of New Zealand.

Guide to buying second-hand infant sleep products
This post, originally published on the Trade Me Trust & Safety blog, emphasises a number of guidelines for families and whanau when buying sleeping products. 


Special report: unintentional suffocation, foreign body inhalation and strangulation
The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) estimates nearly 3000 lives have been saved in the past 20 years because of efforts to prevent sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI). A dramatic reduction in SUDI deaths has reduced the annual death toll from 200 to 60, which CYMRC attributes to a highly successful ‘back to sleep’ campaign. 

SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better
This article looks at the fall in sudden infant deaths over the past two decades and argues that further lives can be saved by focussing on the increased risks from bed sharing. The article is reproduced courtesy of the New Zealand Medical Journal

Sudden unexpected infant death – no more “stunned amazement” (PDF, 214 KB)
Dr Nick Baker, Chair of the CYMRC, published editorial in the 4 Nov 2011 issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

SUDI mortality in New Zealand (2002-2008) (PDF, 720 KB)
This is an excerpt from the CYMRC's 5th annual report to the Minister of Health. It provides quantitative data from 2002-2008, qualitative data gathered from local mortality review, and recommendations from the CYMRC on how to reduce incidents of SUDI in New Zealand.
View the full Report: Fifth Report to the Minister of Health: Reporting Mortality 2002-2008

Safe Sleep Policies

Guidance from the South Island Alliance Child Health

Safe sleep for infants from birth to six months

Safe sleep implementation plan

Guidance from New Zealand College of Midwives

NZ College of Midwives’ Safe Sleeping Statement

Recent conferences

Sydney Australia, 8-10 October 2010
Joint Conference of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) and the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID).

Theme: Precious lives: global collaboration in still birth and infant death.

Visit the conference website at external link

Wellington, 4-5 May 2006

Content from the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Workshop.

Other information

Change for Our Children external link (
Change for our Children is on a mission to build a strong culture of respect for children that is visible in our country’s systems and services, conversations and communities, hearts and homes.

Curriculum for Nurses: Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction external link (
The National Institute of Child Health and Development (USA) and its partners in the Back to Sleep campaign worked with national nursing organisations to design this continuing education program about reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The module includes information about SIDS, SIDS risk, risk-reduction strategies, challenges to risk reduction, communicating about risk reduction, and the unique role nurses can play in helping families reduce the risk of SIDS. Copies of the can be obtained from the website free of charge.

The Foundation of the Study of Infant Deaths external link (
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) is a UK charity that works to prevent SUDI and promote health. It funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice.

Hāpai: SUDI Coordination Service (
Hāpai is responsible for coordinating a national, integrated approach to SUDI prevention in Aotearoa. Our whakapapa as a Māori public health organisation over 20 years drives our philosophy which places health and wellbeing of tamariki mokopuna and whānau at the centre of everything we do.

International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) (
SIDS international Acts as an international voice and facilitates the international sharing of information on SIDS and SUDI related issues pertaining to statistical information, research, counselling, support, education and service provision. In addition it arranges a two yearly international conference.

TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service external link (
The Pacific Health Programme, in the Department of Māori and Pacific Health at the University of Auckland, developed a SUDI prevention programme for Pacific families in Auckland.

News articles

Scoop: Tragic death shows babies' fragility (20 July 2012) external link

Last updated 10/01/2018