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Pepi-Pods provide another safe sleeping option for new-borns

November 2019

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Women and their babies at St George’s Maternity Centre are now able to use and take home a Pe pi-Pod, at no cost, thanks to a Canterbury District Health Board initiative to improve baby sleep environments. The plan aims to reduce the incidence of sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI).

Pepi-Pods (purpose-made portable sleeping capsules) and wahakura (hand-woven sleeping capsules) provide a new born with a safe space to sleep close to parents or caregivers. To help protect babies, the following guidelines are recommended by the Ministry of Health:

  1. Place baby in their own bed for every sleep (and close to parents/caregivers at night)
  2. Eliminate smoking in pregnancy, in the wh a nau and in the home
  3. Position baby on their back for sleep
  4. Encourage and support Mum so baby is breastfed

Please contact the St George’s Maternity Centre at Maternity. Reception@stgeorges.org.nz, should you wish to find out more about accessing your own Pepi-Pod.

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