The Ministry of Health refuses to fund a simple sleeping pod for babies so they might more safely sleep alongside their mothers.
Our report today reveals these bed baskets have been credited with helping produce the first drop in Maori infant mortality rates in a decade.
Coroners have recommended them – physicians familiar with the problem known as Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy vouch for them – organisations raise funds to provide them and international health networks praise them.
But the ministry is not convinced.
New Zealand has one of the worst rates of sudden infant death in the developed world.
More than half of these babies have been suffocated by a parent sleeping beside them.
The rate for Maori babies is eight times that of the general population.
‘Co-sleeping’ is a strong cultural habit for Maori mothers and often defies the efforts of health professionals to discourage it.
But not all professionals let defiance of their advice cloud their judgment when they see a simple cheap device that would lessen risk.
Some district health boards provide the woven ‘wahakura’ or plastic ‘pepi-pods’ from discretionary funds.
Not the ministry.
(ed: leaves ya kinda speechless – eh..?..followed by random-cursing..)