In April 217, QEII introduced Pepi-Pods to all rooms, in response to a growing number of parents wanting to co-sleep with their baby.
Developed in New Zealand as a public health response for babies at a higher risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), a Pepi-Pod® sleep space is a protected place for babies to sleep when they are in, or on, an adult bed, in a makeshift setting, or away from home. ‘Pepi’ means ‘baby’ in Maori and a ‘pod’ is a symbol of protection in nature.
“Research shows that sharing a sleep surface with a baby can increase the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy, including sudden infant death syndrome and fatal sleep accidents. A Pepi-pod provides the baby with its own safe sleep space within the parents’ bed, allowing families to enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping,” said Mary Kirk, Director of Nursing/Executive Officer at QEII.
The sleep space has been designed from a baby’s point of view, to align with developmental needs for closeness, connection, regulation and safety. Features include:
With funding from the Australian Governemnt, Red Nose has begun introducing Pepi-Pods into WA’s Kimberley region the aim of reducing the number of Indigenous babies dying from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI).
For more information on Pepi-Pods, please visit: http://www.changeforourchildren.nz/pepi_pod_programme
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