How traditional Māori woven bassinets have saved hundreds of lives

Previous studies found the introduction of wahakura in 2005 saw a 29 percent drop in sudden unexpected deaths between 2009 and 2015.

And now two of the researchers behind their introduction have looked at why they've been such a success.

Previous attempts to lower the rate of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI, formerly known as 'cot death') had worked for other ethnic groups, but not Māori.

Traditional Māori birthing practice endorsed by World Health Organisation

A recent report that has been released says delayed clamping of the umbilical cord could help with the survival rates of premature babies. Public health department Hāpai te Hauora told Kawekōrero it is a reflection of tradition Māori birthing practices and western philosophies haven't acknowledged Māoridom yet

World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Alys Brown shares how wāhine are the house of people

Alys shares how different whānau members can support breastfeeding and the wellbeing of mokopuna. Alys sees birth and wāhine as a taonga, just as ūkaipō [breastfeeding] is a taonga that has been passed onto us from our tūpuna. Wāhine are the house of the people, just like the marae, it is a house of protection, a house of nurturing. The act of ūkaipō, the act of breastfeeding is an extention of that.

 

World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Amy Wray shares how breastmilk is rongoā

Amy explores the connection between Papatūānuku and wāhine who both sustain and nourish mokopuna. She shares that for wāhine, we not only have the mana to nurture mokopuna within us, in te whare tangata, but once baby is born through our wai ū (breastmilk). Amy shares that breastmilk carries our DNA, it carries our whakapapa. Breastmilk is rongoā, which changes as the needs of our babies change. Ko te whenua te wai ū mō ngā uri whakatipu.