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Read what the experts have to say about BabySafe NZ

Dr Patrick Kelly

Dr Patrick Kelly, Paediatrician, Service Clinical Director, Te Puaruruhau (Child Protection Team), Starship Children’s Hospital Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, University of Auckland

Over the last 25 years as a paediatrician at Starship Hospital I have seen far too many babies who came to serious harm from what is often known as “shaken baby syndrome”. Often, the bad thing happens because an adult couldn’t cope with a baby crying and applied force to make the crying stop. The adult may not have meant for it to happen and may bitterly regret it afterwards, but once it has happened, that adult, that baby and their entire family will live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. New Zealand has a serious problem with this kind of injury and there are no signs that it is getting better. No one, no matter how caring and loving they may be, is absolutely safe from the risk of “losing it”. For all adults who care for babies, and at all times, safe strategies for responding to a crying baby must become as natural as breathing.

I am therefore delighted to see the initiative being taken by Pēpi Haumaru, Aotearoa (BabySafe NZ), to create an educational tool which makes it easy for all who care for newborn babies to access crucial safety messages online, from their phones, at whatever time suits them. I am very happy to endorse both this initiative, and the information the education tool provides about “shaken baby syndrome” and how to prevent it.

David Tipene-Leach

David Tipene-Leach, Public Health Physician, SUDI prevention advocate of the Wahakura and Safe Sleep programme. Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research, Eastern Institute of Technology Ltd.

Kai whea mai! The Pēpi Haumaru, Aotearoa education tool is fabulous - all the right stuff in an easy to use format filled with pictures of people ‘who look just like us'. Well done BabySafe NZ. I’m now looking forward to you reaching a lot of people with this important information about how to keep our infants safe and well.

Grace Shallard

Grace Shallard is the National coordinator of the Power to Protect Programme (Abusive Head Trauma Prevention), is a registered nurse, and has a master’s degree in child protection.

The BabySafe education tool is a fantastic, innovative initiative which has the potential to relieve pressure on health workers, to empower those looking after children, and, most importantly, to keep our tamariki safe. As both a health provider and a health consumer, I am excited about the potential benefits of this tool and am happy to endorse the creation of this initiative.