Safer sleep for quake ba­bies

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

As Mata­mata mid­wife Mara Har­ris watched the dev­as­tat­ing events of the Christchurch earth­quake un­fold on her tele­vi­sion screen, her thoughts shifted to what she could to help.

Mrs Har­ris was al­ready mak­ing pepi-pods to be sent away to fam­i­lies who needed them, so her mis­sion changed and now she wants to make as many as she can and send them to the ba­bies of Christchurch.

The pepi-pod is sim­i­lar in pur­pose to the wa­hakura or waikawa, a hand wo­ven flax baby bed used by Maori fam­i­lies which pro­motes safer sleep­ing.

It is made of dark coloured, breath­able, medium weight ma­te­rial and is eas­ily trans­portable and at­tach­able to the right sized box or cot.

Pepi-pods pro­mote safe sleep­ing for ba­bies aged four to six months.

Mrs Har­ris now wants to see if she can form a team of three to make about 50 pepipods to send to Christchurch. Na­tion­wide the aim is to make 1000 pepi-pods.

‘‘In the next two weeks I want to make as many as I can but I’m go­ing to need some help,’’ she said.

She is also hop­ing that the peo­ple of Mata­mata might do­nate ma­te­rial.

If you can help please con­tact Mrs Har­ris on 888 9149 or 027 370 5361.

Or go to for more in­for­ma­tion.

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