Safer sleep for quake babies
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 www.pepi-pod.co.nz for more information.