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Research from Baddock, Sally

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Sally Baddock



Professor Sally Baddock has developed a strong platform of research over the last 20 years in the area of infant behaviour and physiology during sleep and the impact of sleep practices on sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This includes investigating the benefits and risks of infant-parent bed-sharing while recognising the importance of cultural context. She is part of a team that has produced significant research outputs from four major studies on infant sleep – three of which have been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and all of which have attracted widespread international recognition and at times have generated widespread media attention and influenced public policy.
Sally is a member of the academic staff in the School of Midwifery. She has taught in the Health Sciences for over 30 years and for 7 years she was Co-Head of School. As Professor she continues her leadership roles across the polytechnic with a focus on research, and continues to teach physiology at postgraduate level and supervise candidates for the Master of Midwifery. Masters projects include a range of explorations focused on the evidence underpinning midwifery practices and include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She pursues further research interests through collaborations with staff from the School of Midwifery, including a series of projects investigating learner experiences in Midwifery education. She supports research of colleagues through her role as research coordinator in the school.

Research Outputs

Journal Article

Baddock,S., Purnell,M., Blair,S., Pease,A., Elder,D., & Galland,B. (2019) The influence of bed-sharing on infant physiology, breastfeeding and behaviour: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews 43 (2019) 106 - 117

Naber, N., Miller, S., & Baddock, S. (2018) What do we know about sibling attended birth? An integrative literature review Midwifery Midwifery, Open access journal, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/midwifery ISSN: 0266-6138.

Patterson, J., Macznik, A., Miller, S., Kerkin,B., & Baddock, S. (2018) Becoming a midwife: A survey study of midwifery alumni. Women and Birth, pp 1871-5192

Manhire, K., Williams., S.M. Tipene-Leach, D., Baddock, S.A., Abel,S., Tangiora1,A., Jones, R. and Taylor, B.J. (2018) Predictors of breastfeeding duration in a predominantly Maori population in New Zealand BMC Pediatrics (2018) 18:299 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1274-9.

Tipene-Leach D, Baddock SA, Williams SM,Tangiora,Rones R, McElnay C, Taylor BJ. (2018) The Pepi-Pod study: Overnight video, oximetry and thermal environment while using an in-bed sleep device for sudden unexpected death in infancy prevention Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health DOI: 10.1111/jpc.13845. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13845

Baddock, S., Tipene-Leach, D., Williams, S., Tangiora, A., Jones, R., Macznik, A., & Taylor, B. (2017) Physiological stability in an indigenous sleep device: a randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2017-313512

Baddock, S., Tipene-Leach, D., Williams, S., Tangiora, A., Jones, R., Iosua, E., Macleod, E., & Taylor, B. (2017) Wahakura vs Bassinet for Safe Infant Sleep: A Randomized Trial Pediatrics. Volume 139, number 2, February 2017: e 20160162

Kalmakoff, S., Baddock, S., & Gray, A. (2017) Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital. Women and Birth. http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S1871519217302159. DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.08.131

Oral Presentation

Baddock,S. (2019) Sleeping like a baby through 150 years. Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences 150 year celebration. What’s hot? August 2019.

Baddock, S. (2019) Taking education to the people not people to the education: a New Zealand case study in delivering education “closer to home”. Presentation at Academic Issues Forum, Otago Polytechnic, 1 August.


Conference Contribution - Other

Baddock,S. (2019) Infant sleep: latest research update in Symposium entitled: Paediatric year in review. Sleep Downunder 2019, Sydney, Australia, 16-19 October.

Baddock SA, Tipene-Leach D, Williams S, Jones R, Tangiora A, Taylor BJ. (2018) Pepi-pods™ (plastic bassinet-sized containers) for a safe infant sleep? Overnight video, maternal questionnaire and physiological evaluation of Pepi-pods™ as a sleep device for babies at increased risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy. International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival (ISPID/ ISA joint Congress), Glasgow 7-9 June.

Baddock S (2017) Research to investigate the benefits and risks of wahakura as a safer sleep option Whakawhetu Te Tai Tokerau Mokopuna Ora Seminar, Waitangi, 26-27th April.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Baddock, S. (2019) When the messages don’t work…looking for an alternative approach in Symposium entitled: Societal impact of sleep research. Does science have to be sexy? Sleep DownUnder 2019, Sydney, 16-19 October.

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Chapter in Book

Baddock,S. (2018) Overview of reproductive physiology. Chapter 18, Midwifery Preparation for Practice 4e.

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