The E Moe, Māmā study provided us with valuable information about how sleep changes for mothers in the early weeks and months after their babies are born. However, very little is known in this country or overseas about how sleep changes for mothers and their children in the first few years of life together.

In late 2012, the research team designed a new programme of research called Moe Kura: Mother and Child, Sleep and Wellbeing in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The aim is to investigate the relationship between mother and child sleep and find out how this relationship affects their health, wellbeing and development. Moe Kura is the first programme of research of its kind in New Zealand, and we are fortunate to have the support of a number of experts in maternal and child health and development supporting this study.

Everyone who took part in the original E Moe, Māmā study was invited to take part in Moe Kura. At the time of joining Moe Kura, we also asked everyone if they would complete another set of questionnaires when their child turned 3 years old. Data for this stage of the study was collected up until April 2015.

At this point in time we don’t have any plans for another data collection round, but we would very much like to stay in contact with the mothers and children in Moe Kura. If you are part of Moe Kura and change your contact details please let us know here.

What’s in the Moe Kura name?

The Sleep/Wake Research Centre research team has been extremely fortunate to work with Open Lab, a design studio located within Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, and Te Matahiapo Research Centre to develop the Moe Kura identity that is being used in our new programme of research.

The name Moe Kura was gifted to us by Dr. Te Huirangi Waikerepuru (Taranaki) from Te Matahiapo in 2013. He explains that “Moe Kura is based in the concept of te au moe kura i te ao mārama: the peaceful treasured sleep as of the child into the world of ancient wisdom, wonderment and light”.

The new design for Moe Kura was developed by the design team from Open Lab at Massey University. Dr. Waikerepuru has named this design Te Aioiotanga: kia aioio te moe, e au te moe (restful, peaceful sleep). This design and its name reflects the importance of the mother and child relationship to health, wellbeing and sustainable nurturing environments.