Native Affairs - Co-sleeping with babies

It's one of the most basic maternal instincts, the overwhelming desire to share everything with our pepe including our beds.

However, Coroner Wallace Bain says that bed sharing is killing our kids at an alarming rate. He says in the last four years, on average, between 55 and 60 babies have died as a result of unsafe sleeping practices.

Many were Māori and Pacific Island infants where co-sleeping is the cultural norm but some believe it's this hard-line approach to not bed-share that's putting babies in danger.

To discuss this issue  Chief Coroner Judge Neil Maclean and Parental Guidance Advise blogger and columnist Donnelle Balenger-Taylor joined Native Affairs.