A recent BBC News article about “maternity boxes” that the Finnish government provides all new moms raises questions about maternal and child health and infant mortality rates.
According to the article, many experts believe that the “maternity box,” given to each mom in Finland–which is filled with onesies, diapers, infant hygiene items, baby clothes, blankets, a mattress, crib sheets, bedding, and doubles as a crib–has resulted in Finland having one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
The goal of the maternity box is to encourage positive parenting and healthy habits, such as breastfeeding and not sharing a bed with infants. Our Infant program expands on this idea of maternal and child health through our home visits–where we visit new moms for six months, teaching child development and parenting skills while also providing new moms with donated diapers, clothes, and baby care items. Providing babies with a healthy start in life a noble goal, and one that all of us at the CAPC aim to achieve each day with the families we serve.