For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.
The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.
For the past few years, our local health department has been working to cut down on co-sleeping, the leading cause of death for healthy infants under 1 year old. I doubt we can have such a nice thing for the mostly poor Moms who co-sleep, because Europe. Plus it has condoms in it, which are from the Devil.
Also, too: In India, the use of vinegar as an agent to help women self-identify cervical cancer has cut the death rate by 31%. PAP smears are better, but this is better than nothing, and it is going to be tried in other poor countries.