The Baby Box

I don't think there's anyone out there who couldn't use a break from horrible news. And that's what this is--a post about some good news, for a change.

Finland has found an unusual solution to a leading cause of infant death — baby boxes. Now the state of New Jersey and hospitals across the United States are adopting Finland's example.
Since 1949, the Finnish government has offered every new mother a box including a mattress, fitted sheet, blanket, sleeping sack, snowsuit, mittens, booties, hooded suits, overalls, socks, knitted hat, balaclava face mask, rompers, leggings, onesies, bath towels, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, cloth diapers, picture books, bra pads, and even condoms.

This is the perfect marriage of technology and a cost-effective measure designed to save lives. And while I fully realize that Scandanavian socialism is unacceptable to Americans unless they think they've thought of it first, this is really the kind of quality of life care and support that should be universal.

The infant mortality rate in America is already high, and if this helps, then all the better. And the reason why this is important is because of how inexpensive it is to give one of these boxes to every mother who leaves a hospital. It's not the perfect solution, but it's something that can and should be done at every level in order to help new mothers.

What I fear is that this kind of common sense will be lost in the years ahead. Anyone who says it's too expensive is a ghoul. It's not. This is something we should do. And if you want to charge women who make over $100,000 a year twenty bucks for this thing, okay. But it's a solution that should continue to be studied and implemented.