This website is intended for healthcare professionals

England is following in the footsteps of Finland by trialling a baby box in attempts to reduce infant mortalty and increase education among expectant mothers

'Let’s start from a point of celebration: “You’ve had a baby, congratulations!” I think if we just start at that point, it’s such a positive strategy…’ Gill Perks, lead midwife at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London, was one of many people at the launch of the UK’s first Baby Box programme to speak so enthusiastically of the initiative.

The Baby Box idea originated in Finland where, since the 1930s, the state has provided pregnant women with a ‘starter kit’—a box containing various items that they will need when their baby is born. The box itself contains a hard mattress, and serves as the baby’s first bed; this aspect of the programme has been credited with reducing Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 per 1000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1000 births in 2015.1

Register now for access

Thank you for visiting Independent Nurse and reading some of our premium content. To read more, please register today. 


Already have an account? Sign in here