Wednesday, June 5, 2013

THE FINNISH MATERNITY PACKAGE

Five years ago Premier Danny Williams's announced the Progressive Family Growth Benefit program which provides a non-taxable $1000 grant to new parents.  Danny dollars help support families at a time when they really need it.

Finland does not offer Danny dollars but they offer all expectant mothers a starter kit in a box.

For 75 years the government has provided a maternity package containing sleepers, blankets, bathing products  bedding and a small mattress.

Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden are  amongst the top ten countries in the world when it comes to the best mortality rates for children.

Canada has dramatically reduced its infant mortality rate over the past few decades but it still ranks near last amongst peer countries. Why is the Canadian infant mortality rate so high?  Perhaps we can learn something from Finland.

Check out this link to the story of the maternity pack on the BBC website. 


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