It has been key in dramatically reducing infant d
“It has been key in dramatically reducing infant deaths throughout Finland, where the scheme originated and has now run for over 75 years.“By helping new parents at a time when they are undoubtedly stretched financially, this scheme can provide crucial support. “A baby box is a positive gift to families of all backgrounds – we as a society are saying every child is equal and every child is valued. “For something so simple to have such a positive lasting impact, it would be a short-sighted move not to deliver this initiative to families in Northern Ireland. “The Royal College of Midwives know the worth of these small boxes and have echoed the SDLP’s demand for the same initiative here. “If it was made available as part of a support package, combining antenatal care and improved perinatal care, it could prove invaluable to expectant mothers. “It is essential we support parents through education – including classes and care packages, through every step of pregnancy, birth and the important stages thereafter, so that they are better equipped to deal with parenthood and to ensure our children have the best start in life.“We are once again faced with the familiar and frustrating situation where babies and families here will continue to miss out due to the lack of an Executive and functioning Assembly,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan calls for baby box roll-out in North of Ireland was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: baby boxDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDurkan calls for baby box roll-out in North of IrelandFOYLE MLAHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanSDLP ShareTweet SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has called for a baby box initiative in the North of Ireland, following a successful first year of the scheme in Scotland.The Foyle Mla said: “Seeing the positive impact of this initiative in Scotland, the universal roll-out of baby boxes in Northern Ireland just makes sense.“These boxes are a significant and positive investment in early years, improving the health and well-being of all babies.