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Old 09-30-2011, 11:17 AM
MrFarFromRight MrFarFromRight is offline
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Originally Posted by nycindie View Post
I just read about the "baby boxes" of clothing, diapers, and various other useful things that the Finnish government sends to every expectant mother: Finland's Baby Boxes for Expectant Mothers: A Nation's Gift

Of course the population of Finland is 5.4 million, as compared to the US's 307 million, so it's easier to imagine this happening in a smaller country. Still, I wonder if it could work here, in some fashion.
OK, 5.4 million compared to 307 million, but remember that that means that there are more US residents paying taxes, there are more people working for the government (some could be packing baby-boxes). Added to that, the USA has a higher GDP (PPP) per capita than Finland. (#7 in the World, compared to Finland's #22).

So, really, it's only a matter of getting your priorities right...

(Speaking of priorities, The Netherlands pays for home-births, as well as home help to do the washing-up, laundry, etc. for the first 2 weeks after birth, so that parents and newborn have all the time they want to get to know each other.)

p.s. Annabel: an international package of Hugs coming your way. Pick out one for Eric, another for Gia, another for Davis, another (platonic but warm) for Harry, and the little-but-sweetest one's for Bee. (The rest are for you.)

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