Can Free ‘Baby Boxes’ Reduce Infant Deaths?

What’s In a Box?

Credit: Facebook/The Baby Box Company

Other states have followed suit, introducing baby box programs to their residents. For example, Ohio plans to give away 140,000 while Alabama hopes to distribute 60,000. The real premise of the box comes from the education that parents receive with it. In order to receive the box, a parent must watch some educational videos and trainings on SIDs, which helps to educate them on safe sleep for their babies.

The U.S. is hoping to reduce its own infant mortality rates, which according to NPR, have actually seen a slight increase over the years. If Finland was able to reduce its rates of SIDS through a simple cardboard box, the U.S. is hoping to do the same. Of course, the U.S. also may have more complicated situations with more premature babies and high-risk births, but if a box can help, than we should all be behind the boxes. 

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Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a freelance writer, former magazine editor, author, mom of four, and a registered nurse with experience in OB, long-term and step-down care.

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