Babies From Finland Sleep in Boxes

I know what you’re thinking! Why any parent would let their baby sleep in a cardboard box is nuts, but this country’s tradition is far from lacking in purpose. Finland has made “baby in the box” a rite of passage for every child and expecting mother. The reasons are surprising, inspiring and heartwarming.

baby box

I know what you’re thinking! Why any parent would let their baby sleep in a cardboard box is nuts, but this country’s tradition is far from lacking in purpose. Finland has made “baby in the box” a rite of passage for every child and expecting mother. The reasons are surprising, inspiring and heartwarming.

For 75 years, Finland has been looking after the well-being of its expectant mothers and newborn babies. Even during the hardship of wartime in the 1940s, with country wide shortage in materials and supplies, these baby boxes were still made a nation-wide priority. The unified effort and love of this country’s mothers and children, as well as some inspired creative thinkers, has made Finland amongst the lowest infant mortality rates in the world with only 2 deaths of 1000 live births in 2014. For perspective to my fellow American natives, the United States averaged 6 deaths in 1000 live births this same year. Finland may be onto something big!
When the box was first put in distribution in 1937, Finland was a poor country and infant mortality was high – 65 out of 1,000 babies died, but figures improved rapidly in years to follow. The baby box is a new parent’s starter kit and was offered to low-income families who could otherwise not afford the contents of the box which at the time included cloth to make clothes, sheets, toys and a clean place for baby to sleep in even the poorest of households. It was designed to give children an equal start in life no matter their background or social class. The Finland baby box is a symbol of equality and the importance of all children.
At the turn of the century, changes were made to the box’s contents to promote the country’s preferred parenting choices. Disposable diapers were replaced with cloth diapers due to its favor with environmental protection. Baby bottles were removed to promote breastfeeding which has become one of the main goals of the box. I can already hear the freedom to choose parents scoffing with this last statement, but keep in mind Finland takes care of their mothers and children even more than just this box. To receive a box for their little one, a mother must see a prenatal doctor before 4 months along where they will continue to receive free health care during pregnancy and childbirth. After birth, they will receive free postnatal care for a year and baby will have free doctor care as well, but it doesn’t end there! Mothers also receive 11 months paid leave from work! A few recent studies have concluded that Finnish mothers are some of the happiest in the world. Being an American Mother myself, I can imagine how much this support can help with choosing to breastfeed for a year and the usage cloth diapers.
Recently, the box includes gender friendly bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bath & grooming products, nappies, bedding, a book to promote a love for reading and a small mattress at the bottom. The choice is given to all mothers to choose the box or to opt out for cash. Roughly 95% of all Finland mothers choose the box. Children from all backgrounds have their first naps in the box to establish this rite of passage by uniting mothers and the generations to come. Even royalty from the UK and Sweden have enjoyed this same box in efforts to promote this world-renowned maternity package.

How To Find and Choose a Good Naturopathic Doctor

Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

“Choosing a physician is like choosing a car, you need someone you can trust who will take you where you need to go.” 
(Judith Boice, N.D.)
Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

In North American States without naturopathic licensing board, anyone may call herself or himself a “naturopathic doctor,” or use the initials “N.D.” after his or her name, because the term is not legally defined or regulated by the state.

Before making an appointment with an N.D., ask where he or she went to school. 

In North America, there are only 5 accredited naturopathic colleges.  There is also one college in Canada and one in British Columbia.  Physicians who have graduated from one of these schools have completed rigorous medical training, equivalent to that offered at conventional medical schools, with the addition of natural therapeutic modalities absent from most medical curricula.

Check with American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to find a trained naturopathic physician in an unlicensed state. 

To check if any schools have been added you can visit the AANMC website to check for any updates.

In licensed states, naturopathic physicians must pass a national board exam before they are licensed.  most naturopathic physician who have graduated from an accredited school pass national board exams and retain a license in a licensed state, even if they are practicing in a state that does not recognize naturopathic physicians.

Keep in mind that each licensed naturopathic physician is likely to empathize particular therapeutic approaches to his or her practice.   Always ask what therapeutic methods a particular practitioner uses (e.g. nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, etc.).

I know of one patient who went to a naturopathic physician for several months, always expecting  that the physician who prescribe some sort of homeopathic remedy.  Finally, this extremely patient patient asked the physician when he was going to prescribe a remedy.  “Oh,” said the physician, arching his eyebrow in surprise, “I don’t work with homeopathic remedies.  I suggest you contact Dr. So-n-so!”

General Guidelines of Choosing a Physician (Of Any Kind):

~ the physician listens well and encourages questions

~ the physician asked what you think is happening to your health

~ the physician takes time to explain things

~ the treatment plan includes lifestyle changes, not just pills

~ the physician outlines options and helps you make educated health-care choices

~ the physician educates patients during office visits and provides more information when its requested

~ the physician conducts physical exams

~ the physician orders appropriate lab tests in licensed states

~ the physician refers patients to other physicians for lab testing in unlicensed states