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miriam commented on The maternity package: an equal start in life.

Hi Tamar,
I think Finladn is the only country to do that. It would be great to do it in any country, it goes beyond the material sense of the box. It's a welcoming, a support for the new mum. It says to her: this is important and we want to help you. The content of the box itself could be adapted for each country and through the years.

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miriam commented on The maternity package: an equal start in life.

Hi Valeria,
Yes, the contents have changed through the years. Despite of beeing mainly compose of stuff for the baby, it represents a bit more:

At a certain point, baby bottles and dummies were removed to promote breastfeeding.

"One of the main goals of the whole system was to get women to breastfeed more," Pulma says. And, he adds, "It's happened."

He also thinks including a picture book has had a positive effect, encouraging children to handle books, and, one day, to read.

And in addition to all this, Pulma says, the box is a symbol. A symbol of the idea of equality, and of the importance of children.