Waikato Maori Health First to Adopt Finland Model
For 75 years Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a baby gift box by the state. It’s like a starter kit
containing baby clothes, a sleeping quilt, mattress, bathing products and nappies. The box can even be used as a bed for
Some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. It’s a tradition that dates back to
the 1930s and is designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in
life. The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers who visit a doctor or
pre-natal clinic before fourth month of pregnancy.
Waikato DHB’s Māori Health service (Te Puna Oranga) has adopted the Finland model and is giving out Mama and Pepi (baby)
Packs based on the Finnish model to all pregnant mothers and their whānau who attend its Hapū Wānanga pregnancy and
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Waikato District Health Board (DHB) employs over 6500 people and plans, funds and provides hospital and health services
to more than 391,770 people in a region covering eight per cent of New Zealand.