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Lincolnshire Police is introducing baby boxes for all new parents who work at the force. The idea came about after one their front line officers became pregnant.

The Officer found that following the announcement, the restricted duties she was placed on was inconsistent with some of her colleagues.

A small working group was then established to educate and train all supervisors and line managers, to ensure that staff still feel valued in their role whilst pregnant.

The force is now confident that when a member of police staff, officer or volunteer announces they are pregnant, that managers will react positively.

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Give new mums baby boxes to reduce co-sleeping risks, midwives say 

New mothers in the UK should all be given Finnish-style baby boxes to reduce the risks of unsafe co-sleeping, the Royal College of Midwives has said.

The cardboard boxes, which come with essential items such as clothes, books and blankets, can be used as beds.

They are provided for all new babies in Scotland and in some parts of England.

Extending the scheme would provide all babies with a safe space to sleep and particularly benefit those from deprived backgrounds, the RCM said.

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Baby box scheme rolled out across Scotland

Baby boxes containing essential items such as clothes, books and blankets are to be delivered to new mothers across Scotland for the first time.

The cardboard boxes also include a mattress and can be used for babies to sleep in as an alternative to a crib.

The Scottish government hopes the boxes will help ensure every baby is given the best possible start in life.

Baby boxes are already given out by some health authorities in other parts of the UK.

But the Scotland-wide rollout, which follows successful pilot projects in Orkney and Clackmannanshire, is the first time they will be available to all expecting mothers in one part of the country.

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what you really need to know about baby boxes

The consultant obstetrician at the Imperial Trust, Dr Karen Josah, said of the trial: “These boxes and the education resources that sit alongside them have been proven to help reduce the infant mortality rate in Finland and we hope that these results could be replicated in the UK."

The Statistics Finland graph below shows a clear decrease in the number of infant deaths from the late 1930s (when the boxes were first introduced) until 2000s.

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why baby boxes?

“For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates."

Finnish baby box package 1940's

What do parents think of baby boxes?

“We've got fancy gadgets and fancy bouncers and stuff, but for a new born baby they need somewhere cosy and safe to sleep and the other kids don't bother her in the box.

"They just leave her to sleep and they can have a peek and they've never been tempted to pick her up or bother her in the box.”

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Original Finnish baby box package

Baby Boxes Trials in the UK

“All new parents in a London borough will soon be entitled to Finnish-style baby boxes, which have been credited with helping to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate.

The cardboard boxes, which come filled with baby products, are used instead of a cot or Moses basket for the first eight months of a child’s life.”

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“Colchester Hospital University foundation Trust is the first Trust in East Anglia to launch the baby box programme.”

“The baby box tradition originates in Finland, and has been credited with reducing the infant mortality rate from 65 deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1,000 in 2015.”

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Royal Berkshire Hospital to give baby boxes to new Reading mums. 

"Baby boxes have been used in Finland for many years and have drastically reduced cases of sudden infant death syndrome.”

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“Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is issuing Finnish-style 'Baby Boxes' to parents for their new borns to sleep in.

"The Baby Box tradition, which originates from Finland, has been credited with reducing the infant mortality rate in the country from 65 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1,000 births in 2015. The UK has some of highest rates of infant mortality in Europe, ranking 22nd out of the 50 European countries with 4.19 deaths per 1,000 births"

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