St. Thomas Aquinas donates “boxes for babies” to Madison Regional Health

Fr. Kayser with the boxes for babies

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, S.D. wants to make sure every newborn going home from Madison Regional Health System has all the newborn necessities along with a safe place to sleep.

The “boxes for babies”, as they are called, are filled with all kinds of items new parents might need including a handmade diaper bag, onesies, blankets, diaper rash ointment and more. The boxes can then be used for the newborn to sleep in as they come equipped with a firm mattress and fitted sheet. They provide a guaranteed safe sleep environment for the baby for the first few months, and one that can easily be moved from room to room.

While this may not be a tradition those from U.S. are accustomed to, the country of Finland has been handing out baby boxes for over 80 years. Interestingly, Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world at just 1.9 deaths per 1000 births in 2015. The U.S. has a rate of 5.6 per 1000 births in 2015. The first statewide program in the U.S. to provide baby boxes launched in New Jersey at the beginning of 2017.

St. Thomas has already provided 11 boxes for babies to MRHS mothers and newborns since October.

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