FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Baby Box tradition started close to 75 years ago and now they are in Fort St. John.
For years, mothers in Finland have been given a Baby Box as a ‘starter kit’ for their baby. The boxes also contain clothes, blankets and other items for newborns. The box is even lined with a mattress so the baby can use the box as their first bed.
With this, Finland has one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre decided to participate in the initiative.
Lise Klassen, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre says that they partnered with the United Way to be able to offer the program to mothers here in Fort St. John.
“There was a lot of people who were just plain interested in it and they wanted to know ‘where can I get a box?’ and some people suggested to us that we should be a distributor but the United Way decided to do that. We partnered with Baby’s Best Chance and we are the place people can come and pick up a Baby Box.”
In order to receive a box, you do have to complete a course called ‘Baby Box University’.
“You do have to take a little course and it is called “Baby Box University’. It is a video series of learning. From there, you come to the Pregnancy Care Centre, show us the certificate and provide email (this way we can verify you took the course) and they walk away with a beautiful Baby Box.”
The cost of a Baby Box? $0. Klassen explains that they are currently building more boxes as the demand has been high.
For more information, call the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre at (250) 787-5584.