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The maternity package contains baby clothes as well as care products and materials. It is updated yearly in response to feedback from clients. While the range of items remains largely the same from year to year, the colours and patterns change, and some completely new items are added as well. There are altogether some 50 different items in the box.
The maternity package is not commercially available. It is available solely as a benefit offered under the Finnish social security system. The items it contains are sourced through a competitive bidding process complying with EU law.
The 2021 edition of the maternity package
The pictures below show the items included in the 2021 edition of the maternity package.
The 2021 edition of the maternity package contains a total of 50 different products. In addition, the box can be used as a bed.
Deliveries of the new edition will begin when existing stocks run out. Deliveries of the new edition are expected to start in April. The exact date of the switchover to the new edition depends on the number of claims that come in.
Please keep in mind that you should put in a claim for the maternity package at least 2 months before your estimated due date.
Maternity package in the event of multiple birth or adoption
Multiple-birth families get additional maternity grants. If you give birth to two or more children at the same time, you will get the standard maternity grant multiplied by two for your second child, the standard maternity grant multiplied by three for your third child, etc. This means that for twins, you will receive three times the maternity grant, for triplets, six times the maternity grant, etc.
You can choose how you wish to take out each maternity grant: in cash or as a maternity package, in whatever combination you want. For example, if you give birth to twins, you can choose to have two maternity packages and one cash payment.
Adoptive parents get a maternity package if the child they are adopting is under 18 years of age. The maternity grant is available as soon as the child has been identified for placement with the parents. Permission from the Adoption Board is needed in the case of international adoptions.
If you receive defective items, contact the maternity package distributor: Suomen Kirjastopalvelu Oy, asiakaspalvelu(at)kirjastopalvelu.fi or by phone 09 584 0440. You will receive a new non-defective item in return. For other questions concerning the maternity package, call the customer service number for families with children.
Photos: Veikko Somerpuro © Kela. Please credit the source. Not for commercial use.