It is estimated that in developing countries, over 300,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections. That’s over 800 women every day. Through the provision of 2,000 Birthing Kits we have been able to assist an equal number of women in the most challenging of situations – those who for reasons of isolation, cultural choice or poor transport have little or no assistance during childbirth, often giving birth at home. By providing a clean birthing kit these mothers have the resources to reduce infection.
Kidman Park opted to hold an Assembly Day for our 2,000 kits on 29th November at the premises of Bunnik Tours, in Adelaide. With over 75 Rotarians, Partners and Friends in attendance, the production lines were soon humming. At the end of the evening most involved agreed that it had been both a fulfilling and a rewarding exercise that would make a huge difference to 2,000 women in the most challenging of situations – those who for reasons of isolation, cultural choice or poor transport have little or no assistance during childbirth, often giving birth at home. By providing a clean birthing kit these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection of themselves and their newborns.
BKFA Birthing Kits packed by our group went to women living in and facing the most challenging of circumstances when they give birth. One kit can mean the difference between life and death!
Included in the kits KPR produced were:
1 plastic sheet for the mother to lie on preventing mother and baby coming into contact with the floor or ground.
5 gauze squares to wipe secretions from the babies eyes and the mother’s perineum. 3 cords for clean ties for the umbilical cord and to preventing bleeding from the umbilical cord for mother and baby.
2 gloves for clean hands.
1 sterile scalpel blade for a clean cut of the umbilical cord.
1 small cake of soap for clean hands and to prevent the birth attendant transmitting germs to mother and baby and to prevent infection.
These kits will mainly help provide clean birthing conditions but will also aid in the improvements of antenatal care and capacity for dealing with obstetric complications.