Labour and childbirth can be a daunting prospect for most women. In addition to birth itself, there's also now a whole new person you're now responsible for feeding, clothing and ensuring he or she grows up to be a respectable member of society. No pressure. We are very fortunate here in Australia and many other countries across the world, that thanks to excellent health care, mortality rates in mothers and babies are not high risk or occurrence.
Unfortunately, many women and young children are not as fortunate. In developing countries, nearly 300,000 women and three million newborn babies die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Mammojo is proud to be supporting the Birthing Kits Foundation Australia who aim to change all this by providing these women and their communities with safe and clean birthing environments. The solution costs just $3 and fits inside a small ziplock bag.
Birthing Kits are a wonderful little creation that can drastically reduce the risks that come along with childbirth. Here’s what they include:
- A plastic sheet to prevent the mother and newborn coming into contact with the ground or an unhygienic surface
- A sterile blade to cut the umbilical cord cleanly and reduce risk of newborn sepsis and tetanus
- Gloves to cover the birth attendant's hands and provide protection from infections such as HIV for carers and care recipients
- Clean cord ties to tie the umbilical cord
- Gauze to wipe clear the newborn baby’s eyes, and to clean the mother’s perineum prior to giving birth
- Soap to wash the birth attendant’s hands and the mother’s perineum
Mammojo is honoured to working with such a wonderful organisation that allows mothers to safely bring even more joy into the world. We contribute 2% of each sale towards funding birth kits for women in developing countries. We are also hoping to hold a kit assembly day of our own soon! (Keep your eyes and ears peeled for how you can get involved!)
For more information on the Birthing Kits Foundation Australia hand you can help head to their website.
Birthing Kits Foundation Australia:
BKFA YouTube http://bit.ly/bkfayoutube