The Birthing Kit is a simple, clean tool that is used to prevent infection around the time of childbirth for mothers, babies and caregivers. Unclean birth environments can lead to infection, serious illness and death. For mothers and families that cannot afford the essential items for birth, the kit removes a financial barrier and often provides an incentive for mothers to attend skilled care during pregnancy and birth.
Since 2006, the Birthing Kit Foundation has delivered more than 1.65 million kits throughout the world. In 2017, 200,000 kits were distributed to woman in need. The life-saving kits, assembled by volunteers and valued at $3 contain:
· Gloves to prevent the spread of HIV and other infections between care-giver and recipient
· Plastic sheet to prevent the mother and newborn coming into contact with ground or another unhygienic surface
· Soap to wash the birth attendant’s hands and mother’s perineum
· Cord ties to tie the umbilical cord
· Gauze to wipe clear the newborn infant’s eyes and to clean the mother’s perineum prior to giving birth
· Sterile blade to cut the umbilical cord, reducing risk of newborn sepsis and tetanus
This kit was generously donated by the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Learn more at bkfa.org.au.
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