Save a Life: Give a Clean Birth Kit.

4 05 2012

A lot of us who understand natural physiological birth know that birth isn’t as dangerous as most of us grew up thinking it was.  We know that past conditions for birthing women were poorer, which was the real culprit in maternal and neonatal fatalities– not the act of childbirth itself. Lack of access to clean water, nutrition, proper preventative medicine or care, extreme poverty… these were some of the things which caused birth to go bad in the “good old days”.

We take for granted that this doesn’t happen anymore. But it does.

Even the most naturally-minded, birth-trusting earth goddess mother has an uphill battle to face when the odds are stacked against her. That’s why this Mother’s Day, you might want to consider donating a clean birth kit to areas which we would consider third world… places like Papua New Guinea, where the maternal death rate is 1 in 7.

Adriel at The Mommyhood Memos wants us to know about Bloggers for Birth Kits. It’s great. You can either assemble your own birth kit and send it in, or you can donate in increments of $10. For only $2-3 dollars you can give a woman a birth kit with just the sterile essentials which could be life saving. You’ll be helping to stomp out the #1 issue in maternal death:  infection.

Clean Birth Kit specifics
1. Soap (for the birth attendant to wash her hands). Use a hotel-size soap or cut a regular bar of soap into 1/8-sized pieces. (Microwave the bar of soap for 30 seconds to soften it for cutting).
2. One pair of plastic gloves (for the birth attendant to wear).
3. Five squares of gauze (to wipe the mum’s perineum and baby’s eyes). Gauze pieces should be about 10×10 centimeters or 3×3 inches.
4. One blade (to cut the cord). You can buy individually wrapped sterile blades at the pharmacist or buy utility blades (much cheaper) at the hardware store. We teach the women to boil the blades for sterilization, so utility blades work just fine.
5. Three pieces of string (2 for tying the cord, 1 for “just in case”). String should be about 30 centimeters or 10 inches long.
6. One plastic sheet (for a clean birthing surface). Sheet should be approximately 1×1 meter or 1×1 yard and can be purchased at your hardware or paint store.
7. One sandwich-size ziplock bag (to pack the contents).


If you’d like to assemble your own, please ship to: Adriel Booker, Bloggers for Birth Kits, PO Box 6221, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia

If you prefer to donate ($10 increments), click here. Please be sure to write “Bloggers for Birth Kits” in the box that says “additional comments” so the funds will be allocated properly!

And of course, if you can do nothing else, consider passing this on. Tweet it, Pin it, Facebook share it, share it with a group. Thanks.




2 responses

4 05 2012
Adriel Booker

“Even the most naturally-minded, birth-trusting earth goddess mother has an uphill battle to face when the odds are stacked against her.” Yes!

Thank you so much for posting about this, and helping to spread awareness about an important cause and an important solution!! x

4 05 2012

Fantastic idea! I have been looking for a charity for my donations instead of gifts at my baby shower – this would be perfect 🙂

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