Tuesday, April 24, 2012

bloggers for birth kits.

i am so super excited to help support this cause anyway that i can! it never ceases to amaze me, the awesomeness that adriel has going on over at the mommy hood memos - and it is that time of year again to help her in her bloggers for birth kits campaign!
did you know that a simple clean birth kit can help save a mom’s life? did you know that for around $2-3 you can assemble one? did you know that everything you need to make one can be found easily and quickly at your local hardware store and pharmacy?

look how simple these clean birth kits are…
and yet, even in their simplicity, they can mark the difference between life and death for a woman unable to get to a regional clinic for birthing her baby.

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).

see so easy, anyone can do this! it would be a great project to work on with your family - tell them it is a great mother's day gift to you, helping others become mothers :) these specific kits will be making there way to help people in papua new guinea april 30th, then adriel and her family with travel their in august to join up with other voultenteers involved.

there are a few different ways to help! you can piece together as many of the kits as you would like on your own or in a group, send a donation to have kits put together on your behalf, send a donation to have a kit put together as a gift on the behalf of someone else, add the button to your site (found on the mommy hood memos), or promote this cause the best way you know how - twitter, blogging, email, you name it!

to get all the info, watch a video, and to get started on your kits today, make sure and head over to the mommy hood memos. thanks for all your help!

The Mommyhood Memos Bloggers for Birth Kits


melissa rohr said...

This is amazing and I am the Mom in Uganda with 32 HIV kids.  Thanks Kim for alerting me to this.  Our youngest child is a baby born in the swamp.  Mom was alone, couldn't do it by herself and passed.  We will raise this child but the world is not aware of how many women and children are out there dying from this problem.  Good for you for making these kits.  

melissa rohr said...

Sending this link to my mom, who is building an orphanage in Uganda, although she is also involved in so many other aspects of life in the village.  I think she will be really interested in this "kit" as she recently became involved in another group- in Lynden, WA  I think- that makes other kits for young girls.  So very cool.
Thanks for sharing this- so glad I found you!

melissa rohr said...

yeah, awesome!! and you can still send kits after the 30th of april because we will fly them up! :) i hope you and your family are able to make a few - what a great idea to include the kids!!

thanks for posting this melissa! and thanks for your kind words too. x

melissa rohr said...

I'm so glad to see other ladies hopping on this cause: it's a worthy one! And? I am glad I stumbled over your blog in the meantime. You've got a good thing going on over here, keep it up!