Having a baby is an incredibly overwhelming and often scary experience.
Imagine having to face childbirth without all of the medical help and care that we have here in Australia? That is a reality women in developing countries face every time they give birth.
Worldwide, an estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, most of them in developing countries, and many from infections acquired during childbirth.
Zonta Club of Gladstone are holding their annual Birthing Kit Assembly Workshop where volunteers assemble birthing kits to send to women in remote parts of the world.
A birthing kit is a pack of six simple items which enable these women to give birth at home in a clean environment, thereby decreasing the risk of death from infection and bleeding. The six items are: a sheet of plastic to provide a clean birth site, a cake of soap and a pair of rubber gloves for the birthing attendant to have clean hands, and basic surgical items – a scalpel blade, gauze pads and clips or ties for the umbilical cord.
Kits cost $3.00 each, with 1,400 kits being made on the day. Each kit has the potential to save two lives.
Birthing Kit Foundation Australia are also encouraging women to host their own Birthing Kit Baby Shower. It’s a beautiful alternative to the traditional baby shower while still embracing the miracle of childbirth at a social event.
“When I read the invite that the baby shower was not a typical baby shower but instead putting these kits together I thought what a wonderful gift, not only to bring a child into the world but also to bring other people’s children into the world safely,” a spokesperson for Birthing Kits Australia said.
Such simple things can make a life-changing difference.
Zonta Club of Gladstone 2017 Birthing Kit Assembly Workshop
When: Saturday, 29th July2017 a9.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Trinity College, 4 Archer Street, Gladstone
“Morning Tea will be provided and it’s a great opportunity to meet the Gladstone Zontians and other like-minded people. We’ll have an enjoyable time while helping save lives so please invite your friends and come along. If we have lots of helpers, we’ll finish earlier.”
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