Many moons ago I travelled (in parts, courtesy of a belching and flatulent camel, pictured) through some very remote villages throughout India and Nepal. When I saw pregnant women or newborns, I remember wondering what the quality of maternity and newborn care was really like for these women in these parts of the world.
I soon discovered the awful fact that each day around the world, almost 800 mothers die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. One third of the total global deaths are in two countries; India (50,000 per annum) and Nigeria (40,000 per annum).
Flash forward to 2015, and I/BodyWise BirthWise became a proud supporter of The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia). A not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to improving conditions for women who give birth at home in developing countries. Along with my yearly membership, for every woman I supported across my range of services within our very privileged Australian maternity system, a donation was made to this invaluable cause.
By 2019, thanks to the ongoing support and donations of my clients and online store customers, I/BodyWise BirthWise was able to become a proud member of the Business for Birthing Kit Partner Program with BFKA.
We currently live in a world where tragically 295,000 women die every year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Close to 2.5 million babies also die within their first month of life.
BKFA is dedicated to improving maternal and newborn health through the Clean Birth Kits program.
BKFA works with Australian and global partners to pack and supply Clean Birth Kits to pregnant women living in rural communities and low-resource settings around the world.
Since 1999, BKFA has partnered with over 100,000 Australians to create and distribute 2.4 million Clean Birth Kits!
These have then been distributed to women in need with the aid of accredited field partners in 20 countries. The Kits are given to mothers through community outreach programs, supplied to health facilities for use by doctors, midwives and nurses or distributed to traditional birthing attendants.
They are designed to support hygienic practices and environments during childbirth in under-resourced settings. Unfortunately, infection continues to contribute to the poor health outcomes of many mothers and newborns each day.
The Clean Birth Kits are a simple, yet effective way to reduce the risk of infection and support safer childbirth for women in need.
Each item in the Clean Birth Kit works to reduce infections at high-risk moments of care during labour, birth and immediately post-birth for the mother, newborn and birth attendant.
It contains 6 disposable components:
These Kits are assembled by volunteers in Australia.
Each Kit requires a donation of $5.00. This includes all materials in the Kit, costs associated with assembly, warehousing and freight of kits, plus the overall program management inclusive of monitoring and evaluation.
As of 5 June 2021 (World Environment Day), all of the Clean Birth Kits became environmentally friendly!
This means they still provide the same level of protection, but leave less of an environmental impact.
The plastic bag and the plastic sheet of each Clean Birth Kit are treated with an organic compound making them biodegradable in microbe rich environments, such as landfill.
A Clean Birth Kit is a powerful gift of hope and importantly, a gift that saves lives.
Please consider adding this simple, but extremely worthwhile donation to your booking. Thank you!