Giving back

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.

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My ride for 4 days and 3 starry desert nights through parts of the Thar Desert, east of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, North West India. 


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).

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Thar Desert village. One of the mothers gave me her baby to hold here. I’m head and shoulders above these women, at just 165cm. 


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. 

KIT In 2020, BKFA changed their name to KIT International: a social enterprise dedicated to creating a transformed world for women and girls.

They address gender inequality and injustice by creating opportunities in healtheducation and livelihoods for women and girls.

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.

One of the livelihood initiatives of Kit International is improving maternal and newborn health through the Clean Birth Kits program.

KIT International 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, KIT International has partnered with over 100,000 Australians to create 2.2 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 $3.00*. 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.

A Clean Birth Kit is a powerful gift of hope and importantly, a gift that saves lives.

(*As of mid 2019, the cost of the Kit increased to $5.00. However, I’m keeping the donation cost at $3.00 for customers and I’ll happily contribute the extra $2.)

Please consider adding this simple, but extremely worthwhile donation to your booking. Thank you!

Read more about the Clean Birth Kits here or see www.kit.org.au

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