I wouldn’t have been able to see the first smile, the cooing and batting lashes of my beautiful babies. I would have missed the chubby legs and wobbly steps, the first words, and a love so deep that my heart never knew possible before my children were birthed and handed to me, new and fresh and wonderful. I would have left them abandoned and orphaned and at high risk for dying before their second birthday if they survived at all.
But I didn’t miss it.
I got to soak in every moment because I live in a developed nation. I delivered in a hospital which was able t o accommodate my emergency c-section. I had experienced birth attendants and physicians. I had sterile tools and a blinding white operating room. I had bags of antibiotics to fight the infection that developed from laboring too long. I survived. My children grow.
I am a mommy, not a statistic.
But I could’ve been one, if I was one of the hundreds of thousands of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth every year. If I was one of the women pregnant in an underdeveloped country,97% more likely to die during childbirth. If I gave birth alone with no supplies or care. If I was the one in seven pregnant women who die in rural Papua New Guinea. Many of which could be prevented with simple supplies. Where pregnancy is a likely death sentence.
I am a mom and this is intolerable.
Clean birth kits can save lives
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.
How to get involved in Bloggers for Birth Kits:
1. Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Mail your kits to: Adriel Booker, Bloggers for Birth Kits, PO Box 6221, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia
2. Donate for a birth kit to be made on your behalf. ($10 will buy 5 kits!) All donations for B4BK go toward the assembly and distribution of kits, as well as maternal care education. Make your online donation here. Please be sure to write “Bloggers for Birth Kits” in the box that says “additional comments” so the funds will be allocated properly!
4. Add the Bloggers for Birth Kits button to your blog. Get the code by following the bloggers for birth kits button below.
You can also watch this video Adriel made last year. (Feel free to repost it or link to it.) During the first part Adriel tells the story of how B4BK was born, and from the 3-minute mark you can see step-by-step instructions for how to assemble your own kit.