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PROJECT: Birthing Kits Duration: April 1st- May 26th
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Every minute a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing nations. For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections, which are often preventable. (Source: World Health Organization.)
We will be collecting Receiving Blankets in addition to other supplies to make Birthing kits for 3rd world countries. Receiving blankets can be made with any type fabric (Cottons, Flannel, Minky, Double Gauze), and do not have to be a specific size or pattern. If you do not have a favorite receiving blanket pattern, we have a pattern by Shannon Fabrics available at every register for your convenience. Please do not hesitate to speak with one of our Team Members if you have any questions.
Other Items Needed
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 mums perineum and babys 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 gallon-size ziplock bag (to pack the contents).
8. Newborn Onesie
9. Baby Caps
10. Sanitary Napkins (bladder control works great)
11. Disposable Bed Pads
12. Instant Cold Packs
13. Mosquito Net