In honor of International Women’s Day, Saving Mothers led a birth kit packing event with 20 incredibly enthusiastic East Side Middle Schoolers. Saving Mothers ambassadors Elah Wilson and Natalie Bassani (pictured below) brought together 6th, 7th and 8th grade participants, each one making a donation towards the supplies necessary to complete the kits. We had an opportunity to teach them about the kit components and why each one is vital to the kit.
These students raised $460 and packed 55 kits!
Our safe birth kits contain simple inexpensive items. These kits can be the difference between life and death for many women in developing countries. They contain everyday items like soap to cleanse the birth mothers’ perineum, a plastic shower curtain to provide a clean surface for delivery, and a razor blade to cut the umbilical cord. These kits contain everything that even the most minimally skilled birth attendants need to ensure safe deliveries outside of the hospital setting.
Written by Isa Cuervo (Saving Mothers Research Fellow 2019-2020)