Today I learned from Rants From Mommyland about a program run by Adriel Booker for Youth With A Mission Ships (YWAMships.org) out of Australia, ministering in Papua New Guinea. Her initiative is called Bloggers For Birth Kits. I think it's an amazing opportunity for moms I know to help other moms in parts of the world where the risk of dying in childbirth and child mortality are incredibly high, often for lack of sanitary birth assistance - a preventable tragedy.
Making a birth kit is easy and inexpensive. A birth kit is simply a ziploc bag of sanitary supplies for a birth attendant and mother to use to reduce the risk of infection for both mother and baby. The kit includes a plastic sheet (3' x 3'), a pair of rubber gloves, three pieces of string (10" each), five squares of gauze (3" x 3"), a razor blade (which the attendant will be taught to sterilize before use), and a piece of soap (about 1/8 of a large bar, or a hotel-sized bar). A more detailed list and a video are available at Bloggers For Birth Kits - please go take a look.
It's a simple way to make a possibly life-saving difference to mothers and babies who don't have the same access to safe, sanitary birthing conditions and medical care that we are blessed with. These kits will provide many happy mother's days for many families.