Zonta Birthing Kits

The birthing kit was designed specifically to be a cost effective tool to promote safe hygiene in childbirth in developing countries.

The contents are intended to promote hygiene in childbirth and thus prevent the most common causes of related infections. They contain items for the birth itself (eg. eco-friendly plastic sheeting, soap & disposable gloves), for the baby (string and a blade to attend to the umbilical cord) and to prevent common post-natal infections, some gauze squares to clean the baby’s eyes).

The kits cost $A6.00 to make and are assembled in the thousands by Zonta Clubs in Australia.

Once assembled, the birthing kits are distributed by the project organisers with the help of Non-Government Organisations in a variety of developing countries (who train local women to be birthing attendants and in the use the kit). Over one million of these birthing kits have been distributed so far by Zonta Clubs.

> Birthing Kit Foundation website

Life saving Birthing Kits provide a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries and have reduced the incidence of newborn and maternal morbidity and mortality.