Mother's Delivery Kit: Low Cost Way to Ensure Safe Deliveries
By Kehinde Ogunfowora, BBF
When Childbirth is Fraught With Danger
Each year, 60 million women worldwide give birth with the help of an untrained traditional birth attendant (TBA), a family member, or with no help at all. Because of these circumstances, a clean delivery kit for use at home represents an innovative, cost-effective way of promoting hygienic deliveries.
World Health Organization (WHO) research indicates that pre-assembled, clean delivery kits with instructions for use could be a vital component in the reduction of neonatal and maternal mortality and morbidity due to cord infection, tetanus, and puerperal sepsis. In response, WHO and other organizations have been promoting and supporting the use of clean delivery practices.
While birth is a natural process, that does not generally require medical intervention, it is still one that is fraught with danger for women and infants around the world.
Risk of Infection
According to UNICEF, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-5 year olds and 145 women of childbearing age yearly from complications associated with pregnancy or childbirth, and infection is a leading cause.
Over 950,000 newborns per year die from infections. Birthing is still done at home in the outlying villages; most infections are easily preventable by use of basic hygiene practices.
This motivated Brown Button Foundation to provide both clean delivery kits, and the information about how and why to use them, to the women in the communities we are part of.
Brown Button Foundation's (BBF) Mother’s Delivery Kit contains essential items to minimize infection during the delivery process. The components of the kit are meant to promote WHO hygienic birth practices called clean delivery and cord care.
These practices mean observing the principles of cleanliness throughout the labor and delivery and after birth, until the separation of the cord stump.
The Necessity for a Clean Delivery Kit
While many believe that the death of mother and/or child during child birth as a natural occurrence, we at Brown Button Foundation believe otherwise.
- The location and economic status of a woman at childbirth should never be a determining factor as to whether she and her baby survive.
- No baby should grow up without mother’s love
- No family should be deprived of having a mother
Components of the Mother's Delivery Kit
Brown Button Foundation Mother’s Delivery Kit contains essential components of a simple clean delivery kit which includes:
- 1 absorbent disposable delivery mat
- 1 infant receiver
- 2 pairs of sterile gloves
- 2 cord clamps
- 1 mucus extractor
- 1 scalpel blade
- 1 bottle of methylated spirit
- 1 antiseptic soap
- 1 pack of cotton wool
- 1 bottle of olive oil
- 1 bottle of disinfectant
- 5 pieces of gauze
- 10 pieces of maternity pads
- Immunization calendars
- Immunization and antenatal reminder request forms
Helping Women Protect Their Own Health – and their Babies
The Brown Button Foundation manufacture and distribution of low-cost, clean delivery kits addresses critical perinatal and neonatal health problems such as tetanus and sepsis by potentially making clean delivery equipment accessible to large numbers of women.
Clean delivery kits help women protect their own health, as well as the health of their babies.
Beyond the immediate health effects, local development, production, and distribution of clean delivery kits will help establish and/or strengthen local women’s’ organisations and help strengthen community health workers' involvement in health care.
And the more women who safely deliver their babies, and the more women who experience the realities of infection avoidance in birth, the more women there will be who can help their sisters or neighbors or daughters to have safe births as well.
The clean delivery kit begins a cycle of health and well-being that stretches much farther than the home it is used in.
Lastly, the Brown Button Foundation Mother’s Delivery Kit is designed and distributed in ways to promote linkages between women and trained health officers.
We remain committed to our cause: “Saving Mothers to Save Lives”.