Last week, I had the incredible privilege of giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Eliana Rose. Her name means “The Lord answers our prayers”. And what a blessing and answer to prayer she is to our little family. She came into the world via cesarean section following about 30 hours of labor. There’s no way to know if it was her slightly sideways position in the womb or the fact that the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around her neck or some other reason all together that prevented her from progressing down the birth canal as she should have. But whatever the reason, through the wisdom, counsel and skill of our doctor and by the grace and peace of God, she is here and we are both alive and healthy.
Of course, a c-section was not the birth experience we had hoped for or expected. But I am so grateful that I had the privilege of going through this experience in a clean, comfortable, sterile hospital with doctors and nurses available around the clock to care for us. So many woman and babies do not have this privilege. Even today, throughout the world, many women in my position experience the loss of their babies and even their own lives because they don’t have access to medical care.
Adriel, one of my dear YWAM friends has a project called Bloggers for Birth Kits which helps provide education and clean birthing kits for women in rural Papua New Guinea who don’t have access to birthing centers or hospitals. Please take a few minutes to read about her heart for this project and these women. And as mothers day approaches, please consider giving the gift of motherhood by partnering in this project either through assembling some birth kits yourself or with a group of friends, or making a financial contribution toward some birth kits. Through a simple act or a small contribution you can help make a difference and show these women that they are loved.
How to get involved in Bloggers for Birth Kits:
1. Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Mail your kits to: Adriel Booker, Bloggers for Birth Kits, PO Box 6221, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia
2. Donate for a birth kit to be made on your behalf. ($10 will buy 5 kits!) All donations for B4BK go toward the assembly and distribution of kits, as well as maternal care education. Make your online donation here. Please be sure to write “Bloggers for Birth Kits” in the box that says “additional comments” so the funds will be allocated properly!
3. Help raise awareness by posting about the cause on your blog, Facebook, pinterest, and twitter. (Please use the hash tag #B4BirthKits!)
4. Add the Bloggers for Birth Kits button to your blog.
Clean Birth Kit specifics
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 mum’s perineum and baby’s 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 sandwich-size ziplock bag (to pack the contents).