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(Back, from left) Gloria Jones, Bernie Franckowiak, Gill Jones, (middle) Con and Santina Lo Giudice and (front) Lois James prepare birthing kits.
(Back, from left) Gloria Jones, Bernie Franckowiak, Gill Jones, (middle) Con and Santina Lo Giudice and (front) Lois James prepare birthing kits. Georja Ryan

IT WAS nip, tuck, wrap and roll at the Scots PGC dining hall on Saturday morning as the Zonta ladies and their helpers prepared 1000 birthing kits to send overseas.

These particular kits will go back to the Birthing Kit Foundation to be distributed with others to 30 third-world countries.

The kits are designed to provide a hygienic and germ-free way for midwives and women to deliver babies.

Co-ordinator Lois James said it was about helping those who really needed it.

"Some of these women just give birth in the dirt and a lot of women and babies die because of infection," Mrs James said.

"The items in the kits mean these babies and mothers can survive."

The birthing kit project started in 1995 when the first batch of kits was sent to Papua New Guinea.

Today, they reach 30 countries around the world.

"Some of the kits go into teaching hospitals so the midwives can learn how to do it properly," Mrs James said.

She said army officer Grant Prendergast phoned from Afghanistan to ask that some kits be sent to him so he could give them to the women where he is currently based.

Twelve-year-old Ceilidh Bishop said she loved helping out with the birthing kits.

"We do it because you feel like you're actually helping someone and we're sort of giving back," Ceilidh said.

"It's something so little you can do and it makes such a huge difference to someone else, and it's things like this we take for granted," she said.

 

Fact

 For every woman who dies during childbirth, 30 more suffer from disease and infection.

Topics:  birthing kit foundation, lois james, scots pgc, zonta


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