The Birthing Kit program has been supported by the Lutheran Women of Australia for many years and continues to be supported with great interest. Back in 2003, Sister Margaret Voigt who was a missionary in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for many years, presented an idea to the Lutheran Women at their General Synod of supplying birthing kits to the village birth attendants. The Lutheran Women where very interested in helping in this way and since then thousands of kits have been made and sent to PNG. The birthing kits are shipped from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s National Office to Lae. The Overseas Affairs Office clears the supplies from customs and then sends them onto Lutheran Health Services and they then send them out to various places where Lutheran Health Services work. The kits are for the use of the village midwives when they attend deliveries but are also used in Aid Posts and small Health Centres where they lack a good labour ward.
Preparing Birthing Kits
If you would like to join in God’s mission in this way, please forward assembled kits to LCA International Mission: 197 Archer Street, North Adelaide, South Australia, 5006.
The assembled kits should include the following: Download the Birthing Kit contents list.
|1 metre square of plastic||1 metre square of old linen||2 cloth nappies (not disposable) which may be second hand or made of flannelette material (60cm x 60cm)|
|2 x safety/nappy pins||face washer to be used as a wipe for mother and baby||2 x 20-25cm pieces of 15 mm wide ribbon
or 2 x 20-25cm pieces of 15 mm tape
|2 x disposable gloves||normal size cake of soap||newborn size singlet|
|pack items in a press seal or zip-lock (27cm x 33cm) plastic bag
to keep items clean and dry
|tract from LLL can be added||completed kit|
Need more inspiration?
Read these stories about the difference the Birthing Kits are making in God’s mission.