Birthing kits give Developing World babies a fighting chance

Babies in impoverished Haiti will have a better chance of survival with help from women in Cincinnati.

On May 7, Zonta Club of Cincinnati gathered with community partners, family and friends at Loveland Christian Church to assemble 500 birthing and 120 newborn kits. The kits were delivered to Matthew 25 Ministries for distribution in Haiti.

Mothers in rural areas in developing countries often have few resources to care for their babies at home. The newborn kit consists of a receiving blanket, two cloth diapers and safety pins placed in a sealable plastic bag.

Women in developing countries will get the birthing kits, which contain plastic sheeting to provide a clean surface for delivery, soap, disposable gloves, clean single-edge razor blades to cut the cord, three 12-inch pieces of string to tie the cord and two packages of sterile gauze pads.

Supplies for the kits are obtained through community donations and fundraisers.

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