Birthing Kits

Each year, an estimated 385,000 women die in childbirth, many from simple infections.

Developing countries account for 99% of these deaths. For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections - many of which are painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong.

By providing a clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, we can give these mothers the resources to reduce infection.

The concept of the Birthing Kit originated with Dr Joy O'Hazy, a doctor and member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills.

The kits, which cost only $3.00, are basic and contain 6 products:

Birthing Kit
  • a plastic sheet (for the mother to lie on),
  • soap,
  • 2 disposable gloves,
  • sterile scalpel blade,
  • cord ties and
  • 5 gauze squares.

They are distributed to over 30 third world countries including Kenya, India, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Vietnam, Timor, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Afghanistan.

To find out more about this important work, visit the Birthing Kit Foundation website at