Aya Birthing  Kits Project

During our time in the villages in December 2016, we meet with the birth attendants that had great concerns for the care and need for cleaner conditions for a woman to deliver babies. AYA project collected donated supplies and built 100 clean birthing kits and delivered them to woman in need in the Ivory Coast. These kits help reduce the risk of infection for mothers & babies. During our July 2021 mission, AYA Project will distribute 60 kits to pregnant mothers as well as birthing attendants in rural villages. 

Here Are The Facts:

  • The United Nations &  W.H.O. estimates that over 300,000 women die annually in childbirth. Developing countries account for 99% of these deaths.

  • 1 in 13 women in Africa die of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

    • 1 in 2,400 in the United States of America

  • Infection following delivery is the leading cause of death among these mothers and newborns.

  • 60 million women give birth each year with the assistance of a Traditional Birth Attendant or with no assistance at all.

What Impact Can Birthing Kits Have ?

  • Research conducted by USAID in Tanzania shows the positive impact of the kits on women’s and children’s health. In a study of 3,200 participants, organization found that women who used the kits were substantially less likely to develop genital tract infections, and their infants were substantially less likely to develop cord infections. USAID estimates that if clean birth kits were used in 90 percent of home births, it would save the lives of 6,300 women and 102,000 newborns each year

What are Birthing Kits?

The birthing kit addresses the 7 cleans needed for a safe delivery to help prevent infection risks for mother and babies!

1. A plastic sheet

  • one-meter (approximately one-yard) square piece of heavy-gauge plastic 4 mil thick

  • To be spread under the birthing mother preventing mother and baby coming into contact with the floor or ground

2. Examination gloves

  • For Clean hands

  • To prevent birth attendant transmitting germs to mother and baby

3. Soap

  • For clean hands

  • To prevent the birth attendant transmitting germs to mother and baby

  • Washing and drying the stumps prevents infection

4. Cord

  • For clean ties for the umbilical cord

  • To prevent bleeding from the umbilical cord for mother and baby

5. Single-edge razor blade 

  • to cut the umbilical cord.

6. Gauze

  • To wipe secretions from the babies eyes and the mother's perineum

7. 2 Receiving blanket – 30”x 30” or 32”x 32” size

  • To Warm The Baby