Zonta Prepares Birthing Kits

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Zonta Club of Jamestown

Zonta Club of Jamestown recently met to assemble birthing kits at St. Timothy’s Church in Bemus Point.

Birthing Kits contain a 4’X4′ piece of plastic sheeting a pair of surgical gloves, five pieces of 4X4 gauze, a piece of soap, three cord ties, and a razor blade all of which are packed into a re-sealable bag. Hoping to reduce the chance of infection for both mother and baby, these humble kits help provide women in third world countries with a fundamentally clean place in which to give birth. Zonta Club extends its sincerest thanks to JAMA and Jamestown Primary Care for their donations of materials.

793 kits were assembled by volunteers in two and a half hours; 75 will be sent immediately with Mary Rappole, Zonta Club member and retired Nurse Practitioner, on her mission trip to Haiti. In the past birthing kits went to Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Afganistan and the African continent.

If anyone in the community knows of other countries where birthing kits are needed or of travelers willing to take supplies with them, please let Zonta know by emailing Jamestown@ZontaDistrict4.org. Training, bags, and other supplies are available for persons willing to further volunteer with this project.

Organizer of this assembly, MaryAnn Spanos, is also requesting donations of non-sterile gauze 4X4’s so additional birthing kits can be assembled later this spring; Or if anyone has old suitcases to donate please drop them off at Marcia Bliss’ CPA office, 511 North Main Street, Jamestown. They will be packed with kits for future mission trips.

The Zonta Club extends it’s sincerest thanks to JAMA, UPMC Chautauqua WCA and Jamestown Primary Care for their donations of materials.

Zonta is an international service organization comprised of 1200 chapters across the globe and 30,000 members. Zonta International information can be found at Zonta.org. To learn about the Zonta Club of Jamestown visit ZontaJamestown.org; like our community page on Facebook and tweet us @ZontaJamestown on Twitter.