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 x cloth nappies
2 x safety/nappy pins 6-10 x 15-25cm square of old linen or face washer 2 x 20-25cm pieces of 15 mm wide ribbon or tape
2 x disposable gloves normal size cake of soap newborn size singlet
pack items in a zip-lock bag 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.

Birthing Kits Deliver Care To PNG Sisters

Lutheran Health Services PNG

From Your Kitchen Table To The Mountains

The Joyous Job At Hand

Village Birthing Kits Are In Use

Alternative Baby Shower

As an alternative to a baby shower, why not use this time to prepare birthing kits for mothers who do not have the luxury of giving birth in a well-equipped hospital with trained staff.

Advice for running the event:
a) Provide a list of the items you need for the kits with your invitations.
b) Ask people to let you know what they are bringing for the kits when they RSVP. Let people know which stores stock items such as cloth nappies.
c) Some people may prefer to donate money that you can use to buy any items you are short of in the lead up to the event or as a donation for the shipping costs.
d) A venue with long trestle tables worked well for the event.
e) Light refreshments on a separate table help to sustain the guests while they are packing the kits.
f) Make signs for the tables with instructions for putting the kits together.
g) Set up stations on trestle tables for cutting the fabric (with fabric scissors, tape measures), cutting the plastic and cutting the cord ties.
h) You could also have a station for people to put small items (eg nappy pins, gloves and cord ties) into a small zip lock bag. This is a task that people with poor mobility could do while sitting down.
i) Create a production line on 2 trestle tables so guests can walk along and add items to their kits.
j) Make an example kit for guests to see what it needs to look like.
k) Provide a checklist at the end of the production line so guests can check they have everything in their pack.
l) Have sturdy freight boxes at the end of the production line to help transport the packs. Assign someone the task of making sure the boxes are properly packed.


Need more inspiration?

Read this story about Emily’s baby shower.