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Nurture Packs For Malawi Mothers

Nurture Packs give mothers & babies in Malawi the basics for the first few weeks after birth

Giving birth in Malawi has many challenges for women;

  • A woman in Malawi has a one in 26 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth.
  • The majority of births are in health facillites but they are under staffed and under resourced.
  • For every 1000 live births, 22 newborns die.
  • Most new mothers do not receive post natal care.

Maternal deaths could be prevented through better quality care. 

Most mothers in rural Malawi have very little possessions and so Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a basic pack to help them recover from childbirth and provide care for their babies. When I visited local midwifery centres close to Lilongwe, it was clear that the staff struggled with resources to support new mothers and babies. The things we take for granted after giving birth are a luxury for many new mothers in Malawi. Every item makes a difference to a new mother & baby.

Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a sense of dignity as they begin motherhood and to help support new baby care, health & wellbeing. These items can save lives and prevent illness and complications after birth.

What’s in a Nurture Pack?

  • Knickers-Many women do not have knickers which makes post natal bleeding difficult to manage.

  • Flannel-This can be used for post natal bleeding and for cleaning.

  • Baby hat & socks-To keep a new baby warm. Many babies are born with low birth weight so warmth is vital.

  • Soap- To improve hygiene.

  • Blanket-For warmth for the new baby. Blankets are a luxury.

  • Guide on Kangeroo Care & Skin to Skin contact-Kangeroo Care can save the lives of low birth weight babies and encourage breastfeeding.

The videos & photos below are taken at some of the groups where we have been able to support new mothers and babies in Malawi.

How you can help

There are lots of ways you can help. We try to source the items for the Nurture Packs locally to support the Malawian economy but we can also take donations to Malawi twice a year.

Get out your PARTY PANTS

Do you have clean, quality underwear that you no longer wear? How about getting on your party pants to collect underwear that can be donated to mothers in Malawi. You can also donate new underwear too. Pants Parties are great fun and help get underwear to women and girls who need them. Please get in touch to let us know about your party and to find out where you can send your donations. You can email me gayle@blossomandberry.com

Kangeroo Knitting-Can you knit or sew essential items?

Can you knit babies in Malawi a blanket, hat or socks? These items can help to save the lives of low birth weight babies as part of Kangeroo Care which is a skin to skin practice that can help small or premature babies relax and encourages weight gain. We can take them to Malawi twice a year on our visits. We have groups around the country that knit for us. 

Gift Or Sponsor A Nurture Pack

A Nurture Pack costs around £5.00-£7.00 to create. You can donate the cost of a pack by visiting our Just Giving page here. You can also gift a Nurture Pack as a new baby present to any mother. We will send you our “Guide to Baby Massage” via email to say thank you. Just let us know it is a donation for a gift. You can also set up a monthly direct debit to support the project.

Buy our book “Love Letters For New Mothers”

All profits from the sales of our book “Love Letters For New Mothers” go to supporting our mother & baby projects in Malawi. You can get a copy of the book here

 

These photos from Water Aid’s Deliver Aid campaign show the difference between between the hospital bags of women in the West compared to women in Malawi. New mothers have only the very basics to give birth. Let’s give new mothers the dignity and respect they deserve.

 

Thank you so much for all your love and support. You can find out more about our mother & baby projects in Malawi here

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