International nonprofit WaterAid has come out with a series of photos focussing on what moms around the world pack in their bags when preparing to give birth. The goal is to raise awareness of the lack of clean water, hygiene and sanitation in many areas. In some areas it is so bad that hospitals don’t even have safe water access.
Katy Shaw is 31.
In her bag she packs toiletries, snacks, diapers, hat, socks, mittens, clothes and swaddles for baby. She also has clothes for for herself, including nightgowns, maternity underwear, maternity pads, nursing pads and massage oils
Agnes Noti is 22.
Her hospital has no source of water in delivery or recovery rooms. The whole ward shares one toilet and access to a sink used to wash medical equiptment is the only water they have.
Her bag includes clothes for baby, a blanket for baby, socks, a basin, a flask and tea.
Ellen Phiri is 23.
Her hospital has no clean running water, no sterilization equiptment, no electricty and only 4 toilets for 400 people.
Her kit includes a flashlight, a black plastic sheet to cover the delivery bed that can’t be cleaned, a razor blade to cut the cord, a string to tie the cord, 200 Malawaian Kwacha for food, and three large sarongs for mom to wear and babywear.
Hazel Shandumba is 27.
Hazel’s hospital has no running water. Her bag includes a baby blanket, cotton wool, a sarong, clothes for baby, napkins, a basin for water, and a roll of plastic for the bed.
Razafindrabary Claudine is 26.
Her maternity basket contains clothes for baby, cotton wool, alcohol (for cleaning), diapers, flask, bucket, and sanitary pads.
The contents of her bag include a music player, coconut oil, lavendar oil, arnica gel, snacks, nursing bra, nursing pads, nursing pillow, comfortable clothes, soft swaddle blanket, clothes and hat for baby.
Joanna Laurie is 34.
Her bags include diapers, clothes for baby, clothes for mom, snacks, towel for mom, toiletries, maternity pads, iPad, water bottle, medical notes, blanket, and a TENS machine for pain
Beyond highlighting the lack of sanitation access in many countries this is also fascinating look into the differences in birth and maternity around the world.