Bloggers combating maternal and infant mortality

In just two weeks’ time, bloggers from all over the globe have come together to rally behind the issue of maternal and infant mortality in developing nations through Bloggers for Birth Kits. Bloggers, and friends of bloggers, have donated 801 clean birth kits, written nearly 40 blog posts, and have tweeted, retweeted, and linked up on facebook hundreds and hundreds of times.

It’s been a world-wide bloggers blitz on the problem of maternal and child health in the developing world.

The World Health Organization reports that one woman dies every minute in pregnancy and childbirth, and often these deaths occur due to preventable causes such as infection. In fact, in 1 in 7 women die in childbirth in rural Papua New Guinea.

That is a statistic that is not only shocking, but moving. And that is exactly why bloggers have been quick to move into action.

My first Bloggers for Birth Kits post went up on May 5, 2011 where I pleaded for women to think about their own birth experiences in stark contrast to the realities of what women in PNG face every day. I explained how a simple birth kit containing five basic items could mean the difference between life and death for these precious women, and how for only $2-$3 we can literally save someone’s life.

After a few days of promoting through social media, women everywhere were jumping on board to get involved. The initiative has been snowballing ever since.

My initial goal was to gather 300 birth kits by the end of 2011; Instead we received 300 kits in less than three days.

Now–less than a month later–the Bloggers for Birth Kits initiative ( has already gathered 801 kits, some of which are on their way to Papua New Guinea within the next few days where they will be distributed through medical volunteers on the YWAM Medical Ship.

The response has been overwhelming, and this is obviously an issue that touches a nerve in women’s hearts everywhere. (And men’s too!)

{Just today a box of 24 hand-made birth kits arrived in the mail from a women’s group in Hawaii.}

If you’re interested in getting involved, there are several ways you can do so. You can sponsor clean birthing kits to be made (at $2 per kit), make kits yourself, blog about the cause, or promote through social media. (You can also grab the Bloggers for Birth Kits button on the sidebar and add it to your own blog.) All the details for involvement are outlined here.

Additionally, here is a video with the story of the inspiration behind Bloggers for Birth Kits, as well as a tutorial on how to make your own clean birth kits if you’d like to contribute in that way. (If you just want to watch the tutorial section of the video, fast forward to mid-way through.)

Dear friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your involvement in this cause that means so much to me. I have full confidence that your time, efforts, donations, and promotions are making an incredible impact for good in the lives of hundreds of women in need… as well as the future of a nation.

So grateful,



Above photo of woman and child in PNG courtesy of YWAM Medical Ships.

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • casey
    26 May 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I am beyond thrilled to hear about the success so far!! This is too awesome!!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      26 May 2011 at 11:41 pm

      It’s great isn’t it??! That’s thanks to wonderful women such as yourself (and a few men:)! I’m just thrilled.

  • Laura
    27 May 2011 at 3:48 am

    That’s amazing! The power of bloggers everywhere is really overwhelming – what a wonderful way to put it to good use!

  • Branson
    27 May 2011 at 12:42 pm

    This is so amazing, and I am so excited! Thanks so much for making us aware of this, A!

  • Micheline
    1 June 2011 at 5:05 am

    Wow! Awesome job, Adriel! I’m proud to have taken part in the success of this project and wishing you continued success.

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  • Kristyn
    24 March 2012 at 3:18 am

    I just found your site and am so excited. You are my latest post at I am also working on clean birth kits — so far my blog is a compilation of articles about clean birth kits and maternal/infant health in the developing world. I am teaming up with health-related organizations in Laos, where 80% of birth are at home — only 20% with an attendant. Laos has very high maternal mortality (20th worst in world) and infant mortality (35th worst in the world) statistics.

    I’d love to be in touch and share information.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      29 March 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Kristyn. I’m so glad to that you found me. I’m headed to “your place” now! I have a soft spot for Laos actually. The “Forgotten Nation”. 🙁 Such a gorgeous place with gorgeous people. I’ve not seen the maternal/infant mortality rates for Laos, but sadly I’m not surprised. Let’s see how we can work together to improve those numbers. Because they are so much more than numbers… they are precious women and children. xx
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