Hi Mums and Dads,
If you have used baby cloths and blankets, please bring them to my house or if it's more I'm also happy to collect them. I'll send them to a my friend and her birth centre in South Africa.
Busfare Babies is a birth centre run by Karen Clark and located in Eastern Cape, South Africa. It offers safe birth for rural women. The woman using her birth centre have very basic facilities and when they arrive in labour they don't even have knickers or sanitary pads. There is a high rate of neonatal death.
Access to medical facilities in pregnancy and birth is very difficult. Although ambulances do travel to these areas, there can be a 5-6 hour wait for the ambulance to arrive. Such long waiting intervals are a danger to mother and baby at birth.
Because 40 % are HIV positive, Busfare Babies encourages HIV screening for all pregnant women, encourages ARV treatment in pregnancy and appropriate treatment during labor and birth. In the post natal period, mothers and babies are referred back into the existing systems for continued ARV treatment.
If you want to help please contact me