“A Kiss and a Hug” for this group of Baby Bag Packers

On the evening of Monday November 5, twelve people gathered around the table at Global Links for a little feast, a little wine … and a whole lotta baby bags. Global Links had a serious need for baby clothes to complete our New Baby bags – handmade bags filled with supplies for new mothers and babies. The contents of the bags have been determined in consultation with our partner hospitals in the countries where we ship the bags, and are used by hospitals as an incentive for mothers to come in for prenatal care and attended deliveries – both of which save lives.  We couldn’t ship any bags until we had more clothes.

Each of the guests brought three new baby outfits apiece – 15 pounds of baby clothes. Together, they packed 57 bags and listened to a presentation from Program Officer Marisol Valentin, who read a thank you note from a mother in Cuba who had received one of the bags.  “I send you a kiss and a hug to thank you with all my heart,” the note concluded.

The packers, four of whom are long-term Global Links volunteers, understand how the bags are a valuable tool to improve Maternal/Infant mortality – a special focus of Global Links. Thanks to their efforts, we can make this tool available to a hospital in Haiti that requested them in our next donation there.

Find out more about Global Links New Baby Collection, and all the different ways you can get involved.

The baby bag crew, clockwise starting on the left: Cecelia Brissett, Roberto Briceño, Barbara Reichbaum, Carol Reichbaum, Theresa Scheiffarth, Chris Miller, Gwen Thesen,
Marcie Barent, Sabine Scheiffarth, Luise Davis, Jack Reamak, Marcia Brissett

 

Devoting an Evening to Maternal/Infant Health


“If I was a new mother, needing these supplies,” said Barbara Reichbaum, a longtime regular Global Links volunteer, “I would be happy to receive the bag with even a portion of the contents.” Barbara and her fellow “case packers” had just learned that the only reason Global Links was unable to ship more baby bags was that we did not have enough baby clothes. Wanting to ensure that all recipients would receive some baby clothes in their bags, the case packers decided to take action, and planned a baby shower/clothing drive to complete the bags for an upcoming donation to La Croix Health Center in Haiti.

Case packers come in regularly to check, count, label and pack materials that arrive in cases. It is a big job, and this dedicated crew is vital to the functioning of Global Links.

The baby bag project was inspired by a hospital Global Links worked with in Nicaragua, which provided bags of essentials as an incentive for mothers to come in for prenatal care and a medically attended delivery. Global Links consulted with medical personnel in the countries where we work to devise a list of appropriate items to include in the bags. A quilter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed a sturdy, all purpose bag and made hundreds of them herself before helping to assemble easily followed instructions for other volunteers to follow.  The bags are designed to have a long and useful life after the baby is born.

Global Links plans to send 100 bags to La Croix, each bag containing the same carefully chosen items.  “We believe these bags help encourage mothers to deliver in the safe environment of the Maternity Center,” the staff at La Croix wrote.

Good prenatal and obstetric care can save lives. Global Links New Baby bags can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara, left, and the rest of the case pack crew: Ann, Louise, Sabine and Marcie.

Please support of Maternal/Infant health. To find out how to host your own Baby Shower for Global Links, email Stacy Bodow.