Moth­ers’ Day

Does your mum re­ally need an­other hanky?

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How about buy­ing her one of the cool gifts from Ox­fam that help other moth­ers, more in need than your own? For $27, you can buy a Baby Emer­gency Health Kit - which in­cludes all the es­sen­tials for moth­ers and other com­mu­nity mem­bers to feed and bathe baby in an emer­gency. It pro­vides im­me­di­ate pro­tec­tion against dis­ease and helps the youngest mem­ber of the fam­ily sur­vive those first trau­matic weeks. For $40, you can train a vil­lage birth at­ten­dant in the re­mote vil­lages of the Highlands of Pa­pua New Guinea, where moth­ers usu­ally give birth at home with­out med­i­cal as­sis­tance, putting both mother and baby at risk. With this gift, you help train lo­cal peo­ple to be­come birth at­ten­dants. They learn ba­sic mid­wifery skills and are pro­vided with safe birthing kits. Visit ox­fa­munwrapped.org.nz for other gift ideas.

Photo: Jerry Galea

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