A new project from the charity WaterAid has revealed what women from around the globe pack in their maternity bags. From a razor blade to cut the umbilical cord to plastic sheets for the hospital bed, these photos show the startling contrast of birthing essentials around the world.
Her bag includes: baby clothes, an insurance card, consent forms for hospitalisation and blood transfusions, a mother-and-child health record, a patient’s registration ticket, maternity shorts, bra and toiletries.
“When I gave birth for my first child, I had to take diaper, baby wipes, maternity shorts and my pyjamas, but this time at a different hospital those items are all included in the hospitalisation fee. It would be helpful since I do not have to worry about washing my pyjamas.”