Vital Community Midwife Bags

by Bridport L.C - Ladies Circle in Bridport, England, United Kingdom

Vital Community Midwife Bags
We did it
On 12th July 2021 we successfully raised £2,996 with 124 supporters in 28 days

We're walking from Bridport to Dorchester to raise funds to buy vital community midwife bags

by Bridport L.C - Ladies Circle in Bridport, England, United Kingdom

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The bags have been put together by Baby Lifeline who are a unique national charity which promotes the safe care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK and worldwide. 

They listened to the pleas of community midwives, and put together a nationally-recognised home birth bag with everything they need to give the safest and best care at home births.

In short;

  • It provides everything needed for births at home, including any emergencies (expert-led consensus of “essentials”).
  • Everything is easily and quickly accessible.
  • Designed for infection-control.
  • In a backpack or on wheels to make it easier to transport for midwives.

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We're so lucky in West Dorset to have the fabulous Cygnet Homebirth Team

They are a dedicated team of experienced midwives who provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to women choosing to birth their baby at home in West Dorset. The service has been so popular that Dorset County Hospital now has one of the highest home birth rates in the country.


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Senior Midwife Tara Pointer-Putt set up the team in June 2015. Midwife Karen Myers have been part of the team since it started and Julie Younger, Sarah Punshon, Emma Barrett, Gemma Black and Julie Horn have all joined the team over the last couple of years. They are all passionate about women’s choices and supporting and empowering them to achieve the birth they wish in their own environment.

All care for women choosing a homebirth is provided within their own home. The team caseload women dependent on where they live, providing continuity of care which increases women’s and families satisfaction of their pregnancy and birth experience.

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The right equipment in the right place at the right time is vital.

The team already own 4 of the Baby Lifeline Community Midwife Kit bags. As well as these each member of the team does have all items that are contained in the kits whenever they attend a birth, but currently, they arrange these differently depending on their working practices. 

We want to raise enough money to pay for the whole team to have their own bag each. This will make things easier for the midwives, allowing them to standardise their practice as the kits are all laid out and organised in each bag in the same way.

So any midwife knows exactly where any piece of kit is in the unlikely event of needing it. 

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Here's lovely midwife Emma, explaining in detail about the bag and why they are so vital 



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Bridport Ladies Circle recently re-established, are a group of ladies aged 18-45 who have fun and raise money for local good causes.

A few of us had the wonderful Cygnet team support us through our pregnancies and births so this is why we've chosen to support a cause very close to our hearts. 

Read more about the history of Ladies Circle here.

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We are walking 20 miles from Bridport to Dorchester on Saturday June 26 2021.

This might not sound a lot, but most of us have young children and even though we meet weekly for training walks, we're currently up to about 7 miles (uh oh!) it's going to be a real challenge.

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The only thing that will get us through is YOU and your support!

If you've got fond memories of your experience with the Cygnet team, if you're currently a patient or just want to support a good cause please donate whatever you're able, nothing is too small, together we can make a big difference to the lives of our beloved midwives, mothers, babies and families across West Dorset.  

If you're a business or organisation who'd like to support us we'd be happy to mention you specifically on our social media campaigning and we could even add your logo to our T-shirts that we'll be wearing on the day.

Please join us in helping us to raise the money we need to purchase the kit bags for the wonderful midwives. 


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The Kits cost £703.50 each x 4 = £2814 inc. VAT

3% Crowdfunder fee = £84.42 

Payment provider fees

1.9% total = £53.46 +
est. 120 supporters (average donation £25) x 29p per transaction = £34.80

Total needed to cover the cost of 4 vital maternity kits
= £2,986.68


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If you'd like to get in touch to talk about our fundraising further please contact [email protected].


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Bridport Ladies Circle We welcome new members and have just started meeting in person again, so if you're looking to have fun whilst also fundraising to support local charities and good causes within our community then do get in touch.

We have a varied and exciting social calendar planned for the year ahead, meeting once a month in and around the Bridport area. We are busy planning our fundraising events so please look out for us and support us so we can support you.

If you are interested in finding out more about Bridport Ladies Circle, email [email protected]


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Q. Why can't the NHS pay for the bags?
We're so lucky that at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust that we have a dedicated homebirth team. Not many Trusts have that. Although each member of the homebirth team has all the equipment inside the bags to be able to find the funding for each of the midwives to have one of these kit bags, just isn't there.

Q. Will the walk go ahead if there's bad weather?

We really hope the weather will be in our favour on the 26th but if it's looking like there will be significantly heavy rain or a sudden heatwave we may have to postpone it to another date if this does happen we will, of course, let you know.

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