Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which materials are best to use?

100% cotton and flannelette are the best materials to use as they are the most comfortable on women’s skin and are the most absorbent. All finished pads will be gratefully received at the university. Please click here for more information.

What is PUL and why use it to line the pad?

Polyurethane laminate is a waterproof, breathable and lightweight material that we use as the bottom layer of the pad base. This material prevents leakage and will keep the women’s pants clean and dry while still allowing airflow. The PUL will be purchased as needed with fundraising money, and staff will cut and distribute to volunteer sewers. Please contact us to discuss times to pick up materials.

How will you choose which women receive pads?

ACU midwifery students will run education sessions daily in the postnatal wards of NPH during the study tour. Women who are interested in trialling sustainable menstrual pads will be given a pack.

How many pads will each woman receive?

Each pack will consist of 2 bases and 8 tri-fold pads. We will undertake an evaluation of women who receive the pads to discover whether this amount is sufficient and whether they need more or less.

Will education be given to the women regarding pad use and cleaning?

A small pictorial instruction sheet will be included in each pack which will educate women on how to use and care for their pads. Students who participate in the study tour will also give a verbal instruction to interested women before packs are distributed.

How will you know whether or not the programme is successful?

An evaluation form will be developed in conjunction with the Ni-van midwifery staff from the unit and both staff and students will encourage women to provide feedback on the pads. Although women only spend an average of 24 hours in NPH after birth, they bring their babies back to the unit for health checks and immunisations on day 3, 5 & 7 as well as their 6 week postnatal and family planning appointment. This provides plenty of opportunity to get feedback on the product.

How will the pads be taken to NPH

Each year in June/July a small group of ACU midwifery students attend a study tour to NPH in Vanuatu. The pads that are made each year will be taken over and distributed to women during the study tour and evaluations will also be undertaken during this time.

Where do I send my finished items?

There will be regular times that ACU staff will be available to receive finished pads. These will be advertised on the Basket Blong Mama website and Facebook page

Where do I find patterns for the pads?

You can find pad patterns by clicking here