Category «Global Midwifery»

Free Course about global issues in childbirth

I meet many childbirth professionals who are interested in global health. I often find their understanding of the issues facing women globally is based on old data or common myths. Here is an opportunity to learn about maternal and newborn health in low and middle income countries.  Check it out. Childbirth: A Global Perspective | …

Ten Things about The Ten Steps

You are probably familiar with The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.  Here are ten things you might not have known about the Ten Steps. The ten steps were first published by WHO/UNICEF in 1989 in a document titled Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched in 1991 to ensure every maternity …

Birth, Womanhood, Value

I was reading one of the original publications on the three delays to care in childbirth emergencies this morning, and was struck with an unpleasant thought. First, let me acquaint any readers who have not heard of them with the three delays. It is a framework for thinking about and dealing with the problems that …

Midwifery Regulation Matters

I’m updating the directory this week, a very boring task involving staring at a computer screen and writing code…….yawn. But in the midst of these updates I do more research, look for more resources and find more information about midwifery in places I don’t live…like Canada. Here in the US, midwifery is regulated at the …

Coming Home

I made it back to Atlanta safe and sound last night, and fell asleep on the couch before 9 pm.  This has been the hardest trip for me in terms of time-change.  It took me a few days in Dar es Salaam to actually sleep through the night, and here I am on the other …

Learn to speak the language

I broke one if my rules by agreeing to do births in Tanzania- I agreed to work in an environment where I couldn’t really communicate with the women. If I cannot communicate, I am very little help. Actually I can be worse than little help because asking questions takes too long, I cannot get good …

Postpartum IUCD

One of the cool things I get to learn about here is post parting IUDs. In the US, you would wait for the checkup to insert at six weeks or later – the US had a fairly high postpartum follow up rate and the expulsion rate for IUDs is higher when done postpartum. In Tanzania, …

Partograph

One of my learning goals while in Tanzania is the partograph. It is a visual representation of the labor that allows you to identify problems quickly. The biggest struggle to learning to use this tool is the reality of Tanzsnisn hospital birth. There are too many women and not enough staff, so the partographs don’t …

No photos?

I was asked by several people to get lots of photos. I can’t feel good about doing that. My first problem is that when I work with a woman, I can’t really communicate well with her. This means she can’t really give me permission to take her photo to share in this way. My second …