Category «Global Midwifery»

At the hospital

I’ve spent four days at the hospital. It is a busy place, and seems understaffed and as if the maternity has been squeezed into too small a space. I’m learning their routines, and getting faster at my planning and doing. It felt good to be in control of a birth today – and for a …

At the airport

I’m at the airport with a bording pass, which has been no small feat given recent weather events. I will arrive in Tanzania a day later than expected, but the delay gave me a wonderful night with an old friend and a much needed chace to sleep and destress. I don’t think I realized how …

Resources Galore!

Just one of the many benefits of being a student–being constantly forced to seek new information.  Next week I am assigned to present on a reproductive health program for my class in reproductive program management. But which one to choose?  I decided to find one I hadn’t heard of yet, and a little creative googling brought …

What happens to the women and children?

I have been watching the unfolding of tension in central Africa since before my visit in 2008.  Reports of rebels attacking villages.  Allegations of government corruption. Growing tensions between neighboring countries. This morning I found this article in my inbox: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/03/us-burundi-rebellion-idUSBRE8820HP20120903 A group has officially declared war on Burundi. You may be accustomed to thinking about …

Poverty and Quality Care

I wanted to share a photo of the maternity in one of the public hospitals in Honduras. As you can see, the layout is a bit different from any hospital in the United States.     In this hospital, the women labor together in one room. When the head is on the perineum they are moved to the …

Photos from Honduras

I know planning for the next trip has started, but I wanted to share a few things from the Honduras trip. One of my jobs in Honduras was the training of traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation.  An interesting and useful fact about fresh babies is that 9 out of 10 times when a baby doesn’t …

Heading to Tanzania

This semester I have the privilege to do my clinical hours in a public hospital in Tanzania. What a fabulous way to end this part of my journey! Knowing that I have not yet been in the country for two weeks, you might be wondering what I’m thinking.  Knowing that I actually do have classes three days …

And the Next Trip is…

The paperwork is mailed so I suppose it is official.  My next trip will be to Tanzania, and it will be this fall.  For the geographically challenged, Tanzania is south of Kenya, but in the same general region as my other African travels.   I’m a bit overwhelmed with the quick turn around for this …

My Life in Limbo

For the last two weeks, this has been keeping me in limbo: What you see is a laptop harddrive. The exact make and model of the harddrive that was once in my laptop and is once again in my laptop.  It’s what you can’t see that makes all the difference. The harddrive is the location …