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Arriving Home

We were up early to check in at the airport and had enough time left over for a cup of coffee before we needed to board. But the representative from Kenya air couldn’t give us boarding passes for the Amsterdam leg of

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Difficult Births

Today’s doula training focused on the problem of difficult births.  In the United States, doulas in training often think they have little to do if the mother has an epidural or if she is planning a cesarean surgery. The women in the

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Next Step

I am barely home from a weekend at the birth center, need to prep for classes tomorrow and then I can start working on packing for the trip.  Tammy is having some supplies shipped directly to me, since I live in Atlanta,

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Countdown Continues

This weekend is a bit of a rush for me.  I am on call at the birth center and trying to finish my projects for school.  I have just over a week before we leave for Nairobi – two weeks of classes

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Coincidence?

Sent my passport out for my visa yesterday, and today was travel health day.  I ducked out of class early to ensure my shots were up to date and grab a prescription for malaria prevention. Struck me as funny that I received

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Road Trips

I’m preparing to drive to the birth center for some clinical days.  It is a four hour drive and I hate to lose the time.  During the semester, I read my text books into my phone or ipod voice recorder and listen

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Snow Day Number Two

I slept, amazingly, for nearly ten hours straight last night.  I also had the unusual experience of having a dream.  I don’t dream much anymore – I blame it on the short sleep hours I keep.  But I tell you this because

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Hardest part of Nurse-Midwifery

I remember a conversation with a nurse-midwife many months ago when I was deciding how to proceed with midwifery training. Her advice? Work for at least a year before beginning midwifery school. She explained that women will show up with bottles of

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Finals Week

I’ve been meaning to get on here and do some posts on the interesting topics I’ve been learning this semester.  I thought it would be a great way to review for my exam.  But the reality is I just don’t have the

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Assessing Risk

I’ve been mulling over a few things in my head, most namely how a midwife can and should handle “risks” with her clients. This topic always brings out the advocate in me.  I was well-trained to believe doctors handle care based on