I received a comment from a reader on the Birthing Naturally Midwife Mentor Blog.  I moved it here to allow better discussion in a more appropriate forum.  Here is the comment I received. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your reply a little while back to my comments about Eve’s curse and the Jackie Mize book etc. I wasn’t going to write again but I recently read the statistic that 1 in 13 women in Cameroon will die giving birth this year and I got thinking again. This fact and also the many women who suffer from the after effects of very difficult births, causes me toRead More →

I thought some readers might be interested in this article from Nursing Outlook. You will need a subscription or a library access to read the full article, but the abstract is posted online. Title:  The role of Catholic nurses in women’s health care policy disputes: A historical study Author: Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN Journal: Nursing Outlook  Volume 61, Issue 5 , Pages 367-374, September 2013  Read More →

my life is. It seems I jump from deadline to deadline without much room to do in between.  The latest adventure, Tammy and I are off to Kenya for a doula training. This time it is all Tammy’s organization.  She is a trainer with DONA and has been contacted to help start a doula program in Nairobi. We’ve spent the summer talking about my going, then for a week we thought we were sure I wasn’t going, and now I’m going with only a few weeks to prepare.  Yikes! So today is Visa day (I cannot go to sleep until all the stuff I needRead More →

If you live in the USA, chances are you wash your hands. You probably don’t wash them as often as you think you should, but you wash them. Reading this may even make you feel guilty, that you should really go wash your hands now because it’s been a while and your hands are probably covered with germs. Chances are you’ve known about the benefits of hand washing since you were a child. Your mother probably taught you to wash your hands after every trip to the bathroom, before you eat, after having played outside – all the ritual times.  I’m sure your mother tookRead More →

I am not a person who believes that life with God is easy.  In fact, I pretty much expect it to be difficult.  I believe this because the stories I read of the heroes in the Bible are not stories of God finding favor and making life easy.  They are stories of difficult choices, leaving family and heading into the unknown.  They are stories of personal challenges and being pushed out of your comfort zone.  It is easy for us to see them as happy stories because we know the ending. But I never want to lose sight of the reality that someone, some realRead More →

For those of you interested in international work, I’ve found a great new resource.  It is called Gapminder, and it allows you to graph health and development indicators from around the world.  Why is this so great?  Because many people have a rather historical view of the world we live in. Want to know what I mean?  Watch this 20 minute lecture by Hans Rosling on the changing data for global development indicators. Life isn’t always milk and honey, but you may be surprised by just how much “progress” the world has been making. And if you are being called to international work, I challenge youRead More →

I tend to be less of a Christian critic than many of my contemporaries.  I have been given the gift of acceptance from God, and I pass that gift onto others. It has been a long growing process, when I first became a Christian I believed I could tell who was heaven bound by the words they spoke or the things they did. Today I am hesitant to claim any knowledge of specific in or out decisions. This started a somewhat heated discussion with my husband a few weeks ago. He has a much more firm standard of Christianity than I do, he has anRead More →

I had a lovely time meeting with some fellow students to discuss international service opportunities, when one of the women reminded us that because of the surrounding city we have the opportunity to serve many international communities only a few miles from home. Interesting.  This point had been brought up in my global health class last week as well.  “People think of global health as aid to developing countries, when in reality it is about combining efforts to deal with problems that span borders.  You want to work to eradicate AIDS in Africa, that’s great.  But don’t forget there is a 5 mile square plot of landRead More →

As Christian’s we care about the people around us, whether that be in our neighborhood or the other side of the world.  I have seen some fantastic work make life-changing differences, and I have seen single focus plans leave areas with less hope. It seems to me there are two motivations that drive Christian’s participation with the world. One reason is the desire for justice and mercy, to help those who are unable to help themselves.  The other reason is to introduce others to Christianity.  Each individual seems to have a combination of both, with one being slightly (or intensely) the stronger motivation. I suppose the motivationRead More →