It occurred to me today that Tammy had asked/recommended we each attempt to get donations of rubber gloves and bulb syringes last week. Now I leave for Michigan on Monday and I haven’t asked a single midwife for a donation. This was a sobering reminder of the tremendous pressure I have put on myself this summer. I haven’t even had a moment to think about bringing more – I have supplies that have already been promised that I haven’t picked up yet.
I was hoping to get donations through Midwifery Today, but travel schedules conflict and so I don’t think that is going to work. The good news is I found a luggage scale for $10 at Target. I want to be sure to buy one and take it to demonstrate the use of a hanging scale and to talk about how the midwives can use baby-weighing as a way to continue to help families. The $10 price is much cheaper than the “real” thing, but will be much less accurate. It will still work for demonstration purposes and is better than having nothing.