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I spent last week at the Christian Midwives International conference. What a great opportunity to learn about resources available to me. One of the midwives makes birth teaching kits–baby, uterus, cord, placenta and sac. She made a collection of brown babies so I would be able to choose the ones I want for the trip. I bought two of the larger babies with their mouths open so we can use them to show breastfeeding latch and position too.

Another great tip was to check out the Hesperian Foundation. The have a midwifery training book that relies heavily on pictures. When I checked it out I discovered they also have a Swahili version of the book. Yes, I’ve already ordered them but I won’t see them until we get there. Flory is picking them up since they are already in the DRC.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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