Archive for June, 2008

High Costs of Oil

One thing we were not counting on when we originally planned the trip was the tremendous jump in oil prices. The truth is, as gas prices continued to increase here in the United States it still did not occur to me that prices may be similarly increasing in the Congo. So, you can imagine my […]

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Midwifery Skills

Although Tammy and I both have experience at birth, neither of us is actually a midwife. This means neither of us have done a vaginal exam, caught the baby or assessed the fetal heart tones. Something that needed to be changed before we traveled to teach these skills. A midwife in Tammy’s community has graciously […]

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Ministry of Health Approval

The information is being submitted for the final Ministry of Health approval. The total cost of the training (not including our travel or the materials we will be bringing) is $8,690. With 30 Midwives being trained, this equates to about $300 per midwife. This is higher than we had anticipated, but involves some required items […]

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The Planning Continues

While Tammy and I gather supplies, raise money and determine the content of the training, Flory Zozo is working in DR Congo to ensure the success of the project. In his latest email, he sent me the following list of projects he is working on for the training: Meet the provincial minister of Health to […]

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Fertility Awareness

One of the challenges we will face is helping the women prevent unwanted pregnancy. It may seem easy from the perspective of the developed world, but remember that access to any method of birth control for women in rural areas of Central Africa will be limited. Although we will talk about the methods available, the […]


Birth Teaching Tools

It is one thing to stand in front of a group of people and lecture, it is another to teach them skills they will need to use. We are going to teach skills. As such, we need some tools to help demonstrate the concepts we are talking about. But with little to no money, how […]

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Tickets are Ordered

The tickets have been ordered. As long as everything goes OK with our Visas we will be in Burundi in late July. We will be leaving the United States on July 25th, and making a very long journey to Central Africa.

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Midwifery Tools

Planning a birth skills training in a developing country has many challenges. One of those is determining which tools we should take. Midwives who work in developed countries have such a wide variety of tools available to them, but we will be limited by how much money we can spend on tools, and how many […]



I was excited to be taking a nutrition course this summer, since so much of the help the Skilled Birth Attendants will be able to give is in improving the health through nutrition and lifestyle. So far there hasn’t been much I didn’t know already. Yesterday and today the class focused on vitamins and minerals […]

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