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.Read More →

So I had realized yesterday that I did not actually have a suitcase, let alone two suitcases. I told Jeff that I did not know what to pack in, and he started looking for a cheap way to purchase luggage. It seems when you don’t spend much money on a suitcase you don’t get much of a suitcase. Jeff insisted that what I pack in be up to the rigors of this journey. We came up with the great idea of borrowing a suitcase from his Grandparents. The only problem is I cannot guarantee the suitcase will make it back in one piece — orRead More →

A friend donated some old stretchy pants yesterday, so I took the time to make the Birth Pants as recommended in the Hesperian Foundation book for Midwives. I wasn’t sure how big to make the opening, so I used the dolls from the teaching kits as models. I made the opening large enough to let the doll slide through, but because the material was stretchy I was able to leave it small enough to demonstrate crowning. So the idea is cool, but I have not tested the pants yet. I asked Jeff to try them on to let me see what I would be workingRead More →