creates maps that depict the proportion of various traits around the globe and lets you compare them to the traditional land mass maps we are most familiar with. For example, the population map has enlarged areas such as India and China and shrunk land masses with lower population. Some interesting maps that relate to our trip: Access to Midwives: Death Rate: Life Expectancy: Mortality: Injury Related Deaths: Births: More →

I convinced Jeff to let me see how the birth pants will work (sorry, no photos). It was not what I had imagined, it was actually even better. The stretchy pants are not too baggy, but the baby will need to be “guided” by someone to stay in place. It works in hands and knees and squatting positions. And because it is stretchy, I can stick my hand in the opening to demonstrate techniques for working with a shoulder dystocia (I was able to learn those earlier this year at a Midwifery Today conference). I want to play with the pants a little more toRead More →

Although I will not leave for Central Africa until the 24th of the month, the women who are traveling from the farthest distances (Uganda and Tanzania) will be beginning their journey this week. It is hard to imagine that it will take two weeks for the journey, especially when I could drive from New York to California in just a few days. But in the United States, we have access to reliable transportation, paved roads and expressways. We have trains and safe airports that can make the journey even faster. It really makes me appreciate even more how committed these women are to helping theirRead More →