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Day Five: Healthy Pregnancy

We started the day with a big laugh. I had purchased a very large stretchy dress to bring on the trip, and stuffed the dress with a teaching model and some towels. The women laughed hysterically when I walked in with a big pregnant belly.

The women spent the day learning how to check pulse and temperature, how to identify infection, how to find baby’s location in the belly and listen to the heart rate.

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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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