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One of the sessions was used to help the women from each village determine how they could support themselves working as midwives. Their husbands would not allow them to help women if they could not make money.

The midwives from Nayngezi had already decided before the training began to prepare a garden they would share. They would work together to sell the harvest and support their work. They would also raise small animals that could be sold to help support them.

This is the midwives standing in their garden.

The women from other villages all decided on similar programs to support their work.

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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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