Moving from the idea of centering pregnancy, we explore another concept in prenatal care – home nurse visits. In one study, home visits were associated with decreased risk of preterm delivery for African-American women. These results were similar to the results of another study. In other studies, prenatal nurse visits demonstrate health effects beyond childbirth. These benefits include decreasing the risk of infant death. It is possible that the best prenatal care needs to fit the specific needs of the family.  Some families may like the structure of traditional private prenatal visits.  Other families may thrive with the social support of centering pregnancy. Those withRead More →

My heart broke last night when I read this report: It seems the rapes of women, young girls and boys in the Congo by the armies present there are not limited to North Kivu.  Uvira, a town in South Kivu was specifically mentioned.  Some of our women are from Uvira.  And Nayngezi lies between Uvira and North Kivu. I am waiting to hear from anyone about the extent of the damages, to ensure my friends are all safe. I want to know the midwives are actively helping the women. But I must wait patiently for Flory or Georgette to have access to the internet.Read More →