Archive for September, 2010

Choosing a Training, pt. 3

You should have two lists in front of you.  One list is the investment it will take to train with each program you are interested in.  The other list is the return you will get for each investment you make. How you evaluate these returns on investment will be unique to you.  Only you know […]

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Sep 16th, 2010 Training

Choosing a Training, Pt. 2

I realize yesterday’s assignment may have been a bit more than you could complete in one day.  That is OK.  Continue to work on it as long as it takes, and when you are ready, begin this second part. You now have a list of training programs that includes their cost and a pretty accurate […]

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Sep 15th, 2010 Training

Choosing a Training, pt. 1

So you know you have been called to work with expectant families, you know the role you want to perform.  The next step is deciding on a training for that role. Very few of the women I have spoken to thoroughly researched their training program before paying for the training materials.  I often hear the decision was […]

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Sep 14th, 2010 Training

Doula or Childbirth Educator?

A common question among those interested in working with expectant families is whether they should start as a birth doula or a childbirth educator. There are a few ways to approach this question, and they will basically depend on your goals and the circumstances of your life at this moment. Both childbirth educator and doula trainings will […]

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Sep 13th, 2010 Paths

Reading Room

It is Saturday Morning, time to sleep in and spend too much time catching up on some reading.  Since I’ve been talking about prenatal care I wanted to find some interesting things about caring for families before the baby is born. The Mantra is early prenantal care and the best care of course begins before you […]

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Our Midwives Touched by Violence

I had contacted Flory to ask about the safety of the midwives and the women in Nayngezi and Uvira, and to begin discussion about having him speak at a conference on public health in armed conflict happening at my school.  I received a reply from him this afternoon.  Here is his letter: Greetings in Jesus Name, Thank […]

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Sep 11th, 2010 Updates

Prenatal Home Visits

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. […]

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Please Pray for theWomen

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 […]

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Sep 10th, 2010 Updates

Centering Pregnancy

There is another way to think about prenatal care, centering pregnancy. In this model of care, women meet in groups to discuss their concerns and celebrate together.  The women take charge of their prenatal care, performing much of the prenatal assessment themselves. The best part, this model seems to work. What This Means to You […]

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If you could choose the best weeks to birth…

One of the first prenatal questions to face a woman, when was the first day of your last menstrual period. This is asked to help estimate the date of birth. Sigh…I received my own personal gestational wheel in class last week.  The lovely plastic double disks are a gift from Bayer Pharmaceuticals advertising a type of intra-uterine contraception I […]

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