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Touring Nairobi

We spent some time today enjoying a few local tourism spots at the Nairobi national park.  We visited the elephant orphanage and a giraffe sanctuary.  So fun to see the animals up close and to learn about the ways Kenya is trying to preserve the wild-life.  We took lots of pictures, and I got sunburned. [...]

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Our Arrival

It took a few days, but we made it to Nairobi. We are rested, and settled into our lodgings. We were able to meet the two local women who did the work to arrange the training and our trip. One is a midwife, the other is a US citizen, 10 year resident of Nairobi. Both [...]

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Packed and Ready

Less than 24 hours to take off.  I think everything is packed.  I have class tomorrow then off to the airport to meet Tammy. I’m still trying to decide what carry on bag to take and how to bring my camera.  We seem to have gotten the nervousness out of our systems, and I’m starting [...]

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International Doula

Tomorrow I am off to Nairobi to help a friend as she trains doulas. Very excited to participate, and you can follow the story at the Birth in Central Africa blog, even though Nairobi isn’t central. As part of our issues in midwifery class each student midwife had to present on a topic of current [...]

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Apprehension

Before our trip to Nayngezi in 2008 I had very romantic ideas about what it would be like to “help” the people of Africa.  I understood the major differences between the regions and I knew I wasn’t going on safari.  I realized there would be no birthing in huts and that despite what you see [...]

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Next Step

I am barely home from a weekend at the birth center, need to prep for classes tomorrow and then I can start working on packing for the trip.  Tammy is having some supplies shipped directly to me, since I live in Atlanta, to avoid having a charge for an extra bag.  I will be meeting [...]

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Clinical Lactation: A Visual Guide

I found this book on clearance!  I have to admit I carry it around with me and study during breaks in classes.  It’s that easy to learn from.  Very simply, it is photos with descriptions of various issues. At the end of each section are critical thinking activities – What would you do if you [...]

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of Women’s Health and Women’s Rights

I’m reviewing the semester’s lectures today.  I need to take my final exam a week early to head for Kenya so I need to start getting ready. Honestly, I’d start getting ready anyway–it is just who I am. One of the lectures was on the topics of medical abortion and sterilization. Midwives need to be [...]

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Countdown Continues

This weekend is a bit of a rush for me.  I am on call at the birth center and trying to finish my projects for school.  I have just over a week before we leave for Nairobi – two weeks of classes and I will need to take all my finals early. All my papers [...]

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Loans, Scholarships and School

One of the reasons I am often given for why a would-be midwife puts off her training is money. Truth is, it can be very expensive to be a student. I remember how unreasonable the costs seemed when I first became certified as a childbirth educator. I needed to buy about 5 books, pay for [...]

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Jul 16th, 2011 Finances

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