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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.

We spent lunch chatting with the women who organized the doula training to learn more about how they operate. Doulas in Nairobi face the same problems as doulas in the states, and they nearly all revolve around the demands of being on call. We shared some organizational ideas for doula groups we have seen in the states, and expect to spend more time talking about how to make this work later in the week.

We were feeling brave, so after lunch we decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood and found the local mall–and coffee shop–on our own. It is a different experence to be in a place where we were safe enough to go out without a local. Tomorrow we will wander further:-)

Now it is time to head for dinner, and I’ll spend the rest of the evening studying (I do still have an exam when I get home).

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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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