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Our final Day

We began our last morning by visiting a local baby fair to see what is available for Nairobi families. We met one of the women from our training at the fair, she had already booked the booth and was advertising herself as a doula (and childbirth educator from her Lamaze training last year).

We then stopped at a local book store to see what pregnancy and childbirth books were available to the women of Nairobi. Nearly everything we found was out of the UK. We took note of a few titles and will offer suggestions for suitable substitutes for the DONA reading list if necessary.  I am happy to say I found a cookbook put together by a Kenyan woman with a local cooking show.  I now have the recipe for Mandazi!

We toured the walking safari at the national park, which was similar to a zoo with fewer animals and larger habitats. At the edge of the safari is a stream that separates the walking safari from the rest of the park. One of the workers was explaining that all the animals of the park are free to roam there, and sometimes guests are able to see lions stopping by for a drink. But on our visit we were only able to watch a crocodile sunbathe. It does turn out that crocodiles are native to Nairobi, although I would never have imagined they were this far south.

After lunch we visited another tourist sight to view the various dances and national costumes of the people of Kenya.  Some were more lively than others, and if you get a chance ask Tammy to do what we now refer to as the “Mine is Bigger than Yours” Dance.

We ended our day with a short walk to purchase some kangas because we were unlucky at finding them at any of the tourist shops. I am leaving Nairobi without soccer jerseys for the boys. What a strange world we live in that it is easier for me to order a Kenyan national team jersey from the United States than it is to actually find one in Nairobi.

 

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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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