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Of Hospitals and Epidurals

We were reminded today that to say most international residents of Nairobi have epidurals is unfair. Which made us realize how little we really shared about the hospital system of Nairobi. This gets confusing, but I’ll do my best. First – there really is no set price for hospitals. Public hospitals are subsidized so much [...]

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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 [...]

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Epidural

We learned about Nairobi epidurals today. We laid one of the women on the floor and taped long strings of toilet paper to her to represent all the different things the mother must negotiate during labor. The epidural is still very new and so is met with skepticism from locals. Women are afraid to use [...]

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Difficult Births

Today’s doula training focused on the problem of difficult births.  In the United States, doulas in training often think they have little to do if the mother has an epidural or if she is planning a cesarean surgery. The women in the Nairobi training began with the same belief. We took them through a few [...]

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See the Photos

For those who want to see the photos of our Nairobi Training, follow these links: For day one: Day One Photos For day two: Day Two Photos For day three: Day Three Photos They are hosted at Google’s Picasa, so you need a gmail account to log in and then you can see them all. [...]

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Visitors from everywhere

When we were training in Nayngezi, we were very isolated from the rest of the world. No phone, no internet and very few people who even spoke our language. But Nayngezi was a rural area, Nairobi is a major metropolitan melting pot with residents and visitors from around the world. In our retreat center we [...]

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Becoming Kenyan

Kenyan women and American women approach meal times quite differently. To the point the cook at the retreat center has asked me why I don’t like the food. Don’t like the food!  But I eat everything, including the ongali.  For those who listened to our stories from DRC, you may remember our first tastes of [...]

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Comfort Measures!!!

Tammy and I have just had the most fun with rebozos since we introduced comfort measures to the women in the DRC. The Kenyan doulas breathed a collective sigh of amazement when they saw the first rebozo technique performed. I have to agree. Rebozos are amazing.  A simple and versatile tool to help meet many [...]

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AIDS, Birth and Women

One of the women in the doula training works at a regional AIDS treatment center. I have recently accepted that I need to devote more of my education time to AIDS, and since I have spent the last month reading The Band Played On for my public health school orientation, I was delighted to talk [...]

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Different Worlds

Yesterday, I ended the blog with a cliché I have grown to hate. In contrast to that statement, the women in this doula training do not live in a different world from me. As difficult as it may be to accept, we live on the same rock with the same finite resources.  It was simply [...]

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