My Spanish skills are improving slowly every day, but the gap between myself and the women I am serving in Honduras remains wide. Working cross-culturally isn’t just about being able to use the same language, it is about having an understanding of the different meanings of normal every day existence.  It is about coping with different resources. It is about understanding the principle and not the rule. As an example, one of my duties is to teach a childbirth class to a group of women who are staying in a maternity home. They come to the hospital two or three weeks before their due dateRead More →

In my first semester of attending births in my program I had something devastating happen – I had to send a woman for a cesarean surgery.  It was her first baby, I labored with her at the birth center and we pushed in every position and used every trick I knew to get the baby to move, but that head was stuck. When I spoke to the midwife at the hospital after the surgery she described the oddly swollen head and confirmed what my instinct and exams had told me, that head was stuck in a very bad position. So here is the weird thing,Read More →