As I told you, I have been taking advantage of the week before classes begin to update some information on the website.  Some pages are really easy, others are mentally and emotionally taxing. Why? Because my knowledge base has changed since the pages were written, but my basic beliefs about birth have not. At the same time, my understanding of how a midwife makes decisions has changed, but the audience for the website has not. I am finding it a struggle to find a way to accurately represent the full scope of midwifery care to an audience who does not have the background knowledge IRead More →

After a little digging I found Midwife International, another international training program for midwives. This one is open to would-be midwives and midwife preceptors from all faith backgrounds, however the time commitment is a bit longer.  I don’t have any experience with this organization, so be sure to let me know how it goes if you work with them.Read More →

I wanted to share a photo of the maternity in one of the public hospitals in Honduras. As you can see, the layout is a bit different from any hospital in the United States.     In this hospital, the women labor together in one room. When the head is on the perineum they are moved to the expulsivo (through the door) where the baby will be born. There are some curtains for privacy, but they are not used in this hospital. Your first thought may be that this is terrible.  That poor quality care is the result to expect in a less wealthy country.  I want toRead More →

One thing that has always amazed me about working in the birth world, and life in general, is how much more I learn every year.  I have had the unique privilege of watching my knowledge expand through my website; as I understood more, I put more information up for others. I’m doing another set of updates to the website.  I have anticipated this for a while; after all, I do have four years of nursing classes worth of knowledge to integrate.  So here I am, updating the website–not even to the nursing school parts yet–and I have so much I want to add. I know more complementaryRead More →

I know planning for the next trip has started, but I wanted to share a few things from the Honduras trip. One of my jobs in Honduras was the training of traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation.  An interesting and useful fact about fresh babies is that 9 out of 10 times when a baby doesn’t initiate breathing on its own, breathing can be stimulated with positive pressure ventilation.  What is that?  Forcing a little air in the babies lungs. In the hospital this is done with ambu-bags – those masks with the big bulb someone squeezes. I took some special ambu-bags with me on thisRead More →

This semester I have the privilege to do my clinical hours in a public hospital in Tanzania. What a fabulous way to end this part of my journey! Knowing that I have not yet been in the country for two weeks, you might be wondering what I’m thinking.  Knowing that I actually do have classes three days a week, and that a trip to Tanzania will take at least two weeks, you might have decided I’m crazy.  I admit, it is possible I have made a terrible decision. It is also possible this will be the most fabulous opportunity I have had yet. At present I haveRead More →

The paperwork is mailed so I suppose it is official.  My next trip will be to Tanzania, and it will be this fall.  For the geographically challenged, Tanzania is south of Kenya, but in the same general region as my other African travels.   I’m a bit overwhelmed with the quick turn around for this trip.  I was approached with the opportunity while in Honduras, and needed to submit some paperwork for my visa before returning home.  Luckily, my husband and children were safely back in the apartment and could make copies of my nursing license, certifications, coursework and other details needed to secure aRead More →

For the last two weeks, this has been keeping me in limbo: What you see is a laptop harddrive. The exact make and model of the harddrive that was once in my laptop and is once again in my laptop.  It’s what you can’t see that makes all the difference. The harddrive is the location of every bit of information on a computer.  Every powerpoint presentation I took notes on in class.  Every paper I wrote.  Every customer who bought books. Every piece of data for my theses, including the preliminary maps, every journal article and its review sheet and citation already entered into EndNote.Read More →