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 →