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Just one of the many benefits of being a student–being constantly forced to seek new information.  Next week I am assigned to present on a reproductive health program for my class in reproductive program management. But which one to choose?  I decided to find one I hadn’t heard of yet, and a little creative googling brought me to Family Care International, an NGO dedicated to making pregnancy safer for women.

Sadly, they don’t seem to employ American midwives.  But they do focus on capacity strengthening and advocacy to ensure care is available to women.  But the work you, as a reader of this blog, will most want to know about is their publications.

This organization knows how to share knowledge, and you can benefit from that.  Take the publication Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers.  This is a training kit, in non-technical language, for health care workers in developing countries — and you can download it free.

Check out their other publications to find advocacy tool kits, training guides and education materials in English, Spanish and French.

What a fabulous find!

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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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