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Opps, Did it Again

I should never work on the website when I’m tired.  Last night I crashed the International Midwife blog by selecting to install an update that was only a BETA and was not compatible with my webhost.  Opps. The blog became a lost cause, with no way to revert to the previous version.  To make matters […]

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Coming Home

I made it back to Atlanta safe and sound last night, and fell asleep on the couch before 9 pm.  This has been the hardest trip for me in terms of time-change.  It took me a few days in Dar es Salaam to actually sleep through the night, and here I am on the other […]

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Learn to speak the language

I broke one if my rules by agreeing to do births in Tanzania- I agreed to work in an environment where I couldn’t really communicate with the women. If I cannot communicate, I am very little help. Actually I can be worse than little help because asking questions takes too long, I cannot get good […]

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Postpartum IUCD

One of the cool things I get to learn about here is post parting IUDs. In the US, you would wait for the checkup to insert at six weeks or later – the US had a fairly high postpartum follow up rate and the expulsion rate for IUDs is higher when done postpartum. In Tanzania, […]

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Partograph

One of my learning goals while in Tanzania is the partograph. It is a visual representation of the labor that allows you to identify problems quickly. The biggest struggle to learning to use this tool is the reality of Tanzsnisn hospital birth. There are too many women and not enough staff, so the partographs don’t […]

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No photos?

I was asked by several people to get lots of photos. I can’t feel good about doing that. My first problem is that when I work with a woman, I can’t really communicate well with her. This means she can’t really give me permission to take her photo to share in this way. My second […]

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At the hospital

I’ve spent four days at the hospital. It is a busy place, and seems understaffed and as if the maternity has been squeezed into too small a space. I’m learning their routines, and getting faster at my planning and doing. It felt good to be in control of a birth today – and for a […]

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First Day First Birth

I’m afraid I’m not adjusting well to the time difference on this trip.  I’ve been struggling with headaches, and found it just as difficult to sleep last night as I did in Honduras.  I’m hoping .it will get better. Today was my orientation at the hospital – and since it was a quiet day (meaning […]

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At the airport

I’m at the airport with a bording pass, which has been no small feat given recent weather events. I will arrive in Tanzania a day later than expected, but the delay gave me a wonderful night with an old friend and a much needed chace to sleep and destress. I don’t think I realized how […]

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