First Day First Birth

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 not much staff) I attended my first birth.  Having so many clinical sites and so many preceptors has prepared me for the first couple births with a new midwife – when you are not sure what she is expecting of you, and you don’t really know what the set-up is going to be. Other than feeling completely disorganized, I felt OK.  The mother was amazing and knew what to do, so it didn’t matter that I don’t speak Swahili.

I’ll be back in the hospital tomorrow.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the 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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