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Poverty and Quality Care

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 [...]

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Photos from Honduras

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 [...]

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Not Going to Catch

The program I am working through in Honduras puts volunteer doulas in public hospitals.  The idea is that the presence of a doula will begin the process of making changes in the way women are treated.  It is a nice concept, and only time will tell if it will really work.  In the mean time, [...]

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Lost In Translation

My Spanish skills are improving slowly every day, but the gap between myself and the women I am serving in Honduras remains wide. Working cross-culturally isn’t just about being able to use the same language, it is about having an understanding of the different meanings of normal every day existence.  It is about coping with [...]

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Enjoying Honduras

I don’t normally have my computer with me during the day and can only access the internet at the few cafes that provide free WiFi for my phone to tap into.  But today I decided to work on my thesis and so here I am able to provide you with an update of the trip. [...]

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Want to learn birth Spanish?

While I am in Honduras I will have the opportunity to work as a doula in some hospitals.  This will force me to improve my Spanish (which slowly forms in my head but rarely makes it out my mouth). I was searching for important terms to study when I came across this blog that gives you a [...]

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Flexibility

For those of you who think you might want to get into international work, remember to be flexible.  Case in point, I had a conference call with the leader of the organization I am volunteering with in Honduras today.  There is a slight change of plans in the work she wants me to do – [...]

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Behind the Scenes

The Honduras trip is coming up soon.  I’ve been quietly preparing for it as I finished the semester, completed my clinical hours and returned to Michigan for a much needed rest with family.  In fact, as I write this I have been in the midst of studying Spanish phrases relevant to maternal health. When people [...]

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Pulling Head Out of Books

It’s nearly the end of the semester, and I am just about finished with the work I need to complete.  Well, complete for school this semester any way. I am just starting work on my practicum, and now that I have the tickets booked I can announce that this summer I will be working with [...]

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