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End of the Year and Waterbirth

When I wrapped up the last series I thought I could make weekly posts…I was ambitious.  I was correct in my suspicion that my workload would increase near the end of the semester. I am now in the midst of a working break between semesters and I don’t see an end to the heavy workload […]

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Free-Online Education

Last week I challenged you to use spring break to plan out some educational opportunities for the upcoming year. If traditional courses don’t fit into your weekly schedule, you do have other options. Check out edX, a totally free way to take classes for major universities. There are several classes wanna-be midwives could benefit from. […]

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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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Toxicology

Today’s environmental health class was on toxicology, which reminded me of a great book I read this summer.  The book is called Origins, and it is all about epigenetics of fetal development. Don’t worry, it isn’t a scientific text. The author explores the latest research into what affects who your baby will be in simple […]

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The Violence Continues

I saw a series of articles from the NYT today. Warning, there are no photographs, but the articles deal with mass rapes. Here is the first, from earlier this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/world/africa/24congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss And the second from today: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/africa/26congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss War and violence have been such a part of the lives of families in this part of the […]

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Midwifery During Crisis

I wanted to share two recent newscasts with you. The first is a PBS segment on the need for midwifery post earthquake in Haiti. It can be viewed at the PBS website here: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/605/index.html The second is a BBC documentary on the efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan. It can be viewed at the […]

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On the Road Again

Amina had left from Nayngezi with the women to Uvira since she did not have the right papers to go through Rwanda. We left with Flory to go through Rwanda since we did not have the right papers to take the good road straight back to Bujumbura. We piled into a taxi and headed for […]

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Try to keep a straight face

We wanted to share with you some of the funniest things the women asked us, and a few things that were hysterical because of the translation. Please keep in mind that we really do love most of these women and understand we were the first people that taught them anything about their bodies._ “Why is […]

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Overnight in Bukavu

We enjoyed the night in Bukavu, it was the first and still only time we had hot water on this trip. Tammy took two hot baths before we left. Georgette left before dinner, and we didn’t hear from Flory until the morning so we were on our own for food. We were a little freaked […]

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Driving with the Senator

We had lunch with Senator David and learned that our ride back to Bukavu was arranged with him. He allowed us to bring Georgette back to Bukavu with us to translate so we could shop. We talked a bit about the conference over lunch, and I took the opportunity to tell him about the women […]

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