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Tickets are Ordered

The tickets have been ordered. As long as everything goes OK with our Visas we will be in Burundi in late July. We will be leaving the United States on July 25th, and making a very long journey to Central Africa.

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Midwifery Tools

Planning a birth skills training in a developing country has many challenges. One of those is determining which tools we should take. Midwives who work in developed countries have such a wide variety of tools available to them, but we will be

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Nutrition

I was excited to be taking a nutrition course this summer, since so much of the help the Skilled Birth Attendants will be able to give is in improving the health through nutrition and lifestyle. So far there hasn’t been much I

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Do Traditional Birth Attendants Help?

One of my concerns as we began this process was that the WHO has recently changed focus from the training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) stating that training for TBAs takes away from efforts that will make a real difference in maternal

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E-bay and the elusive Laptop

One of the items Jeff thinks will be helpful to take is a laptop computer. We can use it to bring birth videos and other visual materials for the women we train; it gives us a place to store photos so we

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Yellow Fever and Visas

Tammy and I are now both vaccinated against yellow fever. This is one of the requirements to get a VISA for Burundi or DRC. Our next steps are to book our flight and apply for our Visas–which both take money. People have

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African Birth Training in the News

Tammy Ryan was interviewed by a local reporter with the Quad City Times. You can read the full article here: Quad City Times. But I just want to say that I can’t believe I would have told the reporter that getting pregnant

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Fistula Hospital

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cahterine Hamlin and her late husband worked to create the Fistula Hospital. It is a facility that provides free reconstructive surgery for women with obstetric fistula. If you have never heard of obstetric fisutla, Google it. The quick

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More midwives being trained!

At the request of Flory I emailed his cousin, Dr Florimond Nyamoga, who is the founder of Congo International Ministries . How interesting that he is headquartered in Comstock Park, Michigan since I will be right there during July. Unfortunately he will