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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

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Flory and Amina

This is Flory Zozo and his wife Amina. I wanted to be sure to share this picture with you because Flory is the force behind the training. I contacted Flory about a year ago because I wanted to do something to help

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Teaching Tools

I spent last week at the Christian Midwives International conference. What a great opportunity to learn about resources available to me. One of the midwives makes birth teaching kits–baby, uterus, cord, placenta and sac. She made a collection of brown babies so

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Raising Money

I know I should have started this part of the work earlier, but with nursing school and my travel schedule the money raising was not as high a priority to me. Not so any more! So today, amidst the Mother’s Day festivities