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Arriving Home

We were up early to check in at the airport and had enough time left over for a cup of coffee before we needed to board. But the representative from Kenya air couldn’t give us boarding passes for the Amsterdam leg of

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Packing to Leave

We are counting the hours until a taxi comes to collect us.  Our bags are packed, and Tammy’s looks to be OK even as it bulges at the seams. I’m sure all my clothing will smell like the coffee beans packed under

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Of Hospitals and Epidurals

We were reminded today that to say most international residents of Nairobi have epidurals is unfair. Which made us realize how little we really shared about the hospital system of Nairobi. This gets confusing, but I’ll do my best. First – there

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Our final Day

We began our last morning by visiting a local baby fair to see what is available for Nairobi families. We met one of the women from our training at the fair, she had already booked the booth and was advertising herself as

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Epidural

We learned about Nairobi epidurals today. We laid one of the women on the floor and taped long strings of toilet paper to her to represent all the different things the mother must negotiate during labor. The epidural is still very new

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Difficult Births

Today’s doula training focused on the problem of difficult births.  In the United States, doulas in training often think they have little to do if the mother has an epidural or if she is planning a cesarean surgery. The women in the

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See the Photos

For those who want to see the photos of our Nairobi Training, follow these links: For day one: Day One Photos For day two: Day Two Photos For day three: Day Three Photos They are hosted at Google’s Picasa, so you need

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Visitors from everywhere

When we were training in Nayngezi, we were very isolated from the rest of the world. No phone, no internet and very few people who even spoke our language. But Nayngezi was a rural area, Nairobi is a major metropolitan melting pot

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Becoming Kenyan

Kenyan women and American women approach meal times quite differently. To the point the cook at the retreat center has asked me why I don’t like the food. Don’t like the food!  But I eat everything, including the ongali.  For those who

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Comfort Measures!!!

Tammy and I have just had the most fun with rebozos since we introduced comfort measures to the women in the DRC. The Kenyan doulas breathed a collective sigh of amazement when they saw the first rebozo technique performed. I have to