Birth Pants

A friend donated some old stretchy pants yesterday, so I took the time to make the Birth Pants as recommended in the Hesperian Foundation book for Midwives. I wasn’t sure how big to make the opening, so I used the dolls from the teaching kits as models.

I made the opening large enough to let the doll slide through, but because the material was stretchy I was able to leave it small enough to demonstrate crowning. So the idea is cool, but I have not tested the pants yet. I asked Jeff to try them on to let me see what I would be working with and he recommended I try them on myself and he could take a photo. I’ll have to see if I can get him to volunteer when the kids are asleep and there is no danger of neighbors looking in the windows.

Jennifer Vanderlaan (Author)


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    Hi. My name is Tearrie and I’m the publicist assistant at the Hesperian Foundation. I’ve been following your blog and I just wanted to wish you good luck with the training. I’m glad you found our materials resourceful and will be able to utilize them to provide community health and empowerment to these women.

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