Midwifery Monday

Today we were back to work after a sleepless night. The air was filled with moans and groans – three mothers were in labour all night long. It is a full moon tomorrow night so no one is surprised! We woke up sleepy but ready to dive in to well child checks. We worked with the head midwife all morning checking 30+ babies. In the afternoon, we assisted a woman who had been labouring here for 16 hours with no real progression (baby wasn’t descending and she was at 1 cm the whole time). The midwives let us pull out all of our naturopathic modalities and doula skills (herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, positioning) but unfortunately there was little movement with our efforts. In the end, she decided to be transported to the hospital but was so incredibly grateful for all the care she received. Tears streamed down her face as she repeatedly thanked everyone. We were sad to see her leave but it seemed to be the best decision- she had worked so hard for so long and was at the end of her rope. Send your best wishes into the universe for this momma please!

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3 Responses to Midwifery Monday

  1. Sandy says:

    WOW – thank you for sharing such amazing stories from Haiti! It seems like you both have been very busy supporting mamas and babies, and getting some great practical experience. I’m so excited for you to be where you are. Hugs to you both – much love, and best wishes from TO 🙂

  2. Beverley Kent says:

    Laura,
    Ken and I are very proud of your decision to go to Haiti and are thinking of you every day. We wish you, Keshia and all your patients our very best. We appreciate the updates and are able to feel a small part of the adventure too. I know it must be difficult for you to get computer time. Loads of love from Grandma Kent.

  3. Jane Moore says:

    Wow, what a busy day! Glad that you are getting good experience and as it sounds, it is very much appreciated! May God bless you as you minister and use your skills to help in every way.

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