Sunday, February 17, 2013

A baby is born and a team arrives

Today was an interesting day. When I got back from church, Alexandra called me over to find a woman having given birth to a baby by herself on the floor of the clinic. I called for a local midwife who'd taken our midwife class, who arrived after the placenta had been delivered and we'd cut the umbilical cord using the supplies in the safebirth kits we have here in the clinic. Ferlande helped me care for the mom and baby while we waited for the midwife to arrive. The midwife assured us that everything had gone well, and the baby girl, Dieumene, and mom were both healthy. She helped us clean up the clinic floor while the mom lied down in the emergency room with the baby. We thank God for a safe and healthy delivery.
Later on this afternoon, the team arrived. They got settled and unpacked the bags of medical supplies, medicine, kids crafts, and yoga mats. We had an introductory meeting and medical orientation after dinner and the team is in bed after a long day of travel. We are looking forward to a great week with this diverse group.

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