🌿Tanzania Story Time🌿 When @sacredborn and I served in the L&D ward in #Karatu #Tanzania we not only learned so much, but we found our groove as partners. Gabby is destined to pursue midwifery. She is fearless and so focused on the mamas. My head is devoted to supporting women and advocating for health and education, but my heart, my heart y’all, is all about these little bebs.
So Gabby and I found our flow... We would both care for the mamas as they labored, offering them support and attention that the nursing staff didn’t have time or energy to do. Once the baby was earthside, they immediately cut the cord and weigh the beb on a cold hard scale and then wrap in kanga cloths and leave the baby alone on a table. Yes. A table. There was no skin to skin or time for the mothers to bond with their babies. And I can understand that... the delivery room is anything but a cozy environment, without the amenities we are accustomed to. We did not judge at all, or try to change the way they did things. We were there to witness and serve.
But, there was no way I was going to leave a new born baby on a table. So I was on newborn duty! Gabby would stay supporting the mama as she birthed the placenta. Sometimes I would find myself holding a baby and shining my cellphone flashlight on a mama to help with stitching... never a dull moment. Once the mama was comfortably situated back in other room with the other mamas I would proudly bring her her baby, basking in the amazing honor of holding such a vessel of innocence and squishiness. Such sweetness.
So much beauty and chaos all at once. **Life is such a miracle to witness** WE CANT WAIT TO GO BACK! 📷 repost from @unicef ...such a beautiful organization. Give them a follow if you don’t already. ・・・
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