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The Birthday of One Sweet Boy by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility We were 12 in my class of midwives and, though ranging in age from 23 to 58 and entering the program with vastly different life experiences, we became incredibly close. Eve ... Read on »
Seed of Goodness by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I have been silent for a very long time. I am on a journey which began almost a year ago. My hands have welcomed many babies into the world and today I am waiting to welco ... Read on »
Another Revolution of the Whirlwind by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Another plane ride. Another long exhausting trip. So wonderful to step down from the plane to see the small familiar airport flanked by trees heavy with their yellow and r ... Read on »
The Buddha and Beggars by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Tuesday, 26 January 2010. I am reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book "Old Path: White Clouds" and in it the Buddha says that monks beg to foster humility and make contact with oth ... Read on »
238 days later by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility When we landed everyone was smiling, everyone was kind. After so many hours and an uncomfortable sleep most of the passengers were home and I was so much closer. I l ... Read on »
After a long silence. by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I am here. Tired but good. I'm in Texas and my sweet Clement is in Ghana. I have been here five months. I have two more months before returning to Clement and the Ghanaian hea ... Read on »
A lesson from Joby by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Two months ago my beloved cousin Joby died suddenly, less than two weeks after coming to visit. We have old family video reels of my cousin on hands and knees "teaching" me ... Read on »
Check this Out! by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This is the blog of my dear friend Stabliy Msiska. She is the charge nurse in the labor ward at Bottom hospital. A dear friend who is an obstetrician living in Norway set up ... Read on »
Yearning for Change by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I finished my rotation, at last at Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. My Obstretrics and Gyenecology rotation was the final component. I had been looking forward to again being ... Read on »
African Mothers Health Initiative by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Our work is going on and we are trying to apply for grants but in the meantime we are surviving hand-to-mouth. If you would like to find out about what we are doing or donate ... Read on »
Nursing Rotations in Kumasi by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I am now coming to the end of my general nursing rotation at KATH. Monday I will start Obstetrics and Gynecology and then I will be through. Everyday has brought its own s ... Read on »
Rain by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility The rain has come. Usually, conveniently, it rains in the evening or at night. Often moments after the rain starts the power goes out as though everyone should be silent a ... Read on »
Waiting for Rain by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility In the States, the silver lining, the sunshine after a particularly heavy rain storm, is a symbol of hope but here the hope is rain itself. The heat seems to build in inten ... Read on »
Home on Mango Rd by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility We have moved out of our dorm room into a real little house. Our Cameroonian friends, Ethel and Ernest, will move in with us next month. We live on Mango Road across the s ... Read on »
What one can bear by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility For the past week I have been assigned to the Pediatric Emergency Unit. This is the ward where children with critical conditions are admitted and stabilized before they are ... Read on »
A Happy Note by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I realize that the last two entries have been less than cheery so I think I need to fill you in on some parts of life outside Bottom. Life is good. I feel very content ... Read on »
The Graveyard Is Too Small by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I participated in a training last week entitled Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) along with the new midwifery faculty at the College and this was the name of the course organizer. ... Read on »
1st day as a Malawian Midwife by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility It's official I'm now a Malawian midwife. I successfully jumped through all the necessary hoops and now I have my badge, which I proudly wore to L&D yesterday. Yesterday was ... Read on »
Ernest by Joanne J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility “To live in Africa, you must know what it is to die in Africa” I read this quote from Hemmingway yesterday and although I’m not sure of the original context, it makes sense. ... Read on »