Baby Town

Monday and Tuesday are national holidays for the country of Zambia and every mother that was in our OB ward today decided to give birth before the long weekend started. Everyone got to catch a baby today. I actually got some great video footage of Jessica and Brittany delivering a baby, and I will upload it when I get back to the states:(WARNING, THE VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES

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As you can see in the video, it was kind of interesting to have 2 mothers giving birth in the same room, just about right beside each other. At first I was content to just video tape the 2 births, but when one of the mothers delivered before the other, I put down the camera and helped deliver the other one. We had to perform an episiotomy on the mom because that head was not coming out and vaginal orifice wasn’t tearing either. Once that was done the baby’s head popped out pretty quickly. The clinical officer helped me stitch the episiotomy closed that we had performed. You can see the pictures of me stitching below:


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Below are the pictures of the babies that were born today:

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Yesterday I went with Dr. Peduche into the city as than ran errands and visited friends. In one of the shops I took the picture below:

Does anyone else see anything odd about this picture that was taken in Chipata, Zambia, one of the countries of Africa? The picture pretty much sums up alot of what I learned while tagging along with the Peduche’s as they visited their muslim friends who pretty much owned every corner of Chipata. I learned alot about the problems with the muslims here and the problems with the Africans. I learned more about the tension that you can feel between the groups here. I have alot of thoughts about what I learned, but for now I’ll keep them to myself.

7 Responses to Baby Town

  1. Lakaii says:

    I’m enjoying reading about your mission work in Africa. However, I cannot see any of the videos.

  2. I didn’t find anything weird on the pictures. They imported those white skin dolls because they couldn’t make black skin dolls, yet.

  3. Tarheel2012 says:

    i have been reading your blog for a while and i really enjoy it. about the picture with the dolls…that is odd. i would have expected to see a lot of black dolls.

  4. Ima says:

    No I don’t see anything odd about this picture. I’m an American, who has lived and worked in Zambia for thirty years. One thing that struck me thirty years ago was the different racial mindsets that I found. Even now, there’s so much I don’t understand. Yes, there are more questions than answers. Do something special on your anniversary.

  5. LeAnn says:

    Why are the women laying down to give birth? Of course the baby wasn’t coming out! That’s silly, get those women on their feet, or hands and knees, squatting, ANYTHING, other than laying down, and next time you won’t have to do an episiotomy!

  6. DoctaJay says:

    To be honest, I haven’t read up on whether standing is better or not, but I do know that its been done upright for hundreds of years. I guess the patients are lying down because the hospital was started by Americans and that is how we do it here. But your comment has made me want to go and look up whether there are any journal articles on the efficacy of standing while birthing.

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