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... I have been surprised by how many family planning visits there are. They offer Depo Provera, Norplant, oral contraceptives, IUDs, and condoms. Depo Provera is by far the most popular method of birth control, with Implants a close second. It has been interesting for me to watch them insert the implants, and they even asked if I would like to do the honors- NO THANK YOU! Its actually a pretty advanced skill, and I have no business doing it. Not sure why anyone would choose this ...
Abene is nice! It is a neighboring village to Kafountine, about 10 minutes away by car. Asia gave me a tip that there is a nice nurse who heads the health post there. She is not a midwife but serves the village as one. She has hosted midwives from Holland before and they were all well received. Asia did not have the number for her, and advised that I take a trip up to Abene to speak with her. Chris had seen a flyer for a lodge in Abene ...
... and it's louder than any construction site could hope to be. These guys love reggae, especially African reggae like Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy. As always, Chris's iPod gets a lot of air time too. It's interesting because most do not understand english. They are very faithful Baye Fall, a branch of Sufi Islam, and don't seem to identify much with Selassie, or Rastafari. But good music is good music, and the vibe is right.
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... I caught rides on the motorbike taxis, and made it to the clinic in good time (10 minutes or so). We arrived to a healthy mom and baby in the postpartum room. Apparently the birth was very quick, and everyone did great. We hung out there for a while as members of the community visited. It was a very social event, and I couldn't help feeling sorry for the mom who wasn't getting much rest, and the baby who was dealing with all the commotion. Mom was encouraged to nurse ...
... baguette, and jam (mango if you please). Lunch and dinner are almost always, rice and fish, or rice and chicken. The sauce is usually onion and palm oil based, and very flavorful. Sometimes we get french fries instead of rice! We have also had shrimp, peanut stew, and often find salad, tomatoes, and stewed vegetables on our plate. We always have bread, fruit, and of course OJ and lemonade to snack on. We are eating ...
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking