The next day Dr. Bob covered normal delivery using a pelvic mannequin. Before we got some good lubricant I got to be the “mom” and push the baby out. I guess it wasn’t as hard as a real birth, but boy was it a struggle.
Alboukou, also a Tuareg is the most dynamic of the new students. We found out that she is a singer. Tuareg women singers are central in their communities because they lead the parties. They make up songs about what is going on in their lives the community’s and sing the lines and then the other women and girls chant the response. I have always been told by the men to NEVER cross a Tuareg woman singer or EVERYONE will know about it at the next party.
Because the Wodaabe give birth in a squatting position Dr. Bob duplicated that for Azarra to practice. Since she is already an experienced matron she was showing the new Wodaabe student how.
In the afternoon, after all the women had demonstrated they understood the normal delivery procedure–as this is a pretty experienced group they picked this up quickly. The next step was out of their realm of experience–taking blood pressure.
Here Dr. Bob starts by explaining the pulse and how the heart pumps blood and why this is important.
Then Sheri and Jennifer, our two volunteers jumped in and taught numbers. After two days of review they pretty much had it and could proceed to actual practice taking blood pressure. Dr. Bob and Ali went over the other complications and then started the final step–explaining the meds.
After all the women had demonstrated that they understood the meds–this was a two day process, but Ali is pretty confident. We issued them their bags.A big thanks to Rotary Club and the Caster Family Foundation for making this program possible.
Bye for now,