I shoved my suitcases back into the loft, downloaded my photos, scrubbed Kathmandu off my skin with the help of some blissfully hot running water, amended my paperwork, and put away my overseas gadgets. This, within 24 hours of jumping from the plane into UK’s cold and dreary ‘spring’ time weather.... Phew! Such eagerness to get the trip compartmentalised, and a desire to plan my return to Nepal, I’ve never known.
|The 'One Born Every Minute' art of eating cake!|
|Thank you, Sanu, Gyanu, and KM Hospital|
for our stunning saris.
|Checking out a donated TENS machine.|
|Year 2 NAMS students say 'Hi' and 'Bye'|
They have been discouraged from supporting women to mobilise in labour. When questioned, the reason given for this was that upright labour may cause fetal distress (Really? Is there research to support this..?). It was also described as common practice that doctors don't introduce themselves to women or respect closed curtains. We know both make enormous difference to women.
I have to also say, I have met some truly inspirational obstetricians working in Nepal. I really hope these few individuals will inspire others and encourage learning. The tide can change so quickly if we all
|Lovely group of almost-qualified nurse-midwives ready to embark on their exciting journey|
|A happy mother being supported by her sister, |
and a TENS machine, during early labour.
|How useful computers can be in the birthing room...(!)|
This one had some pretty good stats on it.
Sarah looks impressed!
This beautiful centre wouldn’t be out of place in UK. It is sunny, nicely furnished, the nurse-midwives are happy, and it has fantastic figures to support good and safe care. The women LOVE it, too.
The obstetricians are seeing the benefit of a falling caesarean section rate within the hospital, and are encouraging women to birth in the centre. The delightful core members of staff are now busy enough to offer birth support around the clock. What an achievement! And what a crying shame that the midwifery students can’t learn in this setting.
|Dr Mita Singh checks out a set of mini |
'Respectful and Compassionate Maternity Care' cards.
Hmmm..who to give them to?
|After having no pain relief to offer, there is lots of |
interest in our TENS machines. Hopefully they are being used
in the labour wards.
|School as usual. Behind the rubble, looks freshly built school rooms.|
|You really want to view some of these roads |
AFTER you've travelled them.
|The UNICEF earthquake hospital tent still here three years later.|
|This lovely couple are deciding on the sense and safety of travelling further without benefit of Nepali language or mobile phone. They MAY still be up there. The non-verbal communication says it all.|
|But why wouldn't you want the experience of waking up to this!|
|I hope this year's rainy season is a gentle o|
Market day, every day, in Nepal. It had all things bright and beautiful (and some things not so beautiful, too)