Working with midwives...
Other than that...I am going home for Christmas! I finally decided to just do it since it sounded so good. I was going to spend the holidays here in my town with friends, but I wanna go home to see Wendi's big pregnant belly and see the family, since I am planning to extend an extra three months, and so that would put me going home for good in July 2007. I have already talked to my boss and he would love for me to extend, so that's that.
Last week I spent 5 days in a workshop in chilly La Esperanza, Intibucá, with midwives and other Peace Corps volunteers...it was really interesting interacting with the ladies, who all care so much about women and though they don't usually have formal educations, are full of information. A fellow PCV who is in her 60s named Debby and is the mother of us all helped lead the workshop as she is a nurse and practiced midwifery for 30 years in Rhode Island...she is an incredible lady. The purpose of the workshop was for them to learn more about emergencies in childbirth and signs of risk in pregnant women, and then learn how to prepare their own talks and workshops to give to other midwives back in their towns. They are not used to being treated as equals among medical professionals so it was really great to see them get the respect they deserve and to realize that there is a need that they can fill by educating other women. I got to pretend to be pregnant and about to give birth for a demonstration...I stuffed towels under my shirt and modeled my belly to the group of 45. I am pretty sure I want to use a midwife in the states when I go back and start a family, because it was so nice to have my hand held and feel complete trust in the midwife, who fusses over you, stroking your forehead and talking to you like your own mother would...a doctor in a hospital just isn't the same. I took a young health volunteer named Argentina from an aldea of Dulce Nombre, who isn't a midwife exactly as she's never attended a birth, but is eager to learn. I also took a young nurse, Margarita, from our health center. The last day of the workshop my trio paired up with another community's trio and they prepared a mini-workshop for a group of midwives and health volunteers in a poor community outside of La Esperanza. They did great, considering it was their first time as educators. By the end of the week we all felt like family and it was hard to say goodbye. The hotel (Cabañas Los Pinos) was incredible too, and every night after the agenda was spent I hung out with other PCVs in our rooms chatting.
Other than that, I am working with my youth group, doing sex ed and fundraisers and fun days with them. My stove project was just approved and supposedly is online for donors to start donating, but I can't find the page. I have written to the lady in charge and will let everyone know when they can start supporting the project.
Well that is all from here. I love you all and can't wait to see you in December!