June 23, 2008
I DELIVERED MY FIRST AFRICAN BABY!!!! I had Dr. Pam and Sara (the midwife) on either side of me coaching me through the entire process, with Miranda watching near by. It was more joy then I can express and such a long awaited dream! It was a typical day at labor and delivery for them, but really intense for us. There were 3 C-sections, 3 births including a set of twins, which Sara delivered (a first for her also), in approximately 6 hours. We had no interpreter, the nurses only spoke French and Kenyarwandan, so we improvised A LOT!! When Sara and I were delivering the twins, a butterfly flew through the window to greet us (thanks MAMSIE!). We won’t discuss the coachroach I saw on the floor…..I am exhausted, grateful, humbled, and priviledged to work with these amazing nurses, doctors, and beautiful Rwandan women. I can’t speak a word to them except through my eyes and gestures, but I know we have connected. When we ask a doctor who could speak English what our patient was saying, he replied “God thank you to these white women”. There is so much more to say, but just know I love you all very much and am so grateful for you in my life. I must sleep before I fall over!
MAGIC AND MIRACLES,