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Bumpety Bump!

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We are so excited to share with you that we are expecting a baby! The last few months have been an emotional rollercoaster, from discovering we were pregnant, to nearly losing it, to seeing him/ her waving on the ultra scan last week. The baby has survived many potholes, hairy motorbike & matatu rides & general stress, and has managed to dodge malaria so far, and we are just hoping and praying that he or she will continue to be strong and healthy over the next 5 months. (Due early Nov!)

Being pregnant here has heightened my sensitivity and awareness of what the average Kenyan woman faces through pregnancy. Women here (particularly rurally) seem to display a supernatural strength, which I can only watch in disbelief as I wilt in the heat and feel dizzy in queues. Women are expected to continue carrying heavy jerry cans of water throughout the pregnancy, cook for the husband in the roasting tin of the kitchen, work the field in the blazing sun, not to mention caring for numerous other children.

We heard on the news the other night about how in the north of Kenya (Turkana), there is 1 medical specialist to 50,000 people and the average distance between health facilities is 50 km. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this means most women give birth at home without any medical support, and therefore the number of deaths related to childbirth and pregnancy is extremely high.

I feel a mixture of emotions in response to these observations and statistics, selfishly, I feel lucky or blessed to have health insurance and choices, ultrasounds and check ups, I also feel a bit guilty, and confused as to why my experience of pregnancy is so different from a majority of the women here, and why the value of life seems to vary in different cultures.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a happy blog entry so I will stop my dreary ramblings, and post some pictures instead…
Fuzzy ultrasound pic

Fuzzy ultrasound pic

My new work place

My new work place

Feeling caternal

Feeling caternal

Posted by africraigs 06:05

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