Help me welcome Harrison Charles to our great, big, wonderful world. He was born this morning at 8:59 after a long and arduous labor journey that began last week…then stopped…then started again….then stopped….etc., etc., etc. Finally this morning in the wee wee hours, the stars aligned and hormones synced and Harrison’s birth trek began in earnest. His parents are so in-tune with each other that the birth team was barely necessary. Harrison needed a bit of wrangling to get out but once he was fully born, he gave a loud, hearty cry to announce his arrival. He is his parents second son & their first HazelTree baby. He weighs in at 9lbs 4 oz and is build like a tank!! No wonder we had to wrestle him out. He is just as handsome as can be and Good Golly, we are smitten!!! Just look at those cheeks! … See MoreSee Less
More Masai Midwives!!! Next year I will take them fetoscopes, more gloves and by special request…..UNIFORMS! They requested uniforms! I love these precious women so much. It warmed my heart to reconnect with them. They are ALL now burning umbilical cords instead of cutting w/ knives or razor blades. Not one baby has been "spoiled" (their term for infection/sepsis) since they started this practice. I could burst with pride for these ladies. I genuinely love them so much!! … See MoreSee Less
As I’m going through my photos from this recent trip to Kenya, I am struck with how blessed I am to have met these amazing Maasai midwives. New friends, I’m already looking forward to seeing you again!! … See MoreSee Less
BIRTH DAY!! She came so quickly that the birth team missed her arrival. We tried to get there in time, driving much too fast on snowy, icy mountain roads, using our 4×4 driving skills but alas…Hannah Eve just couldn’t wait to meet her family!
She is this family’s THIRD HazelTree Baby!! Big Sister & Brother were lovingly admiring her when the birth team arrived. They were so excited for us to meet her!!!
Miss Hannah weighs 7lbs, 7 oz and is 20" tall. She is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Momma & Papa should win a prize for their cool headedness throughout this unexpected adventure!!
Meeting more midwives!!!! All but one I had never met until today!! Elizabeth is right behind me in this photo. I have been fortunate to be with her each year that I’ve been in Kenya. She lives VERY deep in the bush!!! This year I traveled to her instead of her riding on the back of a motorcycle for 3 hrs to Narok. She has been teaching her local midwives what she learned last year; umbilical cord burning & a modified version of neonatal resuscitation. My heart is so filled with pride for these beautiful women!!! I am already planning my next trip! … See MoreSee Less
Midwives!! This is Ngutia, a Maasai midwife in Narok County. She has just delivered a 10th baby for a local woman. She took me to meet the mama & baby. I am so beyond honored. It is the Maasai tradition for the postpartum mama to stay in her hut and let the neighbor women care for her & her family for TWO MONTHS!! The ladies cook, clean, wash clothes & care for her older children the entire time.