Campana: January 2012

December has come and gone and it has taken along with it the holidays and most of January. I have been back in Washington state since mid December and enjoying getting to see my two sons, daughter-n-law and granddaughter. While here I have been staying with close friends and also at my sons home. I am really thankful to have gotten to spend Christmas with my kids, we were only missing one this year.

Being able to watch my granddaughter experience her first Christmas morning and watching my son and his wife experience it with her, well, that was my favorite gift this season. We spent Christmas Day at my favorite cousins house with much food and more laughter and presents too! I was really surprised and blessed for Christmas, my kids gave me a kit bag for my midwifery supplies along with a nook, complete with accessories and a gift card to build my library, both will come in handy over the coming months.

We have brought in the new year with much cooking and baking and candy making (which is still going on this week) some of these are traditions that go back generations in our family, a blessed season to be sure! I have spent a good amount of time with my daughter-n-law sharing lots of laughter and good conversations, in the kitchen, at coffee shops and a few adventures too. I am just so blessed to be part of such a great family, my kids are the best. I have gotten to watch my granddaughter learning to walk and we have spent much time together getting to know one another…its been pretty freAking awesome!
It has been a short and sweet season of being with family and friends here, I am so thankful for those that continue to love and support me.

That season is coming quickly to a close as I enter into the beginning of my clinical training.
During my academic course my classmates and I spent much time pondering and talking about prospective internships. Just finding potential internship opportunities is somewhat daunting to say the least. For me it seemed that an overseas internship in a developing nation would be the best fit. Near the end of our course it was looking like I would be able to go to two different clinic sites and get a good portion of my clinical requirements met. Although, I will have more clinical training to do upon my return and do not yet know if I will do that stateside or go back overseas again to finish. Some of the determining factors for finishing my clinical work will depend on what options open up for me, and also financially, what kind of resources I will have at that time to house and feed myself while completing my training.

As of this week I have started finalizing the first of my clinical internships. I will be leaving Feb 7th for a 5 week internship with Mercy In Action in Olongapo, Philippines. This is who I did my academic session with and I am very excited to be able to go and train under Vicki Penwell the founder of the school, along with my instructors Ian and Rose Penwell from the fall academic session and the staff midwives in the Philippines. Although this is a relatively short internship I hope to get a good start on my clinical training. Vicki and her crew have been taking care of mothers and babies for many years in the Philippines, there is much for me to glean from them regarding midwifery care both in general terms and in developing countries. I feel as though I am being trained under one of the great midwives of our day.

I will return from the Philippines to the U.S. for about 2-3 weeks at the end of March, then leave for Haiti around the second week of April, (I have not yet finalized my itinerary for this portion). This will be a 3 month internship at Mama Baby Haiti in Carrefour Morne Rouge, Haiti. I am equally excited for this opportunity as well, it is a busy birth center and I expect to learn and experience much during my time there. I understand it is common for naturopathic doctors to volunteer there as well. I am hoping to couple my midwifery training with some practical knowledge in natural medicine while I am there, something I have been interested in for many years.

This may seem like quite a neat little package I’ve got tied up or am in the process of tying up. But I assure you, there is much yet to be done and I am in need of help with it.
The expense of travel and fees for both centers is far from pocket change. Also, the center in Haiti is quite young and not yet fully stocked with equipment and supplies they request I have my own birth kit and bring as many supply items as I can. This also is no small task….So I am asking for anyone reading this to consider partnering with me. You would not just be helping me personally but also those women and children I am going to be serving in the Philippines, Haiti and beyond.

The fees for Mercy in Action is $3,000, Mama Baby Haiti is $4,500; with estimated airfare, food, other personal/misc and monthly expenses, in country transportation fees etc. those combined with internship fees total to approximately $12,000.00.

I am able to receive tax-deductible donations as well as non-tax deductible donations. Tax deductible donations can be made online at the link, just click the donate button and put my name in the memo box and it will get to me.

Below is the list that Mama Baby Haiti asks midwives and students to bring in their personal birth kit. This is a pretty big list, the cost of the items range from a few dollars to over $500.

If you would like to help with a specific need or item and want to know the cost please contact me directly.

  • Birth Bag
  • Doppler with batteries
  • Fetoscope
  • BP cuff and stethoscope
  • Watch with second hand
  • Head lamp (a must)
  • A small lantern for night births
  • Tape measure and wheel
  • Instruments for cord care and suturing
  • Cord clamp for each day you are here
  • Delee and clean bulb syringe
  • Box alcohol wipes
  • Pocket guide to pregnancy (Childbirth Graphics for you bag if you would like)
  • Thermometer-digital
  • Baby sling and scale – we have some but might want in your bag
  • Box non-sterile gloves for each week here
  • 5 Pair sterile gloves for each day here
  • Small hand sanitizer container – you can fill here
  • One box baby wipes
  • Three water proof WASHABLE underpads
  • Urinalysis sticks- one bottle
  • Method for testing hgb and glucose

Campana: June 2011

I am happy to report the following:

  1. I have successfully made it to the west coast, (still praying that my belongings make it, hopefully by the end of the week).
  2. I have seen my two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, all of which make my heart smile, reaLLy biG!
  3. I have officially come under the mission umbrella of CMM I will have a bio page on the site in the upcoming weeks. This is such a blessing they are partnered with Morningstar Ministries and will be a great resource and spiritual covering for me.

So, for those of you wondering more specifically whats happening here goes. I am in the Seattle area for the summer and spending time with my family and close friends that are here.

I believe this is a time of preparation for me for the upcoming academic and clinical seasons. I mean 18 months of academics crammed into 3 months is no small deal, that is a lot of school in a short time and then the clinical portion to soon follow…So I am reading, a lot, to get back into the swing of reading, retaining and comprehending that information.

I am also fundraising for the next season that will include my clinical portion of education/training. So if the churches or organizations you are affiliated with are looking for something/someone to sow into I would be more than happy to welcome the help (it can be tax deductible also). Along with traditional fund raising I am looking for part-time work here in the Seattle area; looking into possibly having a showwith my artwork and Iʼm looking at a couple other ways to earn money.

Another aspect of my lifestyle is to spend much time in intercessory prayer. As some of you know one of the things I was involved with while in the Charlotte area was a house of prayer, harp and bowl worship. I also had the opportunity to be in fellowship with the leaders who were starting a prayer furnace while in Wilmington, which is now open. If you don’t know what I’m talking about well, check out these sites…

The first link is to the live streaming page so you can see what harp and bowl worship looks like and
experience it for yourself. The second is the Wilmington Prayer Furnace, I highly recommend visiting
there if you live in Wilmington.

The last one is the Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace, where Leisha, my daughter, was last year for an
internship and has just moved back up there. She is also living a missional life, so if any of you want to help support her up there, by all means please do!
Houses of prayer staff are intercessory missionaries functioning in a variety of roles. They are not paid a salary so they raise their own support. They are missionaries in every way and the work they do is
intense and much needed. They are making a difference in the world. It is also biblical..for a quick history of 24/7 harp and bowl go to the link below, there are many examples throughout history..

You may be wondering why I am telling you about 24/7 houses of prayer, harp and bowl worship….what does it have to do with me becoming a midwife or going back to Thai/Burma and wherever else the Lord may take me? Simply this, it is at the very core of who I am, to worship and pray that is..and that is expressed in different ways for me on different occasions; My desire is to sit at the Lordʼs feet, to know Him and be known by Him; to cry out for justice for the innocent, to call out to heaven that it may invade earth, to see the sick healed, the captives set free, and yes, even the dead raised…that the sons and daughters of God would KNOW HIM. It is in the atmosphere of intimacy that I am able to hear the Lord most clearly, the place where personal history with the Lord takes place, thats where I want to be.

I desire to keep the fire on my hearts altar burning and to share this way of life with those around me, to encourage them to do the same. I pray this for each one of you reading this, that your hearts would be ignited by Him and you would burn for the Lord all of your days…..

Blessings to you all


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