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Returning to Tanzania 2016

Jan and Chase Becker are booked to head back to Tanzania on the 26th of June. Returning to Dar As Salaam The anticipation of return is both one of excitement and trepidation. The care and giving of ourselves is a personal journey that is filled with raw emotions, elation, sorrow, a profound sense…

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The Day in the Life of…

Day in the life of Midwife, Student Midwife (medical student) and Obstetrician at Amana Hospital HI Team I am so tired it’s actually hard to articulate the days here. So I thought I’d do it with Images How a day usually starts… Leave for hospital and arrive after a long “interesting” trip thru…

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Day in the life – at Amana Hospital

Day in the life of Midwife, Student Midwife (medical student) and Obstetrician at Amana Hospital HI Team I am so tired it’s actually hard to articulate the days here. So I thought I’d do it with Images How a day usually starts… Leave for hospital and arrive after a long “interesting” trip thru…

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Little Angel Unknown

Poem, Prayer and good-bye to the Babies lost in Tanzania Little Angel Unknown | © | Ronnie Hunter A little angel unknown I, am, my place is as an angel in a secret land I didn’t have a name as such; you didn’t get the chance, I wasn’t meant to live on earth…

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Beanies Pouring in for April 2015 Trip

Four boxes of knitted beanies arrived from the amazing Knitters of NZ from these areas – Rangiora, Oxford, Christchurch and Amberely –  they arrived beautifully presented. Shona At Rangiora Library Knitting – Thank you Shona Bevan from Oxford NZ – a true star at knitting Thankyou Annette from Eyrewell – knitting up a storm…

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Donations & Donators – June 2014

The following are the people, associations, foundations, businesses, families and medical professionals that donated to the Tanzania Hospital, Amana Hospital, that Jan Becker travelled to. These donations were received by the hospital, the mother and the babies of Dar es Salam, Tanzania. Each section highlights what was donated and by whom. Please take…

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Knitting Patterns Update

Knitting Patterns Update: Mum recommends 4 ply wool (Needle size 9) 8 ply wool (Needle size 8) A wool blend is best for the babies and they seemed to fit better.  However the acrylic was also really well received – they seemed to have some funky colours. They loved pom poms – don’t…

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Knitting Patterns Update – part II

Beanies knitted for new born babies

Knitting Patterns update: Wool blends most snugly – Pink & Blue favorite colours Mum recommends (and updates from Yvonne Austen for the Aussies) 4 ply wool (Needle size 9) | 3.25 Needle for Aussies 8 ply wool (Needle size 8) | 4 Needle for Aussies Note from Yvonne: I found it better to knit them…

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You can make a difference, one delivery at a time…

Lucky again!!

Our vision is to promote maternal and child health through education, global community participation and providing resources for the nursing and midwifery force. Each year millions of women and children die from preventable causes. I know you’ve heard it all before, these are not empty words. They are people with names and faces….

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Tanzania – Only 1 day to go!

Assante sana – thank you very much

Tanzania – I wanted to give an update again only one day to go! I feel like Chase & I have lived a lifetime in 20 days. There have been many hilarious moments – so many laughs and tears and a wonderfully fulfilling bucket list moments – followed by moments of sheer desperation, sadness and…

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Tanzania (Day 5) Little Angel here are your Wings

Chase second favourite baby

A Challenging Day… I had to include this picture – This was a particularly challenging day, Breech delivery ( Bottom First) stillborn baby, Successful Resuscitations X 4 – One unsuccessful, one baby died about and hour later after resus, obstructed labour and 6 caesarean sections for various reasons, eclampsiai ( fitting in pregnancy)…

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Beanies given out …gifts of love

Chase looked after this girl in labour we were in neonatal ward that day

Beanies are given out… Thursday, 26 June 2014 I wanted you all to know we gave out the beanies today (some of them and the baby socks) it was such a moving and beautiful (mnzori in Swahili) privilege and the mothers were so grateful and so humble – they have so little it…

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Update from Jan & Chase – June 2014

Mother and healthy new born baby

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam (Oyster Bay) – June 2014 Dearest Mikey, Micheala, Family, Friends, the team back at work, midwife colleagues in 1A and fellow midwives at Amana, Its late and I’m tired, and jetlaged,  but I wanted you all to know we gave out some the beanies today (and the baby socks) it was…

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9 days to Tanzania!

9 Days to Tanzania! Dearest Colleagues | Staff | Family | and Chase Tanzania trip update – only 9 days to go before we leave. Chase sits her final semester University exam the day we leave so she is focused right now on study. Equipment update: I am trying to get as much…

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Arriving in Dar es Salaam

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Start of a Journey…..

Start of a Journey Dear family, friends and colleagues Chase and I are travelling to Dar as Salaam, Tanzania on June 19th to volunteer as a student Nurse (Chase) and Midwife ( Jan) In Africa one in 22 women die in childbirth In the United Nations Millennium Declaration, many nations committed their nations…

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