We spent the majority of our clinic experience at Bernice Clinic and maternity at Yeji. Much of our time was spent observing due to our inexperience and the language barrier. We believe had our stay been longer, we could have had a more “hand-on” experience. We did take blood pressures, learnt how to palpate and measure the fundal height of pregnant women, learned how to start an IV, observed vaginal deliveries, IUD implantation, Norplant removal and became acutely aware of the signs and symptoms of malaria.
In contrast to midwifery in the United States, Bernice health center also catered for family medicine. Overall, we were exposed to myriad illnesses, treatments and patients we would never have seen in the States and we found the spirit of the health workers undeterred by the problems they face. The children found our light skin entertaining, chanting “obruni” everywhere we went, yet our safety was never questionable wherever we went. We appreciate the very warm and personal experience Elghana and Bernice gave us. We felt incorporated into the lives and community of Yeji and its people. ‘YEJI IS A TOWN EVERY VOLUNTEER SHOULD OPT FOR!!