Thursday, May 05, 2011

Babies now seen on screen!



And the training continues....

Yesterday we at Casa Compasiva finished a three-day crash course in obstetrical ultrasound.  It was fantastic...everyone learned so much, PTL!  A Christian doctor from Oregon came to Oaxaca to teach the course, using just the right combination of theory, lecture, observation, and hands-on application. We are so grateful to Dr. Joe for the excellent teaching, and to both him and his wife for their willing sacrifice of time to support the ministry of Casa Compasiva!

 Last summer we were given a good condition albeit-used, ultrasound machine, but had not been ready to test it until now due to our lack of training. So this week we put it through its paces, testing it out on at least fifteen pregnant bellies.  And it came through with flying colours! Many many thanks to the good folks who donated the machine (you know who you are). :) 

Obviously we know that no one can become a competent ultrasound technician in three days, but our lovely resident Doctora Donaji had previously taken a year-long course but then had never been able to apply her knowledge.  Now she has had a wonderful refresher course and just needs to put it all into practice.  The rest of us at Casa Compasiva (midwife, nurse, and doulas)  can all continue to learn from her and with her.  What a blessing from God to have such a useful tool with which to serve the women of Oaxaca!








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