Senegal, Africa

I had the amazing opportunity to travel with six midwives to Mboro, Senegal in northwestern Africa in November, 2012. During the month we were there we assisted the Matrons and Sage Femmes at their birth clinics, experienced their beautiful culture, attempted to speak a combination of French and Wolof,  and fell in love with the happy, humble locals. Our objectives were to take much needed medical supplies (450 lbs donated!) and support the Senegalese midwives in improving their birth statistics since they have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.  We worked in 24 hour shifts, sometimes helping in the attached malaria unit, then returned to our camp on the ocean to sleep, hand wash laundry, visit, drum and dance with our entertaining hosts. It was a trip of a lifetime!

 

 

Eating a meal

Eating a meal

Birth table at Jamigun

Birth table at Jamigun

Brand new baby

Brand new baby

Gorgeous sunsets

Gorgeous sunsets

New mama & baby

New mama & baby

A typical meal-lunch and dinner

A typical meal-lunch and dinner

Helping cook

Helping cook

New friends

New friends

Big sister carrying sibling

Big sister carrying sibling

The squatter!

The squatter!

Notice the Barbie nightgown

Notice the Barbie nightgown

Ambulance in sad shape

Ambulance in sad shape

Teenage girls in typical daily attire

Teenage girls in typical daily attire

Always dressed elegantly

Always dressed elegantly

Our view of the ocean

Our view of the ocean

 

  

Jennifer Ivans - Beautiful Beginnings - (970) 420-8999 - jennifer@beautifulbeginningsllc.com