My mother hosts a Bible study in her home every week. The women are currently studying Romans — and always praying for one another’s families. Linda Jones, one of the members, knew I was going to the Mother Health International birth center in Uganda next week, so today, she brought by blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes for me to take as part of the medical supplies donation.
Blessed are those who give
Why do we need blood pressure (BP) cuffs? A woman’s heart has to work harder during pregnancy to circulate the increased volume of her blood while supporting her life and the life of her unborn baby. If a woman’s high blood pressure begins to rise to unhealthy levels, it can be a sign of preeclampsia, which is a danger to both mama and baby. So every time a woman has a prenatal visit, her midwife checks her BP to establish what the mama’s “normal” range is, to assist with nutrition and exercise recommendations, and to refer for further medical care if needed. Having our choice of BP cuffs in the U.S. is a blessing!
While Linda was here, we talked about the developing world, where so many necessities must be imported because the resources, the factories, and the specializations simply do not exist to produce, for example, medical equipment within country.
Linda mentioned her sister to me, a nurse-midwife in Britain who also taught about hygiene to women living in the Ivory Coast when her husband was transferred there for his work.
I am blessed by the family of faith and the sisterhood of midwives — and their families — around the world.
Thank you so much, Linda.