Well, following safe arrival at FreMo birth centre, Kawangware, Nairobi…..there were some other safe arrivals, and then more and more ;-)) I certainly hit the ground running and have had neither the time or the wifi to update the blog as often as I had hoped.
FreMo have welcomed me with open arms, their gentle approach to woman-centred care, physiological birth and above all compassion to all is heartwarming. The births I have been lucky enough to be part of have all been with FreMo’s vision in mind!!
Thought to be the only birth centre in Kenya (if others exist please correct me) the popularity of FreMo is very clear to see as the number of women choosing to birth here, receive antenatal care here and continue with babies/childrens vaccination programme and family planning are rising fast.
Here I find myself in a slum, amongst a community of incredibly poor people, living hand to mouth, surviving really….but they are happy, they go about their arduous chores daily with a smile, a song, a cheery hello or… Jambo (how are you?). As I visit their homes (a single room, makeshift from concrete and corrugated iron)-they are well kept, clean, organised, their hospitality puts some of us to shame!!!
However, despite this contentment, the vast majority of these strong, african women are not aware of their human rights and in a culture that places their husband/partner in absolute control of all affairs, FreMo is helping to empower them from positive interactions antenatally, positive birth experiences, and information giving postnatally and beyond.
Here I am simply setting the scene and will write more of this trip as time goes on!!!