Friday, April 29, 2016

LMC Nurses

Luba Maternity Center is extending a warm welcome to our first staff nurses!  We are excited to work as a team together to bring quality healthcare to Sierra Leone.

These nurses have completed a two month continuing education course on maternal and infant healthcare and are ready to put what they have learned into practice!

Left to right: Daisy, Janet and Wuyata

Water Well with Solar Pump

We are happy that our water well is finished and working wonderful!

The well has a solar pump so we never have to run a generator to fill the tank.  We always have a full tank thanks to the bright sun here in Sierra Leone!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Training Course

Luba Maternity Center started its first training course on Tuesday.  There are 3 newly graduated nurses who will take part.  This is a 2 month, intense course to increase knowledge and understanding as well as become more proficient in clinical skills.  Sierra Leone nursing colleges provide very little hands on experience and most students graduate with a lack of knowledge and very poor clinical skills.  The education will focus on maternal and infant healthcare.  Pictured below, the women are practicing tying/clamping an umbilical cord and also IV skills.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The twin boys were discharged to go home yesterday.  They are still small - 1.5 and 1.6 kg (3 lb, 5 oz and 3 lb, 8 oz)  but are doing well.  They are both breastfeeding now.

We would have liked to keep them at the hospital for awhile longer but due to home issues, their momma had to get back to the house.  Hospitals here don't keep babies without their mom or another family member.  Since they could both breastfeed effectively, we decided sending them home was the best option for the family.  There are uncountable obstacles to good healthcare here, but we do the best with the situations that we are given to work with.  For now, they will be coming every Tuesday and Friday for weight and health checks.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers and thoughts as they still have a journey ahead to grow bigger and stronger.

Here are a few pics of them a couple days before they went home!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Identical Twin Boys!

We had identical twin boys born prematurely 2 days ago.  Unfortunately, this seems to be a season of premature babies.  Baby #1 weighs 1.3kg (2 pounds, 13 ounces) and baby #2 weighs 1.5kg (3 pounds, 4 ounces).

They are both staying at the clinic with their mom until they are stronger.  The smaller one doesn't suck very well at all but the larger one is a bit stronger.  Both are being fed by tube for now and suckle at the breast when they are awake/alert.  Their mom is doing a great job taking care of these sweet boys!  They don't have names yet but their family will give them names in the next week or so. It's typical here to wait a week before naming a baby, but especially if the baby is very tiny.  

Please pray with us for the growth and health for the little guys!  

Maternal and Infant Care Matter.....

Baby Kayla went home today!!! She is 5 pounds, 1 ounce and will come back to the clinic every Friday for weight checks.  Her mom was beaming all morning!!! 5 weeks ago, she was home with a tiny baby who couldn't suck and thinking that her baby was going to die.  Today she is home with her growing, healthy baby with hope for the future.  She is a stronger, wiser and more confident mom.  I am proud of her and thankful to God.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Doubled Weight! :)

Baby Kayla Boi is now 5 pounds!  Yes, I have a new namesake :)  Boi is the local name meaning "first daughter".  She has doubled her weight as she was 2 1/2 pounds when she came to the clinic 5 weeks ago.  She is doing well at breastfeeding now and her feeding tube was taken out yesterday.  We will continue to monitor her for a few days at the clinic to make sure she continues to gain weight without tube feedings.  We want to make sure she is strong with enough energy to breastfeed the amount she needs to continue growing!

God willing, this brave momma will be taking her sweet baby home in the next few days and she couldn't be happier about it!  :)