IT’S HERE!!!

My new doppler from Newman Medical arrived yesterday.  I heard the UPS truck and the tell tale thump of a parcel being left on the porch.  I hadn’t really been sure when it was going to arrive, so I just figured Ronnie had ordered a book for work or something. When I stepped out I saw the box! I got filled with anticipation, and I may have done a little happy dance LOL.  When I opened the box I heard angels sing and a light shone down from heaven.  Ok no not re20141006_141909ally… but it was a really exciting moment.  Inside the box was 1 Digidop700 it is extremely solid and has a bit of weight to it which is perfect for going on adventures around the world and being jostled about in a backpack/birth bag.  They also included batteries and a small travel size tube of high end doppler gel.  The probe is waterproof and the cord is long so you do not have to worry about the main unit getting wet.  The rep I spoke to agreed that a rechargeable unit was not ideal because I will more than likely be in areas with limited or no electricity for charging, so this unit takes 3 AA batteries.  The power button is conveniently located on the front and it raised for easily finding it if it is dark.  The LCD display has lit numbers, again very useful for auscultating in the dark.  I noticed when I turned it on that is is really quiet.  Not all static-y like some other dopplers I have used or had used on me.  My Midwife has a Summit Doppler that has a lot of background static, so much so that you can hear the static from another room.   I love how the probe handle is magnetic and simply “sticks” to the top of the doppler, instead of clipping into the unit.  Huntleigh dopplers are famous for their probe clips breaking early on which is really quite annoying considering you are spending $600 on something you hope to last you many many years.  I feel so blessed to have been able to get this doppler.  I really believe that this is the best option for my needs.

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Blessed!

Today I was in contact with Newman Medical, the makers of the Digidop Fetal Doppler.  One retailer describes them as “bulletproof” (figuratively I am sure lol) Mr. Newman suggested the DigiDop 700.

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What is that?  Well here is what they had to say about it!

The DigiDop 700 WATERPROOF Display Doppler has unique features not found in other Doppler systems such as Digital Optimized Processing (DOP™). Each DigiDop is designed with the sensitivity you need while also designed to be tough and last through years of everyday office use. All our products are  Made in the USA outside of Denver, CO. Each Newman Medical Doppler and probe must pass a series of comprehensive tests to assure quality and the durability of each product.

Features:

  • Display Hand Held Doppler
  • Tough and durable polycarbonate and stainless steel case
  • Digitally Optimized Processing – DOP™
  • Unbreakable magnetic probe holder
  • All probes are interchangable
  • Each main unit comes with choice of one probe (I am getting the waterproof model)
  • User replaceable cable
  • Powered by 3 AA batteries
  • Extended battery life
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A

I am feeling so blessed right now!  There is alot of hype right now about the use of dopplers for maternity care, and I have strong opinions about that, which is certainly a blog post for another day.

Well my loves, I must sign off but wanted to fill you in on how God is blessing.
Much LOVE!

Go Into All The World… My journey into Midwifery

For years the desire of my heart has been to be a midwife, to serve women in a time when they need someone the most.  God began to speak to me about overseas service and I felt compelled to say YES… whenever You are ready.  I have always thrived in a situation of urgency.  When there would be a “crisis alert” or “Code” at work I would feel the adrenaline start to flow and I would get in that ZONE.  My first ever blood draw was during a code, I was shoved to the bedside and had orders to draw 4 vials of blood and blood cultures (a weird sterile procedure, that has to be done JUST SO) yelled at me with a room full of Drs, nurses, RTs etc.  I did it, first attempt and I remember thinking that God had blessed me with a gift, of a) finding the unfindable vein, and b) keeping cool under pressure. 

Skip ahead 6 years.  Married, 2 kids, hectic life.  God begins to stir in me the desire he placed within me years before.  The midwifery bug bit, and now I lay awake at night thinking about how it is I am going to fill this call.

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The Global Organization of Midwives along with the a mainstream missions organization are equipping healthcare workers with vital skills, education, and support, so they may go where there is great need. As a family, we are teaming up with them, and next September I am starting formal midwifery and Missionary education,  with an academic focus on the global maternal health crisis with the intention of going overseas, to be the hands and feet of Christ, providing dignified, lifesaving, maternal healthcare to the women who need it most. 

I will be doing one of my Midwifery Clinical Placements at a charity birth center overseas to refine my midwifery skills but also to learn emergency management in remote areas / the out of hospital setting which requires a very specific skills set not often seen in the US.

We had photos taken today, compliments of Heartfelt Photography that will be used for Prayer Cards.  These will be sent out to those who wish to pray for us, get updates on what we are doing, or if so lead, give to our mission.  I said to Ronnie today “This is starting to feel real” to which he replied “This IS real!” 

This year we will be raising funds, for the required missions training, the cost of the overseas missions trip/midwifery placement, and the cost of supplies; for a total of $10,000. We will also have to pay the cost associated with my Midwifery degree, licensing and exam fee, as well as our day to day living expenses.  We have started an amazon WISH LIST  with some of the books, equipment and supplies I am required to have, and will have a list of items that I will need to take with me to my placement (medications, linens, medical supplies, hand sanitizer, etc) that I will post if people want to be able to help when the time comes.  

Please continue to follow this blog, and pray for us as we begin this crazy life changing journey.  Additionally, if you attend a church who would be willing to hear our storey and pray for us please let us know!  

Love you all!

Jesus Lead on.

My vision seems so cloudy these days, and I mean my spiritual vision, I just got new glasses so my eyes are in perfect health LOL.  I have been in the word more than ever, and yet I cannot seem to get clarity on this one issue.  I posted previously about a stirring in my heart towards missions.  Well that has not go away.  My husband and I have thrown around a few ideas and scenarios, and I am slated to go to my midwifery skills course in October (funds pending).  Here’s how it all breaks down.  I feel like I want to be able to use midwifery on the mission field on a Trip by Trip basis, not career missions.  To do that I need to become a midwife.  There are possibilities for that to happen and we are open to them but they cost money. Then there is the opportunity to go to a charity birthing center overseas that does specific HANDS ON training for women desiring to be missionary midwives.  The cost to do that is humanly HUGE; $7,000-$12,000!  But then I think… really if it is God ordained it isn’t huge at all!  We have talked about different ways of doing it (me going alone, or them coming too) For about 4 years I have felt a pull to this area, and to the clinic specifically.   I  cannot see to get them out of my head.  They serve very poor women who cannot afford maternity care.  All care received is free of charge, and from what friends have told me who have been there, the care is fantastic!  The clinic relies on the support of Missionaries like myself coming to train and then after certification come back and volunteer.  They employ local midwives who work tirelessly serving these woman.  I ask you all to pray with me on the God’s timing to be revealed, and for the appropriate funding when the time comes.

Global Maternity Care, Is God Calling?

Did you know that nearly 300,000 woman die in childbirth each year? Many of these deaths could be prevented if a skilled birth attendant was present with that woman. The Lord is laying on my heart a desire to advocate for these woman. To what extent, we are not sure, but together Ronnie and I are praying for direction. In the mean time, there is a course being held in our state for nurses, student midwives, medical missions workers etc to teach them to preform basic prenatal care, help babies initiate breath (non-intubation techniques), assist mothers with breastfeeding, emergency delivery of a baby, assisting with birth emergencies (breech birth, hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, twin delivery etc) and other essential skills for a “Midwifery Assistant” The cost is $400 plus meals, accommodations, and required texts. Thankfully I have most of the required equipment.  We wonder if this would “test the waters” for further studies to become a certified midwife, or just be skills useful in conjunction with my nursing education to use overseas for short term missions.  Although we also wonder if God is planting seeds for something even bigger. We are asking for prayer as we consider this opportunity, and welcome any words God may give to you.