Happy new year! The people of Haiti were cheering all night long- but I fell asleep at 11:30pm!
This morning I woke to another quiet day. Majority of the staff is still away visiting their families. so I sat in the Sun reading more in my book "Wild". I have less then 50 pages to go and am going to be so sad when it's done!
The birth center was quiet and empty and I was upstairs when I heard a "hello" quietly call from down below. I went down and there was a pregnant women and two men saying "baby" to me! She is in labor, and everyone is gone! I took her to the room and had her sit down as I went to grab Judith.
It's this mamas first baby and she has now been here working SO hard all day. This is the first birth here that resembles the ones I often see back home. It's much longer and more intense! She has had such a great support system though. Sweet girlfriends here, the babies daddy (which usually doesn't come) has been coming by often. I just have been sitting back watching her people and trying to learn what I can from them!
A couple days ago a few people kept saying to me "Mailen" (I'm sure this is not how it is spelled but it's how it sounds!) I didn't know what they were saying but remembered it today and asked my translator Claudin. He said they were asking me to be the babies Godmother!!!! Gah! What an honor to have them ask that and I wish I could have thanked them for the sweet gesture at the time! I am going to leave here being a bunch of babies Godmother, if only in my mind ;) I swear a man said the same thing to me today when we were "talking" (really him talking and me just motioning I don't know!) about a pig... So maybe the Godmother of some babies AND a couple of pigs!!
The birth that I described above has just happened and it was one of the sweetest parts of my trip! Watching the excited family wait outside and the support this mama got was beautiful! She had the cutest baby girl.
The little sister of the babies dad, Shamika, and I played for a long time. She is 6 years old and reminds me so much of my spunky Alomae. She played with my hair, we ate candy and trail mix, and she was so giddy when I came to get her so she could meet her new little niece!
The whole family of this mama are so kind, supportive, and wonderful! It's a beautiful sight to see!