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Maternal Health Care: Midwives in Canada and Laos

This is the first piece in a series exploring the profession of a midwife and their value at birth. “Here comes another one.” The fetal monitor spiked as another contraction began. I paced the floor, trying to block out the beeping machines and freezing operating room. After three home births, this was no doubt unchartered territory. But the high-risk nature of delivering twins dictated that even a natural birth should take place here. Our babies arrived healthy and without complication. Working to make this happen was a medical team consisting of an obstetrician, nurses, and an anesthesiologist standing by in case of emergency. At the core of this group were two midwives whose support remain invaluable to this day. Midwifery is an anomaly to many in the modern world. The term often conjures images of home births with basic medical supplies. This is a snapshot of prenatal care in much of the developing world. In rural Lao PDR, midwives are stationed at the front lines of maternal and newborn health. A single clinic serves several …

Cocktails for Pii Mai Khon Khao 2017

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means it’s a good time to stock up on a variety of refreshments for your guests. As we get ready for the Year of the Dog, later in April, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see some funny dog-themed cocktails in the future; but for now, we’re sharing a few that are relatively easy to make. Unless, of course, you’re going with plain, old usuals of Hennessy, Heineken, and BeerLao. Of course, there’s our classic Som Num Na cocktail from 2015. Our next door neighbors in Cambodia marked the 50th anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit with their own invention. Back in the day, according to the Guardian, the Hotel Le Royal commemorated the occasion by creating a cocktail in her name: the Femme Fatale. It’s a mix of “crème de fraise des bois, cognac and champagne, topped with a tropical flower.” No proportions were given, so you’ll have to experiment until you find one that works for you. Our advice is 3:1 alcohol to flavor. Hey, it’s how we’ll create …