Stop me before I paint some horrible picture of pregnancy and babies in Tanzania. It’s not like pregnant women hide in fear and worry. They’re out and about- laughing, smiling, and likely chasing around other small kiddos as well.
It might be a bit different here in the city than in rural communities. Here we have doctors, hosptials, etc. They might not be the greatest/most sanitary in the world, but they’re here.
|looks legit… (Not where I go, btw.)|
I was shocked when my doctor sent me for an ultrasound at 8 weeks like it was no big deal. Firstly, when I first arrived here (and wanted to get pregnant then but was told to wait) I honestly didn’t think Tanzania even had things like ultrasound machines. It wasn’t until I made friends with a pregnant girl who was like, um, yeah they have everything here (except a birthing facility up to United States standards). Secondly, they wouldn’t even give me an ultrasound at 8 weeks in the United States. When I asked when I’d have my first ultrasound there the nurse practically gave me a scolding with her eyes.
And I’m lucky.
But my heart aches for all the women here that don’t have prenatal care or a safe place to give birth should complications arise.
I can’t imagine having to be in fear for my life (or the life of my baby) just because I’m pregnant.
It’s just another eyeopener during my life abroad, I guess.
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