I love baby bellies.  I love being around mommies who are getting excited for labor, because they want to meet their babies.  I love babies.  I was unsure what to expect as I visited the maternal house yesterday, but I had been looking forward to it for the past few weeks.  I was able to spent about an hour yesterday afternoon at the house. 

The walls are painted cheery colors and the space feels open and breezy.
They are working at growing some fruit trees out front and they had recently planted a few flowers.
The director really enjoys her job and prays constantly for the woman that use the home.
There were 26 pregnant mommies using the house yesterday.  The average is about 45 using the house a month.  The number in the past 18 months has been as high as 57 per their log book. 
These woman come down from the different mountain towns.  Most woman are there for several weeks, some as long as 2 months.  They come down so that they can receive medical care during the last weeks of pregnancy.
A local church provides a salary for the director and the cost of food for the mothers while at the house.

The mood there is not full of excitement and expectancy.  It is bordem and sadness.  A few of the woman smiled, but most just sat in chairs with no expression at all.  It was actually overwhelmingly sad for me to be there.  Even now as I type it is hard to put into words. 

They beds are well used and the sheets are torn and dirty.  There are about 24 beds...so if you are doing the numbers, most woman do have to share with other expecting woman. 
There are quite a few young moms, as young as 12.  They have left their families, towns and everything to come and wait with others, mostly strangers.

The director said I can come over anytime I want to just spend time with the moms.  She has said in the past other North Americans had passed through.  Some had even taught exercise classes :)  Any of my creative friends, I would love suggestions on what to do with the moms.   I am thinking crafts and cookies for my first time going over to hang out.

As for the gifts.  I am compiling prices fof flats and covers.  I am going to be talking with a sewing shop here in town about making the slings if I provide the rings and fabric.  I would really love all you that want to help to start compiling receiveing blankets and cloth bags that are not being used your house.  I would like these to be upcycled or made from fabric already in your homes.  I am putting together a presentation with  all the pictures and details of the project and will be releasing it next month to share.
 


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