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on Saturday, 12 March 2016. Posted in Studies, Trips and events

Midwifery Internship in Gambia, Brikama -- Stage Sage-femme en Gambie, Brikama

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I’m back and in a good mood - last weekend wasn’t funny at all because of bad news I got from Belgium; my twin sister at the hospital and sick boyfriend, but everything is okey now!!! :)

This week was a very good one!!! Especially my nightshift! I got a lot of practical things to do for the first time and it felt so damn good! First of all, I love working at night here so this was already positive to start my week with haha! It is always exiting for me to come at the labor ward (here in Gambia)! On Monday around 1930 we, the other girls and I, eat all together at the Wi-Fi spot at the hospital food from the market. Then after we go to the labor ward, say hi to everyone and then get dressed. After I check the board to see what patients we have and who has to be examined. Then I check around and then sometimes we choose the patients we want to follow. I love follow my patients from the beginning. This means that they come, I introduce myself, ask her “yellow” paper (pregnancy book), check her details and then explain them what I’m going to do: take her vitals (BP, P, T°), check the heartbeat of the baby and do a vaginal examination. Then on the basis of the results I start a ‘document’ (Early Labor / Partograph) for them. The partograph is started from 4cm VE. If the VE (vaginal examination) is under 8cm then the next exam is in 4 hours. When 8cm and more, the next exam is every 2 hours. In Belgium is a vaginal examination every 2 hours. I think the Gambian method is better because there is no need of unnecessary non pleasant VE. Most of the woman in labor don’t like it... Then I follow my patients and do a massage in the back when they want it etc etc. Thill they are fully (10 cm). I prepare everything for the labor; delivery set, oxytocin, the cord clamp, wrappers for the baby and a bucket  for the placenta. I then take my sterile gloves on and let’s do this!

I did two deliveries on Monday. For the first one I got to put an epis (episiotomy) because the perineum wasn’t big enough so that the head of the baby could pass easily. And theeennn I got to do the suture. To be honest I was kind of nervous because that was my first time doing that! But the girls, Eveline and Nikita, where there to guide me! I was so happy! And my next delivery, even if my perineum support was good enough, the patient got a little tear. So it also had to be sutured! Tuesday, I had one delivery (meeeeh) and it went very well and quickly too, without ears or a tear. Wednesday I have to make my delivery 40st!!!! It also has very good and very fast whaa! But it was a gravida 9, 8 parity (9th pregnancy), so that's normal. So I had no other deliveries that night! My last (42nd) delivery tonight was fine! And it was a BREECH !!! So what happened is that the baby was normal patient lying came.
When I was doing the Leopold handles to hear the baby's heart (sounds) with a doptone, I noticed that the head of the baby wasn't down. And the mom, she was already full with a lot of heavy contractions so she started pushing. I prepared everything quickly and I was again  ready for another one!! :D Midwife Neneh was also fast there to assist me and she let me do the delivery (yyeeeey !!!). I had practiced this case on several occasions for my exam and stuff so it went well and quickly - the arms and head weren't stabbed. Baby girl was born 10/3 at 06:15 am and weighed 2.4 kg. Despite this was a quick delivery (I had no time to do an epis), there was a small tear (grade 2). I thought it was bad for her because she looked so happy after her birth, and I had to explain that she has a tear and had to be stitched. She then said "No problem, it's your job." I explained everything I was about to do and use and I aslo reassured her.

This patient was really cute! She was so curious, what she said herself from the beginning, and so friendly! She said a thousand times abaraka (thank you) and gave me a lot of compliments. Secretly, she also asked if I was Docter me that so I wanted answers but neeh but not hahahha – I was then feeling myself haha). I felt really honored and felt that we had created a special bond, you know when you feel good and to a certain person, well that’s what I had that moment, even with her mom! She also received a small gift from Belgium for the baby - a packet (which was a bit too big for her) that was given by my "second" mom Ingrid for newborns here. The mom (and grand ma!)  was very happy - Thanks again Ingrid !!! :D

This was a very good week and I can’t wait for my other weeks! I hope you enjoy my blogposts about my internship as I do enjoy my experiences here. I wish I could do an outfit post but I will try (!!!) to do one. I’m also planning to talk about the food, the nature and other interesting things from here on my next posts so stay tuned alright. Ooh yeah, I was on a horse yesterday on the beach. You can check my Instagram for a video! Anyways – laterz!

Motivation of the week: “What do you have in your hand that you can use to be a blessing to someone else? “ - think about it, besos! :)


on Sunday, 06 March 2016. Posted in Studies, Trips and events

Midwifery Internship in Gambia, Brikama -- Stage Sage-femme en Gambie, Brikama

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I'm in AFRICA - A happy African face!
Rightnow last year I guess that I couldn’t imagine that rightnow today I would be here doing one of the things I truly believe in, helping and learning from others and ENJOYING! 

As some of you know I am here in Gambia for my midwifery internship, it was mentioned in my last post. I wanted to tell you more about this choice before it was time to take the plane but I got very very very busy then. So now here I'm with 4 other students of my class Eveline, Sara, Gwenny and Nikita. We landed at the Banjul airport on Sunday night 14/2 and two taxis came to pick us up to bring us at our Lodge. We had a lot of luggage but the taxi drivers got creative! When we got here (I'm writing this from my bed) we went straight to bed because it were 8 exhausting hours of flight. We got up in the afternoon and then started visiting people, some markets and places around the corner by our super friendly guides Suso and Prince. Thank you so much guys!  Later that day we just chilled and enjoyed the sun. On Monday we got to meet the head of the Brikama Health Centre, sir Ngally A. S. and midwives that work there. Tuesday we chilled as well and on Wednesday we started our work in the labor ward! My next post (if possible) will be talking about my experience here as a ‘tourist’ and midwifery student – sorry for the ones that most of the time come here for the outfit posts… I’ll make it up to you once back in Europe!
I wish I could post as much as I would like but the internet here is slow. Also I don’t have my prof’ cam’ with me so all the pics are taken with my phone. And oh, there are here very beautiful places that I could imagine myself shooting outfit pictures but my lovely photographers are missing (here)! And I also didn’t bring a lot of clothes so what ever, maybe in the future who knows?

For what I can say now, even tough I was afraid to come here, asking if my choice was a good one, am super happy and thankful to be here! I like it very much and the people are very friendly! This is the best choice I’v made this year and thank you all who believed in me!

~~ Je suis en AFRIQUE - Un visage africain heureuse!
Maintenant l’année dernière, je pense que je ne pouvais pas imaginer que a ce moment aujourd'hui je serais ici en train d’aider et apprendre des autres et PROFITER !

Certains d'entre vous savent que je suis ici en Gambie pour mon stage de sage-femme, j’avais mentionné sa dans mon dernier post. Je voulais vous en dire plus sur ce choix avant qu'il était temps de prendre l'avion, mais j’étais très très occupé avant mon départ. Alors maintenant, je suis ici avec 4 autres élèves de ma classe Éveline, Sara, Gwenny et Nikita. Nous avons atterri à l'aéroport de Banjul dimanche soir 14/2 et deux taxis sont venus nous chercher pour nous amener à notre Lodge. On avait beaucoup de bagages mais les chauffeurs de taxi étaient très créatif! :D Quand nous sommes arrivés ici (j'écris ceci de mon lit), nous sommes allés directement au lit car c’était 8 heures de vol épuisantes. Nous nous sommes réveillé dans l'après-midi, puis on a commencé à visiter les gens du quartier, certains marchés et des lieux autour du coin et tout sa par nos guides super sympa Suso et Prince - merci beaucoup les gars! J Plus tard ce jour-là nous avons juste glandé (chill) et apprécié le soleil. Lundi, nous avons pu rencontrer le chef du Centre de santé de  Brikama, monsieur Ngally A. S. et les sages-femmes qui y travaillent. Mardi, nous avons encore glandé et le mercredi, nous avons commencé notre travail dans la salle d’accouchement! Mes prochains posts (si possible avec la connexion) vont parler de mon expérience ici comme un «touriste» et étudiante obstétricaux- désolé pour ceux qui, la plupart du temps, viennent ici pour les outfit posts .. Je reprendrais mes post ‘normal’ une fois de retour en Europe! :D
Je voudrais pouvoir poster autant que je le voudrais, mais l'internet ici est lent. Aussi je n'ai pas ma caméra prof’ avec moi, toutes les  photos ici sont prises avec mon téléphone. Et oh, il y a ici de très beaux endroits que je m’imagine prendre des outfit shots … mais mes  talentueux photographes ne sont pas ici! Et je n’ai pas apporté beaucoup de vêtements car je suis venu pour autres chose. Peut-être à l'avenir, qui sait?

Ce que je peux dire maintenant, même si je craignais de venir ici, c’est que je ne regrette pas de faire mon stage ici!! Je suis super heureuse et reconnaissants d'être ici! Il fait très bon ici et les gens sont très sympa! Ceci est l’un de mes meilleur choix que j’ai fait cette année et je remercie vous tous, ceux qui ont cru en moi! Besos 

At dr. Mukweges lecture

on Monday, 14 December 2015. Posted in Trips and events, Inspiration, Positive energy


As I had mentioned earlier in my last post, yesterday I went to the lecture of Dr. Mukwege in Aalst. He was invited by the gynecologist Guy Verhulst (Aalst) to make a presentation of his work in Congo. I was very honored to be there and meet these important people(even though I think everyone is equally and. I went with a friend and classmate of mine, Eurdice ((always fun hanging with you girl !)) and my mother, who after the lecture played my photographer haha - her first experience as a photographer, also a beautiful event right :)I found the line for a ticket a short one but a very slow one. But the lecture started on time with the choir (La Destinee) as an introduction and a welcome from the gynecologist Guy Verhulst. Afterwards there was a film fragment from a documentary of doctor Mukwege. It was a beautiful but moving film.
Finally with a big applause, dr. Mukwege came on stage. He talked about "Le modèle à Panzi prize en charge", on the medical assistance to autonomous woman. It was very interesting and I was impressed with the work they have already done and archieved in 10 years. When I listened to him, he made me think of my uncle ... A very gentle man with beautiful words of hope and motivation! I was so glad I was there there! :)  After the break, there was a Q&A time. The public was allowed, through a note on a paper, asking questions where the doctor gave an answer (this makes sense Emma .. roll eyes).
Oh yeah, I can’t forget to mention that I have come across different people! Leki among others! Yeah, the singer! It was pleasant to meet her again (yes yes 10 years ago I had also met her on Ketnet the TV Channel and have a mini chat with her infront of the bathroom haha, what a cozy place to stand talking lol. Such a nice person that she is! Too bad that there are many new artists coming up and that the older songs are forgotten very quickly, but "Latin Lover"  remains my favorite of her. She is now also working on a project in Congo. Check her website for more info !  Thank you so much for the chat Leki, xo Miss Sunshine ! :) 
I also met Ika de Jong. Yaaaas the beautiful short haided and very tall presentator of GLTV. She also presented the competition, to wich one I participated remember « Top Black Belgium ».  And if you're reading this, 'Hi' again to you Mukan, the cousin of one of my friends! Was nice to see you too!A negative point of the event is that there was no translation in the Dutch for the Dutch speaking public when the doctor was talking. Because I really felt that his presentation was good and everyone should hear it and understand ! But yeah maybe another time ?

What I certainly will remember is that women are very important in every sociaty ! Doctor Guy Verhulst said that Mukwege is an extra-ordinary gynecologist. But let us all be an example as he is (for me at least) and let us all also be extra-ordinary at our own by giving us  and stand in to help others. Do you understand what I mean ??! The world should devote his life to helping others as does dr. Mukwege. Share your precious time, your friendship, your love and more ... This event has not only informed me but also inspired me! Thank you Lord for this opportunity ! :)

~~ Comme  je l'ai mentionné dans mon dernier post, hier je suis allé à la conférence du Dr Mukwege à Alost. Il a été invité par le gynécologue Guy Verhulst (Alost) pour faire une présentation de son travail au Congo. J'était honoré d'être là et de rencontrer ces gens importants (même si je pense que tout le monde l'est également, important!). Je suis allé avec une amie (de classe) Eurdice. C'est toujours amusant avec cette cette fille que je trouve intelligente, love you Eurdice!  Et ma mère était là aussi, qui, après la conférence, jouait mon photographe haha ​​- sa première expérience en tant que photographe, qu'en pensez vous du résultat, meme si j'ai du editer quelques un? :) La file pour un ticket d'entréé était courte mais très lente whaayaaw... Mais la conférence a commencé bien à l'heure avec une chorale (La Destinée) comme une introduction et un accueil du gynécologue Guy Verhulst. Ensuite il y avait un fragment de film d'un documentaire de docteur Mukwege. Belle mais émouvante petite video...
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applaudissements, dr. Mukwege est venu sur scène. Il a parlé de "Le modèle à prix Panzi en charge", sur l'assistance médicale pour autonomiser (?) la femme. C'était très intéressant et j'était impressionné par le travail qu'ils ont déjà accompli en 10 ans. Lorsque je l'ai écouté, il me fesais penser à mon oncle ... Un homme très doux avec de belles paroles d'espoir et de motivation! Je suis si heureuse que je étais là-bas! :)  Après la pause, il y avait un temps Q&A. Le public été autorisé, par une note sur un papier, de poser des questions que le médecin repondais (c'est logique Emma...roll eyes).Ah oui, je ne peux pas oublier de mentionner que j'ai aussi rencontré dautres personnes! Leki entre autres! Ouais, la chanteuse! C'était agréable de la rencontrer à nouveau (oui oui il ya 10 ans, je l'avais aussi rencontrée sur Ketnet). On a discuter pendant quelques minutes en face des toilettes hahaa, quel endroit confortable pour avoir une conversation lol. Elle Est tellement gentille!  Dommage qu'il ya beaucoup de nouveaux artistes maintenat et que les chansons les plus anciennes sont oubliés très rapidement, mais "Latin lover" reste ma chanson préférée d'elle. Elle travaille maintenant également sur un projet au Congo. Visité son siteweb pour plus d'informations! Merci beaucoup pour le chat Leki, xo Miss Sunshine! :)  J'ai également rencontré Ika de Jong. Yaaaas la belle et trés grande présentatrice de GLTV. Elle a également présenté la compétition au quel j'ai participé «Top Black Belgium
», vous vous rappelez?  Et si tu lis sa Mukan (cousine d'une copine a moi), Hi again! :)Un point négatif de cet événement est qu'il n'y avait pas de traduction en néerlandais pour le public Néerlandophone lorsque le médecin parlait... Je trouve vraiment que la présentation était bien et que tout le monde devrait comprendre de quoi il s'agissais. Mais bon, peut-être la prochaine fois?

Ce que je vais certainement retenir c'est que les femmes sont très importantes dans la societé! Docteur Guy Verhulst a dit que Mukwege est un gynécologue extra-ordinaire. Mais soyons tous un exemple comme il l'est (pour moi en tous cas) et soyons tous aussi extra-ordinaire à notre propre façons ou en nous donnant, en nous tenons à aider les autres. Comprenez-vous ce que je veux dire ??! Le monde doit consacrer sa vie à aider les autres comme le fait dr. Mukwege. Partagez votre temps précieux, votre amitié, votre amour et plus ... Cet événement ne m'a non seulement informé que ma aussi inspiré!
Merci Seigneur pour cette occasion!

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Mom was struggeling when it came to handle the zoom .. 


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L'homme qui répare les femmes

on Sunday, 13 December 2015. Posted in Trips and events

Dr. Mukwege

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This sunday evening I will attend the lecture of the gynecologist Mukwege. When I received an invitation, I immediately go on research because I wanted to know whot this man was.

Dr. Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist and known as the man who saves the women. Mukwege is fighting in his country against sexual violence. Previously, he won already a lot of international prizes and awards. So was Mukwege a few years ago Man of the Year in Africa. This year he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and recently he received the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov prize. In our country, Belgium, in 2011 he was winner of the King Baudouin Development Prize.
The lecture will take place in Aalst. For more information about this event check this website:

~~ Ce dimanche soir je vais assister à la conférence du gynécologue Mukwege. Quand j'ai réçu l'invitation je suis immédiatement parti a la recherche parce que je voulais savoir qui était cet homme. Dr. Mukwege est un gynécologue congolais et connu comme l'homme qui sauve les femmes. Mukwege se bat dans son pays contre la violence sexuelle. Auparavant, il a déjà gagné beaucoup de prix et a été récompenses internationalement. Ainsi Mukwege était, il ya quelques années, l'homme de l'année en Afrique. Cette année, il a été nominé pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix et récemment il a reçu le prestigieux prix Sakharov du Parlement européen. En Belgique, en 2011, il a été lauréat du Prix Roi Baudouin pour le développement.

La conférence aura lieu à Alost. Pour plus d'informations sur cet événement consulter ce site Web:


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