Dashain fatigue…. and reenergizing

The festival of Dashain lasts 15 days! The build-up was fun. There was the buzz of shoppers, travellers, preparation. Then there was the height of the festival: ritual, puja, tika, food. And then… it went on. Many shops still closed. Not much getting done. Personally, I had a case of Dashain fatigue. I wondered if the Nepalis felt the same. I had the feeling that some of them did.

I continued working at the birth center through the holiday. It was quiet but a bit of action here and there. Babies get born whatever is happening and the clinic is always open. But today the festival is over and despite being saturday which is the Nepali weekend, I had a much-anticipated meeting with Kiran at the Midwifery Society of Nepal and feel energized in new directions. We had a wonderful two hours together. She described her struggles for acceptance for the profession of midwifery and the resistance of both physicians and nurses (a sad and old story). She is working towards an in-hospital birth center (more like a midwifery led unit in the UK) which can serve as a model midwifery care site and as a clinical setting for midwifery students. We planned my continuing education topics. I will do a series of weekly hour-long sessions to the society through November. The first will be (surprise surprise) childbirth education and adapting teaching models to Nepal. The second will be on the topic of the anti-shock garment. Hooray! The third will be on birth centers and there may be a fourth on finding and using evidence for midwifery care practices. So lots of prep for me for those workshops lies ahead. Of course I continue to work with Rashmi and the midwives at APS Birth Center.

So now a few pitures. First shoving the sacrificial goats into a variety of vehicles!


You can put a goat on a motorbike


Or in the back of a car


Or in the front of a car


car puja

I was invited to Devi the tailor-carpenter for family celebrations


Puja for devi’s carpentry tools


Puja for Devi’s tailor tools


tika for Devi’s wife


tika for Devi’s mother


tika for Devi’s guest