Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center

 
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$59,290
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Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center

Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center
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Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center

Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center
Land has been broken in the construction of the first Women’s Health, Birth Center and Training Facility. Land was donated and permits secured in 2005; the design of the facility was approved this year by local and provincial authorities and building is underway!! Tibetan Natural Birth and Health Training Center will be a large Tibetan style home built around a center courtyard with room for families to stay pre and post delivery in addition to exam rooms, pharmacy, offices. (view small | med | large | orig)

Earth Moving Equipment

Earth Moving Equipment
The center will be modeled after free-standing birth centers common throughout the US and will provide a high standard for cleanliness and comfort that is currently unavailable in this region. Fees will be based on a sliding scale, but no woman or family will be turned away due to lack of resources. The center will not only be a place for safe delivery, but also a training facility for community midwives and a place of support for rural Tibetan women. This health and educational facility will be the first center of its kind in all of Tibet, operated by and for Tibetan people, in their language! (view small | med | large | orig)

Building the birth center's outer wall

Building the birth center's outer wall
The frame and building infrastructure including outer walls and foundation of the building are underway and we expect to complete the project by the end of 2007. (view small | med | large | orig)

Dr. Tseringy Kyi mixing cement

Dr. Tseringy Kyi mixing cement
With Tibetan Healing Fund’s guidance and the very experienced Dr. Tsering Kyi, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, the center will provide an economically accessible facility for women and children’s health services and education including pre and postnatal care, delivery, child care and nutrition. The center will integrate Tibetan medical theory, culture and traditions with Western interventions to provide locally acceptable, culturally suitable and medically sound approaches to healthcare. (view small | med | large | orig)

Building the strong foundation for the birth cente

Building the strong foundation for the birth cente
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Birth Center Land

Birth Center Land
Birth Center land before construction. (view small | med | large | orig)

Tibetan Mother and Child

Tibetan Mother and Child
While traveling in Amdo, women would stop me on the street and ask that I look at their child to see if the child was healthy. My heart broke, as I wanted so much to help them but felt so helpless at that moment. I knew that many of the children would not make it to 5 years because of diarrhea, or respiratory infections or would not properly grow and develop because of lack of basic health care and malnutrition. (view small | med | large | orig)

Tibetan Child

Tibetan Child
Many Tibetan children are not able to complete the six-year elementary school because of poverty and poor quality of education. While traveling throughout the villages and meeting children and teachers you realize the desperate attempt that is being made to save a culture and that education is fundamental to the survival of Tibetan people. By providing bilingual teacher training, Tibetan Heritage Primer book, school scholarships, Tibetan Healing Fund is helping this effort in a significant wa (view small | med | large | orig)

Tibetan Midwife and Child

Tibetan Midwife and Child
"Little Kunchok" was named after Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, the founder of Tibetan Healing Fund. The community midwife was so proud of him and told me how she helped in the delivery. I too was so proud of her and in awe of the beautiful healthy boy. At that moment I realized how many people both in Tibet and the US actually assisted in the delivery of this healthy boy, through our actions, whether it was donated money, time, knowledge or support. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Marge Mansfield

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Seattle, Washington United States

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