Volunteering in Kenya, Friendship with Midwife Penninah, and African Naming Traditions

met Midwife Penninah Mukhebi at the FreMo Birth Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was offering volunteer midwifery for the month of May 2023. I traveled there by myself and was welcomed with open arms and kindness by the FreMo staff, including their director Moffat Osoro, a kind, well-spoken Kenyan man.

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About Author: Mary Burgess

Mary Burgess, LM, CPM, is the owner of Moonbelly Midwifery and Lynden Birth Center in Lynden, Washington.

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About Author: Penninah Mukhebi

Penninah Mukhebi is a midwife and nurse at FreMo Birth Centre in Kawangware Slum, Nairobi, Kenya.

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