Letter from Uganda: The Baby Arrives … By Cell …

Allison Godwin Neumeister shares the story of new life in a Ugandan village: “At 1:00 am my host mother, Robina, went into labor. There are no cars or ambulances in Bumwalukani, unless the military or the U.N. pass through, so transport options are limited to motorbikes or foot. Though Ugandan women can balance on just about anything, sitting sideways on a motorcycle at nine months pregnant poses many risks. The road is rough and dangerous, with long stretches of deep mud and large potholes. The only safe option, particularly at night, is to travel to the maternity ward on foot.