The Semester of Births

It’s been a little over 3.5 months since I came back to India to spend my semester off interning with LifeSpring Maternity Hospitals and spending time in Hyderabad. My time here has absolutely flown by; each day has been filled with work, family, fun – and a lot of births.

Workwise, I was able to finish auditing, interviewing nurses, and deriving recommendations across 3 of the 12 hospitals they have in Hyderabad. Throughout this process, I was slightly bummed to have to keep my distance from the actual delivery room after fainting through a C-section, a normal delivery, and an abortion, but I was happy to be constantly surrounded by newborns and young families while at work. After making an hour-long presentation to the CEO at the end of my project, I was excited to have his support and work with a Business Head to begin to see the implementation of my recommendations in one of the hospitals. Throughout my time here, I was lucky that the head office was small and to have spent time interacting most with the CEO, COO, and the majority of the business heads for this chain of hospitals.

Whenever I was not working, I spent my remaining time with family and the Acumen Fellow stationed at LifeSpring, Baheirah. Together, we explored as many places in Hyderabad as we could – Birla Temple, Tank Bund, Lumbini Park, Film City, Jalavihar, the Zoo, Charminar, and craft fairs among others as well as several restaurants and dhabas around the city. Amidst all the births we saw while at work, we also had the pleasure of witnessing the official birth of Telangana state after the bill passed in Parliament during the end of February – and the ensuing celebrations, rioting, and arguments that followed. Due to my large extended family, I also had the pleasure of witnessing two new nieces that were born in February and attending several functions that involve new babies being born: a function to celebrate one of my pregnant cousins, a cradle ceremony gathering hundreds of relatives to celebrate a new baby, and a function at my cousin’s house to welcome a new baby home.

Since I finished the bulk of my project work by the end of February, most of last month I spent visiting family and traveling to different places in India – and, in between, I was able to assist Baheirah a little bit with finding and writing grants for LifeSpring. Since both of us have been gone the last few weeks, we’re headed out now to reunite in Hyderabad, try how Indians do Mediterranean food, and karaoke! :)

Baheirah and I at the Zoo Park - we biked along the park and found this surprise lake at the end of a remote path

Baheirah and I at the Zoo Park – we biked along the park and found this surprise lake at the end of a remote path

Baheirah and I at Charminar, a center for shopping and hotspot for religious tensions

Baheirah and I at Charminar, a center for shopping and hotspot for religious tensions

Part of the LifeSpring Team!

Part of the LifeSpring Team!

Baheirah and I at Film City (an amusement park in Hyderabad where a lot of local films are also shot)

Baheirah and I at Film City (an amusement park in Hyderabad where a lot of local films are also shot)

Baheirah and I at Karachi Bakery trying desserts

Baheirah and I at Karachi Bakery trying desserts

 

About Me: I was a CASI intern in the summer of 2012 in Bali, Rajasthan working with Educate Girls. I graduated Penn in December 2013 with a B.S. in Economics and will be in New York starting consulting in May 2014. Feel free to contact me at sudireddy22@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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