Caring for women during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond opens incredible doors of relationship, giving families opportunity to powerfully encounter the love of God. The Birth Attendant School is an opportunity to learn spiritual and practical aspects of being a birth attendant in the developing world. You will get trained in hands-on skills and gain God's heart for healthy labour, delivery and early childhood in under-resourced communities. The importance of prayer and worship, sharing the gospel, and listening to and obeying God are strongly integrated in this.
Maternal health, reaching out to marginalised women and their families, providing skilled help for pregnant women, and managing problems surrounding birth and following are key components of the BAS. This is a highly specialised birth attendant school, focussed on training you effectively for this crucial area of medical missions.
This course is 11 months long. Your initial three months are a lecture phase in Perth, followed by outreach and further outreach-based lectures. Topics during our initial lecture phase include: anatomy and physiology, evangelism, grief, antenatal care, complications in pregnancy, global health issues and more.
On outreach you and your team will volunteer in busy urban hospitals, as well as rural clinics and villages. You will serve and learn through antenatal care, immunisations, conducting deliveries, working with hospital staff, teaching in schools, clinics, homes, and anywhere we can gather a group of people. Special attention is given to teaching and training women about their bodies, nutrition, hygiene and safe birth practice. The goal is to provide safe deliveries and decrease death. Being with a woman in this critical time of childbirth opens doors for close relationships, prayer, and ministry with families. Through these deep and significant relationships that are formed, you get to tell them about the Source of all life - Jesus Christ Himself.
God’s intentions for abundant life are both physical and spiritual, so we teach health care topics and weave them together with a simple Gospel message. Whether it is handwashing or nutrition in pregnancy, the nations need to hear it! People are dying preventable deaths, and teaching a community about simple things like handwashing can save lives and prevent disease. With these essential components, you will have opportunities to see disease decrease and both physical and spiritual aspects of a community thrive. Staff work closely with students to oversee application of skills that you have learnt during lecture phase, as we travel to one or more nations.
Part of being a birth attendant who serves and loves the Lord is that you hear His voice regularly in a place of intercession and gain His heart for the nations. Together as a team, we will bring God's presence through our prayers and times of regular worship together. God encounters women and their families powerfully as we pray, as we serve, and as we share the gospel.
You will continue to learn as you serve. Your second lecture phase happens during outreach, as we study the four main causes of death for women during pregnancy, labour, delivery and the postpartum period. Your weeks consist of both interactive lessons and hands-on application of what you learn as we continue to work in a clinical setting and manage complications in pregnancy and delivery. As your training and experience builds, you are equipped to bring health and healing - physically and spiritually - serving as a birth-attendant in medical missions.
July 5th, 2020 - June 6th, 2021
Lecture Phase: AUD $4,040
(plus visa and health insurance)
Outreach Phase: AUD $8,000 - 10,000
(depending on location)
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