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.
Completion of a Discipleship Training School