Training missionary birth attendants for developing nations
Start date: 8 July, 2018
End date: 8 June, 2019.
Birth Attendant School Lecture Fees:
$4010 AUD per person plus 30 AUD registration fee ($60 for couples).
These fees cover accommodation, food and tuition.
Advanced Birth Attendant School Fees:
Costs will vary ($7,500-$9,000AUD) depending on the outreach location, exchange rate, changes in airfare, etc.
This course is not currently recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.
A successfully completed Discipleship Training School.
The Birth Attendant School will train you in maternal health, reaching out to marginalised women and their families, to provide skilled help for pregnant women, and manage problems surrounding birth and following. As a highly specialised Birth Attendant school, the BAS will train you for developing nations, not for work in the Western world. On the Birth Attendant School, you will have opportunities to volunteer in busy urban hospitals as well as rural clinics and villages. You will learn the importance of prayer and worship, listening to and obeying God. 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 their families.
Afternoon workshops are a dynamic, hands-on time where we work together to help each other learn! We wrap our minds around anatomy and physiology, practical skills related to antenatal care, normal labour and delivery, common problems in postpartum, newborn care, and more.
"I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger." Job 29:15-16
In teams, you will research a location and unreached people group, focusing on what God is saying about the state of health care. Then as a school we will ask God for His strategy and how to intercede as we prepare to be used by Him in these nations. God is so willing to give us more of His heart, and we want to be birth attendants who ask Him for it and carry it in a place of prayer.
Whether it's 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. Following Jesus' example, we practice teaching health care topics and weaving them together with a simple Gospel message. With these essential components, we will have opportunities to see disease decrease and both physical and spiritual aspects of a community thrive.
Outreach may look like you delivering mums giving birth to their first or fifth child; antenatal clinics that will be non-stop blood pressures for three hours, or taking an hour to do one check-up; postnatal care in women's homes; newborn assessment on the fly, or a relaxed assessment while mum and grandma dote on the new bub. Your staff will be with you to oversee your application of skills that you have learnt during lecture phase, as we travel to one or more nations.
Relationships are key to seeing people come to know the Lord. Through being with the mother during such a monumental point in her life, the beginning of her child's life, we gain unique access to her and her family. Through these deep and significant relationships that are formed, we get to tell them about the Source of all life - Jesus Christ Himself!
We will work in developing nation clinics and hospitals. We 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!
On our second lecture phase, we will study the four main causes of death for women during pregnancy, labour, delivery and the postpartum period. Our weeks consist of both interactive lessons and hands-on application of what we learn as we continue to work in a clinical setting and manage complications in pregnancy and delivery.
A part of being a birth attendant who serves and loves the Lord is that we 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.