Training Women to Help Women

Sep 1, 2010

Giving birth at home? While the idea may raise some eyebrows, a growing number of women with low-risk pregnancies opt for a midwife as their primary caregiver during pregnancy.

Midwives spend more time with their clients in prenatal and postpartum visits, as well as during the actual birth, than do obstetricians. This can result in fewer birth complications and medical interventions. Home environments also slash risks from hospital infections and, a major factor to many, midwifery care can cost from half or even less than half the total expense of traditional hospital deliveries. 1

From September 6–10, 2010, Hartland Institute hosted a midwifery seminar by Dr. Mary Ann McNeilus and Patricia Barnes, CPM (Certified Professional Midwife). Offered every two years, the seminar covers prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care, natural birth planning, and neonatal assessment.

“I heard about this seminar from a Christian midwife group called Charis Childbirth,” comments Amy Elliott. Amy, a doula (a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth) who attended from Norfolk, Virginia, continues, “Currently, I teach childbirth education classes in Central Asia, and I definitely feel this seminar gave me more confidence to move forward with that.”

Patricia Barnes, a CPM for many years, shares, “Midwifery is not a business or a hobby. It’s a ministry. You learn to work in the fear of the Lord. Even with the training and experience I already have, I still need God’s presence to make decisions that could mean life or death. It’s not just catching babies.”

Dr. McNeilus adds, “Women will always meet women who need this information. We would like to put together a midwifery course where you can be certified and learn the unique service offered by Seventh-day Adventist midwives.”

Students appreciated the seminar. Martha Castañeda comments, “My mother suffered a lot having me as a baby, and even more so with the births of my sister and my brother. What I learned this week helped me understand why. I am so excited to have the knowledge to help others avoid more suffering, especially in the mission field.”

Ladies, plan on being at the next midwifery seminar in September 2012!

by Leilani Hortaleza

1 ezinearticles.com, Devine, Joseph, “The Benefits of Using A Midwife During Childbirth,” June 12, 2008