“This was a wonderful course!” says Carol from England. “I think every woman should do this course so that they can be more in touch with their body.”
This spring, we had representatives from several countries—Canada, Norway, England, the Philippines, and the US—taking the Childbirth Educator/Doula training program at Hartland College. They learned a lot during their four-week intensive training, and we have no doubt they will continue to add to their knowledge through experience. Each one expressed a desire to be a positive influence on their families, neighbors, and communities. They want to use their knowledge and talents to share the gospel message and the love of Christ.
“I learned many lessons over the four weeks, but these would be incomplete without the lesson on the placenta that the Lord taught me,” another student shares. “Jesus, our mediator, is like the placenta where the nutrients (physical blessings), oxygen (spiritual gifts), and protective antibodies (mental endowments) from the Father are passed on to us. The waste products (sins) were passed on to Jesus and still pass to Him every time we sin.”
We realize that many ladies are interested in childbirth, but not everyone is called to become a midwife. This led us to develop the CE/Doula program, a certified course which allows those who successfully complete it to set up their own ministry. In this way they can help women to prepare for birth, and if they become a Doula, can even help in the birth process, providing support, coaching, and comfort at the time of delivery.
Because our course is a prerequisite to becoming a midwifery major, it is far more advanced than most CE/Doula courses you will find elsewhere. In addition, it is taught from a biblical, Seventh-day Adventist perspective. We cover embryology, fetal development, nutrition, natural remedies, prenatal and postpartum care, emergency deliveries, and so on. Missionaries find this training very helpful, especially in third-world countries where prenatal care is lacking.
“Learning from our dedicated instructors was a huge blessing,” says Seikosha from the Philippines. “Being under God’s mentorship, the knowledge and experiences they shared was an inspiration and encouragement. This training truly built the groundwork for us to teach childbirth classes, help develop birth plans, perform labor assistance through emotional and spiritual support, and guide or educate mothers to make informed choices.”
For info about our upcoming CE/Doula course, email Patti Barnes.