Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:

"I’m interested in becoming a missionary midwife. What kind of opportunities are there for midwives? What training do I need?"

"We have a training opportunity for missionary midwives at Kona, Hawaii!"

Answer from Samantha in Hawaii, who has served with Youth With a Mission for four years.

As I'm sure you're aware, there are many avenues for missionary midwifery training available to you these days. Our organization, goMidwife, is currently accepting applications for our Fall 2015 Modules of Midwifery program which will run beginning September 21 through April 1, 2016.

Our program offers both didactic and practical training for those pursuing midwifery training aimed at the developing world as well as domestically. We cover topics from nutrition and childbirth education to birth emergencies and community development and everything in between. We had a successful run this past year followed by a month-long clinical service opportunity in Togo, West Africa.

If you're interested in joining us or would like more information feel free to email us or check out our website. Blessings on you and your journey toward midwifery!

-The goMidwife team

"Here are some midwifery opportunities in South Sudan."

Answer from Cathy in South Sudan, who has served with SIM and World Outreach for fifteen years, in Mexico, Turkey, Iraq, Philippines, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sudan, and South Sudan.

I run a fairly busy clinic in Doro, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. We serve both refugees and the local population. We need certified midwives who have experience in ANC, birthing, post-natal exams, and health education. They should have the ability to take calls and train local Sudanese staff in midwifery.

If you have a heart for helping women and sharing the Gospel with some of the least reached peoples in South Sudan, most of whom are Muslims refugee women, this is a great opportunity for you.

To learn more, contact SIM.

"We run a birthing center in Jacmel, Haiti."

Answer from Sarah in Haiti, who has served with Olive Tree Projects in Haiti for seven years.

We run a small birthing center offering quality care to our community. Our goal is to have a full Haitian staff, but it is going to take a few more years of training and hiring before we reach that goal. In the mean time we are looking for competent midwives who can offer a minimum of six months to help serve our clients and train our staff.

See our website and/or contact us for more information.

www.olivetreeprojects.com.

"Try YWAM’s Birth Attendant School."

Answer from Rebekah in Australia, who has served with Youth With A Mission in many countries for eight years.

One opportunity available to you: The Birth Attendant School. This school has been running annually at Youth with A Mission, Perth, Western Australia since 1997, and is made up of both people with a medical background and without. Since the school started, our birth attendants have delivered 5,000 babies in Asia and Africa.

The training is especially targeted at those aiming to work in missions and the developing world, with an emphasis on the Muslim world. Our school runs to maximize the one year of training, first starting with 12 weeks of lectures and then 9 months of field experience. You will work in 2-3 different nations in your practicum, getting hands-on experience to be trained as a midwife to work in the developing world by working in a variety of clinics and government hospitals. Training ranges in antenatal care, labor and delivery, newborn care, postnatal care, and follow up care with families.

Through the Birth Attendant School, have the opportunity to learn how to enter a community as a midwife, how to engage with the local health care system in a developing nation, how to comprehensively follow a woman through her antenatal phase and through delivery and postnatal period.

In the developing world, the people are incredibly spiritual, looking to witch doctors and traditional healers during their pregnancies and very much connect with a midwife who knows the Lord. All of our training and work includes a biblical foundation and the aspect of sharing our faith and praying for the woman and her family.

The training that I would suggest is most needed in the developing world is in the area of antenatal care. As a midwife, this is our opportunity to teach and train the mother to care for herself and her family. Many complications that we encounter in the 289,000 deaths that happen annually relate to nutrition in pregnancy. If we can alleviate complications in the antenatal period, then we have much more chance of safe delivery for mum and baby. If you would like more information on being trained as a midwife to work in developing nations, please contact us.

"Consider "Mercy in Action.""

Answer from Sarah in Oregon who has served in South America.

Congrats on this beautiful career and direction of serving. I am a Missionary Midwife, and would add one more training possibility. Mercy in Action has training programs and US-based and overseas opportunities as well. You can choose academic and/or clinical training through them.

Best wishes, and may God guide you!

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