Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Patti has captured the pageantry of this unique experience (midwifery
& childbirth) and expressed it in readable form. I could not
suppress a "Hallelujah" several times as I was reading it...If The Ministry of Midwifery
had been available during my years of training lay midwives and
delivering or supervising several hundred home births, I would have
required the students to read it, and would have supplied it to our
patients for the childbirth training classes. The Lord has blessed us
with an excellent book, long overdue...
Foreword by Agatha M. Thrash, MD
The manual that so many have been asking for, The Ministry of Midwifery
by Patti Barnes, C.P.M., is an introduction into the fields of
midwifery and childbirth education. This beautiful and informative
manual is presented from a Christian perspective with the hopes of
providing Christ-centered instruction, combining faith with practical
knowledge. Its very tasteful layout makes it suitable for men and women
Introduction into the fields of midwifery and childbirth education
Prenatal care and health tips
Exciting birth stories
Easy to read, many illustrations
Foreword by Dr. Agatha Thrash
Over 100 pages in an 8 ½" x 11" format
15 Chapters packed with practical information.
- The Ministry of Midwifery
exciting birth story leads into the ministry perspective of midwifery.
Patti explains how midwifery for her is a ministry, a
Christian ministry, with Jesus Christ as her number one
protocol. She shares how faith, responsibility, and
Christian deportment all combine to shape an effective
- The Need for Training
this chapter, Patti discusses why midwives should be trained.
There is a difference between faith and presumption, and a
Christian midwife will do well to distinguish between the
two before falling into a snare of the enemy of souls.
- Are Home Births Safe?
This chapter contains
a very brief summary of the safety of homebirths and why
a growing number of parents are choosing to deliver at home.
- Embryology and Fetal Growth
Truly we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." Patti takes you step
by step through the process of fetal growth and development
from conception to birth.
- Reproductive Anatomy
about the equipment that our Creator has designed within the
woman to conceive and birth babies. Also learn how God has
miraculously provided women with an anatomy that changes
through the course of childbearing.
- Prenatal Care
in this chapter the need for good prenatal care and what
prenatal care should include. Learn how to measure fundal
height, listen to fetal heart tones, do urinalysis, etc.
- Birthing and the Eight Laws of Health
God has provided eight simple, natural ways to optimize pregnancy
and childbirth. You will be amazed at what water, sunshine,
rest, exercise, fresh air, temperance, proper diet and
faith can do. For example, did you know that sunshine
decreases blood cholesterol?
- Herbs and Natural Remedies
God has provided many powerful and effective herbs for health and
healing. Patti discusses many that are safe to use during
pregnancy. Many common ailments that may and often do
occur during pregnancy are covered.
- Labor and Delivery
chapter covers the three stages of labor. Cardinal movements,
dilation, labor support, delivery of baby and placenta, birthing
kits and more are covered.
- Postpartum Mother and Newborn Care
Learn how to care for the mother and the baby immediately after
birth. Apgar scoring is explained along with newborn assessment.
- Emergency Situations
amazing birth story sets the stage for this chapter on emergencies.
Patti discusses such things as placenta previa, Bandl's
rings, postpartum hemorrhaging, cord prolapse, shoulder
dystocia and much more.
- Breastfeeding Advantages
This is a brief look into some of the advantages of breastfeeding
over formulas. We cannot improve on God's design.
This very brief chapter gives some helpful hints for those who are prone to miscarry.
- The Role of the Husband
chapter was contributed by Timothy Clark, R.N. The husband
has a big role to play during the prenatal period, the birth, and
postnatal period. Learn the role that God has entrusted the
husband and father with.
- Birth in a Blizzard
dramatic story concludes the book. Read the thrilling adventure
of a snowbound family and their two midwives.