- Foreword by Dr. Agatha M. Thrash M.D.
- 1. The Ministry of Midwifery
An 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 medical missionary.
- 2. The Need for Training
In 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.
- 5. Reproductive Anatomy
Learn 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.
- 6. Prenatal Care
Patti discusses 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.
- 7. 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?
- 8. 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.
- 9. Labor and Delivery
This chapter covers the three stages of labor. Cardinal movements, dilation, labor support, delivery of baby and placenta, birthing kits and more are covered.
- 10. 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.
- 11. Emergency Situations
Another 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.
- 12. Breastfeeding Advantages
This is a brief look into some of the advantages of breastfeeding over formulas. We cannot improve on God's design.
- 13. Miscarriages
This very brief chapter gives some helpful hints for those who are prone to miscarry.
- 14. The Role of the Husband
This 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.
- 15. Birth in a Blizzard
This dramatic story concludes the book. Read the thrilling adventure of a snowbound family and their two midwives.
- 1. The Ministry of Midwifery