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Fertility Library Ministry

When my church decided to collected book donations and make them available for free I was surprised to see some pregnancy and childbirth books were in the donation boxes. It had never occurred to me that birth education could be included in the church library. But what a fabulous resource that was.

I don’t have much to say about this, the opportunity is pretty self-explanatory. But you may have questions about how to make this work.  So here are some things to think about as you explore this ministry for your church.

  1. Does your church have a lending library program you could work with?
  2. Does your church have a space where you could keep pregnancy, birth and infertility specific materials?
  3. Does your church have a way to solicit donations of books from members or the community?
  4. Does your church have a way to donate books to crisis pregnancy centers, women’s shelters or other high need locations?
  5. Are you willing to place any book that is donated, or do you feel you need to only put out certain types of materials?
  6. Will books be given away, or will they be returned so another family can learn from the text?
  7. Who will be responsible for ensuring books are returned or replaced?
  8. How will you evaluate the success of providing a fertility library?

I hope this gives you some ideas of ways you can help meet the needs of families in your church.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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