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Building Community

I cannot share details yet – I don’t have time to make the full plan until spring break – but I will be hosting a training this summer you might find interesting.  It is about helping communities make change.

Although I will be sharing this information from the standpoint of making changes in childbirth, the actual uses are much broader than birth. You can use the same principles to form community groups within or outside the church for any area of development. The key however, is that you are not telling the community what to do – you are simply participating in the changes the community identifies as need.

I know this sounds a bit vague, but I only had a few minutes before I needed to get back to studying.  I just wanted to give you a heads up so you can be thinking about whether or not you want to participate. This is not a conference and nothing will be done in-person.  The program will be on the internet and all work will be done self-study, you will simply come back and share the group what you have learned.  I’ll get some details together in early March so you can decide if this is something God is leading you to do for your church or community.

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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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