What is a birth ministry?

What is a birth ministry?

I’ve made a goal this month to promote birth ministries.  I actually have a contest going on between the website and the facebook page to have individuals share about their birth ministry.  This brought up an interesting question, what is a birth ministry?

I have a group of friends that struggled through this question as we created the International Christian Childbirth Coalition.  We wanted to create a source of support for leaders of birth ministries, but not take over the job of any individual organization.  This meant we needed to define what a ministry was, who could join the ICCC and who should join an ICCC member organization.  It was a difficult process to work through.

But this contest isn’t about ministry leaders or membership.  It is simply about sharing what you do and how you do it.  The definition of a birth ministry can be much broader.  Here are some examples:

You may purchase books about pregnancy and childbirth for your church library to ensure families in the church have access to quality information.

You may organize food delivery for families with new babies or women on bed rest.

You may provide free childbirth education or doula services for the women in your church, or through a crisis pregnancy center, or friends of friends.

You may knit baby blankets to donate to a homeless shelter.

You may organize a birth or baby supply drive to send to churches in areas of need.

You may advocate for the rights of breastfeeding women at your church to stay in the service or to have private space to nurse.

You may plan weekly or monthly mother’s groups for new and expectant mothers so they can provide support for each other.

The point is, your personal birth ministry does not need to be anything formally organized.  It is simply the way you serve God by serving the needs of new and expectant parents.

I urge you to take a few minutes, write your story and share it with others to inspire them to find ways to serve God through pregnancy and birth.  Here are the directions: http://birthingnaturally.net/christian/ministry/contest.html


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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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