Deb Nava reflects on a fruitful time of using her knowledge of God’s Word and maternal health to serve women in India.
Katie Dunning and Elise Gerard recently taught a childbirth education seminar to expectant mothers in El Salvador. Katie reflects on how, through education on childbirth and her knowledge of God’s word, she was able to address and combat the expectant mothes’ fears surrounding childbirth.
Kelly Jobe writes about the documentary project we are doing in India. Our effort is to preserve the legacy of an extremely successful village midwife, before it's too late.
Kristin Bennecker reflects on her recent time spent in the Tacloban City Jail, where she taught, shared food, and was moved by the faith of the women in the jail who are opening themselves up to life change from the Lord.
Cannon Cameron, manager of NOVA Birth Services, reflects on the necessity for all those on this side of Jesus' birth to engage in making room for mothers in need, particularly the poor, who have no access to what they need in their most vulnerable hour.
This article interweaves our layered service to refugees in Nashville, spanning birth support, drivers training and Bible studies and how we began (and continued) each one.
Brittany Girton, student at the Institute for G.O.D., discusses the importance of caring for teen mothers through sharing her recent experience.
As we shared with Jyoti that we would help her become a midwife, she couldn’t stop smiling. She realized the possibility of living her dreams and leaving a legacy of hope and faith for her daughter and her daughter’s daughter.
Last month Rosemary Sherrod watched a group of women come into a room and six hours later leave that room empowered. I saw the transformation happen right before my eyes. It was an incredible thing to witness. Here is the story. (Featuring Tara Garner and Heather Munoz)
This week we are sending a special delegate team to India to serve the mothers! A team of midwives, doulas and educators will teach families and health professionals a very important subject matter that too few have access to.
Our lives are stories. To erase someone’s narrative from history is to negate their life. Every life is a story to be shared, but the reality for many women in India is that they have no one interested in listening to them.
Rosemary Sherrod, accompanied by photographer Kelly Jobe, had the opportunity to document the story of a village dai (dai is the Hindi word for midwife) in Badshapur, Gurgaon, India. Badshapur is a village nestled behind the towering buildings that have overtaken Gurgaon's skyline over the past two decades.
Our organization's public health team is employing methods of surveillance by networking with local and international physicians and birth workers to ensure we are ahead of disease trends and reduce occurrence of disease among our workers and those we work with.
After a decade of teaching adult women about reproductive health and their very amazing pregnant, birthing bodies, one thing always came up in discussions: the reality that next to none of us were taught from the beginning about how our bodies are designed to work.
2nd language acquisition is a daunting task. Unfortunately, for many development workers it is something that is never mastered. It requires long-term commitment, foresight and personal initiative beyond the classroom.
Imagine the difference when a woman is informed and educated on her body’s innate ability to give birth, feed her babies, and raise them well. A woman is empowered to have a healthy mindset about birth and mothering so she can enter into the newness of such a season with more faith and less fear.
It is a truly a privilege to be a friend to someone in need, especially in birth. It was a gift to serve as Irene's doula. Despite all of the trials that Irene and her family might face in an ironically hostile environment such as the American medical system, she was free on that day that I watched her give birth to her son.
Deb Nava writes a review of the 2016 "Motherhood Speaks," an Open Mic poetry night hosted by NOVA Birth Services and the Arts at Center Street.
G.O.D. Intl’s Nashville headquarters newly renovated one of its classrooms into the now Public Health Education Center (PHEC), equipped with a maternal and public health library, an infectious disease lab, and a full classroom.
This week our Filipino friend Jackie Perez graduated from the University of the Visayas with a nursing degree with a concentration in midwifery. Over the past two years, our organization has been able to provide her with a full scholarship to make this educational opportunity possible.
Megan Ssekebira and Celesta Bargatze were chosen as featured speakers at a recent Birth Conference in Nashville. Their education and experience in the birth field benefitted hundreds of parents in Tennessee!
Kendice Hartnell writes about the empowering education we offer to refugees, which ranges in topic from childbirth to driving, to carseat safety and cooking advice. We do more than educate these mothers, they have become dear friends.
Rina Miller extends the childbirth education she received from G.O.D. Int'l to other mothers in need in the Philippines. In her area of Tacloban, which was wrecked by the 2013 Typhoon, families are beginning to have children again. This education is timely and necessary.
Brynn Buchanan interviews Nurse Practitioner Jaimee Arroyo, after her trip to El Salvador. On the trip, Jaimee supported local health promoter Clara, as well as trained and equipped others to be health advocates in the community where we work.
Rosemary Sherrod spends time with an Indian "dai" (village midwife) named Raja. In India, government policies are pushing women towards hospitalized birth. Raja, despite language barriers, shows Rosemary the proof of her competence, in the form of the mothers who trust, and want, and deserve, her care.
Maternal and infant health play a fundamental role in our development work. Women and children are the most vulnerable members of society. Most often, they don’t receive attention they deserve in regards to their development, and especially their health. For the last decade, women at G.O.D. Int’l have been responding to this vast need by becoming the very resources needed to help combat the problem.
In Nashville, the number of foreign-born residents has more than doubled over the last decade. Immigrants and refugees face a variety of challenges, but one that is often overlooked is navigating an American hospital during birth, in a different language, a foreign culture, far away from loved ones. Doulas from NOVA Birth Services, and doulas-in-training at the Institute for G.O.D.'s Childbirth Education Certification program offer a number of doula and childbirth education services to immigrants and refugees free of charge.
Tara Garner, Director of the Childbirth Education Certification program at the Institute for G.O.D. International, and NOVA Birth Services, writes an overview of our first 100 births in the G.O.D. community. She compares the statistics in the US to what we have experienced, and the results are astounding. We consider the success of these first 100 births a preview of what is possible for others, particularly mothers in the third world, for whom our birth workers are training.
According to World Health Organization, of all the need existing around the world in the field of healthcare, the most critical shortage of workers is not doctors, nurses, or dentists, but midwives. When women in developing countries don’t have a midwife to ‘be with’ them in pregnancy, birth and after delivery, their chance for survival is bleak, as is their unborn child’s. When mothers die prematurely, husbands are left widowed and children orphaned and the unrelenting cycle of poverty repeats.
As birth workers, we are training up doulas and midwives of faith who, in the most hopeless situations, choose to demonstrate faith and love. We will be servants who can enter the most dire environments with mother and baby and, along with the presence of God, change the atmosphere and bring with us an air of peace and security.