Did you know that nearly 300,000 woman die in childbirth each year? Many of these deaths could be prevented if a skilled birth attendant was present with that woman. The Lord is laying on my heart a desire to advocate for these woman. To what extent, we are not sure, but together Ronnie and I are praying for direction. In the mean time, there is a course being held in our state for nurses, student midwives, medical missions workers etc to teach them to preform basic prenatal care, help babies initiate breath (non-intubation techniques), assist mothers with breastfeeding, emergency delivery of a baby, assisting with birth emergencies (breech birth, hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, twin delivery etc) and other essential skills for a “Midwifery Assistant” The cost is $400 plus meals, accommodations, and required texts. Thankfully I have most of the required equipment. We wonder if this would “test the waters” for further studies to become a certified midwife, or just be skills useful in conjunction with my nursing education to use overseas for short term missions. Although we also wonder if God is planting seeds for something even bigger. We are asking for prayer as we consider this opportunity, and welcome any words God may give to you.