1st Year Descriptions

Bible Study

Discipleship is the heart of a walk with the Lord.  In this class understanding who we are in Christ Jesus, and learning the disciplines of the walk with be studied and discussed.  The definition of a disciple is, “learner of the master”.  Our Master (Jesus) desires that we learn of Him.

Serving is at the very heart of our happiness.  This course will study the heart and ways we can serve birthing couples, families, and our own families. Students will also learn how to discern the difference between the direction of the Lord vs an expected act of serving.

Science Courses

CHAM’s science courses are part of laying down a foundation to help understand the HLTH (health) courses.  The goal is to be able to know the function of the body well to be able to use tools learned in 2nd and 3rd year to build up the mother in health.  Building and keeping strong health in the mother and hence the baby is key to good labor and deliveries, and enabling a good recovery and postpartum period.

BIOL-Anatomy and Physiology.  This is a basic science course to understand how God created the human body.  We use Apologia’s Advanced Biology.  This course with chemistry is consider to be equivalent with a college course of A&P.

BOTNY-Basic in Botony.  The first semester is the basic study of plants.  This course is getting ready for the 3rd year study of Herbs in family health and childbearing years.  Understanding how plants grow,  has an uncanny way of understanding how health is built.

BOTNY-Botany Herb and Vegetable Gardening.  This course takes the student from the basics to teaching them how have a herb and vegetable garden.  This is also one of teachings for mother’s in the community to teach and encourage a backyard garden for their family health as well as their own.  This is a community builder.

Health Courses

CHAM health courses are designed to give both an understanding of excellent health, but also include understanding of medical terms to help the student collaborate with the medical field.

HLTH-Medical Terminology.  This course gives an understanding of how medical terms come together and help to know the part of the body being identified, and what physiology is going on with that part of the body.  Midwifery terminology will be included both in this course, and all the midwifery courses.  Knowing medical and midwifery terminology is essential for the student taking the NARM exam.

HLTH-Whole Food Principles.  Our culture has digressed in the area of foods, primarily the soils that our produce comes from, and how foods are processed after harvest.  This has contributed to sickness in our bodies.  If we are to help build health in a mother and avoid complications, it is crucial for a midwife to know these principles.

Midwifery Courses

MDWF-Midwife’s Assistant.  The course takes place in the first semester of the first year student preparing them to get ready to serve their preceptors.  All the basic skills are learned, taught, and then demonstrated by the student.   Students start with sterile technique, to prenatal skills such as Fetal Heart Tones, to their role at births as part of the team, as well as assisting at prenatals. This course needs to be followed up with the NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) and CPR.  Both of these skills are required by many preceptors.

MDWF-Childbirth Classes.  This course is to give a frame work for teaching childbirth classes.  Teaching classes opens up to the midwife, the birthing community, ending up being a good marketing tool for their practice.  Early pregnancy classes, labor and delivery, and postpartum classes are included in this course.

MDWF-Prenatal Care I.  This course is a combination of knowing the A&P of pregnancy, normal changes in pregnancy, and the technicalities of performing a prenatal.