Your Duas Will Help Me Obtain the Skills Needed
to Make a Difference in the Births of Women, insha'Allah.
“Whoever relieves his brother [or sister] of a hardship from the hardships of this world, Allah shall relieve him of a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Judgment. And whoever makes things easy for a person in difficulty, Allah will ease for him in this world and the Next. And whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will conceal him in this world and the Next. Allah is forever aiding a slave so long as he is in the aid of his brother.” [Sahih Muslim, al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and others]
What better way to relieve your sister of hardship than by helping to provide her with natural midwifery care during the labor and birth of her child?
It's with as much nervousness as excitement that I announce my application to Midwifery College of Utah! I've been considering my role and my vision and mission in the birthing community of Saudi Arabia for quite a while. I've come to the conclusion that I need to increase my professional skills if I really want to make a difference for women and children.
I've researched a myriad of midwifery schools and training programs. I've chosen MCU for their academic training via distance learning as well as the degree programs that they offer. It is my intention to earn a BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MIDWIFERY.
There were many other programs that offered just general midwifery study without the bachelor degree.; however, because I do not already possess an underlying degree, I felt it prudent to pursue my studies at a bachelor level. This will also give me the credentials needed to pursue my work in Saudi, insha'Allah, since the level of study is beyond just vocational certificates.
The cost of the program is roughly $24,000 USD. Of course I haven't told my dear, supportive husband this number yet. It also does not include shipping books and supplies, compensating local institutions and preceptors for clinical practice and observations, traveling for workshops/clinical training/exams, etc. I'm sure by the time I factor in all these extras, that figure will at least double (especially if I have to do an internship overseas for clinical practice for the required out-of-hospital births that will not be available in Saudi).
I expect the program to take up the next four years of my life, insha'Allah. Of course, I still plan to continue my writing for Saudi Birth Story, Saudi Life Motherhood and Parenting columns, and freelance articles for Arab News; as well as home schooling my children, completing the AMANI Birth project and training Childbirth Educators and Doulas, working with Al Bidayah Center to open their breastfeeding center in Riyadh, and whatever other life commitments are on my plate. Please make dua for me!
May Allah make it easy; give me strength, commitment, and stamina; provide the rizq (funds) to follow through; and make my efforts a blessing to the births of our Ummah...
Read on if you'd like to read my goals for my training and interest in midwifery, as submitted on my application to MCU...