Question #24 – 9/4/2008 – What About Working in a Maternity Home?

My wife and I are empty nesters who are prayerfully considering becoming first-time houseparents. We feel called to work in a Christian maternity home. Can you offer advice for this particular ministry? We have about 9 months to prepare. Are there any courses or books that would help prepare us? We would love to contact other couples currently working in this field to ask some questions.

Thanks,
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Mike’s Response

“Can you offer advice for this particular ministry?”

I am afraid you caught me outside of my specialty, all my experience is working with youth.  You will hear this again, but I strongly suggest joining theHouseparent Network Community”  You can post your question on the forum and hopefully somebody that has experience with maternity homes will have an answer.

“We have about 9 months to prepare. Are there any courses or books that would help prepare us?”

 I don’t know of courses specific for maternity homes but I can recommend taking foster parenting classes.  They are usually offered for free through the state.  I still use much of the information I learned in classes we took almost 15 years ago.  As far as books go, there are a few I recommend for all houseparents:

“They Cage The Animals At Night” isn’t a training resource as far as techniques go, but it is extremely helpful in giving you an understanding of the feelings of children that are in placements.  It also gives you a perspective for the kind of worker you don’t want to be, as well as examples of the kinds of people that are great workers.

“We would love to contact other couples currently working in this field to ask some questions.” 

Second verse same as the first!  Join the Community and post your questions and comments.  I am pretty sure somebody will have some information for you.  If not, at the very least they will have some encouragement!

If anybody has any other ideas or you would like to add something, just register and add your comments. 

2 thoughts on “Question #24 – 9/4/2008 – What About Working in a Maternity Home?

  1. I have worked in a maternity home before it was extremly difficult. One thing to realize is if the house is not full when you start it might be filled up while you are there! We got up to 8 teens with a baby on the inside or a baby on the outside. It was very rewarding and I should probably include that in a chapter of my life experiences.

  2. One thing to consider is that when your wife is at the hospital with one of the girls helping to deliver a baby because the hospital is short staff and the water broke and is on the floor and the plumber is called to fix a real break in the plumbing consider just ordering some pizzas and enjoy the caos.

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