Students should be prepared to fully realize the intensity of this program. The commitment required of each student is very indepth. In comparison to a typical college offering approximately 72 credit hours in a two year program (18 hours per semester), the academic requirements of Newlife School is 107 credit hours for the four semesters.
A personal resolve to be actively involved and dedicated to the program is a must.
Of course, delivering babies during scheduled rotations at the clinic makes the long hours of studying definitely worthwhile!
The academic course requirements combined with the clinical and birth rotations often involve long hours and minimal or interrupted sleep. Such is the life of a midwife. The curriculum can be rigorous as the combination of study combined with clinical and birth rotations require flexibility and long hours.
In addition, the intensity of patient care and the multitude of emotional experiences the student will encounter require that the student find support in their leaders, fellow students, friends and ultimately in her relationship with God.
Room and Boarding
Single students are required to live in one of our school dormitories located walking distance from the clinic. Students share household responsibilities such as cleaning and cooking.
All students and other full time staff from the clinic meet frequently in order to encourage one another. Topics of discussion vary based on the need. Sometimes discussion will consist of chart review and patient related issues. Other times it is centered on personal well being. Students are given the opportunity to share their struggles, frustrations or challenges with the rest of the group.
As a 'family' we aim to encourage and pray for each other. The work here is very demanding and requires much effort physically, emotionally and spiritually. Student group is a good time to share any concerns or encouraging reports with others so that we can rejoice and pray together.
Student Spiritual Life
We are very sensitive to the spiritual needs of our students. Newlife School provides a team-based Care Group for worship and Biblical edification at least once every month. Newlife School is a college-level academic and clinical training school for midwife students. Unlike YWAM, for example, Newlife School is not a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or a Bible school. We earnestly seek out applicants who are spiritually mature in their relationship with Christ and daily cultivate a healthy relationship with Him in prayer and Bible reading. If an interested applicant is just out of high school and feels that a DTS type of program would better suit her immediate needs, we of course recommend she pursues that first, then she can apply to Newlife School after her DTS graduation.
In addition to our Care Group time, we provide weekly 'coffee time' for the husbands and a weekly student group is scheduled for the students (see above).
There are more than 900 churches located in Davao City. Individually, these churches can adequately minister to each student. We strongly encourage our students to get plugged into a local church. Although active participation with all church outings and Bible studies may not be enirely feasible due to the school workload and responsibilities, students can at least attend Sunday services.
Computers: Students are required to bring a personal notebook computer for their academic studies.
Students may choose to purchase a reasonably priced notebook computer in Davao. However, please be advised that warranty issues would not be covered after the student graduates and takes the computer back home. The school dorms are provided with high speed DSL internet access however each student shares the cost for the service.
A digital camera is also recommended because students will certainly want to document their time here.
Fetal Heart Doppler: We required all new students to bring a personal fetal heart doppler. Please inquire from the school director regarding recommended brand and model.