MOMS Curricula

MOMS has teachers qualified to teach our core curriculum for birth attendants, a train-the-trainer package, business courses like grant writing and business planning, Helping Babies Breathe, and Essential Care for Every Baby.  

The core curriculum for training Sierra Leonean birth attendants includes the following topics:

  • The role of the MOMS Community Health Worker
  • Staying healthy:  Preventing Infection
  • Staying healthy:  Managing Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases
  • Staying healthy:  Nutrition and Hydration
  • Staying healthy:  Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Staying healthy:  Family Planning
  • Overview of anatomy and physiology
  • Women's reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Conception 
  • Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
  • Fetal Development
  • Prenatal Care:  Gaining a woman’s history 
  • Prenatal Care:  Conducting a prenatal examination
  • Prenatal Care:  Supporting a healthy pregnancy
  • Labor and Birth:  Supporting normal labor and delivery
  • Labor and Birth:  Providing immediate postpartum care
  • Postpartum Care:  Examining a newborn
  • Postpartum Care:  Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Care:  To Six Weeks
  • Peer Review and Problem Solving
  • Organizing for Change

Our train-the-trainer program provides new trainers with a rich understanding of relevant learning theories and a lot of practice using effective methods and techniques.  

Some say illiterate women can’t learn this information.  The women are uneducated, but they are not stupid.  If health workers understand underlying concepts, they make better decisions about providing care.

MOMS teaches effectively.  We ask the women to prepare lessons, skits, and songs for each module.  We have three goals in mind for these activities:  

  • To demonstrate they understand the material
  • To develop a tool for teaching their neighbors
  • To remind themselves of what they learned 

We use humor, stories, and role plays effectively.  We encourage them to try new skills.  We model talking about ideas and consultation.  We say, “I don’t know,” then research and return with answers.  None of this is revolutionary, although it is a harder way to train.  We are committed to doing the work.

We schedule classroom training four days a week for 3-1/2 weeks; we spend one day each week in the clinic practicing skills and applying concepts and facts to real cases.  We spend one day conducting the final examination — this is done one learner at a time, through an interpreter.  Then we have a celebration that includes the entire region.  

Our curriculum for KIDA in Uganda includes the following topics:

  • Business planning
  • Grant writing
  • Helping Babies Breathe
  • Essential Care for Every Baby
  • Current Evidence in Maternity Care

The primary references we use are published by the Hesperian Foundation.  These are...

  • A Book for Midwives
  • Helping Community Health Workers Learn

The maternal health content is also based on standard, English-language texts, including the following, among several others in specialized areas:

  • Mayes’ Midwifery, 13th Edition, Henderson and Macdonald
  • Myles Textbook for Midwives, 15th Edition, Fraser and Cooper
  • Varney’s Midwifery, 4th Edition, Varney, Kriegs, and Gegor
  • William’s Obstertics
  • Human Labor and Birth, Oxorn and Foote
  • Holistic Midwifery, Volumes I and II, Fry
  • Where Women Have No Doctor, Burns, Lovett, Maxwell, and Shapiro
  • Job’s Body, Juhan
  • The Female Pelvis: Anatomy & Exercises, Calais-Germain
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, Waugh and Grant


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