Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How God Gave Us a Midwife

For our past two births I have wanted a homebirth. Being in Phnom Penh really prohibited that since there was no NICU for problems, and, if the baby had to be evacuated, you have to get a passport which can take up to two days. I was so grateful, however, to travel to Thailand for those two times. We needed that time to unwind, get away, get counseling, and reconnect as a family. Now, our counselor in Thailand has moved back to the States. We don't have enough money to go to Thailand. We really don't have the money for the $2000 hospital birth, and I still cannot feel all that great about the cheaper hospitals. Baby #6 is four or so months away.

Wouldn't you know it?! The hospital near our house is opening the first NICU in the country in January, just a few months before our baby is due. Coicidence? Maybe...


Here is the email I received from the woman I am communicating with about coming to do a homebirth for us. And let me tell you, it is an amazing story just how we first connected...

" First, a little, background info. Since midwifery is a calling from the LORD  I"ve felt convicted never to advertise my services like most midwives do and instead I depend upon the LORD to send me those He wants me to serve.I, too, feel strongly that I am supposed to be your midwife, here's why. A few weeks before I learned of your desire to have a midwife/homebirth I was in an interview with a couple looking for a midwife. They live right here in Brighton and I really liked them. The whole time we're talking I had this really odd feeling that I didn't fully understand. At the end of the interview they said they were ready to "sign on" and get started with me and I told them "No, I don't think so, I think you should talk to some other midwifes  before you make your decision" and I gave them a couple of names of midwives who live in another community about 45 minutes away. I couldn't believe what I'd just said ( what was I doing, turning away business in my own back yard, in a month when I didn't have any other clients due??) and I'm pretty sure they thought I was a bit on the crazy side! It was the oddest interview I've ever done. The next day they called and said they'd chosen one of the other midwives I'd suggested. After the interview I shared this story with my husband and told him " I think God has something else for me in March". And so He does!"

Coincidence? I think not!

God works things out in His way, in His time, and for His glory. I am so thankful He sometimes lets us see His hand and encourages our hearts. I am so thankful He is confirming our call and paving the way for us to stay in Cambodia despite the obstacles.

How have you seen God's hand in your life recently?


  1. Hi there, I stumbled upon your blog while researching missionaries in Cambodia. I am going to be traveling there in February and wanted to get connected to missionaries. I will be in Phnom Penh teaching and am coming from Raleigh, NC. I'd love to talk with you- could you let me know your e-mail address or the best way to get in touch? -Amanda

    1. Hello, Amanda! I just saw your comment. Sorry! Our email is chrisandcaseyallison@gmail.com. Let's connect!

  2. Hi there! My husband and I moved to PP on Christmas Day 2014. I'm not pregnant, just thinking ahead, so I googled "NICU in Phnom Penh" and stumbled across your blog. What??!! A midwife??!! A home birth??!! A NICU?? In Phnom Penh!! Do tell me more!

  3. Rhoda, I'm so sorry I missed your comment? How is life in PP going? I'd love to talk NICU and crazy homebirth anytime!