Do you have a desire to serve women? Do you want a skill set that will always be valuable in every community no matter in which corner of the earth you find yourself?
Consider becoming a midwife!
What do midwives do?
The decision to become a midwife is one of the greatest decisions you will ever make. Midwives are advocates for women, mothers and babies. They are a vital link in the healthcare system. Midwives are caregivers for healthy moms, healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, and can often be a bridge for these families and the greater healthcare system. Midwives are specialists in the childbearing years and can often provide care for women from puberty through menopause as well as newborns. Midwives provide care in the following areas:
Labor and Delivery
In rural communities, educated and trained midwives can be the difference between life and death. Midwives are educators, trainers and counselors as well as care givers.
Why should you become a midwife?
Midwives are often in the most intimate areas and times of a woman's life. Do you want to make effective change for women? If so, midwifery is on the cutting edge of real change. Midwives are trained professionals, but not all are created equal. You should consider becoming a midwife if you believe in birth, believe in women, and believe in the natural processes of life. Midwives are also medical professionals and must be able to respond appropriately in emergent times. Midwives are relational and spend a lot of time with their clients in order to better care for them. It is a rigorous and demanding job, but with a return like no other.
How do I become a midwife?
There are many tracks to midwifery education and certification. We offer two tracks:
The CPM PEP Process is governed by NARM (The North American Registry of Midwives) and is primarily for the training of North American based home birth midwives. PEP stands for Portfolio Evaluation Process. It includes our didactic classroom portion of midwifery training and then moves into an apprenticeship program. NARM requires that your apprenticeship is in the United States. In the apprenticeship you will walk alongside an expert midwife as her assistant. You will further hone your skills and do all of the tasks expected of a midwife. The PEP process requires students to spend at least a total of two years in their apprenticeship until they have reached certain standards of both primary and secondary skills and had interaction with a specified number of mothers and newborns. Once you have completed your classroom and apprenticeship phases you will be able to sit for the NARM exam. Passing the exam will grant you the CPM credential!
The CCM DEAP Process is governed by the Global Organization of Midwives and is primarily for the training of developing world rural clinic and birth center midwives. The focus is more on low-resource settings and challenging environments such as Asia, Africa, South America, and the Islands of the Pacific. DEAP stands for Direct Entry Apprenticeship Program. It includes our didactic classroom portion of midwifery training and then moves into an apprenticeship program. This apprenticeship can be anywhere in the world where we currently have a presence. In the apprenticeship you will walk alongside an expert midwife as her assistant. You will further hone your skills and do all of the tasks expected of a midwife. The DEAP process requires students to spend at least 12 months on the field in an apprenticeship and complete a specified 1,000+ clinical hours in home birth and/or birth center settings. Upon completion of these requirements you will be eligible to sit for the CCM exam. Passing the exam will grant you the CCM credential!
Where can I use my midwifery skills and certification?
Once you become certified, it will depend on the certification track you choose and where you choose to practice.
The CPM is currently recognized in 28 states within the US.
The CCM is recognized internationally in rural and developing regions. Depending on the country in which you choose to work, you may be able to utilize your scope of midwifery practice at higher levels including community clinics and rural hospitals and facilities.
Some Things to Know:
Our course is taught from the front by experts in their field. Included in our 6 month course are also independent study courses and homework forums. This is an intensive track and will require a rigorous commitment from you. It is doable and enjoyable, but you need to know for sure this is for you.
We do offer a full independent study suite and you may proceed at a slower pace, but the classroom is recommended.
We will walk with you and will help you along the way, but you must keep up with your coursework. Maintaining a part time job is possible, but not ideal.
Currently, we only offer scholarships to women from the developing world.
Our class size ranges from 12-24 students plus staff.
We offer one-to-one guidance and counselling support.
The 6 months covers only the didactic portion; clinical placement and successful completion of an national examination is required for certification.
What qualifications do I need?
A history or background in healthcare is helpful, but you do not need to be a nurse or health professional to apply. In fact, some of our best students had little or no background prior to registering for our program. When you apply for our program it is more than academic excellence we will consider. We are also looking at your personal history, where you plan to serve, what your purpose for midwifery is, and more. We are a mission-based program and approach it very much from a holistic perspective of community development. Our program may not be for you. We are looking for women who consider midwifery their calling and not merely a career path. We will give you a solid foundation for apprenticeship and walk with you throughout the entire process. What you need to become an excellent out of hospital midwife will be given to you during this program.
How do I apply?
It is as easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. You will need to register an account with GoMidwife at: www.gomidwife.com
2. Next, you will need to fill out an application for acceptance.
3.Once you have been accepted you need to pay your deposit.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary from place to place and you are welcome to compare prices, but you will find we are by far the most comparable program you will find. Our goal is to train midwives and multiply midwives into the field. We have tried very hard to keep prices to the lowest possible cost. We are a partner with a volunteer organization and all staff and workers raise independent support.
Our program is a base cost of:
$4,500 for 6 months of training includes:
Basic Birth Bag: doppler, stethoscope, BP cuff, measuring tape and fetoscope
Doula certification upon completion of all required work
Childbirth Education certification upon completion of all required work
CPR certification through ASHI upon successful completion of test
NRP certification through the American Heart Association and the Academy of Pediatrics upon successful completion of test
Things to know before you decide…
Our program is a midwifery based community development program. This means we will study a broad spectrum including permaculture, appropriate technology, nutrition and worldview to name a few.
We are a missions-based program, and although we are interdenominational and open to all who choose to take our course we do focus on midwifery as a missionary tool to share the Gospel and from the front we speak of our purpose and of Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Food, housing and transportation costs are NOT included in the fees.
We are currently based in Kona, Hawaii...a very small island in the middle of the Pacific.
This class has been such an amazing experience that I will always carry with me wherever I go. The Lord has opened my eyes to the beauty of birth and the parallels of the gospel and childbirth. I have come away with so many practical skills and knowledge along with a greater desire to see women take ahold of the glory being a mother!