Become a Midwife
Midwife International supports midwives and clinics that provide education and training programs for in-country midwives, worldwide, with a focus on Latin America, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. If you are interested in supporting or requesting support for midwifery training programs in those regions, please contact us to learn more about our current partners or to recommend new partnerships.
If you are looking for opportunities to study holistic midwifery, international women's leadership and holistic health, please check out the Birth Institute, for more information about upcoming programs and courses.
Birth Institute is a private occupational school that promotes natural birth and holistic health. Offerings include a distance-based Certificate in Holistic Midwifery for students who wish to practice midwifery in out-of-hospital settings; study abroad programs for students who wish to participate in an international apprenticeship; and facilitator training courses for practicing midwives who wish to become leaders in the field of midwifery and respectful maternity care. Birth Institute's philosophy is simple: what is good for birth is good for the planet. Get started today. Visit www.birth-institute.com to learn more about upcoming courses, register for weekly FREE lectures and subscribe to the Birth Wisdom blog.
Additional education opportunities
The home-base of Ina May Gaskin, The Farm is considered the birthplace of modern midwifery. The Farm Midwives wrote about their homebirth practice in the natural childbirth classic, "Spiritual Midwifery". They offer midwifery assistant training workshops (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and host an annual midwifery conference.
Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program, based in Seattle, Washington, trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families. It also qualifies graduates to become state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives.
Birthingway is a non-profit MEAC accredited school for Direct-Entry midwives and related professions located in Portland, Oregon. Birthingway has developed a model of caring for women and families during the childbearing year and beyond. They refer to this as the Biodynamic model, in which birth is not only a natural part of human life, but a necessary part and one that is intimately connected with what it is to be human.
Birthwise Midwifery School is a small private institution founded in 1994 in Bridgton, Maine. Birthwise offers a rigorous academic program taught by a diverse faculty at our Bridgton facility, as well as a clinical component with qualified preceptors located locally and ultimately in a location of the student’s choosing. Birthwise education prepares students for practice in free standing birth centers or home birth practices.
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery students’ clinical experiences take place in a variety of home birth practices, community-based birth centers, clinics and hospitals located throughout Florida. The goal at FSTM is to educate and prepare students to become skilled, caring midwives who will be available to serve women and families in their communities.
Maternidad La Luz is a community-based, Texas state-licensed birth center and a Texas Department of State Health Services approved midwifery school. Through an integrated model of academic and clinical training, MLL offers a unique and holistic learning experience for aspiring midwives. The midwifery program, provided within a busy birthing center, allows students to solidify clinical skills while integrating their academic learning.
Midwives College of Utah’s (MCU) mission is to build midwives of technical expertise, professional excellence, and personal greatness--namely Midwives of Excellence®. MCU’s method for building Midwives of Excellence® is to meld professional and leadership education. Professional education prepares students for expertise in their chosen profession; leadership education teaches students “how” to think.
The degree programs of the National College of Midwifery are implemented in diverse learning environments chosen by the student and the preceptor, from individual and group apprenticeships, to classroom settings, allowing for multiple approaches to learning while requiring a high degree of initiative and discipline from the student. The National College of Midwifery was founded in 1989 by Elizabeth Gilmore, the New Mexico Midwives Association and the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center under the name The New Mexico College of Midwifery.
The focus of the National Midwifery Institute is to preserve community-based midwifery care and education by refining and preserving apprenticeship. The schools believes that apprenticeship is a superior educational route for fostering independent/autonomous midwifery practice. Combining the long standing course work of Heart & Hands and Study Group, the NMI curriculum provides students with a unique distance learning opportunity.
Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery prepares midwifery students to provide excellent care to healthy pregnant women and their newborns, including the ready identification of complications requiring consultation or referral. The program provides a means for students to obtain formal midwifery education while preserving the advantages of the midwifery preceptorship model.