Become a Midwife

The mission of Midwife International is to strengthen the capacity of midwives to achieve the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies worldwide. While we do not currently offer international volunteer or training opportunities, our sister organization, Birth Institute, provides unique midwifery training courses and opportunities to study women's leadership and holistic health, both at home and abroad.

Birth Institute

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; a Holistic Doula Training program for students who seek to provide emotional and physical support to women both inside and outside of hospitals; Experiential Learning Abroad courses for students who wish to examine women's rights and community health in the international context; and facilitator training courses for practicing midwives who wish to become leaders in the field of midwifery and respectful maternity care.

Please note: Midwife International operates exclusively for charitable purposes, independent of Birth Institute. The directors, philosophy and programs of Midwife International are separate and distinct from those offered by Birth Institute, which operates exclusively to provide higher education as a private occupational school, owned by Rhythm of Life LLC.

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Resources

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) is an independent, nonprofit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency of direct-entry midwifery institutions and programs. They offer resources for aspiring midwives as well as a list of the direct-entry midwifery programs that they accredit.

North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) sets standards for competency-based certification that allows a midwife to support a woman’s right to choose her birth attendants and place of birth. Part of NARM’s mission is to develop and administer a standardized examination system leading to the credential “Certified Professional Midwife” (CPM).

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Resources

The American College of Nurse Midwives offers great information about pathways to midwifery, with links to various programs approved by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) on their website. is a comprehensive online resource for registered nurses considering a bachelor's degree in nursing on their path to becoming certified nurse midwives (CNMs).

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Every community should have their own midwife. Someone who understands their culture, who they already trust, who is a part of their community, who they’ve known since they were children.
— Umm Salaamah “Sondra” Abdullah-Zaimah, Midwife