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.

Featured Midwife Training Partner

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; 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 to learn more about upcoming courses, register for weekly FREE lectures and subscribe to the Birth Wisdom blog.

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