Midwifery Schools & Clinical Sites

This is a page dedicated to creating a permanent list of US/Canadian schools that educate students for midwifery practice and/or for the North American Registry of Midwives exam.

We recognize that some schools are accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and MEAC has created a wonderful list of the schools they accredit. We also have links to MEAC school reviews below. However, what is currently needed is a list of Direct Entry Schools that are *not* MEAC accredited so students may easily find what options for education are open to them. We are also in need of a list of US-based clinical sites that allow PEP students to come for internships for valuable high-volume experience. MEAC students may be permitted to travel out of country for high-volume experience depending on their school’s policy.

If you would like to offer a review of your midwifery school, please find directions HERE.

**Please note that this list and accompanying descriptions are gleaned from the website of each school and are as accurate as possible. However, it is possible that misunderstandings might occur OR that school policy may be updated. Please verify information directly with your school of choice before registering.**

Non-Accredited Midwifery Schools:

Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education
Type of School: Local; Charlottesville, VA
Program Age/Founder: New as of 2013. Dr. Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM
Tuition: $3000 per year. AEME participates in The Grand Challenge and offers scholarships to students of color.
Books Required: Unknown
Basic Description: Sarita Bennett is a physician and CPM. She is the former co-owner of Sacred Mountain Midwifery School and moved to Charlottesville, VA to begin a new practice and midwifery school. From all accounts, this program is very much under construction. Have inquired for additional information and will update when that comes in.

Ancient Art Midwifery Institute
Type of School: Distance
Program Age/Founder: Founded in 1991 by Carla Hartley
Tuition: $4800; various other fees totaling several hundred dollars also required
Books Required: Not listed
Basic Description: AAMI is an established school in DEM education. This program spends a portion of the 3 year course creating detailed filing systems so the student has the ability to quickly locate and revise any previously researched material. AAMI offers multiple special concentrations and offers varying incentives and rewards based on student participation and excellence. Carla and company host the Trust Birth Conference each year.

Association of Texas Midwives Education Program
Type of School: Mixed; Distance with required local workshops.
Program Age/Founder: The Association of Texas Midwives founded this program in the 1980s. Became an approved education provider by the Texas Midwifery Board in 1999.
Tuition: $7000 or $875 per module; various other fees totaling several hundred dollars.
Books Required: List found here
Basic Description:  The ATMMTP is an eight-part comprehensive midwifery education program utilizing direct assessment of student learning. Curriculum is based on the Midwives Alliance of North America standards for practice and “Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice”, and incorporates NARM educational requirements. These requirements are met through a variety of methods, including flexible but structured home and internet based coursework, required reading, research, and community projects. Each of the 8 parts, or modules, ends with classroom time in the form of mandatory workshops where review, application, integration, and examination occur. The program’s expected completion period is approximately 34 months, including the required clinical component.

Charis Childbirth  {Find Reviews Here}
Type of School: Mixed; Distance with required local workshops (Florida).
Program Age/Founder: Kristin Schuchmann in 2007.
Tuition: $11,900 for 3 years; $900 in workshop fees; various other fees totaling several hundred dollars.
Books Required: Unknown
Basic Description: Charis Childbirth Midwifery Track is a 3 year program (for a normal full-time student) that delivers academic work online and requires a minimum of 4 in-person local workshops. Students are prepared for the NARM exam.

Common Sense Childbirth
Type of School: Distance (beginning with 2015 class)
Program Age/Founder: Jennie Joseph founded the school of midwifery
Tuition: $19,320. Common Sense participates in The Grand Challenge and offers scholarships to students of color.
Books Required: Unknown
Basic Description: Common Sense School of Midwifery begins a new cohort of students every 3 years. The cohort scheduled for 2015 will be entirely online with students locating local preceptors to fulfill clinical requirements for the PEP process. Jennie Joseph is the founder of the hugely successful JJ Way of maternal health.

Massachusetts Midwives Association Basic Course
Type of School: Local
Program Age/Founder: Massachusetts Midwives Association
Tuition: $4500 for 2 year program; Other fees totaling about $100; Midwives of Color scholarship offered.
Books Required: Unknown; suggested student will need to spend approximately $300 on texts.
Basic Description: Taught by a diverse group of practicing midwives from across Massachusetts.  The Basic Course combines in depth independent study with an engaging bimonthly full day classroom. ToLabor doula certification is included.

Mercy in Action
Type of School: Local or Distance
Program Age/Founder: The Vicki Pennwell family founded the program in 1980.
Tuition: Local: $3,400 (ipad included) plus $1500 for the dorm; Distance: $170 per module ($3060 total) with discounts for bundling module purchases. Mercy participates in The Grand Challenge offering scholarships to students of color.
Books Required: A list (identical for each program) can be found at the end of this page
Basic Description: Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide and is a highly respected name in midwifery. Mercy offers two tracks for midwifery education: A three month intensive track held in Idaho each spring and fall and a distance education option. Mercy also offers an online NARM intensive as review for those taking the exam and a cultural competency course that meets  NARM requirements. The distance education option allows one to complete modules (18 in total) at one’s own pace and generally can be completed in as little as 9 months.

Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery
Type of School: Distance
Program Age/Founder: Casey Makela founded the program in the 1980s.
Tuition: $4800 for a 3 year program; additional fees totaling several hundred dollars. The school offers a number of scholarships and discounts.
Books Required: Unknown
Basic Description: MSTM is the first Traditional Midwifery school to ever be licensed by the State of Michigan and the only school in North America offering a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certification in Traditional Midwifery. The school is also a member of the American College of Traditional Midwives. Beyond the basic 3 year course, MSTM offers a NARM intensive, an honor society to acknowledge academic excellence and optional on-site skills workshops. Casey Makela is a well-known unassisted birth proponent.

Midwife To Be
Type of School: Distance
Program Age/Founder: Lisa Aman founded the program in 1986.
Tuition: $775 in total ($50 for first unit, $25 each additional unit- pay as you go). Also offers an ‘accountability’ route which is an additional $1525 for 50 units or $30 per unit. The accountability route offers a minimum of 30 minutes a month of personal mentoring.
Books Required: A list of books can be found here.
Basic Description: MTB is a three phase, 30 unit course of study that includes skills work, reading, tests and projects. Each unit includes 51 hours of joint didactic and clinical work. It uses Moodle for the 60+ tests given and as a way to upload projects. Lisa offers occasional skills weekends in Easley, SC.

Midwifery Institute of America
Type of School: Distance and Local (Witter, AK)
Program Age/Founder: Prefers not to publish her name; Correspondence course began in 1996.
Tuition: $1100 total; $500 deposit and payments made as each module is mailed in.
Books Required: Book list is sent upon enrollment.
Basic Description: The distance course (on its 5th revision) consists of modules to be completed in the foundational areas of medical vocabulary, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, and skills, in addition to midwifery.  There are 22 midwifery modules. The above average, diligent, full time student should be able to complete the course within two years. The Resident Training School is held for two terms, 13 weeks each during the summer months, one each year when more than 5 students are enrolled.

Sacred Transitions Midwifery Institute
Type of School: Distance with local skills trainers all over the U.S.
Program Age/Founder: The program was founded in 2013 by Katie McCall (current Administrative Assistant). The Institute is administered by an Advisory Board, Faculty and Staff. Nicole Schwartz, CPM is the Administrator of Academic Affairs.
Tuition: $5975 for the traditional midwifery program; additional tuition for botanical/Christian concentrations. Also anticipate several hundred dollars for local skills training. As of 2015, ST is allowing a ‘pay as you go’ tuition system that allows students to pay monthly during the first year and bi-monthly in the second and third years. ST participates in The Grand Challenge and offers scholarships to students of color and work/tuition exchange for up to two qualified students per year.
Books Required: A book list can be found here.
Basic Description: STMI offers a traditional midwifery program, a botanical midwifery program and a Christian midwifery program. STMI is a 3-4 year program with additional study required for botanical/Christian midwifery diplomas. STMI offers a detailed student handbook upon request and STMI uses Moodle to deliver didactic courses.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Type of School: Local; Fennimore, WI
Program Age/Founder: Unknown
Tuition: $12,160; includes books/kits
Books Required: Unknown
Basic Description: This program grants successful students an Associate degree. The program requires a minimum of two years to complete. As this is a a program from a fully accredited local community college, federal financial aid is available to students who qualify. Students who graduate from this program are prepared to sit for the NARM exam.

The Community School of Midwifery
Type of School: Local, Springville, Utah
Program Age/Founder: Program has Faculty, a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board.
Tuition: $18,000 for 3 years; payment plans allowed on a case by case basis.
Books Required: A list is available here.
Basic Description: The Community School of Midwifery is a three-year program consisting of three trimesters each year with summer and Christmas breaks. Students meet at the school once a week for an intensive 5 hour class and can plan on about 3 – 10 hours of homework, study groups, online lectures, and more as home study during the week. The curriculum is comprised of 54 modules which are broken into 12 units. The Community School of Midwifery follows The International Confederation of Midwives standards of midwifery education competencies. CSM has a contract with Better Birth Birth Center to provide  some clinical experiences to its students.

The Matrona
Type of School: Distance Pogram and Local Program (Ashville, NC)
Program Age/Founder: Whapio Diane Bartlett founded the local program over ten years ago. The correspondence course began in 2013.
Tuition: Local- $3600; Distance- $4500
Books Required: A list is provided here
Basic Description: The Local Program is a six-month introduction to the Matrona offering practical, spiritual and academic knowledge of birth and midwifery. The Correspondence Course is 11 months in length and is a comprehensive midwifery program which meets MANA Core Competencies for all the academic components required for PEP. The Correspondence Course has four components: Academic Midwifery, Homeopathy, The Practice of Midwifery and Intuitive Studies.

Via Vita Midwifery Foundation
Type of School: Distance
Program Age/Founder: Founder- Vicki Penwell in 1984; Currently operated by Sharon K. Evans, Administrative Director.
Tuition: $1500 if paid in full; or $2000 with a deposit and monthly payments.
Books Required: A list is available here.
Basic Description: Via Vita is designed as a self-paced, at-distance program that can be done on one’s own, with the exception of skills. Students must find an experienced, qualified preceptor with whom to apprentice to obtain the necessary hands-on clinical experience. The program consists of 55 modules, the equivalent of a two-year academic program, which is usually completed between one and four years. Course work includes quizzes, reports, book reviews, exams and other learning exercises. A complete Course Catalog is available for review. The Via Vita Midwifery Foundation program is approved by the state of Alaska Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives. Sharon Evans is the co-author of “Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery”.

Virginia School of Traditional Midwifery
Type of School: Mixed- Study groups meet monthly at the birth center, but students complete coursework independently. A student may travel for the study group or form a local study group.
Program Age/Founder: Peggy Franklin & Kim Perkin founded the school in 2011.
Tuition: $10,000 if paid in full; $11,000 for those desiring a payment plan.
Books Required: A list is provided to enrolled students.
Basic Description: The three-year Professional Midwifery Program is comprised of 24 discrete learning modules intended to prepare graduates for work in out of hospital birth settings. It is a comprehensive and rigorous program that incorporates the MANA Core Competencies, covers all of the subject matter in the NARM Test Specifications, and integrates all of the skills from NARM Form 201 into the various learning modules. It includes 592 clock hours of classroom time, and approximately 1591 clock hours of clinical apprenticeship. Students must secure their own clinical experience, and complete it before they are considered to have completed the program. A Student Handbook is available for review. Students enrolled in VSTM are eligible to gain clinical hours at the NOVA Birth Center.

WomanCraft
Type of School: Local (Amherst, MA) and Distance
Program Age/Founder: Beth Anne Moonstone founded the program in 2000.
Tuition: $2500 for the local program which includes 8 skills days and doula certification; $1700 for the distance option (Certified Doulas receive a $200 discount). Payment plans are available.
Books Required: WomanCraft requires about a dozen books including both volumes of Frye and several other midwifery student staples. There is no online list for linking.
Basic Description: A one-year midwifery course that programs provide a strong academic foundation for those seeking to become traditional home birth midwives. WomanCraft honors student midwives from a wide range backgrounds and seeks to support them in their path towards midwifery. In addition to academic training, students will also need to complete an apprenticeship period with a senior midwife. The WomanCraft program follows the core competency document designed by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) as the standard body of knowledge necessary for the entry level midwife. Beth Anne travels to hold local skills workshops (beginner and advanced) wherever she is hosted.

MEAC School Reviews

Bastyr University

Birthwise Midwifery School

Maternidad La Luz

National College of Midwifery

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery

Birthingway College of Midwifery

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

Midwives College of Utah

National Midwifery Institute {Find Reviews Here}

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Midwifery Program

US Clinical Sites for PEP Students

Better Birth:
Locations: Orem and Salt Lake City, Utah
Tuition: $300 per week for the assistant track; $500 per week for the primary track; housing included with both tracks; various other fees.
Basic Information: Better Birth has an agreement with The Community School of Midwifery to allow enrolled students the right of first refusal for clinical placement at the birth center. This means there are placement options for students not attending TCSM, but options are scarce and interested students must be placed on a waiting list. BB offers clinical placements in blocks of 3 weeks to enable students to practice the skills they have learned and to obtain clinical experiences required for NARM certification. Students in the Midwife Assistant Under Supervision (AUS) Track attend clinic and assist with prenatal and postpartum visits, and assist at births in both of our birth centers as well as at home. Students in the Midwife Primary Under Supervision (PUS) Track attend clinic assisting with and leading prenatal and postpartum visits, and assist at and manage births in our birth centers as well as at home.

Birthing Your Way Student Midwife Program
Location: Lehi and Provo, Utah
Tuition: A deposit is required to hold one’s space on the calendar. Tuition is $250 per clinical week.
Basic Information: Birthing Your Way offers birth center and home births. Most of the births are at the birth center in Lehi, Utah; there are a few at the location in Provo, and 2-4 home births a month. Students stay anywhere from 1-6 months and gain knowledge, practice skills, study and attend births. Current birth volume is approximately 8-15 births per month. There are three tracks to choose from – Intern (Primary Attendant),  Monitrice (Assistant Attendant), and Doula (observer). Students will attend weekly prenatal and postpartum appointments, postpartum home visits and births. There are prerequisites for students wishing to attend at the Monitrice or Intern level which include didactic and skills knowledge.

The Farmhouse Birth Place
Location: Lancaster, Wisconsin
Tuition:
Basic Information: Administered by Dionne Corcoran, this small homebirth/birth cottage hybrid practice offers internships for midwifery students.

Wise Woman Care Associates
Location: Medford and Grant’s Pass, Oregon
Tuition: Short-term students pay $100-$250 per week depending on NARM Phase; Students of Color offered a 10% weekly discount. Long-term students participate in work-for-tuition exchange.
Basic Information: WWCA, a group of several CPMs, offers clinical experiences for students via two birth centers and homebirths ranging over several counties in southern Oregon. The student’s experience is guided by which Phase of the NARM process the student is in. Ample opportunity to learn and perform skills are offered. There are long- and short-term stays available to students with a 3 week minimum expected. The long-term stays are work-trade apprenticeships (work in the birth center and no tuition required) available from 3 months to 3 years in duration and feature a 48-hour call system that allows the student to work a regular job in addition to completing an apprenticeship.

 Canadian Schools

Laurentian University
McMaster University
Mount Royal University
Ryerson University
University College of the North
University of British Columbia
University of Manitoba

 

**Information Current as of January 2016. At this time, Midwifery School of the Rockies was removed from the list.**

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