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Midwifery Schools or Training Programs

Oct. 16, 2012 - The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has developed a set of Model Curriculum Outlines for Professional Midwifery Education.

Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart, A Midwife's Saga

by Carol Leonard
A trade paperback, 368 pages, $15.00
Bad Beaver Publishing, Hopkinton, NH
To order ~ go to www.badbeaverfarm.com

I have just finished reading this book...literally. It arrived Wednesday and I finished just moments ago. I am at my computer as I sent Carol a letter of gratitude for her book. My eyes are still wet with tears from the ending.
I am obviously a new midwife, as well as NH midwife who has known Carol for the last 3 years. She is our lobbyist here in NH, and as the secretary of our Midwives association I have watched her in legislative mode, and at meetings, and have always respected her ability and sassy intelligence...BUT...this book has really brought me something precious. If you are feeling down, or disappointed in the system, or even just need an over all shot in the arm, I recommend a good strong dose of Carol's book. She writes from the heart, and her personality comes through in a way that makes one feel the privilege of serving women, and the joy there is in really truly following your heart, your art, and your calling...I have not read a book like this ever, and anyone who knows me knows I have every book there is on childbirth and midwifery...I am a self admitting bookaholic...this is one I will reach for when my heart gets weary or numb from the intensity of what we as Midwives call our work...do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book...and if you have a sister midwife you know could use a boost, get her a copy too. I also recommend that any and all student or apprentice midwives who are needing a clear picture of what it takes makes time to read this one...it clearly shows what it takes...and what it means to be a midwife.
A great read!

Cornerstone Midwifery Training - Bay Area supplemental midwifery training with hands-on training included.  They meet in San Francisco; run by Juli Tilsner LM, CPM.

New California Midwifery School Taking Form - there are forces joining together to make a school of midwifery happen in Santa Rosa. It would be part of a larger school focused on Healing Arts and Sciences....with real degrees...AA. BA, BS etc...and would allow any type of background (nursing not required) and allow the students to choose if they want to take the ACNM exam or the LM exam.  All students would have the same core competencies as a midwife!

Contact Rosanne Gephart CNM, Womens Health & Birth Center, 583 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, 707-539-1544

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in San Diego, CA - please ignore the photo of the bare fingernail in a newborn's mouth.  This is a great way to spread thrush, and I hope that EVERY midwife and student is more conscientious about protecting babies and mamas from thrush.

The Ups, Downs, and Interlinkages of Nurse- and Direct-Entry Midwifery: Status, Practice, and Education by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

In this article and the one that follows, I seek to provide an anthropological overview of both the upside and the downside of recent transformations in the status, education, and practice of nurse- and direct-entry midwives.

Pathways into Midwifery - a meta-page from socalbirth.com

Another meta-page on education, with a nice overview, from midwifeinfo.com

Another meta-page on education, from The Midwifery Link.  [web page - www.themidwife.org  /educa.html - temporarily unavailable.]

MEAC - The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council’s mission is to promote quality education in midwifery through accreditation.

Masters in Midwifery available by e-learning from the University of Dundee, Scotland - MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery)

The National College of Midwifery - "Earn a Degree in Direct-Entry Midwifery through our school without walls!".  The also run the Mexico Midwifery Immersion Program, a two-month community-midwifery program.

How to apply and entry requirements - midwifery courses - from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery in the UK seems to have a fabulous program for both initial qualification and followup education.

Secret Midwives Business (SMB) - "We offer the best midwifery focussed experience, together with the backup of specialists."  In Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia

Mercy Maternity Center

Summer Short-Term Clinical Internship Program in the Philippines - Each summer we open Mercy Maternity Center to midwife apprentices and interns from other schools and organizations (or independent individuals) who are seeking additional clinical experience.

"Our center delivers approximately 100-125 babies/month.  Interns and students are incorporated into the birth room immediately and are allowed to catch and deliver babies as soon as they complete a short orientation.  The number of births an intern can receive varies greatly depending on how many births occur on a given shift.  Interns generally delivery anywhere from 2-10 babies/week.  We do all we can to give them the experience they are looking for." ~Krystina M McNeil, School Director

Robin Lim runs Bumi Sehat birth center in Bali - she's been honored as a CNN Hero. Since 2003, Robin Lim and her team in Indonesia have helped thousands of poor women have a healthy birthing experience.  Becoming pregnant makes a woman 300 times more likely to die than if she were not pregnant.  They have an Internship Program.

International School of Traditional Midwifery (ISTM) has a distance learning program for women around the world who can study independently to learn the academic material required of direct-entry midwives.

Welcome to the Institute of Midwifery Careers!  On these pages you will find information about our innovative, on-line course designed to get your started in your career as a birth assistant or apprentice midwife. Many women long to become a midwife, but may be held back by lack of finances, family commitments, or geographical location.  Now you can complete the training you need to work as a birth assistant or obtain a midwifery apprenticeship.  The coursework is accessible by computer from the comfort of your own home, and is affordably priced at $99.00 per 10-module course.  All courses are mentored by practicing midwives, who are available to help you with the learning process, share birth experiences, and assist you in finding hands-on experiences. All courses are designed so you can work at your own pace.

Sacred Mountain Midwifery School

Virginia School of Traditional Midwifery

Newlife International School of Midwifery - A Christian Mission-Based School For Direct Entry Midwife Students

The Russian Birth Project is an intensive midwifery internship in a maternity hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia, offered every summer.  The program has been ongoing since 1992.  Its emphasis is on direct entry training with specific emphasis on the homeopathic philosophy of health.

Birthwise Midwifery School is a three-year direct-entry midwifery education program, which is located in southwestern Maine. The school was founded in 1994 and has been accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC.org) since 1999. Our students are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid (Stafford Loans and Pell Grants). English-speaking foreign students are welcome to apply.

The Iowa School of Classical Midwifery

AAMI - Ancient Art Midwifery Institute

Lilah Monger is a co-ordinator for the AAMI Reading Rooms:

The midwifery reading room is also similar in format but intended for birth professionals and students.

Hands-On Workshops - Center for Midwifery Education - One-week or one-year programs in central California.

Gail Hart offers midwifery workshops and seminars in Portland.

Midwives Cultural Exchange - Roots Midwifery in Jamaica - Christina DiEno at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery created this program. [Link not available 04/06.]

New One-Year Florida Program for Out-of-State midwifery Students - the International School of Midwifery founded by Shari Daniels, LM, CPM, 305-866-1446, ISOM@4midwife.com.

Intensive Midwifery Experience in Jamaica
Contact Shari Daniels, 7115 Rue Notre Dame, Miami Beach, Fl. 33141, 305-866-1446, info@4midwife.com

Direct Entry Midwifery Training from The Midwifery Link, including a page on SHORT TERM MIDWIFERY INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES  [web page - http://themidwife.org/ educationinfo.html, - temporarily unavailable.]

Renaissance Midwifery is also offering a lot of classes, especially now that Linda Arnold from Casa de Nacimiento has returned to the Oakland care.

Comprehensive page about Midwifery Education from the ACNM site.

List for Aspiring Midwives

A Career in Nurse-Midwifery from the Washington State Web Site - American College of Nurse Midwives, maintained by Pat Sonnenstuhl, ARNP,CNM, RH

Want to know more about midwifery?

Birth & Midwifery in Canada has an education section.

Information from the Thames Valley Midwives collection of links about midwifery in Canada

U.S. Midwifery Schools by State

Seattle Midwifery School

Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery and Herbology [Old link]

The Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers various birth-related courses.  Executive Director - Patty Brennan

Become an LM - How to become a Licensed Midwife in the State of California from The California Association of Midwives (CAM)

Midwifery Education in California

Elizabeth Davis is a long-time midwifery educator and activist, involved in the following:

Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensives are available in person in the San Francisco Bay Area or by correspondence for distance students.

The National Midwifery Institute, Inc., is a distance program dedicated to the preservation of community-based midwifery training and education.  Unfortunately, I have heard unhappy things about this school, including a low rate of successful graduation and licensure and great difficulty in finding a preceptor in your area who can provide opportunities actually to catch babies.  Also, her opposition to the Medical Board's approval of regulations in Jan., 2005, alienated a number of Licensed Midwives, who are no longer willing to be affiliated with this school.

Her books are also available online.

I think this school has morphed into The Wholistic Birth Resource Center of Southern California
Holistic Midwifery School of Southern California

Education Opportunities in Guatemala

El Paso Midwifery SCHOOLS

Casa de Nacimiento (915)533-4931
1511 Missouri
El Paso Tx 79902

Three month clinical experience - you live on site and will get roughly 30 "catches" in that time. Cost about $3000

The Center for Professional Midwifery Education
1517 East Missouri
El Paso Texas 79902

A "CNEP" style program for the preparation of direct entry midwives. You pursue the academic semesters from home, a preclinical semester in El Paso and then a clinical placement either at a birth center or with a credentialed birth attendant (MD, CNM, LDEM, etc.)

University of Texas at El Paso

a fair to middling CNM program for persons with BSN degrees leading to a MSN. Clinical site: Thomason Hospital - students compete for births with Medical students. Good emphasis on border health in the STD capital of the USA.

Maternidad de la Luz
El Paso Tx 79902

6 month clinical experience - live off campus (rents are about $400/mo for a 1 bdrm apt.). Average births reported are around 30 in 6 months including "double primaries" (two students claiming the same birth for their statistics by both "catching"). MEAC accredited. Some opportunities to extend in to a 3 year course.

The Midwives of El Paso - For women of the border, where to give birth is a matter of enormous consequence, and a birthing-center industry has flourished as a result. by Alana Semuels [2/4/16]

CNEP/Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing

Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program

This is copied from my recent CNEP Catalog. CNEP Stands for Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. Certificate Program-This program is a graduate level academic program based on the concept of a "university without walls". The didactic component of the program is achieved through demonstrated mastery of the curriculum. Program faculty responsible for course coordination are available to students through regularly scheduled telephone hours and written evaluations. Program faculty and administration are also available through the FSMFN Electronic Bulletin board. During the clinical oractucynm students study under the tutelage of expert clinicians (preceptors) in their community or at arranged clinical sites. Completion of the CNEP prepares students to work in all practice settings. ...This is a CNM program and an optional master's degree from Case Western Reserve is offered as well. For more info here is the address and phone number: Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hospital Hill, P.O. Box 528 Hyden, KY 41749 (606)672-6712. Fax: 606-672-3776.

EPA Closing

EPA, in San Jose California, the nurse-midwifery program I graduated from, is closing in June 1998. They have lost their funding. EPA was unique in that it is community based (read I did not have to move from (Phoenix to San Jose) it was the only CNM program willing to allow me to continue my homebirth practice while in CNM school, and also not to require me to go work for a year as an L & D nurse prior to applying to CNM school, after over 18 years of homebirth experience. They also were unique in allowing me to test out of the ambulatory OB portion of the program. Diane Barnes, former MANA president, as well as many other women also graduated from this program. It is a set back for DEM's that this program will no longer be available.

It is VERY sad to all of us. The EPA Midwifery Education Program is not accepting any more students. We will graduate the final class in September of this year (1998), so the program will be "open"  through the graduation, but is not going to be starting any new classes. This is an important distinction as students cannot graduate from a program that does not exist.

It was a great run for a program that started in 1981 and has graduated many fine midwives. The faculty is mourning the loss and must also keep the momentum going for the finishing students. We appreciate all the support and especially the wonderful work of our students, graduates, and the preceptors who have worked with us.

At this time we do not know when or if a similar program will rise from the roots of this one. The decision was quite sudden and we are coping with all of the ramifications.

Thank you all for your support.

Catherine Carr, Program Director (on behalf of the midwifery faculty; Alex Schott, Nancy Bardacke, Molly Wolfe)

Master's Programs

There are two: SUNY's program and one through the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, which is a MS Midwifery. SUNY is a MS Nursing. In the US, many states require a MS in Nursing for Rx Authority. I am applying to the Philadelphia College. I get credit for my Certificate in Nurse Midwifery, and just need to do 12 credits. Total Distance learning, except for a few days in Philadelphia in June. It fits my needs perfectly. Application is due mid February, days in Philadelphia are in June. I believe you need a BS in Nursing, and a statistics course.

Here's the phone #/address:

Email for Philadelphia College: Lisa Kenny: KennyL@philacol.edu
Phone: 215-951-2943

Email for SUNY: Peter Johnson: Peter_Johnson@notes2.nursing.sunysb.edu
Phone: 516-444-2879

The Farm offers Advanced Midwifery Workshops and training programs for Midwife Assistants

Santa Barbara Graduate Institute - Advanced degrees in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology & Somatic Psychology

Pure Midwifery ™ - a French training program.

Miscellaneous Clinical Opportunities

Midwives on Missions of Service (MOMS) offers midwifery internships in Sierra Leone for mature, experienced midwives.

Sister Angela Murdaugh, CNM, is actively recruiting volunteer nurses and midwives for brief fellowships at the Holy Family Birth Center in Southern Texas. Volunteers are given room and board and a monthly stipend with shared use of a car. The benefits are many, including clinical experience with ob/gyn clients, involvement in a communal lifestyle, full cultural exposure to Spanish speaking women and families, and the spiritual growth that accompanies the serving of the underserved. Holy Family is true midwifery at its finest.

Please pass the word...Sister Angela needs help and Holy Family Birth Center needs help in order to continue in its mission. For more info. see their website: www.holyfamilybirthcenter.com.

Birthing Center Opportunity in Cite Soleil

For anyone interested in having an experience that will move you out of any spiritual or professional rut you are in-
An effort is being made to start a birthing center in Cite Soleil, a ghetto outside Port-au-Prince, where there is little to no prenatal care and women and babies die at an alarming rate from preventable causes. The clinic exists and is owned by Haitian Outreach Ministries and is in a secure compound. The women there are begging for prenatal care and education on the basics of safe midwifery care. The present plan is to use the curriculum of "A Book for Midwives" and "Where Women have no Doctor" and to have midwives there at least one week each month to teach these classes. Materials, translators, housing and meals would all be pre-arranged. The midwives would have to foot the cost of getting there. If you could give up a week anytime in the next two years, contact Nadene Brunk at nsbrunk@aol.com or Leslie Fehan at rfehan@juno.com and lots more info will come to you with gratitude!! Please consider helping to change the lives of these women!

I don't know if these two are the same.

Midwives for Haiti

You can arrange a preceptroship at Better Birth near SLC, Utah; they accept students on both the active participant and primary tracks.  They will take you for a week at a time.

There is another midwife near SLC who is starting a similar program and she can be reached at heather@birthingyourway.com

Lisa Aman from Midwife to Be does trips to the Dominican Republic...she is an approved preceptor so she can sign off...but down there you can not get signed off on primary births because they are actual hospitals.

Miscellaneous Education

Very nice animation of an upright birth - narration is in French.

Custom Medical Animations for Trial - They have a great animation of childbirth! although they've got it turned sideways!

Physiology of Normal Labor and Delivery: Part I and II - Neil K. Kochenour, MD - This is a really nice brief discussion.  'The progress of labor is measured by evaluating dilatation of the cervix and descent of the presenting part as a function of time. When an abnormality is diagnosed, the cause is identified and the appropriate treatment initiated."

The New Mexico Guidelines for Practice are available from Julia Knight-Williamson at 505-266-5762.

A Book for Midwives - a free, downloadable midwifery text from Hesperian.org

The Matrona - Promoting Quantum Midwifery and Undisturbed Birth Since 2001 - Our philosophy is 'Returning Birth to the Family.'  We believe that the study of midwifery is not just the study of birth but the study of life itself.   We teach midwives how to live and practice in a new paradigm of childbirth... a Quantum paradigm where we value trust, self-direction, and the ability to create soul-level connections with each other.

OB-GYN 101 - Clinical Procedures (from brooksidepress.org) - Nice basic instruction

Surgical Skills has great video clips of Knot Tying and good information about Instrument Handling and general Suture Handling.

Suturing Videos - E-learning for midwives and doctors - GynZone
provides you with the latest professional knowledge of how lacerations at childbirth can be diagnosed, anaesthetised and sutured effectively. This is achieved by using e-learning, animations and videos available by online access. GynZone is a Danish resource produced by professional midwives and gynaecologists with vast experience in research and clinical practice.  Although you have to pay to use this, it is relatively affordable.  Students could pool together to watch the videos together in a class situation or timeshare.

Virtual Hospital / Virtual Children's Hospital

ACRRM's Rural & Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO)

For Healthcare Students - If you are training to be a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, midwife or ambulance attendant -- anyone whose professional responsibilities may include resuscitation of  newborn infants -- we hope you will find this site of interest.

The Pregnancy Institute, Inc., is a non-profit organization created to study normal pregnancies. It is designed to promote the likelihood of healthier pregnancies resulting in well monitored, full-term live births.  Lots of information about umbilical cords etc.

Dermatology Atlas - search for "newborn" or "pregnancy"

and here's a particularly helpful site about The Language of Dermatology - about different types of lesions, etc.

The Normal Flora of Humans is a helpful adjunctive site.

This web page is great for definitions of primary, secondary and vascular lesions.

DermIS is another very helpful dermatology site

The UMass/Amherst School of Nursing has a web page of great educational links.

Sexual History Taking from The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

The Visible Embryo - This spiral represents the 23 stages occurring in the first trimester of pregnancy and every two weeks of the second and third trimesters.

PHYSIOLOGY OF ADULT HOMO SAPIENS - BLOOD (HAEMATOLOGY : PLASMA, BLOOD CELLS, AND COAGULATION) AND LYMPH - this has a fabulous section on blood groups and Rhesus factors

Female Genital Pathology Index

Neonatology on the Web

Evaluation and Care of the Normal Neonate

Newborn Photo Gallery from Stanford Med School

Fetus to Newborn: The Perinatal Period by Elisabet O. Orville

The Continuing Education subsection has pointers to lots and lots of good online education - you can usually read through the modules and learn without paying anything; the charge is usually only if you want credit for it.

Basics of Birth for those who don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies! - a lay person's guide

Basics of Birth for EMTs, with a focus on estimating blood loss.

Embryology from University of New South Wales

Essentials of IV Therapy, Module I: Peripheral IV Catheter Insertion, Care, and Maintenance and other Free Continuing Education Programs and Tutorials from New York Emergency Room RN

Similar resources were available from rphworld.com, sponsored by baxter.com

Orientation to Nursing Program

gulfMD.com - Free access to a gamut of healthcare, medical and drug information for consumers and healthcare providers in the Middle East.

How Your Immune System Works

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have a very nice online medical library, called Blueprint for Health.  It contains a section on diagnostic tests and medical procedures and a great Drug Formulary.

Birth Counselling Skills - Birth Counselling Skills offers ongoing certification courses for midwives, doulas, birth educators and friends who wish to certify as a Birth Counsellor. Study at home in your own time or attend a workshop in your area. For free information, send us an email or call: 1-800-755-3377, twenty-four hours a day. [This site was out of commission as of April, 2006; let's hope it comes back!]

Integrated Medical Clinic and Ayurveda School - www.dreddyclinic.com

Pregnancy and Ayurveda or Childbirth and Ayurveda - classes taught by Deana Batdorff, founder of the Dhyana Center, an ayurvedic practitioner, and clinical aromatherapist. She has done extensive studies in estiology, nutrition, herbology, and childbirth support. She had been working with birth for 15 years. 707.823.8818

Nation's First Postgraduate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine

On-line Fetal Monitoring Tutorial

Placental Pathology Index

Some great placenta pictures

Placenta examination - YouTube video from Gloria Lemay

Classic Resources in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - full texts available online!

Atlas of the Body from the AMA's web pages

Virtual Autopsy pages from Leicester University, including an anatomy lesson in the Genitourinary System

Can remember APGAR as Airway, Perfusion, Grimace, Appearance, Reflex.

APGAR was named for the developer of this system, Dr. Virginia Apgar.

The Pocket Dilation Guide is a compact cervical dilation guide.

There is a MD in MN who publishes an excellent set of pocket cards. There are three different ones avail.:  Obstetric Urgency/Emergency, Prenatal, and Newborn Guidelines. For example, on the Urgency/Emergency, he includes: Preeclampsia diagnosis/labs/Rx, 1st trim. bleeding, 2nd/3rd trim. bleeding, Placenta abruptio, ROM/PROM/SROM, Amniotic fluid embolism, malpresentations, Labor dystocia. Forceps/vacuum guidelines, Shoulder dystocia, Fetal distress, Amnioinfusion,  chorioamnionitis/endometritis Rx and prophyl., PPH, Retained placenta, Uterine rupture, uterine prolapse, cord prolapse, PTL, and tocolysis sections.

I'd forgotten how much was on there until I started typing it.

The cards are $1.50 each (at least that is what my 1996 ones say) and are available at:

Mark Brancel, MD
2263 Commonwealth Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55108

Studying a section on immune sytem and antibody response, wondering if anyone has any mnemonics for remembering the various immunoglobulin types, etc. and what they mean. So far the best we've come up with is : IGG, I Got it in Gradeschool; and IGM, I Got it Monday

Audio Educational Resources

Lungs/Chest - great photos and audio files of newborns, including:

Normal Respiration in an Infant



Lung Sounds Reference Guide and Lung Sounds Lessons

Lung Sounds from Auscultation (listening to back & chest with stethoscope - scroll down the page) - not always accessible

Basics of Lung Sounds - includes dynamic (moving cursor) waveforms with each lesson.

Books for Midwifery Education

Natural Family Planning, In/Fertility
Marilyn Shannon's book, "Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition"

"Today's Herbal Health .. Third Edition...The Essential Reference Guide To Understanding Herbs Used For Medicinal Purposes" by Louise Tenney, M.H., "Herbs Of Choice, The Therapeutic Use Of Phytomedicinals" by Herbal Authority Varro Tyler, PhD, and "Back To Eden, The Classic Guide To Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, And Home Remedies" by Jethro Kloss.

Spiritual Dowsing by Sig Lonegren.[copyright 1986, ISBN Q-906362-06-7, distributed by New Leaf Distributing Co. Tel. (404) 691-6996, The Great Tradition Tel. (415) 492-9362, and Bookpeople Tel (510) 632-4700]

There are a number of homeopathic self-care books which teach how to prescribe homeopathic medicines for non-serious illness, such as "Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines" by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman, a good book to start learning about homeopathy. Chronic and serious health problems should be treated by a homeopathic doctor who has the knowledge and experience to prescribe for these illnesses. Chronic health problems are illnesses which have persisted for more than six months. These require constitutional homeopathic treatment, which prescribes not only on the basis of the disease symptoms, but the patient's entire physical, emotional, and mental makeup. Serious diseases also require attention from a doctor and "Everybody's Guide" provides advice on when to see a doctor.

Recommendeded Reading List for Midwifery Education

Rosegg-McCutcheon: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
Brewer: What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know
Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy
Bradley: Husband Coached Childbirth
Gilgoff: Home Birth
Hathaway: Children at Birth
Odent: Birth Reborn
The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding
La Leche League: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Kitzinger: Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Episiotomy and the Second Stage of Labor
Birth at Home
Berezin: The Gentle Birth Book
Dick-Read: Childbirth Without Fear
Eisenstein: The Home Court Advantage
Watkins: Better Home Birth
Stewart: The Five Standards
Childbirth Activist's Handbook
Safe Alternatives in Childbirth
Mendelsohn: Confessions of a Medical Heretic
Dissent in Medicine
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
Male Practice: How Doctor's Manipulate Women
Arms: Immaculate Deception I & II
Cohen: Silent Knife
Kipley: Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing
The Art of Natural Family Planning
Thevenin: The Family Bed
Tew: Safer Childbirth?
White: Emergency Childbirth
Circumcision: What Every Parent Should Know
Coulter: A Shot in the Dark
Evans: Without Moral Limits
Hess: A Full Quiver
Balizet: Born in Zion
Varney: Nurse Midwifery
Garrey: Obstetrics Illustrated
Gaskin: Spiritual Midwifery
Davis: Heart and Hands
Baldwin: Special Delivery
Steiger: Becoming a Midwife
Pritchard: Williams' Obstetrics
Oxorn-Foote: Human Labor and Birth
Craig: Care of the Newly Born Infant
Bates: Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
Merck Manual
Werner: Where There is No Doctor
Gray's Anatomy


I am a strong proponent of changing some of the old terms and abbreviations into more affirming ones. It's fun, too. Some of them I try to change consciously while speaking with clients, others I change with documentation as well:

EDC - Expected Date of Childbirth

EDB - Expected Date of Birth

Blighted Ovum - Terminal Embryo

Incompetent Cervix - Undecided Cervix or Cervical Expansion

FTP - Finding the Passage

Failure To Progress -  Reduction Of Progress Toward Birth (ROPTB)

CPD - Childbirth Passage Difficulty

Cephalo Pelvic Disproportion -  Passenger/Passage Puzzle  (PPP)

Table of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Terms based on People's Names

Continuing Education / CEUs

If you haven't already taken a Neonatal Resuscitation class with Karen Strange, it's a great way to get CEUs.

Continuing Education for California Licensed Midwives from The California Association of Licensed Midwives - This has an interesting section on "Philosophy of a Senior Licensed Midwife on Continuing Education (must read!)" as well as "Resources for finding CEUs".Summary: You need 36 CEUs accumulated in the two-year period between license renewals; half of those must be in person.  (The consensus is that live online seminars qualify as "in person".)


They offer the Cultural Competency course, which is required for CPM applications.

Mercy In Action - They offer MEAC-Accredited courses online.They run a MIDWIFERY SCHOOL AND OTHER TRAINING FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH as well as supporting a Birth Center in the Philippines.

Mercy In Action is glad to offer select MEAC-Accredited courses online. They also offer MEAC-Accredited in-person classes as a CEU Intensive.  All these courses are MEAC Accredited for between 4 and 8 hours of CEUs.

California Family Health Council (CFHC) is a statewide organization that champions and promotes quality sexual and reproductive health care for all.  They offer webinars on a variety of topics of interest to midwives.

ICD-10 For Midwives ~ In A Nutshell! by Jesica Dolin - $40 with 1 MEAC contact hour

Billing for Midwives by Jesica Dolin - work in progress

Hyperemesis by Silke Akerson - 3 MEAC contact hours

Contemporary Forums offers Online Learning courses in obstetrics, neonatal care, women's health and primary care .  They're accredited by the California BRN, so these work for California LMs.

ACOG has books called Prologs in their bookstore, various topics, cheap and lots of CME units :). Others can you them too if you ask for multiple answer scan forms.

PESI Healthcare - They offer in-person seminars as well as online seminar that are pertinent to midwifery: Advanced Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring and High Risk Obstetrics: Current Trends and Issues. And other things like Mindfulness, Charting, and healthcare Spanish.

Evidence Based Birth

The Truth About VBAC™ for Professionals & Providers from vbacfacts.com offers 6.6 nursing continuing education hours

March of Dimes - The March of Dimes resources for nurses include high-quality continuing nursing education activities, graduate nursing scholarships and research awards.

Aviva Institute offers weekend online midwifery courses -

Lamaze Independent Study Programs include:

My first and strongest recommendation for CEUs is the APPPAH conference, frequently held in San Francisco.  They have been approved for CMEs as well as CEUs.  HURRAY!.  I almost felt more supported here than at a midwifery conference!  These folks REALLY appreciate what midwives and doulas do to help babies. If you've been feeling any kind of burnout, going to an APPPAH conference is a sure-fire cure.

UCSF runs some excellent courses in women's health - they host an annual conference on Antepartum and Intrapartum Management.

If you're not able to make it, they also put the slides up online:

2012 Antepartum and Intrapartum Management

BreastEd Series - This series meets and exceeds the lactation specific education eligibility criteria for those preparing for the IBLCE Exam to become a Lactation Consultant.

Online CME Sites by Bernard Sklar, MD - An alphabetical listing of sites offering ACCME-accredited CME.

ACNM's page on Continuing Education Units (CEUs) [old page]


Med 2000 has traveling seminars as well as home-study courses on Mind & Body Medicine, including New Horizons in Women's Health.

For those of us for whom the Internet has become our library and listservs our hobby, the notion of formal continuing education seems somewhat outdated; after all, we're receiving continuous education.  However, rules are rules, and many of us need to accumulate some specific number of official continuing education credits to maintain credentials or to renew licenses.

Conferences are good ways to earn CEUs, but, unfortunately, midwifery is not an occupation that lends itself to scheduling five days away from your clients.  I think it's a good idea for midwives to assemble en masse from time to time anyway, but it may be hard to get all your CEUs in person at conferences.  This is where CEUs available online, at the last minute, become particularly useful.

It is essential to have a thorough understanding of what kinds of CEUs you need and which CEU-approving bodies are approved by your licensing board.  In particular, CEUs seems to be a word that applies to nursing and midwifery, whereas CMEs is relevant for physicians and some midwives.

Conference Listings

The ACNM calendar page lists a variety of conferences, which often award CEUs.

In particular, try:

APPPAH conference - always in November/December of odd-numbered years - my personal favorite.


Midwifery Today Conferences

The Farm Midwives offer a variety of workshops: two midwifery assistant workshops: Level I and Level II, an Advanced Midwifery Workshop (with MEAC CEU's - good for California LM's!), an IV Therapy Class, and a 5-day workshop for Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.

Global Maternal/Child Health Association has scheduled international conferences about Waterbirth. Check their web pages for information about the next one.

Traveling Continuing Education

Professional Education Center - Continuing Education for the Health Care Professional

ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) Courses from the AAFP.  Here's a page about their CME program

About Online Continuing Education

Medscape Today CME Center

The National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN) provides laboratory training courses in clinical, environmental, and public health laboratory topics, environmental, and public health laboratory topics.

GOLD10 is the premier world conference in human lactation and breastfeeding.  They will be offering online CEUs.

Gold Midwifery

Online continuing medical education from the AMA

MMWR Continuing Education from the CDC

Sites with Free CMEs

These sites offer free online CME modules with online testing and immediate scoring, so you'll know right away whether you've earned the credits.


TheAnswerPage.com offers a Quiz-Free CME

MMWR Continuing Education from the CDC

Continuing Medical Education Online Learning Modules from the The University of Florida College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.  There is either no charge or a nominal fee for completing the modules or earning CME credit.

Medscape Today CME Center  offers both free and fee-based continuing education activities on a variety of topics.  This is a great resource if you're scrambling to get those last few CMEs before renewing your license.  The have a special Medscape Nurse CE Center.

Manufacturers of medical equipment often offer CEU's - it's basically advertising for them, but you learn something and get your CEU's. Siemens

Continuing Education Articles from the US FDA's Medwatch

Online CME/CE from The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

Online CME Courses from the AMA

Online CME Programs from University of Pennsylvania Health System

LearnWell Online - 42 free online courses for all. No registration needed. Approved CEUs for health, business and other professionals.

Sites with CMEs for a Fee

Virtual Symposia - The Core Curriculum in Primary Care Medicine (CCC) from Silverplatter Education - lots of good modules at least somewhat relevant to midwifery care.

Boston University School of Medicine - Continuing Medical Education

Nursing CEUs for OB-GYN and OB-GYN Nursing CEU Modules from Nurse CEU.Com

Continuing Education from nursingcenter.com

The Leclaire Hypnobirthing Method - Your baby's easy way out! CEs available for this Home Study Program

Continuing Education from Nursing Spectrum - lots of good courses relevant to midwifery

NCC corporation has handy self-assessment modules that are worth  15 contact hours each, for $79 /module for non-RNs. Each module consists of  4-6 journal articles with a test; topics correspond to various certifications (Women's Health NP, Inpatient OB, NI Cu Nursing, Neonatal NP, Reproductive Endo/Infertility, Ambulatory Women's Health Care, High Risk OB, etc.  Their web site is www.nccnet.org.

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and the Physician's Office Laboratory:  A Computer-Assisted CME Course from The Virtual Hospital - University of Iowa Health Care

Well Within's Holistic Homestudy Courses for Nurses - Well Within is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education contact hours.

Professional Development and CME Activities from The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine

National Association of Neonatal Nurses offers online continuing education.


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