Part of our mission at APM is to not only provide excellent care to women, but to provide excellent midwifery training that will increase the numbers of highly-trained, quality, community midwives; making out-of-hospital birth more readily available. We provide Clinical Preceptorships through the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, Midwives College of Utah, National College of Midwifery, Mercy In Action as well as several other MEAC Midwifery programs.
APM has the opportunity for both short-term beginning midwifery training through our Beginning Midwifery Bootcamp as well as long-term training for those who already have basic training.
Bootcamp is an immersion-style program for students who are just starting out, have completed a portion of their Didactic training, and have 24-7 availability for six to ten weeks.
One to three year long-term training programs are available giving students a broad base of training and the opportunity to become proficient in midwifery.
All midwifery students in California must be enrolled in a MEAC accredited midwifery program. Bootcamp students must provide proof of completion of at least one third of her academic studies. Student must also be currently certified in NRP and CPR & First Aid for the Healthcare Provider (or have class dates pending).
To receive information about these opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
APM receives numerous inquiries from women who are sure of the call on their lives to become midwives and also from women who are just discovering this professional path. Wherever you are in the process, we encourage you to attend one of our Meet the Midwife & Tours to get an overview of how APM practices and operates and meet our midwifery staff. Be sure to register for a tour by calling our office at 909-464-0974. Interested students can email email@example.com and request additional information.
The following information may be especially helpful to those in the beginning stages of their journey into midwifery. Please do your own research about Licensed Midwifery as well as national certification (CPM) through NARM before requesting information about an apprenticeship.
The California Association of Midwives website has information on how to get started in midwifery. For a full list of MEAC approved midwifery schools to become a CA Licensed Midwife, visit the the California Medical Board and for general information on licensing, CMB. The North America Registry of Midwives (NARM) website is loaded with information on midwifery and how to get started. Midwives Alliance of North America is a midwifery alliance where you can learn about education, practice and position papers.
Once you've done all of your research and have made the decision that midwifery is a path you'd like to pursue, we'd encourage you to do a few things;
Decide which midwifery college you would like to enroll in and find out everything you need to do in preparation. Midwifery colleges vary in the structure and timeline as well as cost. Will you need to work and save for this expense or can you apply for student loans? If you are enrolling at the National College, you will need to take courses at your local community college (see below) before beginning your midwifery courses at APM. Nizhoni Institute asks students to take college level Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology as part of their admissions process and students cannot begin a their clinical training until they've completed their first year of academic training.
Typical Prerequisites for Midwifery Colleges:
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Child growth and development
- Fundamental Math
- Analytical Writing (may require additional English prerequisites)
- Statistics and Microbiology
Get involved in the birthing community to see first-hand the demands of birth work and make sure it's the right fit for you. Midwifery can seem 'exciting' but the reality is that the 24/7 on-call lifestyle isn't for everyone. Births can be swift or they can be pain-stakingly long. You can work a super busy 10-hour clinic day followed by an 'all-nighter' and then have to clean, chart and debrief before going home. Becoming a doula will give you a taste of what being involved in birth work will be like, and it will also prepare you for what women go through and need during labor and birth. DONA is one of the doula organizations that offers training and certification. Join the doula groups and volunteer at birth centers, in hospitals and as part of Operation Special Delivery providing doula services to those serving in the military, injured vets and spouses.
Read everything you can about birth, attend a Bradley childbirth series, a Hypnobirthing course, go to La Leche League meetings, attend ICAN, research at VBACfacts.com, go to a Midwifery Today conference, get involved and take the initiative on your learning!
Once you are serious about clinical midwifery training we encourage you to meet with many midwives and find the practice where you'll fit-in the best. Consider location, volume and distance. A preceptor farther away might work well for a low-volume practice but if you're joining a busy practice, the distance might become burdensome. A small homebirth practice might not meet your goals of finishing in 2 years where some students need more personal attention than they can get in a busy practice.
Be sure that you are certified in your BLS and NRP (we recommend Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn). We also require midwifery students to take the Mercy In Action online Preceptor-Student course which focuses on creating and maintaining healthy relationships and work dynamics for midwifery students and the families they serve.
You can apply to become a midwifery student at APM by emailing an introduction and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting an application and interview.