A direct-entry midwife provides maternity care to women who are having a low-risk pregnancy. Unlike a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), a direct-entry midwife is trained only as a midwife, not as a nurse first. As such, direct-entry midwives only perform midwifery duties and do not work as nurses in hospitals or doctor's offices. Laws about direct-entry midwives are determined by the state in which the midwife works. All direct-entry midwives, regardless of legal status, must first attend a college or training program to learn the core components of midwifery care. Before choosing a midwifery education program, aspiring midwives should research the state laws that governs licensure in their state.
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery
The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, founded in 1993, is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida. The three-year direct-entry midwifery program is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and culminates in a diploma in midwifery and eligibility to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives national certification exam to become a certified professional midwife (CPM). To practice legally in Florida, graduate midwives must also apply for a license with the Florida Department of Health. Courses are offered on-site in a trimester schedule. Students may apply for federal financial aid for the three-year program. Clinical training is completed with a Florida-licensed midwife.
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery 810 East University Ave., 2nd Floor Gainesville, FL 32601 352-338-0766 midwiferyschool.org
Midwives College of Utah
Midwives College of Utah offers distance education midwifery programs that enable the midwife to remain in her community while learning midwifery. A community based approach allows for varied students to engage in midwifery education, while performing their clinical work in their local community. Programs include a certificate program for traditional midwifery, an associate's degree in midwifery, a bachelor's degree in midwifery and a master's of science in midwifery. Midwives College of Utah's MEAC-accredited program has an endorsement option for California students, which will fulfill the requirements for a California license.
Midwives College of Utah 1174 East Graystone Way STE 2 Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 801-649-5230 midwifery.edu
Maternidad La Luz
Maternidad La Luz, a community based program in El Paso, Texas, provides not only the academic courses through distance learning but also a site to obtain clinical experiences. The Maternidad La Luz birth center also serves as the school's laboratory, where student midwives obtain hands-on experience. Program options include a one-year program, a three-year program and a clinical-only option for student midwives who need to complete the clinical portion of their studies. Maternidad La Luz is MEAC-accredited.
Maternidad La Luz 1308 Magoffin Ave. El Paso, TX 79901-1626 915-532-4540 maternidadlaluz.com
Bastyr University's Department of Midwifery, formerly Seattle Midwifery School, is a MEAC and regionally accredited university offering direct-entry programs to become a midwife. The three-year program provides student midwives with a comprehensive academic and clinical program that enables graduates to take the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) certification exam as well as receive licensure in Washington and California. Bastyr also offers a regionally accredited master's of science in midwifery degree for those student midwives who desire an advanced degree program. Bastyr is eligible for Title IV federal funding for student loans.
Bastyr University Department of Midwifery 4000 NE 41st St., Building D, Suite 3 Seattle, WA 98105 800-747-9433 seattlemidwifery.org
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