Is This Occupation for You?
Do you have a committed interest in the midwifery model of prenatal and well-women care? Are you tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures? Are you a self-confident, independent, and self-directed learner? You may find a career in Midwifery rewarding.
Students entering the Midwife program should:
- Be tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures.
- Be able to maintain confidentiality.
- Have a committed interest in pre-natal and well women care using the midwifery model of care.
- Have effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Be able to perform delegated tasks.
- Be able to effectively delegate to others.
- Have efficient writing skills.
- Have good reading and comprehension skills.
- Be in good physical and emotional health.
- Be flexible, adaptable, and enjoy working with people.
- Be self-confident, independent, and a self-directed learner.
- Meet Wisconsin Caregiver Law requirements.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Some online classes available.
- Financial aid available to students who qualify.
- May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance.
- Students must achieve a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Bridge track available for the already Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
- Virtual access for students more 3 hours or more from campus.
- Program has a January start
- Completion of All Midwife program clinical work needs to be accomplished within 10 years of original program registration.
Prior to Program Start, students must:
- Complete Background Information Disclosure BID (costs paid by the student) - Students who live in other states will need to contact their local authorities to obtain this Disclosure and submit to the college.
- Obtain and maintain current Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to clinical placement and throughout the program.
- Obtain and maintain current Healthcare Provider NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification prior to clinical placement and throughout the program.
- Complete a physical exam, provide documentation of a recent two-step TB Skin Test , and meet health requirements as approved by the College Health Educator. Students are responsible for all costs associated with meeting these requirements.
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs.
Prior to enrollment in Midwife Clinic 1, students must:
- Complete Doula training workshop
- Obtain Wisconsin Temporary Permit for Licensed Midwife
- Complete attendance in series of Out of Hospital Childbirth Classes
- Complete attendance in series of In Hospital Childbirth Classes
- Complete attendance in series of Breastfeeding Classes
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs.
Detailed Program information for those interested in Midwifery
What is a Midwife?
Midwives Are Trained Professionals
Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.
Midwives in the United States
There are approximately 15,000 practicing midwives in the United States. Midwives may practice in private homes, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals. In most countries, midwives are primary health care providers and the central pillar in maternity care and women's health care. However, slightly more than 10% of births in the U.S. are attended by midwives. Countries that utilize midwives as primary health care providers are also those countries in which mothers and infants fare best. The United States continues to rank behind most of the developed world in terms of infant and maternal mortality.
Midwives Foster Relationships with Women
Midwives value communication and developing a trusting, working relationship with the women and families they serve. In the course of developing that relationship, midwives provide personalized and thorough care at many levels: preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond. Many midwives provide primary health care, gynecological care, and care of the normal newborn. In addition to being trained to conduct comprehensive physical exams and order laboratory, screening and other diagnostic tests, midwives provide extensive health care education and counseling, as well as engage in shared decision-making with their clients and patients.
What is a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)?
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital birth.
How do CPMs practice?
CPMs are trained and credentialed to offer expert care and support to women and their babies for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. CPMs practice as autonomous health professionals working within a network of relationships with other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation and collaboration when needed.
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events and includes:
- monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;
- providing the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care,
- continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery and postpartum support;
- minimizing technological interventions; and
- identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
The application of this model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section.
Development of the Credential
The CPM credential was developed by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in collaboration with the Alliance of North America (MANA), Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM) and diverse stakeholders from across the US. The credential issued by NARM is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which is the accrediting arm of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCCA accredits many health professions.
Are CPMs legal?
Twenty six states now recognize direct-entry midwives in statute, 24 through licensure. Before the advent of the CPM credential in 1994, individual states that licensed midwives each had their own requirements and standards. Since the availability of the CPM credential, the trend has been to use the CPM as the basis for state licensure. The credential also establishes a national standard for quality assurance within the profession.
Completion of this certification does not necessarily convey legality which is determined by state and territorial governments.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Understand and function within the Midwives Model of Care.
- Provide holistic, competent care to women and families during the childbearing year.
- Uphold professional standards of the Certified Professional Midwife.
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals and regional resources and services available to families in community.
- Demonstrate assessment skills of preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn.
- Perform assistance with the natural birthing process as indicated.
- Facilitate continuity of care within the context of the midwife setting.
- Use effective communication and written skills.
- Use teaching and learning process to maintain health and nutrition of clients served.
- Make clinical decisions to assure positive outcomes for mother and newborn.
- Use a foundation of theoretical knowledge, clinical assessment, critical-thinking skills and shared decision making.
- Use critical thinking to evaluate clinical findings.
- Apply intuition as authoritative knowledge.
- Maintain an integrated understanding of the whole picture and, with the woman, identifies and creates a plan of care based on conscious analysis of challenges and goals.
Graduates of the Direct Entry Midwife program may provide care during the childbearing years and well-woman care using the midwifery model of care for women in clinics, private homes, and birthing centers. Direct Entry Midwives can work in both rural and urban settings.