Is This Program 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 who live 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.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Compass or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
Health Requirements listed below need to be submitted prior to being able to participate in your preceptorship.
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs.
During Introduction to Midwife Clinic and Prior to enrollment in Midwife Clinic 1, students must:
- Complete Certificate Doula training workshop (30 Hours)
- Verified and completed attendance of Out of Hospital Childbirth Classes (minimum 6 hours) Childbirth Attendance form
- Verify and Complete attendance in series of In Hospital Childbirth Classes (minimum 6 hours) Childbirth Attendance form
- Verify and Complete attendance in series of Breastfeeding Support Meetings (minimum 6 hours) Breastfeeding Verification form
- Obtain Wisconsin Temporary Permit for Licensed Midwife
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs. Students may obtain these requirements upon acceptance to the program.
Helpful Academic Background
- Previous college-level coursework
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Acquire a foundation of theoretical knowledge, clinical assessment, critical thinking skills, and shared decision making
- Use critical thinking to evaluate clinical findings
- Optimize intuition as authoritative knowledge
- Demonstrate effective communication and written skills
- Apply care principles, support and information regarding reproductive health
- Create the plan of care for the woman in the childbearing year
- Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the whole picture
- Use conscious analysis of the challenges and goals in creating the plan of care
- Identify with the woman the goals and challenges of her care
- Maximize the teaching and learning process to maintain health and nutrition of clients served
- Construct clinical decisions to assure positive outcomes for mother and newborn
- Summarize how to incorporate high quality, culturally relevant, and holistic midwifery care in a variety of settings
- Demonstrate holistic, competent care for women and families during the childbearing year
- Function within the Midwives Model of Care
- Uphold professional standards for the Certified Professional Midwife
- Assume responsibility for collaboration with other team members and healthcare professionals
- Anticipate the need for referral to local 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
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.