Want to be a Midwife?

Believe you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you.

The community is in need of more midwives and we honestly can’t think of a more rewarding profession.

We encourage everyone inquiring about becoming a midwife to read as many birth books they can get their hands on, join their local La Leche League and Attachment Parenting groups, volunteer for your local midwife and obtain training as a doula. If already a nurse, we continue to recommend the same, as well as joining your local homebirth midwifery practice as a midwifery assistant. This ACNM resource can assist in understanding the current climate of midwifery where you are located or plan to work. If you live in Indiana, you’ll find that we have a great deal of work to accomplish.

Following these steps and after obtaining a nursing degree, you will need to research which nurse-midwifery programs best satisfy your individual learning needs. Both Dr. Lane and Miss Michael graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, now renamed the Frontier Nursing University and couldn’t sing the program more praises.

nursing-2016Frontier Nursing University was voted Best Nurse-Midwifery school for 2016, ahead of Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia, and Emory.

It is such a pleasure to see little young boys and girls become so comfortable with each midwifery appointment and grow to understand and treasure the beauty of pregnancy and birth. It is my desire that each will gain much wisdom as they absorb our teaching, growing into parents themselves someday that will value midwifery care, maybe one or two recognizing their own calling as a midwife.

We receive a lot of requests from those interested in pursuing midwifery, or maybe they already are a midwife and hope to open a new practice. We want to encourage you! Some request an opportunity to visit and observe in clinic, while others hope to sit and talk with one of our midwifery staff, seeking insight. Unfortunately, these requests now come in on a regular basis, nearly two or three each week. We simply can’t accommodate the demand and as very busy women ourselves, we have to prioritize our time. Our recommendation is to learn about midwifery by volunteering your time in some way, big or small. Our practice and every other midwifery practice in the country, has a list of needs that go unmet. Midwives aren’t good at taking care of themselves either. They sacrifice their personal time, their health, and their family to serve their clients. Volunteer to make them food. Bring in lunch. Clean their office. Offer to work on their website. Market for their practice. Lead a gathering group or organize a fund raiser. Nurture the midwife and she will gladly share her wisdom and expertise.

Be an Advocate for Natural Birth

Donate your favorite childbirth books to the local library. Let your local library know what books are important for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to read.

Tell your birth story and encourage others to tell theirs. Use your home or local community center to host an evening of birth stories. Sharing birth stories can be healing and illuminating.

Make informative bookmarks about natural-childbirth options in your community and insert them in books in the library. Create them on your computer and print them out on card stock.

Volunteer for local and natural childbirth organizations, or even your local midwife. Lick envelopes, sit at a community information booth, edit a newsletter, host an event at your home, ask how you could be of help!

Write your birth story and file it with the local health department. The powers at be should know if you had a traumatic birth experience, or a peaceful and safe birth with a midwife. Name names and cite dates in your story, and don’t forget to send a copy to your obstetrician or midwife. Change can only happen if people know.

Tell you birth story in schools – middle schools, high schools, nursing schools.

Write a letter a week about a childbirth issue that matters to you. Send it to your congressperson, your local health department, and/or the “Letters to the Editor” section of your local paper.

Find a kindred spirit. If you have a friend who thinks as you do, you can join a natural-childbirth organization together – or start one of your own.

Visit your town meetings and share your desire to have midwives in your community for primary care and homebirth. Your legislative leaders do listen.

Create a birth network. Organize local midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, and any other advocates of natural childbirth in your community into a birth network.

Join or donate funds to midwifery professional organizations. The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) promotes the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives.

Become a doula. Birth Works, CAPPA, DONA International and ICEA all offer educational workshops for doulas.

Offer childbirth education classes in your community. A number of childbirth education organizations exist, each with their own vision and approach to teaching childbirth principles. Visit these groups to see which one best fits into your personal philosophy: Bradley Method, Birth Works, CAPPA, ICEA, and Lamaze International.

What to become a Lactation Consultant?

Visit here for information about becoming an IBCLC. Visit LLL meetings, become a leader, volunteer to help breastfeeding mothers at the local hospital, local midwifery or pediatric clinic, or start your own group. Write down all the time you spend in these roles for your eventual application.

Distance Learning
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (accredited by ILEAC)
Course is open to nursing and non-nursing students and select undergraduate students. The Course focuses on clinical topics that prepare the student for practice as a lactation consultant and for certification as a lactation consultant.
Sponsored by Wichita State University
Box 41, Wichita, Kansas 67260
Contact: Jan Riordan, EdD, ARNP, IBCLC, FAAN, Prof Nursing
Phone: 316-978-5737

Breastfeeding Support Consultants (BSC)
Your premier source for distance learning, offering a wide variety of courses, including an extensive refresher course or CERPS. Courses range from two months to two years.
1613 Burning Trail, Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-547-5057

Health e-Learning
BreastEd Series (accredited by ILEAC)
Study from home to fit into your lifestyle. Choose up to 10 online courses from the “BreastEd Seris” (12 CERPS each).
Contact: Denise Fisher
PO Box 2405 Chermside Centre 4032 Australia

Site offering an extensive list of Breastfeeding Conferences

On-Line Lactation Consultant Training Program
Complete the modules at your convenience within a 6 month period. $15 per CERP or CEU credit.
Contact: Lactation Education Resources
3621 Lido Place, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-691-2069
Email: 212-838-6930

La Leche League

Lactation Management Course
Sponsored by Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd
6540 Cedarview Court, Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 932-438-9458
Email: lindaj@bflrc.com
Presents a comprehensive of the skills and knowledge needed for evidence-based professional lactation consultant practice. Increases the knowledge and skill of perinatal health professionals, and helps prepare candidates for the examination sponsored by the IBLCE. Six full days of instruction conclude with an examination simulation to help identify strengths and gaps in skill and knowledge areas.

Professional Texts on Breastfeeding
Jones & Bartlett
Elsevier
Hale Publishing
La Leche League

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