Midwifery Ministry Department
The Midwifery Department offers distance education certificates blended with onsite skills training sessions that prepare women to work in the field of childbirth as a childbirth educator, doula, midwifery assistant, and midwife. This is in harmony with the instructions given through the writings of Ellen G. White.
“The Bible speaks of women at childbirth being attended by women, and thus it ought always to be. Women should be educated and trained to act skillfully as midwives and physicians to their sex. This is the Lord’s plan.” The General Conference Bulletin, June 4, 1909.
The mission of the programs offered in the Midwifery Department is to uplift biblically based, competent and professional prenatal and postpartum care along with principles of healthful living—all molded in the love of Jesus—in an endeavor to serve mothers and families in the best possible way.
Student Learning Outcomes
Practice professionally and responsibly with appropriate Christian demeanor.
The programs and sequence of courses in the Midwifery Department build upon each other, while at the same time offering students qualifications that they can use to practice as a childbirth professional at each step of the way.
One may begin and end at childbirth educator (CE) and doula, or one may build upon those skills and seek to work towards being a midwifery assistant and finally, a midwife. A student’s journey in the childbirth professions begins with the completion of the CE and Doula certification course. The Midwifery Assistant course is designed to prepare aspiring midwives to begin their journey towards midwifery by working as a midwifery assistant under a certified midwife preceptor. The Midwifery course builds upon the foundation laid down in the CE and Doula course. Areas of study will include Midwifery Assistant, Antepartum, Intrapartum and Postpartum Care. For aspiring midwives, the didactic skills will be followed with a clinical practicum under the supervision of approved CPMs and/or Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). Upon completion of the Midwifery Certificate, the student will be prepared to take the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife.