BetterBirth Midwife Education

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BetterBirth offers high intensity, accelerated programs that will help you become an excellent midwife. They are based on the North American Registry of Midwives requirements to obtain the Certified Professional Midwife credential. In addition to the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn experiences required for NARM, we teach, assess, and sign off skills in the Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery and NARM's Comprehensive Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Essential for Competent Midwifery Practice Verification Form 201.

We offer two programs through which students may receive training: Workshop Week and the Workshop+Clinicals Program. Please direct questions to carrie@betterbirth.com.

Workshop Week

This program is designed for students who want to take advantage of our amazing Workshop Week to learn and sign off skills, but do not want (or are not able) to stay longer and obtain clinical experiences. Workshop Week is held every three to four weeks for both our clinical students and other students around the country. It is a jam-packed, 6-day, 8+-hour-a-day week of skills training on the most often-requested and difficult-to-acquire skills for student midwives.

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After you satisfactorily complete Workshop Week, we can sign off many skills on your NARM Form 201 or Practical Skills Guide. School-specific skills forms may also be signed.

During Workshop Week you and the other students will be practicing skills (including vaginal exams, catheterization, venipuncture, injections, IV placement, etc.) on each other. This is a requirement. We know it's not fun to have a midwifery student practice her first IV or urinary catheter on you. She feels the same way about you practicing on her. But neither of you will master your skills if you don't allow the other to practice. It is also important to understand how clients feel when you are performing skills on them. You really get a good sense of it when it's your turn to receive those procedures. If you are unwilling to practice on other students or have them practice on you, please e-mail us at carrie@betterbirth.com before you apply.

We provide housing next door to the training site for all Workshop Week students. Housing includes a furnished kitchen. Cook your own meals and save! There is no need to rent a car (unless you want to). If you are flying in, we recommend you contact Express Shuttle for transportation to and from the airport.

Workshop Week Dates

Planned Workshop Week sessions for 2014 and 2015 are as follows:

June 1-7, 2014

June 22-28, 2014

July 20-26, 2014

August 10-16, 2014

September 7-13, 2014

September 28-October 4, 2014

October 26-November 1, 2014

November 16-22, 2014

December 14-20, 2014

January 4-10, 2015

February 1-7, 2015

February 22-28, 2015

March 22-28, 2015

April 12-18, 2015

May 10-16, 2015

May 31-June 6, 2015

June 27-July3, 2015 Note: Days are shifted for holiday.

July 19-25, 2015

August 16-22, 2015

September 6-12, 2015

October 4-10, 2015

October 25-31, 2015

November 15-21, 2015

December 13-19, 2015

We accept a maximum of 6 students for any Workshop Week, 2 of whom are students enrolled in our Workshop+Clinicals Program. See our Calendar to see if there is space available on the dates you intend to come, and use our Application to apply. For cost and refund information, see our Tuition page.

Workshop+Clinicals Program

This program adds 3 or 4 weeks of clinical experience to Workshop Week to enable students to practice the skills they have learned and to obtain clinical experiences required for NARM certification. All Workshop Week requirements apply. If all workshops have been successfully completed during Workshop Week, you can expect to begin working in the Primary Under Supervision role the following week, and we will try to get you signed off on as many skills as possible.

In our clinical program you will gain experience in both the home and birth center settings under the tutelage of several outstanding midwives. We practice according to the midwives model of care, and our goal is to make every birth a great experience for the family involved. We express our gratitude to the families who are willing to help our students by keeping their quality of care our number one priority.

Your stay with us will be an intense learning experience. We aim to provide not only sufficient numbers of experiences, but exceptional quality of experiences as well. We focus on excellence. We expect to provide exceptional teaching to you, and we expect exceptional performance from you. Through this unique model, you'll learn more with us in a few weeks than you likely would in several months at home.

We accept only two students for any 3- or 4-week term, during which each student is assigned to either our Salt Lake or Orem clinic. Each student attends clinic (prenatal and postpartum visits) in her designated location. About half of our deliveries are for clients on our midwife program, and you should not expect to serve in the role of primary at these births (or at their associated prenatal and postpartum visits), although you will be expected to assist even if you don't "need" the experience for NARM. Our clinical students serve as primary under supervision for the other half of our clients who have signed up for our student program in their assigned location (Orem or Salt Lake). (We reserve the right to change primary assignments depending on our client load and the qualifications of the students.) During the last week of the clinical term we will sign off any skills at which you have achieved competency during your stay. Housing is provided for students only (not for families).

The number of clients who deliver with us varies from month to month. In addition, the number of clients who transfer for one reason or another also varies. Therefore, we do not guarantee any particular number or types of experiences during your stay, but we will try very hard to get you what you need. You are welcome to contact our Student Director (carrie@betterbirth.com) to find out how many clients are due during your stay.

See our Calendar for the dates on which clinical terms are scheduled, and use our Application to apply. For cost and refund information, see our Tuition page.

Things You Should Know

Keeping Up With The Schedule: Our program is intensive, and designed to get you skills and experiences as quickly as possible while making you an outstanding midwife. You must be prepared to work very hard while you are here. We reserve the right to not sign off skills, workshops, or experiences we do not feel you have satisfactorily completed. Once clinicals begin, you will be on-call 24/7.

Bringing Families: If you intend to bring your family with you for our Workshop+Clinicals Program, be aware that you must provide your own housing rather than staying in our student apartment. We can help you arrange for housing, but ultimately finding and paying for it are your responsibility. We are happy to recommend the following hotels in the area:

We will expect you to make your program responsibilities top priority while you are here.

Personal Transportation: If you enroll in our Workshop+Clinical Program, you must have a car at your disposal at all times during your Clinical Time. You can expect to travel an average of 75 miles per day, although this can vary.

Coming Back: The first time you attend clinicals at BetterBirth you must attend Workshop Week. If you choose to return for more clinical experience, you need not repeat Workshop Week. You may also choose to return for clinicals if you attended Workshop Week only (without the clinical component) on a prior visit.

Do we break for holidays? We do not hold Workshop Week over major U.S. holidays, but clinical terms are held regardless of holidays. While we do not generally see clients for routine visits on holidays, babies are born every day of the year. Because of the tight nature of our schedules, postponements for holidays would negatively affect other terms and result in the loss of important birth experiences for you. Be sure to check the calendar carefully before applying for a term that occurs over holidays that you must be absent for, and do not apply for that term.