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The Creation Story

A few years ago Indie Birth was taking on other projects and a school seemed like a ridiculous idea that was at least a decade away. But we like ridiculous, and the request and desire for a school from the outside world began to show up more regularly. With our growing network via our yearly Indie Birth Retreat, our skills workshops we began to offer in 2016 and the many resources we have developed in conjunction with experts around the world, the foundation of our school really built itself. We are grateful to all of the people and circumstances that convinced us that a school like ours is needed. Our hope is that the school, students, teachers, curriculum and wisdom will continue to grow and expand organically, just as this vision has!

The overall program structure was co-created by Margo and Maryn and refined by the admin team as we have gotten feedback from our students. The "Midwifery Program" is currently comprised of 30 separate courses. Every effort has been made to address the sacred aspects of midwifery and what a midwife might be, along with the nuts-and-bolts, scientific course material and research to ensure that we stay current, knowledgeable and critical. The result for you, the student, is a beautiful blend of the old and new, the Masculine and the Feminine.  This course will challenge you with self-growth and exploration as much as it will challenge your technical skills.

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Year 1

1st Trimester

Exploring the Divine Feminine

Speaking Your Truth - Content Creation

Midwifery Herstory

Plant Medicine

Sociology and Cultural Competency

2nd Trimester

Hormonal Balance and Fertility

Essentials of Self-Care

Birth Models

Pregnancy Nutrition

Counseling Skills & Relationship Building

3rd Trimester

Wise Woman Prenatal Care

Placentation and Early Fetal Development

Introduction to Alternative Therapies

Research Methods

Anatomy and Physiology of Labor & Birth

Year 2

4th Trimester

Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Diagnostic Testing in Pregnancy

Issues in the Prenatal Period

All About Apprenticeship

Miscarriage and Loss

5th Trimester

Shoulder Dystocia

Postpartum Hemorrhage

Complex Birth- Twins, Breech, Prolonged Labor

Neonatal Resuscitation

6th Trimester

Lactation Science and Breastfeeding Support

Postpartum Care and Traditions

Foundations in Childbirth Education

Birth Trauma and Transport

Business for Birth Workers

Final Exams : One of our goals with the IBMS is to develop and implement a more rigorous and well-rounded testing option for our students that gives them a solid assessment of their knowledge.  Prior to completion of the IBMS program at the end of the second year, our students will prepare and engage in final testing that has been developed by the Indie Birth faculty and directors.  We hope that the test preparation as well as successfully completing our exit exam will give all of our students confidence about their intellectual ability and knowledge, their intuition and self development as it compares to the mainstream option of standard entrance-level midwifery testing.

A La Carte Courses

Each course can be taken individually by non-enrolled students.  Students that choose to enroll this way will not receive the benefits of full-time status, including lower costs per credit or participation in the weekly student meetings. We have included this option so that more people can get started on their journey now, even if they cannot fully commit to the rigors of a 2 year program. This “a la carte” option would also be appropriate for students or midwives who want to renew or refresh their knowledge base in a particular area. Click here for more information