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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

Seeing Beyond Our Own Experiences: Cultural Awareness, Diversity, and Midwifery Care

2nd Trimester

Hormonal Balance and Fertility Awareness

First Things First: Taking Care of Ourselves in the World of Birth

Birth Models Around the World and Envisioning the Future

Pregnancy Nutrition - A Pillar of Midwifery

Counseling; Listen; The Art and Science of Relationship Building in Midwifery

3rd Trimester

The Heart of What We Do : Wise Woman Prenatal Care

Placentation and Early Fetal Development

Healing Arts of the New Paradigm Midwife

Research Methods for Midwives Who Want to Question the Status Quo

Anatomy and Physiology : Exploring the Magic and Science of Labor & Birth

Year 2

4th Trimester

Tending to Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Diagnostic Testing in Pregnancy - Integrating Lab Work Into Wise Woman Care

Multidimensional Midwifery in the Prenatal Period

Apprenticeship - A Time-Honored Tradition

Full Spectrum Miscarriage and Loss for Midwives

5th Trimester

The Journey Through the Pelvis and an Exploration of the Dystocias

Building Your Confidence in Recognizing and Handling the Rare Complication of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Complex Birth Theory and Technique - Twins, Breech, Prolonged Labor

The Baby’s Transition Earthside and the Art of Neonatal Resuscitation

6th Trimester

Lactation Science and Breastfeeding Support

The 4th Trimester - Supporting the Postpartum Time as a Modern Midwife

Foundations in Childbirth Education

When Birth Doesn’t Go As Planned : Birth Trauma and Transport

Badass Business Skills for Birth Workers Who Aren’t Messing Around

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