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 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 spread across 6 trimesters (5 courses each trimester). Each course is 10 weeks long, with an additional 3 weeks of self study at the end if needed. In addition to the courses, which include video lectures, readings, exercises and assignments, we also have weekly student meetings by video to go deeper with the material, occasionally do some life coaching, talk about real life birth experiences, and get to know one another.
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.
2019 School Year Dates
Exploring the Divine Feminine
Speaking Your Truth - Content Creation
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
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
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
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
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 course 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.