1) Is this program something that can be done at your own pace?
No! We have designed this as a structured programs that is broken down into quarters (about 10 weeks long), and within those quarters are courses. Each course has learning objectives and is taught by an instructor. There are weekly lectures, assignments, quizzes discussions, projects, etc. We wanted to create a program that would move students through their learning in a timely fashion, since the need for amazing new midwives is so great, and we are tired of waiting!!!
2) About how many hours a week are going to be required to complete the assignments?
Each quarter has 4-5 courses. Each course requires between 2-5 hours per week, for what we would expect would be about 15-20 hours a week on average. It depends on how fast of a reader you are, how much time you spend going down side tracks in the research and reading, and how much time it takes you to write and create resources!
3) Are there specific times that we are required to get online for classes or is it online and we can watch at our own convenience during that week?
The week will be set up for you and you have that week to complete it on your own schedule. The lectures will be recorded and available at the beginning of the weeks. Some instructors may ask that you participate in live events, but we understand that isn't always possible, and there will be alternative assignments in those cases if you are unable to participate. The only in person requirement is our 4 day skills workshop that will take place near the end of your second year in the program.
4) If I attend your school as a member of the Indie Birth Private Contract Association, does that membership extend to my work in attending any births during the time I am enrolled in your school?
No. The Indie Birth PCA is a private contract with our members.
5) Are you MEAC accredited? I live in a place/state where MEAC accredited schools are the only way to get a license.
We are not MEAC accredited. With our school, we have chosen to satisfy the learning requirements and integrity standards that WE think are important for a well-rounded midwife. We are not interested in pleasing any governmental body around birth - only the midwives and women that they serve. We think the bar is higher for those choosing to educate themselves for the pure motivation of knowing all they can know, and providing women with the resources to make their own decisions. We do offer courses in business development and also in structuring a midwifery practice that is independent of any governmental institution. We hope you complete the curriculum with your eyes wide open to the politics of midwifery and birth and can choose to practice in a way that resonates with your deepest truths.
6) So would you submit/check in once per week or once per quarter? How will the accountability play out?
Each course is structured around weekly assignments and readings. So, you let's say you are taking a class Gail Hart is teaching. She will have a lecture for you to watch, perhaps a quiz or writing assignment, and a case study or reading (this is just an example - the contents of each week will vary widely, which is part of the fun!). You will submit your assignments within the week to Gail and each week she grades and gives you feedback.
The school is designed to take someone from the beginning onwards in the course of 2 years and we felt that the best way to do that is to give frequent and consistent deadlines and feedback.
7) I was wondering if Indie Birth Midwifery program is appropriate for someone who has no experience in midwifery, but wants to learn? My only experience is listening to all of your podcasts. I've become so in love with the concept of a undisturbed birth, and your way of midwifery, that I would love to delve into it further so that I can journey with other women who want the same thing. Will the program be covering all the basics, as well as the Indie Birth philosophy?
We welcome interested learners, whether or not one even has plans of becoming a midwife! So, no experience is necessary, just a desire and willingness to learn and explore and commit to the program! Again, we don't expect the 2 year course to fulfill every bit of knowledge and experience. We expect serious students to obtain and complete an apprenticeship.
8) Who should take this course? Midwives? Childbirth Educators? Doulas? Therapists? What courses are geared to “other” professionals?
This course is intended for those pursuing the path of midwifery. The development of our course has included those completely new to midwifery, and intermediate or advanced midwifery students or apprentices that have never formally studied or completed a program. Our individual courses are open on a first come, first served, a la carte basis to anyone that has interest in the subject matter. This may include midwives, childbirth educators, doulas and alternative practitioners. Pre –requisite requirements may apply to advanced courses.
9) I am ready to apply. Tell me again; what's the application process?
Application submission will begin in October 2017 for the class that begins July 2018.
The application donation is a non-refundable $50 (submitted at time of online application).
At time of application submission, applicant will choose a phone interview time for a week or two in the future, with either of our Co-Directors.
Applicants are asked to prepare for the interview with questions and payment plan specifics. The interview will last approximately 15-20 minutes.
Applicant will receive email notice of decision regarding application within 48 hours. If accepted, applicant has up to 30 days to submit non-refundable donation of $450. Applicant may submit this sooner to reserve a spot sooner. If donation is not completed within 30 days, application will expire and applicant will need to submit an additional donation of $50 in order to re-apply.
Upon acceptance and deposit, applicant will be sent the Indie Birth Midwifery School handbook and course catalog as well as all necessary contracts, forms, etc.
Application and registration will close in June 2017 or sooner if the class has been filled.
**Note about payment: We are willing to offer monthly donation plans if needed for the SECOND year, but prefer complete donations for the first year. We'd like you to come to your phone interview with a date that you are able to make the required donation for the first year before it begins. Donation plans for the first year will only be made on a case by case basis and will only be made for people that have detailed plans that are agreed to in writing. We may decline any donation arrangement idea at any time.**
10 ) Do I need to apply if I am only going to take a la carte courses?
No, you do not need to apply to the program, you will just need to wait until we open up enrollment when it gets closer to the start of each quarter. We are planning to open enrollment 60 days before the start of each quarter, and we will certainly be announcing through the newsletter and through social media. This is dependent upon space within each course.