Birthwise offers continuing education classes for midwives, midwifery students, and the public. For most classes, anyone can attend for credit or as an auditing student regardless of their professional status or experience.

Some of our continuing education classes are pre-approved by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), which means Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) can count any coursework at Birthwise towards their North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) recertification. Those classes that are not pre-approved can also be used for NARM recertification under category one on the application.


2017 Spring Electives

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Class Instructor Date / Time CEUs Credits Location
Sexual Abuse and Pregnancy Gretchen Davidson

Feb 4 / 9am-4pm

6 0.4 Birthwise
Placenta Medicine Beth Bongiolatti, CPM

Feb 7 / 5-8pm

3 0.2 Birthwise
Deconstructing White Privilege and Allyship in Birth Work through a Reproductive Justice Framework Aimee Brill Feb 11 / 9am-4pm 6 0.4 Birthwise
Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Amy Glenn Wright Feb 18 / 9am-4pm 6 0.4 Birthwise
Transgender Health Alex Holding

Feb 25 / 9am-4pm

6 0.4 Birthwise
Reiki for Birthworkers Anjali Rose Mar 4 / 9am-4pm 6 0.4 Birthwise
Childbirth Preparation Classes Abby Luca, CPM Apr 15 / 9am-4pm

Apr 24 / 5:30-8pm

9 0.6 Birthwise
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Adrienne McAuley Apr 29 / 9am-4pm 6 0.4 Birthwise
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Lindsay Piper, NP Apr 29 / 10am – 1pm 0.2 Birthwise

Class Descriptions

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

This is an exploration of the effects of past abuse on pregnancy and birth and ways to recognize and minimize these effects.

Number of Credits: 0.2

Description:

Learn about “placentophagia,” Traditional Chinese Medicine “placenta caps,” and other uses for the placenta. This is a practical, hands-on class, and we will be working with placentas.   You will leave with a skill and a recipe to be able to do this in your apprenticeships or practice.  Other ways of preparing placentas for nourishment/medicine will be discussed.

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

This class will examine the role that white privilege and allyship plays in birth work, both nationally and globally. We will discuss the process of creating equitable relationships through an anti-racist lens in order to promote respectful and accessible maternity care in midwifery and birth advocacy. Defining and examining the constructs of neocolonial models in birth work, this class will point to ways in which individuals, communities, and policy makers are complicit in sustaining substandard outcomes by not recognizing or considering the historical legacy of systemic racism in the healthcare system- a reality that exists in the United States as pervasively as it continues to exist internationally. Together, we will go deeper in exploring the obstacles, as well as the methods that advance human rights in childbirth for all birthing individuals.

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are for doulas, bereavement doulas, therapists, midwives, ministers, OBs, and end-of-life care professionals.

She will guide participants through a heartfelt and rigorous analysis of three key components central to holding space for grieving mothers and their families.

1.An introduction to the Companioning Model of Care  “As a hospital chaplain specializing in the training of birth professionals to hold space for pregnancy loss, I’ve learned that being lovingly present matters much more than the speaking of carefully crafted words.”Miscarriage MattersPhillyVoice

2.An exploration of best “care practices” with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved mothers.

3.A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

Statistically, trans people have less access to health care and face more bias when they do access health care than non-trans people. Because trans people are also more likely to have income below the poverty line and experience unemployment and homelessness, they can be further limited in their health care options and access. As health care providers we can engage in a consistent process of educating ourselves about how to be awesome care providers for trans and gender non-conforming people. This is an introduction to that process- topics include: how do trans people get pregnant and have babies, especially after some kind of medical transition? what language is appropriate to use when working with a trans client? What’s the difference between transgender and transsexual and genderqueer and gender non-conforming and cis-gender and all the words used to talk about gender? What are stupid questions, and how do I get the answers to them? (Hint: this workshop is a great time to ask them).

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

As a Reiki Master and Intuitive Healer Anjali Rose brings an understanding of energy and experience to assist students in understanding their own flow of energy.  More information on this elective to be posted on Sycamore.

Number of Credits: 0.6

Description:

Teaching childbirth education classes can be an important part of your midwifery practice. This class will give you a history of CE in the U.S., familiarize you with the various methods of CE available to parents, learn the essential topics to be covered in a typical CE series, learn activities/ tools useful in teaching CE, and design your own CE series for your future practice.

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

Participants will be able to:

In this class, students will identify the two most common musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the pregnant woman, complete a quick posture screening assessment, differentiate lumbar from posterior pelvic/SIJ pain based on symptom presentation, palpate transversus abdominis muscle and PF, evaluate for diastasis recti abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction in postpartum population, provide “first-line” treatment recommendations, and learn to refer to MD or PT as appropriate.

Number of Credits: 0.2

Description:

Participants will be able to:

This hands-on workshop will prepare students for offering IUI to their clients. It will include a theoretical component as well as a skills practice session to develop the clinical aspect of this service. A lab fee of $15 is required to cover the cost of supplies. Participants must bring a speculum and be prepared to practice the skill on each other.