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.


Upcoming Electives


Class Descriptions

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

Participants will learn the dynamics of domestic violence, red flags of abusive behavior, how the victim might respond and what you can do to help someone in an abusive relationship.

Number of Credits: 0.5

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Midwifery work asks us to present ourselves on paper in many different ways – informed choice documents, client handouts, websites, scholarly journal articles – and having a firm grasp on some writing basics and knowledge of where to go for more information is key to success.

Number of Credits: 0.4

Description:

In this two-part class, students will learn how to teach the fertility awareness method to clients and how to use fertility charts to support clients in their goals to achieve pregnancy, prevent pregnancy or to identify hormonal imbalances. Additionally, we will go over strategies for improving wellness in the perinatal period through preconception counseling.

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:

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: 0.6

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:

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: 0.2

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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: TBA

Description:

Core midwifery suturing class, for students who are in the role of primary midwife under supervision and opt to take the suturing class one semester earlier than Suturing is typically offered.