Direct Entry Midwife
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Direct Entry Midwife is a two-year associate degree program that will train professional midwives who will qualify for certification and licensure in Wisconsin. Graduates of Direct Entry Midwife will provide hands-on holistic care for women of childbearing years and partner with women and other collaborative healthcare partners throughout the childbearing process.
This program emphasizes assessment in the low-risk pregnancy. A midwife conducts an initial assessment during pregnancy which includes nutritional assessment, overall health, risk level of the pregnancy, and then contracts and partners with the mother during the pregnancy to monitor fetal growth and development, overall health of the mother, and family support and resources available. The midwife will then assist the mother in labor and birth of the child in home or birthing center settings. The midwife follows the birth of the child with instruction on lactation technique, initial care of newborn and assessment of family support as mother and child transition in the home setting.
Graduates of the Direct Entry Midwife program may provide care during the childbearing year and well woman care using the midwifery model of care for women in clinics, private homes, and birthing centers. Direct Entry Midwives can work in both rural and urban settings.
Is This Occupation for You?
Students of this program should:
- Be tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures
- Be able to maintain confidentiality
- Have a committed interest in pre-natal and well women care using the midwifery model of care
- Have effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Be able to perform delegated tasks
- Be able to effectively delegate to others
- Have efficient writing skills
Students entering the program should:
- Have good reading and comprehension skills.
- Be in good physical and emotional health.
- Be flexible, adaptable, and enjoy working with people.
- Be self-confident, independent, and a self-directed learner.
- Meet Wisconsin Caregiver Law requirements.
Helpful Academic Background
- Previous college-level coursework
At the completion of this program graduates will be able to:
- Provide holistic, competent care to pregnant women and families
- Uphold professional standards of midwifery
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals and regional resources and services available to families in community
- Demonstrate assessment skills of pregnancy and birth
- Perform assistance with the natural birthing process as indicated
- Facilitate continuity of care within the context of the midwife setting
- Use effective communication and written skills
- Use teaching and learning process to maintain health and nutrition of clients served
- Make clinical decisions to assure positive outcomes for mother and newborn
- Uses a foundation of theoretical knowledge, clinical assessment, critical-thinking skills and shared decision making
- Some online classes available
- Financial aid available to students who qualify
- May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance
- Students must achieve a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress
- Prior to enrollment in Midwife Clinic I, students must:
- Complete Caregiver Background check requirements
- Complete Emergency Care course or equivalent training and maintain current Healthcare Provider CPR/NPR certification throughout the program and prior to clinical placement
- Complete a physical exam, provide documentation of a recent two-step TB skin test, and meet health requirements as approved by the College Health Educator. Students are responsible for all costs associated with meeting these requirements.
- Complete application for student license (NARM and State of Wisconsin)
Program Admission Requirements
- Complete application form
- Pay $30 application fee
- Submit official high school and post-secondary transcripts
- Complete required TABE pre-admission assessment testing to demonstrate pre-set subtest scores
- Interview with Student Services counselor
- **Students may be required to travel to preceptor sites. All costs associated with travel and lodging is the responsibility of the student.
Please contact Student Services at 800.362.3322, Ext. 2354, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for current fee information.
A Program Fee list is provided (please note the costs are approximate and based on the current academic year).
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