This is what you’ll do in your journey to becoming a midwife.
Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery prepares midwifery students to provide excellent care to healthy pregnant women and their newborns, including the ready identification of complications requiring consultation or referral. Does that sound like a mouthful? Hold on—it gets better.
Your class sessions will be relaxed and informal, with questions, answers, and practical skills (health assessments, histories, vitals checks) demonstrated and then practiced on one another. Classrooms have comfortable furniture, or you may sit on the floor, but school room desks are not the way we do things at Nizhoni. (Forget about dozing off in lectures because you’ll be active and involved.) In lab sessions, you’ll work with up-to-date models and materials. In preceptorships, you’ll observe and participate in labor and delivery—the very thing you’ve set your long-term goals on!
If you’ve ever played a musical instrument, you know that it takes both knowledge (theory by instruction) and physical skills (practice and performance) to be a musician. With Nizhoni’s program, you’ll develop the analytical skills and critical thinking pathways that provide the foundation for clinical problem-solving.
The program meets course objectives through guided study, discussion, clinical skills practice, multi-media materials, computer-based education, and clinical preceptorship (skills acquisition). Learning activities are evidence-based and oriented toward the midwifery practice.
Though you’ll learn in a relaxed setting, you’ll obtain a formal midwifery education while preserving the advantages of the “Midwifery Preceptorship” model. By combining independent and group study, online discussion, and classroom training with supervised clinical experience, you’ll develop the necessary knowledge and skills essential for entry-level midwifery practice. The format allows you to integrate midwifery theory with practice.
The didactic (teaching) portion of the program is three years in length and consists of 888 hours of didactic study. Students are encouraged to obtain clinical experience with two preceptors whenever possible. Preceptorship usually begins after approximately a year in the didactic program. Clinical experience requires 2,000 hours of supervised practice with credentialed midwife mentors until all clinical competencies have been satisfactorily completed in accordance with the requirements of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and the North American Registry of Midwives. Classroom plus clinical completion will result in your proud graduation from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
Graduates are prepared for the scope of practice outlined by the Midwives’ Alliance of North America (MANA) Core Competencies, the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) certification requirements for Certified Professional Midwives, and the joint mission statement of the Midwives Alliance of North America and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
The Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential is widely recognized and is viewed increasingly as an entry-level professional standard for midwives providing care in out-of- hospital settings.
You’ll obtain certification as a professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives as a condition of graduation.
Graduates of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery are prepared to:
- Practice as professional midwives, meeting nationally accepted standards of midwifery practice, to promote the health and well-being of childbearing families and women throughout the life cycle.
- Provide safe, competent midwifery care to childbearing women and their newborns through appropriate utilization of the midwifery model of practice in primary care, collaboration, and timely and appropriate consultation and referral.
- Analyze, synthesize, and apply concepts from midwifery, nursing, obstetrics and complementary medicine within the framework of the midwifery model of care in order to improve maternal, perinatal and community health outcomes.
- Midwives should be able to evaluate the adequacy of underlying knowledge from midwifery science, related fields and professional foundations, as it informs advanced midwifery practice.