Our 10-week intensives are designed to enhance student understanding of midwifery leadership and holistic birth practices while examining maternal health care service delivery in the international context. Although each course is unique, all Midwife International intensives are entrenched in service learning methodology — combining book study, skills training, cultural immersion and community service to foster personal development and midwifery leadership.
- Enhance your well-woman and midwifery skills
- Learn about water birth
- Practice Spanish vocabulary for midwifery and women’s health
- Deepen your cross-cultural understanding by examining the intersection of Mayan culture and humanized birth
- Advocate for women’s empowerment and informed choice as a volunteer at a free-standing clinic
The Midwife International Guatemala intensive combines book-study and language classes with skills workshops, volunteer work and a midwifery apprenticeship. Participants will work alongside professional midwives learning Spanish vocabulary for women’s health, practical midwifery skills*, water birth techniques and well-woman care while advocating for humanized birth and informed choice for women from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
Guest lectures will explore cultural birth practices in Guatemala, including a workshop on Mayan Abdominal Massage and exchanges with Mayan midwives and midwifery students. Spanish language instruction will entail 3 group lessons per week and will focus on essential women’s healthcare vocabulary. Private language instruction will be available for a fee of $5 per hour.
“My experience in Guatemala with Midwife International opened my eyes and my heart to the challenges women face in resource poor countries. Seeing the dedication, passion and devotion of the women in my clinic amid astounding odds humbled me.” ~ Pamela Smith, Midwife International Student
Program cost is $5,350 and includes weekly Spanish instruction, book study support, guest lectures and workshops, volunteer and apprentice placement, program facilitator, and dorm-style accommodations at the clinic with access to a small kitchen, running water, electricity and wireless internet. Airfare, ground travel to and from site, and food are not included. We encourage participants to coordinate amongst themselves to purchase and prepare food as part of living in community. Eating local foods is inexpensive and completes the cultural immersion.
Session 1: Jan 20 – March 30, 2014 – FULL
Session 2: April 7 – June 15, 2014
Session 3: July 28 – October 5, 2014
Session 4: October 13 – December 21, 2014
*Please note that the Guatemala intensive program is intended to compliment a midwifery apprentiship or midwifery degree program. It is not currently accredited or affiliated with any university or college.
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Apply now to participate in our 1-year Global Midwife Training program or 10-week Midwifery Intensives. Learn more about our service learning approach to midwifery education or visit our resource pages to read about midwife certification or how to become a midwife. Stay connected through the inspiring stories on our blog. Or contact us to talk with our admissions director about how Midwife International programs can help you on your path to midwifery leadership.