Midwife International is the only program of it’s kind. We identify clinical partners in countries that fall dramatically below the international threshold of 23 health workers per 10,000 people to act as “host sites” and work closely with them to provide a well-rounded experience for students. All host sites are independently operated, maintaining an autonomous staff and protocols and providing culturally appropriate services at the local level. Through community service and day-to-day work in the clinic, Midwife International students provide a valuable resource to host sites and the communities they serve, fostering an equal exchange among all participants.
Assignment and Preferences
After being accepted into our program, students will be assigned to a team and placed at host site according to the needs of the site. While country preferences will be considered, students and preceptors should be willing to go where they are assigned. The average number of births you will attend during your year abroad will vary by host site.
Meeting Challenges Abroad
As a Midwife International student, you will live in environments that are unfamiliar and sometimes challenging. During your studies, you may encounter situations that are extremely confronting, sad or otherwise difficult, and it is important that you remember for as much tragedy as you encounter, there is as much if not more, joy and gratitude that is cultivated through safe and peaceful birth. Preceptors will support this aspect of the learning process through regular group meetings, case reviews and one-to-one check-ins. The path that you have chosen to follow is challenging, but rewarding, and our preceptors are committed to building your confidence as a midwife.
Answering the Call for Midwives
The world needs more midwives. Our Global Midwife Training Advanced Internships, Midwifery Intensives and 3-Year Midwifery School provide a challenging learning environment intended to train midwives who will be equipped to provide high-quality maternity care in a variety of settings. But we do more than just train midwives. Our service learning model is designed to influence the way student midwives see themselves and their role in the communities they serve, and to develop the skills necessary to become the future leaders of positive change in maternity care. Apply Now.
Take a look at our unique approach to midwifery education and international clinical experience. Find out how we integrate service learning into our methodology. Learn more about midwife certification and the Midwives Model of Care, or how our programs can help you to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through NARM. Read inspiring stories about how to become a midwife on our weekly blog. Learn about the state of maternal health worldwide. Share the UNFPA “Call to Action” with your network.