Global Midwife Training:
Becoming a skilled and knowledgeable midwife takes time, and a deep commitment to the study and practice. Our Global Midwife program is designed to lay foundations for midwifery students who are preparing for direct-entry apprenticeships or who wish to see the world and develop critical thinking, gentle birth and leadership skills before settling in to a midwifery degree program*.
“Midwifery students who study abroad live and breathe midwifery every day. They are submerged in learning and doing with mothers and babies without distraction of their ‘ normal’ lives. While the cultural differences are intriguing, the universal truths of mothers birthing babies shine through. As a guest in a foreign country, eyes and hearts are wide open and students live in a state of humble service that will enhance their future understanding of midwifery, hopefully forever.” ~ Ivy Case, Midwife International Facilitator, Uganda
Foundations in Midwifery
Our objective is to develop a worldwide network of midwifery stewards—not just midwives—who are equipped to make significant improvements in maternal and infant health where it is needed most. The Global Midwife program 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.
Curriculum focuses on the theory and practice of the Midwives Model of Care, exploring gentle birth and respectful maternity care in comparison to technological and intervention-based models of obstetrical care and encourages a participatory approach to midwifery. Reflective analysis, critical thinking and collective reflection on the role of the midwife as an autonomous professional consider the complexities of international midwifery care, comprehensive health promotion and empowerment of women. Coursework is divided into 4 quarters (11-weeks per quarter) with an average weekly workload of 40 hours (15 book study hours and 25 clinical hours).
“For our own midwives [the presence of students] boosts their confidence in being able to share their knowledge with foreign peers and know that their knowledge is valued by others as well.” ~ Brenda Ritchmond, Site Director, Bali
Accepted students will be assigned to an international study location in Central America, Southeast Asia or Africa by the Midwife International admissions staff and will receive notice of their assignment 90-days prior to departure. Sessions begin in January and July. Between two and six students will be assigned at each location. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take a more active role in assisting midwives or pursuing the next levels of midwifery education.
*Please note that the 1-year Global Midwife Training program is designed for beginners who want to build a foundation in midwifery and are committed to international midwifery, holistic birth and midwifery leadership. Coursework is intended to compliment a midwifery apprentiship or midwifery degree program. The Global Midwife Training program is not currently accredited or affiliated with any university or college.
Visit our Midwifery Education Program page more about how the Midwife International model of midwifery education utilizes service learning, an active and experiential learning strategy characterized by student participation in organized service activities that are connected to specific learning outcomes.
Myles Textbook for Midwives, by Frasier/Cooper
Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives, by Jane Coad
Birth Emergency Skills Training, by Bonnie Gruenberg
Birth Models That Work, by Robbie Davis-Floyd
- Heart and Hands, by Elizabeth Davis
Labor Progress Handbook, by Simpkin & Ancheta
New Midwifery, by Lesley Ann Page
Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery, by Pam Weaver & Sharon Evans
- After The Baby’s Birth, by Robin Lim
- Birth as an American Rite of Passage, by Robbie Davis-Floyd
- Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, by Aviva Romm
- Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple, by Nancy Mohrbacher
- Optimal Care in Childbirth, by Henci Goer and Amy Romano
- Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice
- Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin
- Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, by Anne Frye
Note: Students are required to purchase and transport their own books to site. Many books can be purchased in electronic format on Kindle or Apple products.
“The curriculum outline for book study and discussion was well organized and thorough, with thoughtful exercises for implementing our reading, and quarterly reviews along with quarterly projects and meetings with the Midwife International Director of Programs via Skype.” ~ Cindy Jewett, Midwife International Student
Tuition & Fees
Placement Fee (non-refundable) $2,300
Hosting Fee $6,600
Additional Expenses (estimated, paid separately):
Airfare and ground transportation $600-$1,800
Insurance & Travel Documents $500-$1,500
Books and Supplies $350
*Room & board includes dorm-style accommodations, wireless internet, and three shared meals per day. If traveling with family, off-site housing may be arranged for an additional cost but hosting fee will still apply.
“As a prospective international midwife, I felt this program gave me the opportunity to learn about the current state of maternal health around the world, as well as how I can impact this field in the future. I now feel better equipped with a broader range of knowledge and skills.” ~ Kesli Hines, Midwife International Student
Who We’re Looking For
The individuals who are accepted to the Global Midwife program today will become leaders in maternal health tomorrow. We are looking for applicants who want to have a positive impact on the future of midwifery, who will actively take part in a rigorous training and who will engage thoughtfully in a critical dialogue about the state of maternal health worldwide.
“The Midwife International students were bright, driven, and just wonderful people.” ~ Erin Lusk, Midwife International Facilitator, Guatemala
We are looking for candidates who are willing to consider new perspectives and find culturally appropriate ways to engage and contribute to the overall experience and success of the program. From torrential downpours during the rainy season and working in 100 degree heat, to working in a foreign language and eating new foods, participants must be prepared to leave the comforts of home behind and open themselves to the joys of living a different lifestyle. It is not always easy to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of challenging dynamics and unexpected situations and we will evaluate applicants based on their perceived and demonstrated ability to do so. We require that participants exhibit excellent communication skills and be committed to learning non-violent communication and conflict resolution techniques, which requires an unyielding respect for diverse perspective and practices.
Answer the Calling:
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.