The Community Program

This program consists of ten 2-week academic sessions at the Birthwise facility alternated with longer periods of clinical work with an approved preceptor chosen by the student and located in her home community. This allows students to remain in their home regions while completing the program and travel to Birthwise for the intensive academic sessions only.

The Community Program differs from our Campus Program in the following ways:

  • Academic sessions are two weeks long (10 full days of class) and convene every 2-4 months to make it easier for students who cannot relocate to Maine.
  • Students who enroll in this program must identify potential preceptors before enrolling and will begin preceptorship in their 2nd semester. Assistance in arranging for a preceptor is offered by the Clinical Director during the first semester at Birthwise. Preceptors in both programs receive a stipend for the work they do with Birthwise students.

Good candidates for the Community Program are:

  • Students who are not able to relocate due to family or other responsibilities.
  • Students already working with a mentor midwife who would like to augment their theoretical learning in a classroom setting.
  • Students who learn best hands on.

Semester 1 (July-December 2015)

Total Credits: 12.8

Orientation (1 week in July 2015)
Session 1 (2 weeks in September 2015)
Session 2 (2 weeks in December 2015)
CLASS NAME
NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS12.8
Orientation0.8
History of Midwifery1.2
Overview of the Human Body4.0
Physical Assessment1.6
Normal Prenatal3.0
Professional Midwifery 11.0
Skills Practice 11.0
BLS for Healthcare Providers0.2

Semester 2 (January - June 2016)

Total Credits: 20.3

Session 3 (2 weeks in February 2016)
Session 4 (2 weeks in April 2016)
Session 5 (2 weeks in June 2016)
CLASS NAME
NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS20.3
Normal Labor & Birth3.2
Post Partum1.6
Normal Newborn2.0
Neonatal Resuscitation0.4
Prenatal Complications4.0
Counseling and Women's Mental Health1.4
Professional Midwifery 21.0
Skills Practice 21.7
Preceptorship 15.0

Semester 3 (July - December 2016)

Total Credits: 17.3

Session 6 (2 Weeks in August 2016)
Session 7 (2 Weeks in November 2016)
CLASS NAME
NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS17.3
Complications of Labor and Birth4.0
VBAC/Cesarean Seminar0.6
Whole Food Nutrition0.8
Therapeutic Nutrition1.6
Waterbirth Seminar0.3
Research Methods0.8
Breastfeeding Seminar0.8
Skills Practice 31.4
Preceptorship 27.0

Semester 4 (January - June 2017)

Total Credits: 19.6

Session 8 (2 Weeks in February 2017)
Session 9 (2 Weeks in May 2017)
CLASS NAME
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS19.6
Newborn Complications1.6
Well Woman2.0
Labwork for Midwives1.6
Public Health Issues for Midwives0.8
Homeopathy for Midwives0.8
Professional Midwifery 31.6
Independent Research3.0
Skills Practice 41.2
Preceptorship 37.0

Semester 5 (July - December 2017)

Total Credits: 16.5

Session 10 (2 Weeks in August 2017)
CLASS NAME
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS16.5
Pharmacology for Midwives1.2
Botanicals1.2
Birth Center Seminar0.4
Hospital Birth Seminar0.4
Professional Midwifery 41.6
Skills Practice 50.7
Preceptorship 411.0

Semester 6 (January - July 2018)

Total Credits: 17.2
CLASS NAME
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS17.2
Homecoming Workshop 21.2
Preceptorship 516.0

 

Total Credits for Graduation: 103.7 credits

Total Length of Program: 36 months (full-time)

Maximum length: 6 years (72 months)