The Midwifery Institute is proud to announce the release of the Traditional Midwife Certification Program! This program is intended to take 4 years to complete. You will find that it is an exceptionally in-depth and rigorous course of study. There are certainly easier programs out there, but few that will compare.

The curriculum has been developed to comply with the ICM (International Confederation of Midwives). Following their requirements, the course is designed to span 4 years of study with steadily increasing clinical responsibilities. The theory component is a total of 123 credits comprised of 108 credits in course work plus 15 credits pre-requisites. Each trimester you will complete 3 credits in community work. This can encompass a variety of activities and more details will be provided in each course.  You can find the competencies list by following the link below.

The goal for this course is not to prepare you for the CPM certification. It is our belief that the CPM is fundamentally flawed, as such we support the new Traditional Midwife designation. To learn more, visit the Traditional Birth Attendant Education Association. That being said, any graduate of this course should have no problem passing the NARM exam if they wish.

To receive the final certification, you must complete all classes with passing grades, pass the final exam with an 80% or higher, and meet the experience and skills requirement.

 The full tuition of the program is $15,000. Payment plans and a small number of partial scholarships are available.

Term 1

Writing Skills for Midwives


Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives

Medical Terminology


Term 2

History of Birth

HIPAA and Privacy

Infection Control

Community Work


Term 3


Physical Exam and History Taking

First Trimester

Community Work


Term 1

Birth & The State

Professionalism 1

Second Trimester



Term 2


Herbs and Aromatherapy

Third Trimester



Term 3

Abuse and Trauma

Mental Health

Fourth Trimester



Term 1 


Understanding Lab work

Law, Women’s Rights, and the Midwife




Term 2

Physiology of Labor and Birth

Keeping Birth Normal

VBAC, Breech and Twins




Term 3

Emergency Skills


Neonatal Physiology and the Transition to Extrauterine Life



Term 1

Research Project 1


Pharmacology in the Childbearing Year




Term 2

Research Project 2

Business of Birth

Practice Protocols and Client Literature




Term 3

Final Project 3

Educating Others

Complementary Therapies


Fulfilled the minimum number of clinical hours per term.
Provide details from your clinical experiences to include:
  • A minimum of 75 births with an increasing level of responsibility.
    • At most 40 as an assistant
    • At minimum 35 as the primary under supervision.
  • A minimum of 225 prenatal visits.
    • At most 75 as an assistant
    • At least 150 as the primary under supervision.
  • A minimum of 150 postpartum visits
    • At most 50 as an assistant
    • At least 100 as the primary under supervision.
  • 65 Newborn exams
    • At most 20 as an assistant
    • At least 45 as the primary under supervision.
  • Of the 75 births 50 will show continuity of care with the student providing at least 3 prenatal and 2 postpartum visits.
  • All the births will be planned out of hospital either at the client’s home or a free-standing birth center.
  • No more than 10 may be transports before or during birth.
Develop and begin teaching a Childbirth Education Program in your community.

The final exam is 300 questions combining fill in the blank, multiple choice, true/false and essay. The test will be overseen by a proctor in your local area. You are required to score 85% to pass. Proctoring fees will be covered by the Institute for the first time you sit the exam. If you don’t pass then a 2-week wait is required, and we will cover half of the proctoring fee for you to retake the exam. Any additional retakes are at the students expense. 


A History of Midwifery in the US: The Midwife Said Fear Not by Helen Varney and Dr. Joyce E. Thompson

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives by Jane Coad, Kevin Pedley 

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent

Baby Maker: A Complete Guide to Holistic Nutrition for Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy by Barbara Rodgers NC BCHN (Author), Ann Louise Gittleman Ph.D CNS (Foreword)

Barron’s AP English Language and Composition by George Ehrenhaft

Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination by Hogan-Quigley, Beth, Bickley, Lynn S.

Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik

Birth by Tina Cassidy

Birth Control Battles by Melissa J. Wilde

Birth Emergency Skills Training by Bonnie U. Gruenberg

Birth Wisdom by Jan Tritten

Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Birthing Justice by Julia Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte

Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health by Aviva Romm

Brain Health from Birth by Rebecca Fett 

Care of the Well Newborn by BJ Snell and Sandra L Gardner

Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick Read

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health  by Nell L. TharpeCindy L. FarleyRobin G. Jordan

Communication: Making Connections by Joseph P Mazer and Melissa L Beall

Cribsheet by Emily Oster

Cut it Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America by Theresa Morris 

Delivered by Midwives by Jenny M Luke

Emergency Childbirth by US DOD

English Grammar Workbook for Adults by Michael DiGiacomo

Essential Writing skills for College and Beyond by C.M. Gill 

Expecting Better by Emily Oster

Healing Passage by Anne FryeK Hindall

Hearts & Hands by Elizabeth Davis

Herbs Gone Wild by Diane Kidman

Hypnobirthing by Ashley Scott

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina Mae Gaskin

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina Mae Gaskin

Infection Control in Clinical Practice by Wilson, Jennie

It Sucked & Then I Cried by Heather Armstrong

Labor of Love by Cara Muhallan

MalePractice by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.

Man-Midwifery Exposed, or the Danger and Immorality of Employing Men in Midwifery Proved… By John Stevens

Motherwit by Onnie Lee Logan 

Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies by Frances Sizer, Ellie Whitney

Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities by Henci Goer

Optimal Care in Childbirth by Henci Goer and Amy Romano 

Physical Assessment of the Newborn by Ellen P. Tappero and Mary Ellen Honeyfield

Pocket Guide to Clinical Midwifery by Lauren A. DuttonJessica E. Densmore

Policing the Womb by Michele Goodwin

Pushed by Jennifer Block

Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization by Khiara Bridges

Skills for Midwifery Practice by Ruth Johnson and Wendy Taylor

Sperm Donor = Dad by Cheryl Shuler

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Top 100 Drugs in Midwifery & Women’s Health by Heidi Collins Fantasia

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

The Diary of Midwife by Martha Ballard

The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology by Keith L. Moore and T. V. N. Persaud

The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin

The Matron’s Manual of Midwifery and the Diseases of Women during pregnancy and in Childbed by Dr. Frederick Hollick

The Moral Property of Women by Linda Gordon

The New Basics by Michel Cohen

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

The Vaccine Book by Robert W. Sears

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year by Anne Frye and Rhonda Baker

Varney’s Midwifery by Tekoa L. KingMary C. Brucker

Witches, Midwives & Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed 

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