Mercy In Action Midwifery Academic Intensive School
3-month Academic Midwifery Intensive Session
Immersion experience with room and board included. Choose Spring or Fall session.
September 1 - November 24, 2014
February 16-May 8, 2015
August 31-November 23, 2015
This program in an intensive, immersion 3 month academic session held in Boise, Idaho every spring and fall. It is twenty modules worth of midwifery academics compressed into an immersion experience, with reading both before and after you attend. This system of immersion learning works very well for women who are not working full time or raising children. Elements of guided research, lecture, demonstrations, reading, writing, and student review will all contribute to an in-depth midwifery education in a short time-frame. During this time, students complete academic foundations of midwifery knowledge to be prepared for an eventual clinical apprenticeship, with the goal of qualifying to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) through the PEP process route. This program is recommended for midwifery students who do not have young children, as it involves 8-10 hour days of intensive school work for the three months. But for those who are pre-or post- children raising, it is an excellent way to immerse in the study of birth, and meet important requirements for gaining academic midwifery knowledge. It is also a real bonding time with fellow students and teachers. The only pre-requisite is being 18 years of age or older, and having finished high school or earned a GED. This is an academic course only; if you plan to be certified or licensed, you will need to find a clinical preceptor separately for an apprenticeship either before or after attending this course.
Rose Penwell, CPM, LM, BSM, BS*
Ian Penwell, CPM,LM,ASM,DIM&PH **
Vicki Penwell, CPM, LM, MSM, MA***
*Rose: Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Bachelor of Science in Sociology
**Ian: Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Associate of Science in Midwifery, Diploma in International Medicine and Public Health
*** Vicki: Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Master of Science in Midwifery, and Master of Arts in Inter-Cultural Studies.
As soon as you are accepted, you will be sent a book lists to begin the reading requirement. You can complete the reading anytime; it does not all have to be completed before attending the Intensive Academic Midwifery Session, which is held just twice per year in the spring and fall.
For those interested in Academics at a Distance:
Distance Learning can be completed in your own time frame; average is 12-18 months:
Mercy In Action also offers distance learning academics for midwifery education, which can be used to prepare for the the NARM PEP process toward becoming a Certified Professional Midwife, or for independent study regardless of where you will practice. This is something prospective midwife students or doulas can do at home in your spare time, and is a program especially beneficial to mothers with small children. You order the modules to work on as you have time, paying as you go; there is never a deadline. There are 18 modules covering the foundational academic knowledge necessary for midwifery practice, from fetal development through postpartum; normal first and then complications in each area. A quiz follows the completion of each module. A certificate of Completion for Academic Midwifery is awarded at the successful completion of all 18 modules with a score of 80% or above.
Optional: Upon successful completion of all 18 modules, we will give you two more modules free of charge for learning about midwifery and newborn issues in the under-developed areas of the world.
Assignments are graded, and written comments given, by Certified Professional Midwives who act as Midwife Mentors. Each month students log on to a live webinar to discuss any questions they have and interact with each other. Upon final completion of all modules, students will have an academic foundation of midwifery knowledge to be prepared for an eventual clinical apprenticeship, with the goal of qualifying to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) through the PEP process route.
There is no pre-requisite for the distance program. This is an academic course only; if you plan to be certified or licensed, you will need to find a clinical preceptor separately for an apprenticeship.
For a comparison of the two academic programs, go to our FAQ page:
NARM STUDY RETREAT
The NARM Study Retreat is held twice a year, and is beneficial to take anytime in your last year of study. This is five days of focused review and practice testing to find your weak areas, taught in a retreat setting with no distractions and guided by Vicki Penwell, a midwife with experience preparing literally hundreds of students to pass NARM using this method. While there are no guarantees, a high percentage of students who took the retreat with Vicki have passed NARM the first time.
Mercy In Action Midwifery Model Training
Training in third world midwifery best-practices following the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative. Cohort trainings held twice a year in the Philippines
If you are studying midwifery in America, there are many routes to becoming a Midwife. If you will train direct entry to become a Certified Professional Midwife through the Portfolio Evaluation Process, you need to carefully read the NARM website, as well as any state regulations that may apply to you. At Mercy In Action we offer a-la-carte midwifery educational components, but it is your responsibility to research and find out what you need for any particular state or country's requirement. The NARM Study Retreat will be helpful to anyone, in any program, PEP or Accredited school. It is most helpful to attend the retreat anytime in your last year of study, in order to prepare for your eventual board exams.
Blessings on the journey to becoming a midwife; may you find the path that is right for you.