Mercy In Action Midwifery Academic Intensive School
3-month Academic Intensive Immersion Session
Next session available:
September 1 - November 18, 2014 Boise, Idaho
This program in an intensive, immersion 3 month academic session held in Boise, Idaho each 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.
Instructors are Rose Penwell, CPM, LM, BSM, BS* and Ian Penwell, CPM,LM,ASM,DIM&PH **
*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
As soon as you are accepted, you will be sent the book lists to begin the course work. Due to on-going enrollment, course work will span a full year. You can complete the reading anytime within that 12 months; it does not all have to be completed before attending the Intensive Academic Midwifery Session, which is held just once per year in the 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 the week before each testing date. This is six days of focused review the week before the NARM Exam, with no distractions, taught and guided by Vicki Penwell, a midwife with experience preparing literally hundreds of students to pass NARM using this method of intense retreat review and practice the week before the exam. While there are no guarantees, a very high percentage of students who studied with Vicki have passed NARM the first time.
Dates: The week before each NARM Exam in February and August
Taught by Vicki Penwell, CPM, LM
Mercy In Action Midwifery Clinical Internships
Limited internships are available at our birth center in the Philippines. We are now accepting students who are in Phase One and Phase Two of the NARM PEP process.
If you are studying midwifery in America, there are many routes to become a Certified Professional Midwife. 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. If you are working toward becoming a CPM through the Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP), then some of your NARM requirements can be met through a combination of our academic and clinical programs, but clinical experience will count in Phase one only. If you are enrolled in a MEAC accredited school, you may also do parts of Phase two with us in the Philippines during an internship.
Blessings on the journey to becoming a midwife; may you find the path that is right for you.