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 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 method of study 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. The Modules themselves are beautiful, with photos, graphics, wisdom quotes, values and a video introduction to each of the the Modules.
Each month the students take part in a live webinar teaching and question and answer session, led by a Mercy In Action Midwife Mentor. They also belong to a student google group and can write back and forth and ask questions and support each other constantly.
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.
Description of Distance Academics
This course can be completed in 18 months by completing one Module per month, or doubled up to complete it in 9 months, or completed faster or slower, in any timeframe you choose. There is no time limit. Main topic headings are listed below. Each Module will guide you through study questions, which you will answer using at least three textbooks and any other resources you choose. In each Module you will read and write-up one book-report book, complete a care plan, and make vocabulary cards. Time spent on each assignment will vary, but in general it should take 10-12 hours per Module, with reading time extra, depending on how fast you read. A new module or bundle of modules can be paid for online at any time you are ready to begin a new Module. An experienced CPM midwife preceptor will grade your assignment and quiz, and then give you written feedback and a Module grade. A passing grade is 80% or higher. Expect to receive your new Module within 5 business days when you pay online for a new Module, and when you turn a Module in to be graded, it may take us up to 14 business days. However, there is nothing to stop you from beginning a the next Module while you are waiting for one to be graded.
A frameable Certificate of Completion will be issued upon successful completion.
This Academic Course was created by Rose Penwell, Ian Penwell, and Vicki Penwell.
Cost per module in US dollars:
$170 each if purchased individually
$150 each if purchased 6 at a time, a savings of 360 ($900 for a bundle of 6)
Outline of Course Subjects: To see these in brilliant color with graphics, click on Sample Module below.
1. Module One – Fertilization & Beginning Pregnancy
2. Module Two – Pregnancy Changes & Comfort Measures
3. Module Three – Nutrition and Prenatal Care
4. Module Four – Prenatal Testing & Risk Screening
5. Module Five – First Stage of Labor & Management
6. Module Six – Normal Labor & Pain Management
7. Module Seven – Second & Third Stage Labor
8. Module Eight – Fourth Stage of Labor & Postpartum Care
9. Module Nine – Newborn Care & Breastfeeding
10. Module Ten – Prenatal Complications
11. Module Eleven – Labor Complications
12. Module Twelve – Birth Complications & Variations of Normal
13. Module Thirteen – Hemorrhage & Related Complications
14. Module Fourteen - Postpartum Complications
15. Module Fifteen – Newborn Complications
16. Module Sixteen – Family Planning
17. Module Seventeen – Initial Pregnancy History and Exam with Pelvimitry
18. Module Eighteen – Well Woman and Inter-conceptual Care
Click on the file names below to download more information:
HERE IS THE LIST OF TEXTBOOKS YOU NEED TO BUY OR BORROW BEFORE BEGINNING THE COURSE:
Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
by Elizabeth Davis
Varney's Midwifery, Fourth Edition
by Helen Varney
The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia
by Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta
Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 2: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor Through the First Hours After Birth
by Anne Frye
Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 1: Care During Pregnancy
by Anne Frye
Textbook for Midwives, 14th edition
by Margaret Myles (also available on Kindle)
Human Labor and Birth, 5th edition
by Oxhorn and Foote
Anatomy & Physiology for Midwives
by Jane Coad
Questions about Distance Academics?