Diploma in International Midwifery
Mercy In Action’s Post-Graduate Diploma in
International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health
For Midwives and other Birth Professionals
A Brief Description of our Post-Graduate Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health:
Mercy In Action is committed to Maternal and Newborn Survival, One Good Birth At A Time. With this goal in mind, we have created a Post-Graduate Midwifery Diploma Program like no other! Instead of being academic only, this training has the potential to save lives on a massive scale and make a lasting difference in the global maternity care crisis. Empowering midwives in low-resource countries is at the heart of this diploma training, based on the belief that when Maternal and Newborn Survival is the issue, midwives are not the problem, they are the solution. Become part of the solution as you earn credentials as a Mercy In Action Diploma Scholar!
This Diploma program is practical and feasible for busy birth workers. The academic portion of the program (Phase I and II) consists of self-study to fit around your busy on-call life, with no hard due dates. Phase III is a 4-5 day “Train the Trainer” live workshop session. Phase IV is a two-week field assignment to a country where mothers and babies die frequently around the time of childbirth, where you will conduct life-saving training for local midwives, nurses and doctors. This trip can be taken at a time and date that works for you, in coordination with the national birth center or hospital administrator and midwives at the site. Phase V wraps up with a final project and submission of reports from your field assignment.
Note: Phase III is the only phase allowed to be taken out of order…Phase I, II, and III must be completed before entering Phase IV ( the field assignment in a low-resource, high mortality developing country.)
Upon successful completion, the Licensed or Certified Midwife (CPM, CNM, LM, etc) will be granted a Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health (DIM&MCH.)
Other medical professionals or allied birth workers with any relevant certification or licensing are also welcome to complete this training, and upon graduation will be awarded a Diploma in International Maternal/Child Health (DIMCH.) This category includes Doctors, Nurses, Doulas, PAs, and Childbirth Educators.
In either category, no college degree is necessary if your license or certification as a birth professional is current.
Benefits of the Diploma program:
1. Better Childbirth Survival: This training will prepare you to train others, and teach them to train others, in vital life-saving skills. As our Diploma Scholars teach in areas of poverty, we expect to see more respectful and humane child birth practices adopted, and evidence-based care given during common emergencies such as hemorrhage and birth asphyxia. The real winners in this program are the recipients of better maternity care in low resource areas—the mothers, the newborn babies, and the families who love them.
2. Advanced Practice Knowledge: This diploma will demonstrate that you have studied maternal/child health on a global scale, far beyond what is customary for a midwife or birth worker from a western country. It will equip you for conditions you will encounter when volunteering or serving in low-resource countries in the future, and will help guide and inform where you give your future donation dollars toward improving maternal/child health.
3. Continuing Education and updated Skills Training for you: MEAC Accredited CEUs can be used toward your midwife license or certification renewal, and some will count toward the NARM Midwifery Bridge. There is no down-side to continuing education as a midwife, especially for those who desire to serve in low-resource areas where you can really make a difference. As globally aware midwives we must always stay up-to-date on the latest innovations to save the lives of mother and newborn, as well as stay updated on tropical diseases, parasites, and a host of other unique health conditions common to people living in abject poverty. This Diploma program is a great way to do that, while earning credentials that will further your future professional goals and dreams.
4. Continuing Education and updated Skills Training for local midwives, doctors and nurses in the country where you will do your field assignment: The training you will provide is known and respected globally - the AAP "Helping Babies Survive" series, the Jhpiego “Helping Mothers Survive" series, and the IMBCI 10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services, have all been tested internationally and proven to improve birth outcomes. Local birth practitioners earn certification while gaining updated skills during the field training-its a win-win!
Length, Cost, and Location:
Expected time-frame to complete the Diploma is 1-3 years
Estimated cost for completion will vary widely depending on the country you choose. (Please see Handbook for cost breakdown by each phase of the Diploma program.)
Assignments are done at home and submitted by email. The live workshop will be offered once per year in the USA and another country. Write for dates and locations. For the two-week field assignment you will choose one of 95 countries identified by the United Nations to have a neonatal and/or maternal mortality greater than the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, and thus are places where the most mothers and newborns die during pregnancy and childbirth. (Please see Handbook for qualifying country list.)
Note: this Post-Graduate Diploma Program requires acceptance before you pay the registration fee. Please complete application and ask someone who knows you well to fill out the reference form; you will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 weeks of receipt of completed application, reference form, and all supporting documents.
For information on course content, costs, qualifying countries and other details, please click on Handbook below.
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