Midwifery education at Baystate Medical Center

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Midwifery Education Program Application Process

"Whenever I come across nurses considering midwifery as the next step, I always encourage them to apply to this program.  I consider it to be one of the best-kept secrets of midwifery education."

—Rachel Ballester

(Read what else Rachel has to say!)

Individuals who meet the program requirements and are interested in applying to Baystate Medical Center's Midwifery Education Program may download an application, call Christina Rosado, the Program Secretary at 413-794-4448 or email your request to midwifery@baystatehealth.org.


Completed applications are due by April 1st. Applications received after April 1st may be considered on a space-available basis. A personal interview is a required component of the application process.


Applicants who would like to take advantage of the concurrent master's program at the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University must indicate that intent on the Baystate Midwifery Education Program application and be accepted by both institutions. Please contact Barbara Graves, CNM, Midwifery Education Program Director for further information.

Admission Criteria

  • Education

    1. Current Massachusetts RN license.
    2. BA or BS degree, any major.
    3. College level course in Physical Assessment with a clinical component within the last five years.
    4. An undergraduate course in statistics.
    5. GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Transcripts

    1. Transcripts from all previous academic programs: A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required.
    2. Transcripts should also be sent directly to both Baystate Midwifery Education Program and Philadelphia University.
  • Work Experience

    1. One year of full-time maternal-child health nursing experience is strongly recommended.*
    2. Otherwise qualified new graduates will be considered.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Two professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Interview
  • Current CPR certification (must be maintained throughout the program)
  • $50.00 application fee

* Candidates who do not have labor and delivery experience but who are otherwise qualified must complete either a childbirth education course or doula training. 


In addition, many students have found it useful to complete a basic and/or intermediate fetal monitoring course, spend time observing a midwife in practice, and shadow a midwife or nurse in the labor and delivery setting.