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Midwifery Education Program

A Career in Midwifery

The Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program is an autonomous post-baccalaureate certificate midwifery education program. Through both didactic and clinical components, the program prepares students to manage the health care of low-risk women and their newborns, and teaches the foundation of nurse midwifery practice. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with cultural competency, serving varied racial, ethnic and socioeconomic populations.


In the fall of 2008, the Baystate Midwifery Education Program transitioned to a 5-semester curriculum. The midwifery curriculum conforms to accreditation guidelines as established by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and includes all the knowledge, skills and behaviors delineated in the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. 


Through collaboration with the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University, which offers distance-based master's completion, the Midwifery Education Program offers concurrent master's degree study within the 5-semester Midwifery Education Program curriculum.  This will allow graduates to meet the requirement that individuals applying to take the AMCB certification examination have a master's degree in nursing or another health-related field.  Applicants will need to be accepted by both schools.


Located within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Midwifery and Community Health, the faculty is formally affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine.


Future nurse-midwives have many career options in practice, research and education. 


Graduates of Baystate's Midwifery Education Program will be able to:

  • Utilize a family-centered approach to manage the primary reproductive and gynecologic care of the essentially healthy woman and healthy term neonate.
  • Provide relevant patient education in an understandable and culturally appropriate format.
  • Assume responsibility for their own professional growth and for fostering the professional growth of other midwives.
  • Work effectively with varied racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic populations.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate nurse-midwifery services targeted to improve the health care system for women in vulnerable populations.

Affiliation

The Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program is affiliated with the Tufts University School of Medicine, and collaborates with the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University

Accreditation

ALTThe Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, located at 8403 Colesville Road Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; phone: 240-485-1802, email: acme@acnm.org, website: http://www.midwife.org/acme. The program was most recently reaccredited in 2007 for the maximum period of 10 years, until 2017.

Certification

ALTUpon completion of the program, graduates are awarded a certificate in nurse-midwifery from Baystate Medical Center. As of 2010, students are required to have a master's degree in a health-related field in order to sit for the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Non-discrimination Policy

The Baystate Midwifery Education Program, consistent with the policies of its parent organization, Baystate Health, does not discriminate based on an individual’s protected status, including race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, military service/veteran status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran or any other protected status in accordance with federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

"We have our own large patient population and the docs are respectful of the CNMs' autonomy and capabilities...I will be a better midwife for having been able to learn in an environment in which physician/midwife collaboration is so natural and respectful."

—Sarah Todd

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Program Highlights

  • 93 graduates in 20 years
  • Since 2008, 12 of the 15 students who matriculated graduated from the program. The other 3 withdrew for personal rasons.
  • 100% first-time pass rate on the national certifying exam
  • 92% of graduates enter full-scope midwifery clinical practice
  • 80% of graduates since 2005 provide care to medically underserved, vulnerable populations