Students obtain their clinical experience in gynecology/family planning clinics, prenatal/postpartum clinics, homebirth settings, birth centers and hospitals in North America. Clinical training involves working with licensed midwives, registered midwives, certified professional midwives, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, naturopathic doctors, physician assistants or physicians during these rotations.
The Department of Midwifery places all students in qualified clinical training sites and provides ongoing support to students throughout the practicum experience.
Practicum begins during a student's third quarter. Students start off very slowly, mainly observing for the first few months. What students are able to do in their preceptorships mirrors what they are learning in the classroom.
Basic clinical skills, such as performing blood draws, IVs, physical/ vaginal exams, pap smears, neonatal resuscitation, etc., are all learned by students in the classroom first. Students will be required to obtain training in adult CPR, and have a TB test, be rubella immune and pass a criminal background check.
Graduates must meet the following minimum clinical requirements:
Participation in 60 births, including at least:
Participation in 1,500 hours (the equivalent of 50 credits) of clinical work, including at least:
Participation in 720 client contacts, including at least:
Clinical training for at least one year at a minimum of two clinical sites in the US or the student's home country. All clinical training is with preceptors who are practicing legally in their region and will incorporate:
Demonstration of continuity of care by providing these continuous care services to at least 10 women: