Hands-On Training at the Bastyr Belly Lab

Student doing exam on pregnant woman

Bastyr University's Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families.

Students undertake a rigorous three years, filled with coursework in evidence-based midwifery care and high-quality clinical training in a variety of clinics, home-birth settings, birth centers and hospitals in the United States and Canada. Since the program is low residency, it provides students with a level of flexibility while also offering intensive hands-on experiences, focusing on both individual and group learning.

Along with an emphasis on the full spectrum of an empowered birth experience, midwifery students spend a concentrated amount of time and energy training to be racially and culturally aware providers, developing the tools to become active agents for equity and justice in the greater community.

One of these opportunities for on-the-ground training comes in the form of the “Belly Lab” — a much treasured experience where first-year students have a chance to interact with pregnant volunteers and begin to apply their clinical skills. 



Want to learn more? Read further about the department’s commitment to social justice and the Midwifery Equity Statement, or learn about the two Bastyr midwifery program alumnae, who together built a practice to fit their values.



Portraits of the mission

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Bastyr faculty Ali Tromblay, LM, CPM, right, holds her Seattle Women's Pride award flanked by Jennifer Jimenez, CNM.

Seattle Women’s Pride Awards Midwifery Faculty

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Bastyr Kenmore's 2016 graduation ceremony at Benaroya Hall

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September 8Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus:

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