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Learn to be a Midwife Assistant!
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We sponsor Midwifery Assistant Workshops in which we introduce the skills and knowledge you will need to assist a practicing midwife in home or birth center delivery.

This workshop will give you a foundation to some midwife assistant skills on which you can build whether you plan to become a midwife assistant, a midwife, or continue your midwifery studies in a formalized midwifery school. 

If you are already a doula, this workshop will broaden your understanding of the birth process and will inform you of ways to assist a midwife as well as the birthing mother.

This workshop introduces you to midwife assistant skills. It will be the responsibility of the preceptor you train with to become competent in these skills.

Dates / Registration Fee / Register Now

  This workshop now includes the following classes: Farm Midwifery instructor Pamela Hunt (center) guides a student through a hand-on training with one of the Center's expectant mothers.
 
  • Birth kit supplies, setup and use, and what is expected of a midwife assistant

  • Basic sterile technique; packing and sterilizing birthing instruments, and keeping the birth environment clean

  • Anatomy and physiology of female reproduction, pregnancy, labor and delivery - hormones and the female body

  • A closer look at ultrasound use: problems and solutions
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  • Introduction to pelvimetry and anatomy of the pelvis; dilation checks with model

  • Introduction to charting, record keeping and medical terminology

  • Introduction to midwifery assistant skills, including taking blood pressure, vital signs, fetal heart tones and fundal measurements - hands-on with a live model

  • Monitoring baby’s fetal heart tone
  • The midwife assistant’s role during labor, delivery and postpartum care
  • Immediate postpartum care of mother and baby

  • Introduction to care and assessment of the newborn
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Farm Midwifery instructor Carol Nelson (left) instructs a student in monitoring and counting the pulse.
 
  • Helping the breast-feeding mother

  • Testing of hematocrit and urine

  • Cultural competency in childbirth and care of women

  • History of midwifery in the U.S. and the Farm Midwifery Center

  • Bloodborn Pathogens/Disease Prevention: HBV, HIV/AIDS and the midwife

  • Oxygen setup and use

  • Neonatal Resuscitation (optional)
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Role Play - Assisting the Mother.
 

Book List for Midwifery Assistant  Workshops

(to read assigned sections before class / bring with you)  
  • Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery (PSG) by Pam Weaver and Sharon Evans
$80.00 plus p/h
  • A Book for Midwives by Susan Klein  
$40.00 plus p/h
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin - read before class but optional to bring
$18.00 plus p/h
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin - read before class but optional to bring
$18.00 plus p/h
  • Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin - read before class but optional to bring
$20.00 plus p/h

Ordering Information
You may order the above books from us at: Farm Midwifery Workshops – P.O. Box 217 – Summertown TN 38483

Postage and handling in the U.S.:    
1 book = $8.00  book rate or $15.00 Priority    add $3.00 for each additional book

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Textbook for Neonatal Resuscitation order # NRP 101.  To order call: 1-888-227-1770 
This book is important to read. Study the first four chapters plus the 9th chapter before you come, Bring the book with you.
Be sure they send you the latest edition. 

This book is necessary only if you are taking the NRP class.

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Suggested reading

  • Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
  • Laboring On by Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Birth Crisis by Sheila Kitzinger
  • Pushed by Jennifer Block
  • Myles Textbook for Midwives, by Ruth Bennett and Linda K. Brown Publisher, Churchill Livingston, 1993.
  • Heart and Hands, Elizabeth Davis
  • Midwifery: Best Practice Vols. 1-4, Sara Wickham, Elsevier Press.
  • Becoming a Midwife, Carolyn Steiger
  • A Guide to Physical Examination, Barbara Bates, M. D.
  • Listen to Me Good, Smith & Holmes
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Christiane Northrup, M. D.
  • Herbs for the Childbearing Year, Susan Weed
  • Birth at Home, Sheila Kitzinger
  • Understanding Lab Work in the Childbearing Year, Anne Frye
  • Holistic Midwifery, Vol. I and II  by Anne Frye
  • Birthing From Within, by Pam England and Rob Horowitz, Partera Press
  • After the Baby’s Birth: A Woman’s Way to Wellness, Robin Lim, Celestial Arts.
  • Rebounding From Childbirth:Toward Emotional Recovery, Lynn Madsen, Bergin and Garvey
  • Rediscovering Birth, by Sheila Kitzinger
  • Diary of a Midwife, by Juliana van Olphen-Fehr


 

6-day Midwifery Assistant Workshops: $1045 - Register Now
This includes all classes with handouts and binder, and two meals a day, breakfast and supper. Fee does not include your books. Contact us for a reading list.

The Farm Store provides a variety of foods, salads and homemade soups for lunches.
Lunch prices vary from $8 to $16 depending on what you purchase.

Supper will be a delicious home cooked vegetarian meal every night.

Accommodations are available within our community.
See our “Accommodations” page.

2014 Workshop Calendar
Midwifery Assistant

March 16-22, 2014

April 13 - 19, 2014
Aug. 3-9, 2014
Sept. 21-27, 2014

 

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The Farm Midwifery Workshops
P.O. Box 217
Summertown, TN 38483

For more information, please e-mail: midwives@midwiferyworkshops.org