Midwifery Program

September 1st 2017

This 3 year program begins Fall 2017. The Midwifery Program is geared towards those individuals  who are seeking to become a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife). Upon completion of the program, students would be required to find a preceptor to meet the skills required to sit for the NARM exam.

Each class is offered a la carte. This allows each student to obtain the only the classes they need to complete the program. Classes are 1, 2, and 3 credits. The cost per credit hour is $150. Each class has the number of credit hours listed by the class title.

3 Year Program, begins Fall 2017

Midwifery Science Application

Click here for the application. Once your application has been submitted, please allow 7-10 business days for a response. If you have technical issues, or have questions please contact Mariah at mariah@uzazivillage.org


The 3 year program breakdown

Year 1

Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 : 9 Courses



  1. Introduction to Midwifery  &  MorningStar Seminar I 

Content: philosophy, model of care, roles, responsibilities, informed consent, confidentiality, scope of practice, decision-making, health stats, global status, professional identity, models of birth and maternity care, health promotion, disease prevention, etc.

Class is 1 credit hour. 

  1. Occupational Safety /Infection Control

Content: Universal precautions, disease transmission, infection control, blood borne pathogens, aseptic technique, handwashing, disease prevention, health promotion, CPR and NRP

Class is 1 credit hour

  1. Cultural Diversity in Healthcare

Content: Public health concepts, inequalities in health care, cultural care and competency, determinants of health, systemic racism, and white privilege

Class is 1 credit hour



  1. Medical Terminology

Content: Basic medical terms overview with focus on reproduction

Class is 2 credit hours

  1. Anatomy and Physiology

Content: basic overview of the body with a focus on reproduction

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Human Biology

Content: embryology and human reproduction and development

Class is 3 credit hours



  1. Healthcare Documentation 

Content: Charting and record keeping, EHR, etc.

Class is 2 credit hours

  1. Chemistry

Content: basic overview of chemistry with an emphasis on reproduction

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Microbiology

Content: basic overview of microbiology with an emphasis on reproduction

Class is 3 credit hours

Year 2

Fall 2018- Summer 2019 : 9 courses



  1. Midwifery Care I (Sexual and Reproductive Care)

Content: Preconception care, sexual development and sexuality, health screenings, infertility, breast self-exam, contraceptives, STIs, TAB

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Pharmacology for Childbearing Year

Content: pharmacokinetics of common drugs for pregnancy, labor, postpartum

Routes of administration, dosages, side effects, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Basic Skills, Labs and Assessment for Midwives & MorningStar Seminar II

Content: History and physical assessment, basic labs and interpretation, skills include, vital signs, Nagel’s Rule, specimen collection, fetal heart tones, cervical checks, Pulse Ox, fundal height measurements, Leopold’s Manuevers, sterile technique, gloving, blood draws, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours



  1. Midwifery Care II (Pregnancy)

Content: confirmation of pregnancy, growth and development, physical and psychosocial adaptation, care during pregnancy, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Nutrition 

Content: nutritional needs for pregnancy, labor, postpartum and lactation

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Communication and Counseling

Content: Effective communication during antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum, health teaching, health literacy, active listening, counseling skills, anticipatory guidance.

Class is 3 credit hours



  1. Midwifery Care III (Labor and Birth)

Content: Physiology of labor and birth, labor surveillance, care and support, providers, place of birth, pain management, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Midwifery Care IV (Postpartum/Newborn)

Content: normal physiology and adaptation, care and support of family, bonding, attachment, adaptation to extra-uterine life, growth and development, newborn assessment and care, postpartum recovery, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Lactation Science

Content: anatomy and physiology of lactation, lactogenesis I, II, III, infant nutrition, oral physiology, birth practices, BABY FRIENDLY, low milk supply, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

Year 3

Fall 2019- Summer 2020 : 9 courses



  1. Midwifery Care V (Complications of Pregnancy)

Content: Diagnosis and treatment of common problems of pregnancy, domestic violence, FGM, HIV, SAB, TAB, preeclampsia, GDM, PTL, multifetal pregnancies, placenta and hypertensive disorders, teratogens, torch infections

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Ethical, Legal and Business Issues

Content: Code of ethics, ethical issues, legal aspects of care, state and federal licensure and regulation, business planning, professional associations, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Advanced Skills, Labs and Assessments for Midwives & MorningStar Seminar III 

Content: Management of shoulder dystocia, prolapsed cord, severe hemorrhage, retained placenta, suturing, start IV, IV fluids, AROM, suction, catherization, episiotomy

Class is 3 credit hours



  1. Midwifery Care VI (Complications of Labor and Birth)

Content: Diagnosis and treatment of common problems of labor and birth, fetal distress, malpresentation, shoulder dystocia, infection, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Holistic Health Modalities

Content: homeopathy, herbs, aromatherapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and many other therapies used for comfort care, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Midwifery Professional Practice and Standards

Content: Standards of Practice, influence of values and beliefs, moral reasoning,

Regulatory oversight, leadership roles, policy development, practice protocols, sound business practice, research design and interpretation

Class is 3 credit hours



  1. Midwifery Care VII (Complications of Postpartum/Newborn)

Content: Diagnosis and treatment of common problems of postpartum and the newborn, sub-involution, hemorrhage, infection, depression, anemia, jaundice, respiratory distress, prematurity, congenital abnormality, Neonatal Resuscitation

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Professional Issues for Midwives

Content: Current issues in midwifery education and practice, preparation for testing and graduation, politics, exam prep, etc.

Class is 3 credit hours

  1. Global Midwifery

Content: issues impacting worldwide issues in midwifery and birth, global initiatives and benchmarks for maternal infant health, birth in low resource environments, disaster birth support, at-a-distance group project

Class is 3 credit hours

MorningStar Seminars

These seminars will take place annually over a weekend on the Morningstar Retreat Center in Kaiser MO at the Lake of the Ozarks. The weekend retreats will be led by Sr. Morningstar. The focus of each retreat will be on traditional practices in midwifery, infant and woman care. Each weekend will consist of several circle gatherings in which care topics are discussed, and skill trainings that include, herb gardening and gathering, making of tinctures and tonics and teas, village prenatal, and low tech/high touch skills such as use of the pinard and robozo. Between circle gatherings, and skill tutorials there will be Moonlit walks, creek waddings, feasting, times of silence and solitude for reflection. Arrival time will be Friday evening, gathering all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and return home Sunday afternoon.

MorningStar Seminars are a lab are no credits are provided. Each lab carries a $50 fee.

MorningStar Seminar I

Feminine Healing and Care

Lab LMS1 0 credit hours, $50 lab fee

MorningStar Seminar II

Undisturbed Birth; Peaceful Midwifery

Lab LMS2 0 credit hours, $50 lab fee

MorningStar Seminar III

Wise Wimyn Wisdom, Wise Wimyn Ways

Lab LMS3 0 credit hours, $50 lab fee

This seminar will focus on definitions and common understandings of health, healing and the role of the midwife. The purpose of this seminar will be on self-care and how the midwife tends to her own mind and body needs. We will learn about basic healing modalities for ourselves, medicinal gardening, and wild herb gathering and make our own herbal teas and creek mud masks. 

This seminar will focus on pregnancy and birth and will include rituals and ceremonies to acknowledge the passage into motherhood and welcome the new little one. Students will experience and participate in a Village Prenatal learning exchange and create their own soothing balms for massage and practice techniques on one another.

This final seminar will focus on healing throughout the life cycle of the village, as we focus on the wholistic nature of health and wellness and the role of the midwife within the village.   We will focus on what elements of wholistic care we want to incorporate into our practices, and what qualities are necessary for a village healer. We will assemble our own family herbal care kits during our time together.