General Institutional Information
Birthingway is institutionally accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), 850 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, a national professional accreditation agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information about MEAC can be found on their website at meacschools.org. 360-466-2080
This school is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 255 Capitol Street NE- Third Floor, Salem, OR 97301.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their academic records. These rights include:
The right to inspect and review your academic records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.
Enrolled students may contact your program coordinator to access your academic record. Community students may contact the Academic Coordinator.
The right to request the amendment of your academic records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the your privacy rights.
To correct your student record, you must submit a challenge in writing to the Registrar with sufficient original documentation to support any change. The challenge must be approved by your program coordinator in consultation with relevant faculty.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the your academic records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
Student records are confidential. Generally, records will only be released with written permission of the student. The privacy of student records at Birthingway is protected by federal law. Birthingway will not release private student information except when it is required by regulation or in other situations of legitimate educational interest. Examples of when your student record may be released include, but are not limited: audits by our accrediting agency, MEAC, and/or the federal government, or while working with prior institutions you have attended to determine your financial aid eligibility.
In addition, you should be aware that academic records and related information may be shared among faculty, and between faculty and staff, as part of their support of your education. All disclosures, including within the institution, will only be made when there is legitimate educational interest.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
For more information, please visit the Family Policy Compliance Office.
Under FERPA Birthingway is authorized to make specific Directory Information public. Directory Information is defined at Birthingway as your:
- Phone Number
- Birthingway E-Mail Address
- Matriculation Year
- Certificates/Degrees Received
- Program(s) of Study
Birthingway does not indiscriminately distribute private information to the general public, but certain elements of student, graduate, and alumni Directory Information may be provided. This is limited to just your name, program of study, matriculation year, and certificates/degrees received.
You may decline having your Directory Information made public by selecting “Privacy Protected” each term on the Registration form.
FERPA Release Form
To protect the confidentiality of your student records, you must complete Birthingway’s FERPA Release form in order for us to be able to discuss your records with your parent, spouse/partner or other persons/organizations. Please turn in this completed form to Birthingway’s front office. You can also use this form to cancel a previous FERPA Release form.
Credits may be transferred from colleges or universities that are regionally accredited or authorized to confer degrees in or from Oregon. Transfer credit may only be accepted from non-regionally accredited schools with the express permission of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization. If approved by ODA, Birthingway may accept credit in transfer from colleges or universities institutionally accredited by a U.S. Department of Education approved accrediting body, or from other institutions on a case-by-case basis depending upon accreditation status.
Credit may be transferred in for distance education courses, as long as the offering institution meets the transfer credit policy outlined above. Birthingway does not offer credit for non-college level work, and does not offer Advanced Standing based on high school work, unless such work has been accepted for credit by an institution that meets Birthingway transfer credit policy.
In general, credit is transferred only for general education courses. Some Midwifery Program prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology and English Composition) may be transferred as general education credits if they meet our transfer credit policy. General education credits must be graded with a C (2.0) or above to be considered for transfer.
We do not automatically transfer credit(s) from other educational programs to satisfy Midwifery or Lactation Program requirements. We will evaluate transfer of credit for these program requirements from an accredited college upon request, on a case-by-case basis. If eligible, transferred coursework must be graded with a B+/3.5 or better or equivalent. The same course may not be used to meet both general education and program requirements. Credit given for a particular course will not exceed credit given for the equivalent or corresponding Birthingway course. At least one academic year of a program (not including general education credits) must be completed in regular coursework at Birthingway.
- Transfer of credit from Birthingway College to other programs is always at the discretion of the receiving school, and generally depends on comparability of curricula and accreditation.
- Certificates and degrees conferred by Birthingway College are professional in nature, intended solely to prepare students for a career in the Midwifery Arts and Sciences. It is not likely that a certificate/degree will meet the prerequisites for graduate education at another institution.
A textbook list is provided in the registration materials for each term. For a list of required texts, please see the current Registration Packet.
Birthingway’s Financial Aid Disbursement for Books and Supplies policy was created to meet the federal requirements in 34 CFR 668.164(i). These requirements specify that institutions must provide a way for Pell eligible students to purchase or obtain books and supplies no later than the 7th day of a payment period if funds could have been disbursed 10 days before the beginning of the payment period AND disbursed funds would have created a Title IV credit balance. Per the institutional policy:
- All students may opt to purchase textbooks through Birthingway.
- Students may opt to provide payment or use their financial aid to cover cost of textbooks.
- Students will authorize use of their funds by signing the textbook order form. Exception: Student may provide payment with order form. This will be the way in which students opt out of using financial aid.
- The College will make every effort to ensure textbooks are available no later than the seventh day of a payment period.
Birthingway’s campus is located in an old two-story house near 122nd and Foster road in southeast Portland. The building facilities include two theory-based classrooms and one skills-based classroom with exam tables, one twin bed, one hospital birth bed, and space to set up portable massage tables. On the main floor is Birthingway’s midwifery specific library and down the hall is a multi-purpose kitchen, which is used in some courses, such as our Plant Medicine sequence.
As you turn outside, you will see why we refer to our grounds as a Learning Gardens Campus. We encourage our community to engage with the plants and herbs on many levels. Students in our Botanicals or Plant Medicine series are often found in our large herb garden identifying plants and learning proper harvesting techniques. On warm and sunny days, you may even find a lecture class being held outside!
Students are exposed to many types of equipment while at Birthingway including, but not limited to, stethoscopes, fetoscopes, catheters, drip sets, speculums, syringes, needles, microscopes, and otoscopes. Teachers also employ a number of models to aid in instruction, such as pelvis, obstetric abdomen, fetal development, birth simulation, bladder catheterization, silicone breast models, IV arms, and Adult and Infant CPR mannequins. In addition, teachers utilize a number of teaching aids such as glucometers, hemoglobinometers, triple balance scale, incubator, and autoclave.
Please read our Institutional Copyright Policy.
Community events and activities are listed in our quarterly newsletter.
Because the vast majority of our graduates are self-employed, Birthingway does not offer job placement services at this time. The College does offer courses and workshops that cover career and business aspects of health care professions. A student’s advisor may assist with career planning; however, the College does not have any dedicated professional career services staff.
To register or update your registration information, visit Oregon Votes.
At this time, due to the size of the Midwifery and Lactation Consultation programs, Birthingway does not publish data if the number of students represented is small enough to reveal individual students. Student body race/ethnicity, as well as gender, have not been reported for this year in order to protect the identities of our students. If you have any questions about this, please contact Birthingway’s Administrative Programs Coordinator.
Our statistics are based on our responses to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18 Student Financial Aid survey. This survey reports on all students enrolled in coursework during fall 2016 and includes both degree and non-degree seeking students. Of these students:
53% (34 of 64) were awarded Pell Grant
Birthingway does not discriminate on the basis of anyone’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other protected class in employment decisions, admissions or other college activities.