FAQs

We have grouped the most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this page, but they are the same ones found throughout the site.

College

Can I come visit the school?

Yes! To schedule a tour of the school please RSVP here or call the College. We also encourage potential applicants to sit in on a session of a Core class – just let us know in advance when you would like to come, so we can arrange it with the course instructor.

How do I get to Birthingway?

We are located in Southeast Portland, on Foster Road just before 122nd Avenue. Our address is:

Birthingway College of Midwifery
12113 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97266

Google Map

Bus Service: TriMet line #71 stops just past Birthingway on Foster Rd. Line #10 stops at 122nd Ave. You can plan your trip online at the TriMet Website

To drive here from Portland International Airport:

  • Take Airport Way east to Interstate 205
  • Take I-205 South to Exit 17 (Foster Rd)
  • At Foster Road, go left (East)
  • Continue going east on Foster for about one mile
  • Birthingway is on the left (North) side of the road in a two story white house, 12113 SE Foster. There is a sign out front. Parking is in the rear.
International Students

Birthingway cannot currently sponsor international students for a student visa.

Online Courses

Birthingway does not offer online courses.

General Institutional Information

Accreditation and State Degree Authorization

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

Birthingway’s Lactation Consultation Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org.

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.

Career and Placement Services

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.

Faculty List

Our faculty are listed on our website and in our Student Handbook and Catalog.

Institutional Copyright Policy
Instructional Facilities

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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.

Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)

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.

Directory Information

Under FERPA Birthingway is authorized to make specific Directory Information public. Directory Information is defined at Birthingway as your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • 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.

Student activities

Community events and activities are listed in our quarterly newsletter.

Student Body Diversity

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) 2016-17 Student Financial Aid survey. This survey reports on all students enrolled in coursework during fall 2015 and includes both degree and non-degree seeking students. Of these students:

35% (28 of 81) were awarded Pell Grant

Textbook Information

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.
Transfer of Credits From Another College to Birthingway

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 Credits From Birthingway to Another College
  • 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.
Voter Registration

Contact the Administrative Programs Coordinator for voter registration information.

To register or update your registration information, visit Oregon Votes.

What vaccines do I need to have to attend your college?

There is no requirement for receiving any vaccines. Students enrolling in the Midwifery and Lactation Consultation programs will need to submit proof of immunization to measles. Proof of immunization could include the dates of vaccination, certification of contracting measles, or the results of a titre test indicating immunity.

Students may also certify a nonmedical or medical exemption in lieu of proof of immunization.

Students enrolled in the Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, and Postpartum Doula programs, as well as community students not enrolled in any program, are not required to submit any immunization information.

Please read our latest Student Handbook and Catalog for the most current Vaccine Policy.

Student Outcomes

Certifying Exam Completion Rates

 

Graduating Lactation Consultation Students who took the IBLCE Exam
Year Number of Candidates Passed Percentage
2016 5 5 100%
2015 4 4 100%
2014 5 5 100%

 

Graduating Midwifery Students who took the NARM Exam
Year Number of Candidates Passed Percentage
2016 10 10 100%
2015 9 8 88%
2014 8 8 100%

 

Educational Statistics

College Navigator is maintained by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences. Visit this site to find general information about Birthingway and other colleges across the country, such as average enrollment rates, tuition and fees estimates, and loan (cohort) default rates.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Birthingway has compiled our Gainful Employment Disclosures for our Certificate in Midwifery. If you have any questions about these disclosures, please contact our Administrative Programs Coordinator.

Job Placement Rates and Outcomes for Graduates

Birthingway conducts surveys with graduates for three years following graduation. During winter 2017, we contacted and surveyed graduates from January 2014 through December 2016. 15 of 46 graduates responded to our survey. If graduates do not respond, we research their status elsewhere; such as on state licensing databases or their current, private business websites. Occasionally, we are unable to account for some students through either means. In 2017, we were unable to account for six graduates.

Of the Midwifery Program graduates surveyed:

  • 73% of graduates are working as a midwife (19 of 26)
  • 27% are working in a related field (7 of 26). Six of the graduates working in a related field are also working as a midwife. Types of related work include: Midwifery Education, Lactation Consultation, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth or Health Education, Prenatal Massage, and Placental Encapsulation.
  • 62% of graduates are licensed in their state (16 of 26)

Of the Lactation Consultation Program graduates surveyed:

  • 67% of graduates are working as a lactation consultant (14 of 21)
  • 48% are working in a related field (10 of 21). Nine of the graduates working in a related field are also working as a lactation consultant. Types of related work include: Lactation Education/College Administration, Breastfeeding Counselor, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Organization Governance, and Midwifery.

For this year’s survey, one graduate reported that they were pursuing graduate education.

Retention and Graduation Rates

The Midwifery Program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years by following the Recommended Course Sequence. An additional year for general education will be needed if you are seeking the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery credential. Most students take longer to complete. Your Matriculation Catalog and credits will expire after seven years.

Of the midwifery students who graduated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the average time for completion was:

  • A little over six years for the Certificate of Midwifery
  • Just under five and a half years for the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

Of the lactation consultation students who graduated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the average time for completion was:

  • Just over one and three quarter years for the Certificate of Lactation Consultation
  • Just under two and three quarter years for the Associate of Science in Lactation Consultation

Birthingway calculates and summarizes program cohort graduation and retention rates annually as of December 31st.

Under the Student Right to Know Act, Birthingway is required to report annually on the completion (graduation) rates for certificate and degree seeking full-time, first-time undergraduate students. Statistics look at specific matriculating cohort years and address whether or not these students complete their program within 150% of the normal time.

Health and Safety

Annual Security Report

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542) requires that all institutions of higher education produce an annual security report. Birthingway has prepared the following information so that our community can make an informed choice about their personal safety while at Birthingway.

2017 Annual Campus Security Report

Contact the Administrative Programs Coordinator if you would like to review prior year security reports.

Campus Safety Policies

Birthingway is required by law to inform our students and employees of any situation that represents a threat to their safety. In addition, we will not tolerate the endangerment of the safety of our community. We will fully cooperate with local police in the investigation of any incidents.

In the event that a situation arises that, in the judgment of the President or Operations Coordinator, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a school-wide timely warning will be issued. The Birthingway Community will be informed through prominent notices on the school bulletin boards, in student mailboxes and through email. Upon confirmation of an immediate and significant emergency or dangerous situation, or if there is a need to evacuate the building, those inside the Foster building will be alerted through a building-wide announcement using the page-all phone system.

As a small school, Birthingway does not employ security staff; however, we are careful to maintain the safety of our campus. The entire parking area is lit at night and we encourage community members to keep their car doors locked and not to leave the building alone if possible. College staff check all doors and rooms before closing for the night. Outside doors are kept locked during evening classes. Birthingway encourages students and faculty to report any safety concerns to a staff member.

For more information, read through our Emergency Pamphlet.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

In compliance with Public Law 101-226, The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Birthingway College of Midwifery is legally required, and morally committed, to the prevention of illicit drug use and the abuse of alcohol by students and staff/faculty. As part of our Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Birthingway educates and informs our community of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, refers community members to counseling and treatment resources, and informs them of legal penalties for noncompliance.

The College holds a strict policy against any community member (including faculty, staff, and students) attending class, clinicals, births, or any other work/practice settings in any condition other than sober. All must be able to concentrate and make good decisions. Any conviction for illegal drug and/or alcohol use or possession while on college property; engaging in college business; taking part in any Birthingway educational opportunity (such as field trips, clinical training, doula births); or in any way serving in a midwifery-related capacity will result in immediate expulsion or termination from Birthingway.

Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Birthingway building and on Birthingway property except for special events, such as graduation, when approved by the Birthingway President or Board of Directors. Anyone under the influence of alcohol will be removed and dismissed or suspended from the college premises.

For counseling and treatment resources, health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse and legal penalties, please see our current Student Handbook and Catalog.

Information for Victims of Crimes Committed on Campus

Birthingway strongly encourages anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, a crime to immediately report it to the Portland Police.

To report a crime or request emergency assistance:
Call 9-1-1
To make a non-emergency police report:
Call 503-823-3333

In addition, we ask that students and faculty report crimes to Birthingway’s front office (or to any staff member), preferably in writing. Please include the date, time (if known), and nature of the crime along with any pertinent details. The report may be submitted anonymously if the student does not wish to contact the police. Staff or faculty who receive a crime report should forward the information to the Operations Coordinator.

Financial Aid

Can I use financial aid to pay for prerequisites at Birthingway?

No. At this time, federal student aid is available only to enrolled Midwifery students.

 

Do I need to fill out another application to get a federal student loan?

If you have a completed FAFSA on file with Birthingway, and are eligible for a loan, you do not need to fill out other application material. However, you will need to do the following:

  • Sign your award letter to accept the loan amounts.
  • Complete Entrance Counseling (first time borrower only)
  • Complete a Multi-Year Master Promissory Note

The Financial Aid Officer will contact you about these requirements.

How does my academic performance affect my financial aid?

Aid recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive aid. SAP is reviewed annually after winter term. To make SAP you must have received a grade of Complete in at least 75% of the credits attempted in the academic year.

Students who do not make SAP will not be able to receive financial aid. For more information on this policy, please consult the current Student Handbook and Catalog and/or speak with your program coordinator.

I already have a bachelor’s degree. Do I qualify for aid?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may qualify for Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loans. Unfortunately, those with a previous bachelor’s degree will not qualify for any of the federal or state grant programs in which Birthingway currently participates. Please contact the Financial Aid Officer to discuss your loan eligibility. Don’t forget to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!

I just got married. Should I change my marital status on the FAFSA?

You should change your marital status if a change would better reflect your ability to pay or would address an inequality. Birthingway accepts changes to the FAFSA marital status on a case-by-case basis until September 1st each year. If your marital status changes after September 1st, you will need to wait until the following award letter to report your new marital status.

Please contact the Financial Aid Officer. You will be required to submit proof of marital status change (such as a marriage license), and other pertinent information (such as your spouse’s income).

I noticed that my award letter includes a Cost of Attendance. What is it and how is it determined?

Each year, Birthingway estimates the cost to attend your program based on the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Texts and Equipment
  • Room and Board
  • Personal/Miscellaneous
  • Transportation

Cost of Attendance may vary depending on full-time, half-time or part-time attendance. This number is used to help you gauge your annual expenses while attending Birthingway, and to ensure that Birthingway does not over award financial aid. Your estimated financial assistance (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance minus your Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA.

The Cost of Attendance is an estimate and may not reflect your actual expenses. Please speak with the Finance Coordinator for questions you have related to your statement or charges incurred on your student account.

I plan to enroll at another school while attending Birthingway. Can I receive aid at both schools?

No, you may not receive federal financial aid from two schools at the same time. You may, however, wish to enter into a Consortium Agreement between Birthingway and another institution. Most students enter into a Consortium Agreement when completing their general education requirements at another school, while still taking coursework or clinical training credits at Birthingway.

The Consortium Agreement allows you to combine applicable credits from both schools. For example, if you attend half time (6 quarter credits) at Birthingway and are completing 6 quarter credits at a local community college to transfer toward your Midwifery Program graduation requirements, you would be considered full time (12 credits) under a Consortium Agreement and awarded aid accordingly.

To enter into a Consortium Agreement, please speak to Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer. You will need to complete Consortium Agreement paperwork, which is due at least one week before the Enrollment Confirmation date of the term covered by this consortium agreement.

What is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

Your Expected Family Contribution is the amount that you are expected to contribute annually to finance your post-secondary education. This number is calculated based on information that you provide on the FAFSA and will be printed on your Student Aid Report. The EFC is also used to calculate some grant awards.

What is my enrollment status and why is that important?

Enrollment status is based on the number of credits for which you are registered each term.

Full-time = 12 quarter credits
3/4 time = 9-11 quarter credits
Half time = 6-8 quarter credits
Part time = 5 or fewer quarter credits

Certain grants have different award amounts depending on your enrollment status. To receive loan disbursements and/or to prevent your loans from going into repayment, you must maintain at least half-time status.

Your enrollment status is verified on the Monday following the first full week of the term (Enrollment Confirmation Day). No changes are made to your aid after this date, unless you drop or withdraw from a course without beginning attendance, in which case your Pell Grant award may be recalculated.

When will I receive my aid check?

Financial aid disbursements typically occur the third week of each term. You may choose for Birthingway to hold any funds that result in a credit on your student account, or for Birthingway to release all funds to you by check. If you choose to have the credit balance refunded to you, you will receive notice of the availability of the check within two weeks of the funds being applied to your account.

I am getting an outside scholarship and/or a private loan. Will this affect my other aid?
You must inform the Financial Aid Officer of any outside funds that you receive. Depending on the amount of the additional funds, Birthingway may be required to reduce other aid in your financial aid package.

Types of Aid

Direct Loans

If, after grant and work-study awards have been made, you still have financial need and are attending at least half-time, you may be eligible for Direct Stafford subsidized loans. With a subsidized loan, interest is paid by the federal government while you are in school at least half-time, during the six-month grace period or in a deferment period. The annual award limit for subsidized loans varies between $3,500 and $5,500, depending on your year in school.

As of July 1, 2013, new borrowers are subject to new subsidized loan limits based on the number of years they borrow. Borrowers may only borrow subsidized loans for the first 150% of their program, as measured in years:

Program Name:Credential Type

Minimum Program Length

150%

Lactation Consultation Program:Associate Degree

2 years

3 years

Midwifery Program:Certificate

3 years

4.5 years

Midwifery Program:Bachelor Degree

4 years

6 years

A “new borrower” is defined as a student:

  • with no federal student loan balance as of July 1, 2013 OR
  • who had a federal student loan balance on July 1, 2013, but who paid the balance in full prior to receiving a subsequent subsidized loan disbursements after that date.

Federal loan balance applies to both FFEL and Direct student loans.

Please see the Department of Education’s Student Aid website for more information on the new subsidized loan limitations.

In addition to subsidized loans, Direct Stafford unsubsidized loans are available. Unsubsidized loans are non-need-based aid. With an unsubsidized loan, unlike a subsidized loan, interest will begin to accrue immediately and will continue to accrue even when you’re not in repayment.

Unsubsidized loans are limited to the difference between the Cost of Attendance and the amount of other aid received. The annual award limit for unsubsidized loans varies between $3,500 and $12,500, depending on your year in school, dependency status, and the amount of subsidized loan received. You must attend at least half-time to receive an unsubsidized loan.

Parent PLUS loans are available to credit-worthy parents of dependent students. Students must be attending at least half-time for the parent to receive the loan. To request a PLUS loan, please contact the Birthingway Financial Aid Officer for an application and more information.

Grants

Pell Grants are available only to students with significant financial need who have not previously completed a baccalaureate degree. The maximum award (for full-time, full-year students with a zero Expected Family Contribution ) is $5,815 for the 2016-17 award year. Pell Lifetime Eligibility is capped at six years of full-time study.

Some students may also be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG), a state run aid program for Oregon residents without a baccalaureate degree. The maximum award (for full-time, full year students with a zero Expected Family Contribution) is $2,250 for the 2016-17 award year.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program has limited funds and only a small number of students receive awards. Birthingway awards Pell-eligible students with the highest need first. Awards are currently set at $600 per year.

Other aid options

In addition to the Federal Student Aid programs, Birthingway is approved by the Oregon State Department of Education to train veterans and is listed as an eligible training provider with the Oregon Department of Workforce Development.

As a Title IV school, we are authorized to accept payment through Americorps.

Birthingway does not currently offer any institutional aid.

Birthingway does not currently offer any federal work-study placements.

Students who wish to borrow private or alternative educational loans should contact Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer and read through our Title IV Loan Program Code of Conduct.

If you are in a Specialized Program or are a community student (any student not matriculated in the Midwifery or Lactation Consultation Program) and you are planning on paying for tuition and fees with external financial assistance, such as a scholarship, please complete the Community Student Financial Assistance form and submit with your registration.

Financial Information and Financial Assistance

Direct Loan Cohort Default Rate

Cohort Default Rates are calculated by the Department of Education using information from the school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular period of time.

Birthingway’s Official 2013 3-Year Cohort Default Rate is 2%.
The National Cohort Default Rate is 11.3%.

For more information on Cohort Default Rates:
http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html

Educational Loan Code of Conduct

Birthingway’s Loan Program Code of Conduct prohibits conflict of interest with regards to our staff members who assist students in borrowing private or alternative loans, and outside lending, guarantee or servicing agencies.

Entrance and Exit Counseling Requirements

Our Financial Aid pages contain information about student loan entrance and exit counseling.

Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
General Financial Aid Information

Visit Birthingway’s Financial Aid page for general and contact information.

Institutional Refund Policy

Please review our Institutional Refund Schedule.

Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, all Title IV post-secondary institutions are required to post a Net Price Calculator to their school’s website in order to help prospective students estimate total cost and financial assistance. However, under the HEOA, institutions that do not enroll first-time, full-time degree-seeking students are not required to have a Net Price Calculator.

At this time, Birthingway’s Title IV eligible programs, our Midwifery and Lactation Consultation (pathway 2) programs, do not enroll any first-time students as all students in these program are required to complete college-level prerequisite courses prior to acceptance.

While we do not have a Net Price Calculator, we are eager to help you estimate the potential cost to attend. Please contact our Financial Aid Officer for more assistance.

Preferred Lender Arrangements

Birthingway will gladly work with students who are interested in financing their education with the support of private student loans. The college maintains a Preferred Lender List and borrowing information on our financial aid page.

To receive more information about private loans, please contact Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer.

Return of Title IV (Federal Student Aid) Funds Policy
State Grant Assistance for Eligible Students

Read about state grant assistance on the financial aid webpage.

For more information, visit the Oregon Student ACCESS Commission webpage.

Midwifery Admissions

How can I strengthen my application to your Midwifery Program?

In general:

  • Answer all the essay questions as clearly as possible. Use details to fully illustrate your experiences, but keep the essays on topic and relevant to a college application.
  • Proofread and edit your essays for content as well as writing quality (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and conventions).
  • Ask your references to send personalized letters that speak to the skills you have which will lend to your success not just in this program, but also in this profession.

There are many opportunities to demonstrate your desire to pursue midwifery and your commitment to a Birthingway education:

  • Read as many birth, doula, and midwifery books and journals as you can.
  • Attend birth, doula, and midwifery conferences.
  • Join local birth, doula, and midwifery groups.
  • Take classes or workshops on midwifery-related topics.
  • Attend births as a labor doula.
  • Become trained in, and offer classes on, childbirth education.
  • Shadow a direct-entry midwife.
  • Take a direct-entry midwife out to dinner to learn about her experiences in the field.
  • Take a nurse midwife, naturopathic midwife or any other kind of midwife out to dinner to learn about their experiences in the field.
  • Spend time in the Birthingway community – meet with our Midwifery Program Coordinator, sit in on a class, take a course, or browse our library.

And then tell us about all these things you’ve done to learn about, decide on, and prepare for this path!

How competitive is the process?

We are able to accept 16 students into a matriculating cohort. In general, we receive about 30 applications for admission annually. We do create a wait list, and are often able to invite wait listed applicants.

How do I enter the midwifery program and when does it start?

Admission to our program is by application and we admit students once per year. The application deadline is October 15th, with the new class starting Spring term.

How do you decide who gets admitted?

Because there is very limited space for students, we take our application process very seriously. Student acceptance is determined by the Admission Committee, which is made up of current students, faculty, staff, including the Midwifery Program Coordinator. Applicants are chosen based on their answers to the application questions, their personal interview, their prior academic and life success, and the need for midwives in their area or culture.

If I am seeking a degree, when do I need to take the general education courses?

General education courses must be transferred in from another eligible institution but can be taken at any time.

  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements prior to enrolling in the program.
  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements while you are completing the other credit requirements for the program (Summer terms are a good time to do this).
  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements while you are still enrolled in the program but after you have completed the other credit requirements for the program.
  • You can graduate with the certificate, complete any remaining gen ed requirements after graduation, and “upgrade” your certificate to the degree*.
    • *Must be completed within the specified timeframe for an “upgrade” to occur.
    • Check the program-specific requirements. Additional program courses may be required to complete an “upgrade”. Contact your Program Coordinator for questions about how this would work.
  • You could choose any combination of these options so long as you have completed all of the gen ed requirements prior to being awarded the degree.
If I get in, when will I start?

Birthingway’s academic year starts in the spring.

So, You Want To Be A Midwife?

An exciting workshop for prospective midwifery students!

Topics will include:

  • All about Birthingway College’s Midwifery Program
  • Paths to Midwifery: Direct Entry, CNM, and ND
  • Panel: Students discuss their experiences
  • Panel: Midwives tell their stories
  • Questions, conclusions, and feedback
  • Financial Aid Information (optional)

Visit the “So, you want to be a Midwife?” page to see when it will be offered next.

What happens after I submit my application?

You will be contacted after your application has been received by Birthingway; if anything is missing at this point, you will be asked to provide the missing documentation. We will also begin arranging an interview time at this point, and will set you up with a buddy, a current student who will be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you have during the admissions process.

What vaccines do I need to have to attend your college?

There is no requirement for receiving any vaccines. Students enrolling in the Midwifery and Lactation Consultation programs will need to submit proof of immunization to measles. Proof of immunization could include the dates of vaccination, certification of contracting measles, or the results of a titre test indicating immunity.

Students may also certify a nonmedical or medical exemption in lieu of proof of immunization.

Students enrolled in the Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, and Postpartum Doula programs, as well as community students not enrolled in any program, are not required to submit any immunization information.

Please read our latest Student Handbook and Catalog for the most current Vaccine Policy.

When will I find out if I’ve been admitted?

We select our matriculating class in early January and notify all applicants as quickly as possible soon thereafter.

Midwifery Prerequisites

Human Anatomy and Physiology Course
  • Applicants must have completed an Anatomy and Physiology course of at least 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits that covers all of the body systems. This course must have been taken at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a final grade of at least 3.0 (B).
  • If you are transferring credits using other systems (units, clock hours, etc.), please contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator for assistance in planning your program.
  • If more than one section is taken in order to cover the entire human body, the grade earned in each section must be a B/3.0 or better.
  • Courses from some vocational-technical schools (such as Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, and Naturopathy) may meet this prerequisite. An official transcript must be provided.
  • Birthingway offers the course Anatomy and Physiology for Birth and Lactation Professionals that fulfills our prerequisite requirement.

 

Medical Terminology
  • An official transcript documenting successful completion of a college level Medical Terminology course of at least 1 quarter credit, with a grade of 3.0 (B) or above.
Labor Doula Workshop
  • Applicants must have completed an approved Labor Doula course or workshop.
  • Birthingway offers an intensive Labor Doula Workshop entitled “Assisting Women with Birth” which will fulfills this prerequisite. This course is held once a week for eight weeks and is offered every term.
  • Other approved Labor Doula programs include DONA, ICEA, Birthworks, and Birth Arts Doula Program. We will not accept distance courses for our Labor Doula prerequisite. For approval of additional programs, please contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator.
  • Labor Doula Certification is not a requirement.

 

Writing Course

Birthingway does not currently offer a college-level expository writing course that fulfills this prerequisite. Applicants must have done at least one of the following:

  • Completed a 4 quarter credit or 3 semester credit college-level expository writing course at an accredited post-secondary institution and received a grade of at least 3.0 (B). Creative writing will not be accepted as a prerequisite.
  • Receive a minimum score of 60 in one of the following College Level Examination Program tests:
    • English Composition
    • English Composition with Essay
    • Freshman College composition
  • Receive a minimum score of 4 in one of the following Advanced Placement Programs (AP) tests:
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
      • You must submit your official examination scores from the College Board and/or AP Services.
  • Submitted a written letter from a college professor to the Midwifery Program Coordinator stating that a completed course had a heavy writing component and that the applicant’s writing ability in the course demonstrated at least a B. This fulfills the prerequisite only and will not count toward general education requirements.
Pre-College Requirements
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
Technical Standards for Midwifery Integration

A midwifery diploma from Birthingway signifies that the holder is a midwife prepared for entry into active practice. Therefore, candidates for graduation must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of client care. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met, and maintained, from matriculation through graduation, by all students. Failure to maintain Technical Standards may result in dismissal from the program. Students or applicants who have questions regarding these standards are encouraged to contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator.

  • You must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
  • You must be able to learn to conduct basic office lab procedures.
  • You must have sufficient use of the sensory, visual, hearing, and motor systems, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination.
  • You must be able to perform clinical care activities such as palpation, auscultation, percussion, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways and the movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch, hearing and vision. A complete list of required skills can be found in our Skills Assessment Checklist. Please contact our Midwifery Program Coordinator.
  • You must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick, and appropriate action in emergency situations.
  • You must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity both verbally and in writing.
  • You must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
  • You must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
  • You must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients, midwives, other care providers and colleagues.
  • You must have the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the midwifery school curriculum. Therefore, you must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads; to function effectively under stress; to adapt to changing environments; to display flexibility and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems and needs of many clients.

 

Lactation Admissions

How can I strengthen my application to your Lactation Program?

In general:

  • Answer all the essay questions as clearly as possible. Use details to fully illustrate your experiences, but keep the essays on topic and relevant to a college application.
  • Proofread and edit your essays for content as well as writing quality (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and conventions).
  • Ask your references to send personalized letters that speak to the skills you have which will lend to your success not just in this program, but also in this profession.

There are many opportunities to demonstrate your desire to pursue Lactation Consultation and your commitment to a Birthingway education:

  • Read as many parenting, doula, and breastfeeding books and journals as you can.
  • Attend parenting, doula, and breastfeeding conferences.
  • Join local parenting, doula, and breastfeeding groups.
  • Take classes or workshops on breastfeeding-related topics.
  • Care for families as a postpartum doula.
  • Care for families as a breastfeeding educator.
  • Shadow an IBCLC.
  • Take an IBCLC out to dinner to learn about her experiences in the field.
  • Spend time in the Birthingway community – meet with our Lactation Program Coordinator, sit in on a class, take a course, or browse our library.

And then tell us about all these things you’ve done to learn about, decide on, and prepare for this path!

If I am seeking a degree, when do I need to take the general education courses?

General education courses must be transferred in from another eligible institution but can be taken at any time.

  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements prior to enrolling in the program.
  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements while you are completing the other credit requirements for the program (Summer terms are a good time to do this).
  • You can complete some or all gen ed requirements while you are still enrolled in the program but after you have completed the other credit requirements for the program.
  • You can graduate with the certificate, complete any remaining gen ed requirements after graduation, and “upgrade” your certificate to the degree*.
    • *Must be completed within the specified timeframe for an “upgrade” to occur.
    • Check the program-specific requirements. Additional program courses may be required to complete an “upgrade”. Contact your Program Coordinator for questions about how this would work.
  • You could choose any combination of these options so long as you have completed all of the gen ed requirements prior to being awarded the degree.
If I get in, when will I start?

Birthingway’s Lactation Program starts in the Fall Term.

What happens after I submit my application?

You will be contacted after your application has been received by Birthingway; if anything is missing at this point, you will be asked to provide the missing documentation. We will also arrange an interview time at this point.

What vaccines do I need to have to attend your college?

There is no requirement for receiving any vaccines. Students enrolling in the Midwifery and Lactation Consultation programs will need to submit proof of immunization to measles. Proof of immunization could include the dates of vaccination, certification of contracting measles, or the results of a titre test indicating immunity.

Students may also certify a nonmedical or medical exemption in lieu of proof of immunization.

Students enrolled in the Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, and Postpartum Doula programs, as well as community students not enrolled in any program, are not required to submit any immunization information.

Please read our latest Student Handbook and Catalog for the most current Vaccine Policy.

When will I find out if I’ve been admitted?

We select our matriculating class in early July and notify all applicants as quickly as possible soon thereafter.

Additional Childbirth Educator Program Information

Childbirth Educator Program Objectives

• To train students in childbirth education skills to integrate into their midwifery practice or as a separate skill set.
• To assist students in acquiring prenatal education skills for the childbearing mother and her support person(s).
• To train students with competence in basic research and information literacy skills.
• To provide students with childbirth education application for a variety of situations and adult learning styles.
• To prepare students to provide individualized care even within a classroom setting.
• To use diverse methodologies based on biodynamic educational principles that encourage integration of intellect, senses, intuition, and judgment in learning situations.
• To support students with reaching their educational and professional goals.
• To encourage an evolved awareness of professional ethics and relationships with peers, preceptors, clients and others as articulated in the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics.
• To encourage and support students to be change agents in their communities.

Technical Standards for Childbirth Educators
Because a Childbirth Educator certification from Birthingway signifies the holder is a childbirth educator prepared for entry into active practice, candidates for certification must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of situations and to render a wide spectrum of client education. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all candidates for admission to Birthingway and maintained through the certification process. Students/applicants who have questions regarding these standards are encouraged to contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator.
• Candidates must have sufficient use of the sensory, vision, hearing, motor, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform basic teaching skills. A complete list of required skills can be found in our Skills Assessment Checklist. Contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator.
• Candidates must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity, both verbally and in writing.
• Candidates must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, and to help clients understand the information presented to them in the classroom setting.
• Candidates must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
• Candidates must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients and with other students.
• Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the childbirth educator program. Candidates, therefore, must be able to tolerate and adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the questions and concerns of many clients.

Additional Labor Doula Program Information

Technical Standards for Doulas

A certified labor or postpartum doula from Birthingway signifies that the holder is a doula prepared for entry into active practice. They must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of situations and to render a wide spectrum of client support. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met and maintained through certification and re-certification. Failure to maintain Technical Standards may result in dismissal from the program. Students or applicants who have questions regarding standards are encouraged to contact the SPC.

• You must be able to observe demonstrations in the biodynamic model of care
• You must have sufficient use of the sensory, visual, hearing and/or motor systems to support women in birth and families in the immediate postpartum period.
• You must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity, both verbally and in writing.
• You must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems (within scope), and reach therapeutic judgments.
• You must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
• You must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients, care providers, hospital staff, and colleagues.
• You must have perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the practicum. Therefore, you must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads; to function effectively under stress; to adapt to changing environments/family structures; to display flexibility and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the problems and needs of many clients.

 Labor Doula Program Objectives

• To train students in labor doula skills.
• To assist students in acquiring labor doula work experience.
• To train students with competence in basic research and information literacy skills.
• To provide students with labor doula applications for a variety of therapeutic modalities.
• To prepare students to provide individualized doula care.
• To provide clarity around scope of practice of a labor doula.
• To teach and promote biodynamic birth principles.
• To use diverse methodologies based on biodynamic educational principles that encourage integration of intellect, senses, intuition, and judgment in learning situations.
• To support students with reaching their educational and professional goals.
• To encourage an evolved awareness of professional ethics and relationships with peers, preceptors, clients, and others as articulated in the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics.
• To encourage and support students to be change agents in their communities.

Additional Postpartum Doula Program Information

Postpartum Doula Program Objectives

• To train students in postpartum doula skills.
• To assist students in acquiring postpartum doula work experience.
• To train students with competence in basic research and information literacy skills.
• To provide students with postpartum doula applications for a variety of therapeutic modalities.
• To prepare students with individualized doula care.
• To provide clarity around scope of practice of a postpartum doula.
• To teach and promote biodynamic principles.
• To use diverse methodologies based on biodynamic educational principles that encourage integration. of intellect, senses, intuition, and judgment in learning situations.
• To support students with reaching their educational and professional goals.
• To encourage an evolved awareness of professional ethics and relationships with peers, preceptors, clients and others as articulated in the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics.
• To encourage and support students to be change agents in their communities.

Technical Standards for Doulas
A certified labor or postpartum doula from Birthingway signifies that the holder is a doula prepared for entry into active practice. They must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment to function in a broad variety of situations and to render a wide spectrum of client support. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met and maintained through certification and re-certification. Failure to maintain Technical Standards may result in dismissal from the program. Students or applicants who have questions regarding standards are encouraged to contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator.
• You must be able to observe demonstrations in the Biodynamic model of care
• You must have sufficient use of the sensory, visual, hearing and/or motor systems to support women in birth and families in the immediate postpartum period.
• You must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity both verbally and in writing.
• You must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems (within scope) and reach therapeutic judgments.
• You must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
• You must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients, care providers, hospital staff, and colleagues.
• You must have perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the practicum. Therefore, you must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads; to function effectively under stress; to adapt to changing environments/family structures; to display flexibility and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the problems and needs of many clients.

Popular Workshops

Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn

BRN provider training is a stand-alone workshop in how to assist with the newborn transition.  Taught by a BRN Certified Instructor, the training includes both theoretical and hands-on practice components.  To receive a BRN provider card, you must attend the entire five hour workshop and pass the written and skills assessments.

BRN meets NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) certification and recertification requirements for neonatal resuscitation training.

To learn more about the program, visit About BRN.

Childbirth Educator Workshop

Examine the history of childbirth education and preconceptions about birth, while building tools for developing a childbirth education series based on Birthingway’s biodynamic model. This course uses a wide variety of activities including storytelling, art, dance, music and videos.

Registration is first come, first served. Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed as soon as it is offered.

Legend Drugs and Devices Renewal

Birthingway offers the LD&D renewal course twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. This workshop is for midwives who have already completed their initial training and are licensed. It updates the same topics in a shortened format, and includes a testing component. For more detailed information please see our LD&D information page. Neonatal resuscitation training is not part of the LD&D renewal workshop and needs to be taken separately. Please visit the Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn (BRN) website for more information.

Postpartum Doula: Supporting Transitions After Birth

Gain knowledge and skills for assisting women after birth, including hormones in the postpartum, maternal changes, infant care, mood disorders, physical care and breastfeeding support.

This course is also the first step in our Postpartum Doula Certification Program.

Registration is first come, first served. Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed as soon as it is offered.

So, You Want To Be A Doula?

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the training, practice, and lifestyle of labor and postpartum doulas.

We will be joined by current students, graduates, and local business savvy doulas as panel members.

Visit the “So, you want to be a Doula?” Information Night Page to see when it will be offered next.

So, You Want To Be A Lactation Consultant?

We look forward to welcoming you at this free event for those interested in pursuing a career in Lactation Consultation! We’ll be going over the pathways to certification for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, as well as hosting a panel of current lactation students and IBCLCs, who will discuss their own experiences and insights on careers as lactation support professionals. Bring your questions and passion for helping babies and their families!

Visit the “So, You Want To Be A Lactation Consultant?” Information Night Page to see when it will be offered next.

So, You Want To Be A Midwife?

An exciting workshop for prospective midwifery students!

Topics will include:

  • All about Birthingway College’s Midwifery Program
  • Paths to Midwifery: Direct Entry, CNM, and ND
  • Panel: Students discuss their experiences
  • Panel: Midwives tell their stories
  • Questions, conclusions, and feedback
  • Financial Aid Information (optional)

Visit the “So, you want to be a Midwife?” page to see when it will be offered next.

The Labor Doula: Assisting Women with Birth

Lecture, readings and practical skills for providing emotional and physical support for women in labor and immediate postpartum. This course constitutes one step towards Birthingway’s Labor Doula Certification and also meets the prerequisite for admission to our midwifery program.

Registration is first come, first served. Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed as soon as it is offered.

Course Offerings

Advanced Breastfeeding Theory (BRF212q) 1 credit hour

This course replaces Breastfeeding III (BRF213q).
Prerequisite: Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory (BRF131q)
Case studies and development of protocols deepen students’ knowledge of breastfeeding counseling. Students focus on more complex situations including failure to thrive and infant hypoglycemia. Students are also introduced to some of the professional issues involved in practicing as an IBCLC.

Advanced Lactation Case Studies (ACS221q) 2 credit hours

Advanced Lactation Case Studies (ACS221q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: All Lactation Program coursework complete or in progress.
Students will have an opportunity to create their own cases to present to their peers, as well as solving differential diagnosis scenarios. Includes all pieces of the consultant’s practice such as history taking, assessment, charting, plan development, and follow-up.

Advanced Lactation Skills (ALS221q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Breastfeeding Skills (BFS211q)
This course will prepare students to: perform a thorough lactation-related assessment of the mother and infant; utilize lactation devices; and use critical thinking for differential diagnosis, and proper implementation of tools and care plan formation. This course utilizes a variety of learning methods including: reading, lectures, role play, case studies, writing, student presentations, multimedia, demonstration with models, and clinical practice.

Anatomy and Physiology for Birth and Lactation Professionals (ANT151q) 5 credit hours

Using lecture, weekly exams, and student presentations, this course covers all the major body systems with an emphasis on knowledge relevant to perinatal practices. Beginning with basic cellular function and a brief review of A&P vocabulary, students will progress rapidly through each body system, focusing on how the body functions in wellness, but also addressing some pathologies. This course meets Midwifery Program prerequisite requirements.

Antepartum* (ANT251q) 5 credit hours

Co-requisite: Physical Assessment I (PHY221q)
Using lecture, discussion, and audiovisual aids, this course covers pregnancy signs and symptoms, fetal development and environment, evaluating health, Biodynamic counseling techniques, the impact of nutrition on pregnancy physiology, eclampsia including toxemia, UTI, and bleeding in early pregnancy.

Applied Microbiology for Midwives (AMM351q) 5 credit hours

Co-requisite: Microbiology Skills (MIC311q).
Using lecture, discussion, and student presentations, this course provides an overview of microbiology principles and basic immunology. Students will also learn about significant infectious diseases (including sexually transmitted infections) and their causative microorganisms, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as impact on mother, fetus, and newborn. Diseases covered include but are not limited to: candida, cytomegalovirus, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes simplex, HPV, HIV, hepatitis, staph, strep, varicella, TB, tetanus, Listeria, Pertussis, and toxoplasmosis.

Birth Stories in Life and Literature (BST211q) 1 credit hour

Read, write and tell birth stories while learning and exploring effective storytelling techniques. This course helps develop skills that are useful for educating clients, for processing birth experiences and for use in the peer review setting.

Botanicals I (BOT231q) 3 credit hours

This course sets the theoretical foundation for herbal medicine therapies and covers materia medica and herbal therapeutics of well-woman herbs, herbs for infants and children, and lactation. Students will be able to identify key actions and constituents for a wide array of plants, as well as contraindications for the childbearing year. We highly recommend that you complete our Introduction to Healing Systems course before taking Botanicals I.

Botanicals II (BOT332q) 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Botanicals I (BOT231q)
This course uses the knowledge gained in Botanicals I on actions and constituents to discuss materia medica and herbal therapeutics for fertility, preconception, pregnancy, intrapartum, and postpartum. This course uses a variety of teaching tools including lecture, discussion, case studies, and student research.

Botanicals III (BOT323q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Botanicals II (BOT332q)
In this course, students will study specific herbs that are versatile and effective for a variety of conditions in women’s health and in midwifery applications. Students create treatment plans for “client” classmates using botanical medicine, modifying as necessary, and charting appropriately.

Botany (BTY121q) 2 credit hours

This is a fundamentals course that enhances a student’s plant medicine skills and knowledge. It covers basic botanical concepts, classification systems and nomenclature, plant identification, and constituents. Students will practice drawing and labeling plant specimens as well as finding and identifying plants in the field.

Breastfeeding Education and Counseling (BEC221q) 2 credit hours

Students will evaluate and develop tools for providing education and informed choice in a variety of settings, from one on one consultation appointments or phone support, to group breastfeeding classes, emphasizing active listening and assessment of client needs. This course uses a wide variety of activities including storytelling, art, role-plays, and videos.

Breastfeeding Politics and Policy (POL121q) 2 credit hours

This course covers a wide variety of U.S. and international breastfeeding initiatives and recommendations including WHO recommendations and implementation, WIC, and baby friendly initiatives. Students will also learn about the history of artificial feeding, social and cultural issues around breastfeeding, and ideas for being agents of change in the area of breastfeeding. This course integrates historical and contemporary topics, and both theory and action-oriented projects.

Breastfeeding Skills (BFS211q) 1 credit hour

This version of the course will only be taught in Spring 2016. It will be offered as a 2 credit course thereafter.
Pre or co-requisite: Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory (BRF131q)
Students have an opportunity to develop their hands-on skills by working with nursing women and their babies to demonstrate breast exams, practice supporting a successful latch, and demonstrate how to use a variety of equipment.

Breastfeeding Skills (BFS221q) 2 credit hours

This version of the course will be offered beginning in Winter 2017.
Pre or co-requisite: Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory (BRF131q)
Students have an opportunity to develop their hands-on skills by working with nursing women and their babies to demonstrate breast exams, practice supporting a successful latch, and demonstrate how to use a variety of equipment.

Childbirth Education (CBE131q) 3 credit hours

This course emphasizes evaluating and developing a wide range of tools for providing education and informed choice in multiple settings, from prenatal appointments to group classes. This is an experiential course and uses many activities for learning including storytelling, art, dance, music, and videos.

Clinical Training Credits – Lactation (LCT211q) 1 credit

1 credit each can take multiple credits per term
Each LCTC includes 30 hours of student work. Students participate in a full range of clinical activities under the direct supervision of an approved IBCLC preceptor. Students will have opportunities to assess both maternal and infant needs (physically, emotionally, and psychosocially), develop and chart care plans, and provide education and answer questions for clients. Students may also participate in some basic office or professional practice work such as filling out records requests, setting appointments, and organizing or stocking supplies. At least 60% (18 hours) per credit of student hours must be earned doing direct client care. Each credit will be taught by an approved preceptor.

Clinical Training Credits – Midwifery (MCT311q) 1 credit

1 credit each can take multiple credits per term
Each MCTC includes 30 hours of student work. Students participate in a full range of clinical activities under the direct supervision of an approved Midwife preceptor. Over the course of a minimum of two years of clinical practice, students will have opportunities to provide the full scope of midwifery care in a supervised setting. Students will observe, assist, and eventually provide primary care for prenatal appointments, births, and postpartum care for both the mother and the newborn. Students will also provide well person gynecological care when appropriate. Students may also participate in some basic office or professional practice work such as filling out records requests, setting appointments, and organizing or stocking supplies. At least 75% (22.5 hours) per credit of student hours must be earned doing direct client care. Each credit will be taught by an approved preceptor.

Communications I (COM121q) 2 credit hours

The first course in the Communications series introduces the student to the workings of the brain through the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology and its effect on our communication patterns. Students will use the work of Non-Violent Communication to support the brain and the body through empathy and resonance. The emphasis in this first of three Communications classes is in creating compassion and self awareness while focusing on how we speak and listen to ourselves. This course is highly experiential to facilitate depth of learning and awareness of our own brains. Role plays are used in class with real life experiences chosen by the students with varying degrees of intensity.

Communications II (COM112q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Communications I (COM121q) or Introduction to Communication for Lactation Consultants (ICL111q)
The second course in the Communication series continues with skill-building from Communications I using aspects of the clinical experience as a resource of examples. Students will have opportunities  to deepen understanding of their own brains and how their attachment histories and relationships impact communication with clients and preceptors. Students also begin to identify the impact of the client’s attachment history and ways to help them feel safe in potentially intense experiences of birth, breastfeeding, and parenting

Communications III (COM113q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Communications II (COM112q).
The final course in the Communication series will synthesize the skills from I and II and integrate the students’ previous learning with emphasis on how to communicate effectively with peers and other health care providers. Tools from previous courses will be used to prepare for and practice dialogues to resolve conflicts.

Complex Situations I* (CPX341q) 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Intrapartum (INT251q), Fetal Assessment (FET221q).
Using lecture, discussion, and case studies, this course focuses on complicated maternity situations often assessed and managed in the prenatal period. It covers anemia, clotting issues (thrombophilias, deficiencies, DIC), respiratory issues (asthma, amniotic fluid embolism, pulmonary embolism), energy issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia, eating disorders), liver problems (HELLP, acute fatty liver, intrahepatic cholestasis (ICP)), sepsis, and dermatologic conditions (PUPPP, HG).

Complex Situations II* (CPX442q) 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Intrapartum (INT251q), Fetal Assessment (FET221q).
Using lecture, discussion, and case studies this course covers a variety of complex situations that might arise in midwifery scope of practice, including thyroid issues, premature rupture of membranes (PROM), postdates and postmaturity, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), multiple gestation, GBS, and unusual presentations (breech, face, brow, compound).

Complex Situations III* (CPX433q) 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Postpartum (PTM251q)
This course incorporates guest lectures and student presentations to address unusual midwifery situations focusing on the infant, including preterm birth and infant anomalies. In addition, students will develop guidelines for dealing with emergency transport, death and grief, and self care.

Critical Care Skills I* (CCS411q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Hematology Skills (HEM311q)
Students cover both the theory and skills involved in the treatment of shock and neonatal resuscitation. Skills covered in this course include basic and intermediate treatment of shock, IV, and neonatal resuscitation. This course meets Legend Drugs and Devices initial education requirements for treatment of shock and for neonatal resuscitation for Oregon midwifery licensing.

Critical Care Skills II* (CCS412q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Critical Care Skills I (CCS421q)
Skills covered in this course include maternal resuscitation and continued practice of I.V. Skills. This course meets Legend Drugs and Devices initial education requirements for treatment of shock and for adult and infant CPR for Oregon midwifery licensing.

Critical Care Skills III* (CCS413q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Critical Care Skills II (CCS412q)
Using role play scenarios and skills practice, this course demonstrates new IV site locations, site selection, and administration for locked IVs. Students will also practice scenarios of more complicated skills, such as facilitating transport in case of cord compression, using models and peers. In combination with Pharmacology, this course meets Legend Drugs and Devices initial education requirements for prophylactic administration of antibiotics for GBS for Oregon midwifery licensing.

Differential Diagnosis* (DIF431q) 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: All midwifery core courses and Fetal Assessment (FET211q) must be complete or in progress
Strongly recommend: Human Genetics (GEN231q), and Breastfeeding II (BRF222q) or Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory(BRF131q)
This is a capstone course. Using student created Signs and Symptoms book and protocols, students present case studies for differential diagnosis by their classmates. Students also create practice guidelines for antepartum, intrapartum, maternal postpartum, and infant care, as well as develop risk assessment guidelines and client care checklists.

Ethics (ETH321q) 2 credit hours

This course includes a survey of philosophical foundations and contemporary ethical models. Students will explore problem solving of ethical dilemmas that may occur in a midwifery practice. Some topics include autonomy and informed choice, relationships, and justice.

Exploring Spirituality in the Perinatal Period (ESP221q) 2 credit hours

This course will explore the physical and spiritual aspects of the human journey especially as it relates to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period. Philosophical and theological concepts of natality, embodiment, and interconnection will be introduced. Lecture, role-play, self-reflections, and meditation and mindfulness practices, among other tools, will be used to enhance the students’ application of holistic care for themselves and the families they serve in the perinatal period.

Fetal Assessment* (FET221q) 2 credit hours

Co-requisite: Intrapartum (INT251q), Prenatal Skills (PRE211q)
This course covers methods for evaluating fetal well-being, including monitoring and analyzing fetal heart tones using a doppler or fetascope, fetal movement counts, sonogram, Auscultated Acceleration Test (AAT), the Non-Stress Test (NST), the Biophysical Profile (BPP), Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI), and other methods.

Gynecology Skills* (GYN321q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Physical Assessment I (PHY221q)
Pre or Co-requisite: Well-woman Gynecology (GYN341q)
Students are required to have been a member of the cohort currently completing this course for at least one year or by special permission.
Using standardized patients and peer models, student practice bimanual and speculum exams, Paps, cultures, diaphragm fittings, pelvimetry, breast exams, bladder catheterization, and wet mounts.

Hematology Skills* (HEM311q) 1 credit hour

This course covers a variety of lab skills used to draw and assess blood. Skills covered include hemoglobin, hematocrit, and glucose evaluations with in-office devices. Students also learn venipuncture skills, including vacutainer, syringe, and butterfly devices, then move on to review treatment of shock theory and begin to practice IV skills on a mannequin.

Homeopathy (HOM131q) 3 credit hours

An introduction to the concepts and laws of homeopathy, focusing on the use of homeopathic medicine in first aid and midwifery. This course explores the theories of homeopathy, introducing the use of the repertory and constitutional prescribing. Students will examine key remedies, analyze a number of cases in class, and work together to make appropriate prescriptions. We highly recommend that students complete our Introduction To Healing Systems course before taking this course.

Human Genetics (GEN231q) 3 credit hours

Using class discussions, lecture, videos, role-playing and small group activities, this course covers basic genetic concepts, genetic screening and diagnosis, pregnancy counseling, and common genetic disorders such as sickle cell, Tay-Sachs, and Trisomy disorders.

Independent Study (TBD) 1-3 credit hours.

Student led independent research with an approved faculty member. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must initially complete an Intent Form designating the proposed topic, advisor, and credit value. Please meet with the Academic Coordinator or the Faculty Coordinator for more information. Allow seven weeks prior to the term in which you will pursue the Independent Study to complete all preparatory steps. Course number will be determined by the Academic Coordinator based on rigor and amount of work.

Infancy (INF121q) 2 credit hours

From an ethnopediatric perspective, this course covers newborn behavior, development, bonding and attachment, and childrearing including attachment parenting. This course uses a variety of learning activities, including lecture, group discussion, in-class writing assignments, quizzes, videos, audio excerpts, and presentations to help students explore the socio-cultural aspects of infancy and early parenting.

Infant Complex Breastfeeding Situations (ICS221q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Advanced Breastfeeding Theory (BRF212q)
Midwifery students only: Enrolled midwifery students may waive the Advanced Breastfeeding Theory prerequisite if they have completed Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory (BRF131) and Postpartum (PTM251q).
This course covers an array of more complicated lactation support scenarios including: cleft-lip and palate; genetic syndromes such as Down Syndrome; screened disorders such as phenylketonuria; hypoglycemia; failure to thrive; hospitalization/surgery; infection; prematurity; multiples; pathological jaundice; birth injuries; gastrointestinal disorders such as true reflux; allergies; attachment disorders; and adoption. Students will develop a number of practice materials.

Information Literacy (INL111q) 1 credit hour

This course explores how to obtain, evaluate, use, and cite information, and how one can best base decisions on validated information. Students will learn how to recognize when they need information, and how to find information efficiently and effectively, using appropriate research tools and search strategies. Students will also evaluate and select information using appropriate criteria, and review research techniques such as treating research as a multistage learning process, ethically and legally using information and information technologies, and assessing how information relates to professional decision-making and writing papers.

International Midwifery (INT211q) 1 credit hour

Students will explore midwifery abroad from developing countries to other industrialized states. This course examines legal, health, social, economic, and political topics. Students will have opportunities to research the maternal and child health issues in a number of different international settings, as well as to explore some birth and parenting traditions practiced throughout the world.

Intrapartum* (INT251q) 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Antepartum (ANT251q).
Co-requisite: Fetal Assessment (FET221q), Prenatal Skills (PRE211q).
Using lecture, discussion, and audio-visual aids, we cover the psychophysiology of labor and birth; Biodynamic facilitation of first, second, third, and fourth stages; unusual situations including precipitous birth, cord prolapse, nuchal cord, back labor, abruption, previa, hemorrhage, and third stage issues.

Introduction to Breastfeeding Theory (BRF131q) 3 credit hours

This course replaces Breastfeeding I (BRF111q) and Breastfeeding II (BRF222q).
Using lecture, discussion, visual aids, and small group activities, this course provides students with basic information about normal breastfeeding physiology of mother and baby, properties of human milk, risks of formula feeding, recommendations regarding breastfeeding initiation, duration and normal parameters of nursing in the first two weeks, politics of breastfeeding, and influences of culture and birth practices on breastfeeding. Students will also have opportunities to utilize case studies and research projects to develop skills such as how to take a breastfeeding history of mother and baby, identification of presenting problems, and integrating counseling and education strategies into their breastfeeding support.

Introduction to Communication for Lactation Consultants (ICL111q) 1 credit hour

This course introduces students to the workings of the brain through the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology and its effect on our communication patterns. Using the work of Non-Violent Communication to support the brain and the body through empathy and resonance, students will practice creating compassion and self-awareness while focusing on how we speak and listen to ourselves, our clients, and our colleagues. Geared toward lactation professionals, this course is highly experiential to facilitate depth of learning and awareness of our own brains. Role plays are used in class with real life experiences chosen by the students with varying degrees of intensity.

Introduction to Healing Systems (STM121q) 2 credit hours

How do people understand health and disease? This course is an introduction to seven systems of health and healing used in the world today, and the strengths and weaknesses of each system. Systems reviewed include: Allopathic/biomedicine, naturopathic medicine, plant medicine, homeopathy, classical Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and osteopathic/chiropractic medicine.

Lactation Consultant Practice Protocols (LPP211q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: All Lactation Program courses must be completed or in progress.
A capstone course in which students review, update, and compile their protocols, informed choice agreements and, info sheets. Students will also use these practice materials during in-class role play scenarios to assess their effectiveness and then have opportunities to update them.

Massage Skills for Perinatal Practitioners (MSP121q) 2 credit hours

This course is both an introduction to the psychology of touch and an opportunity to practice a variety of therapeutic touch techniques. Students learn basic massage techniques with an emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum.

Maternal Complex Breastfeeding Situations (MCS221q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology for Birth and Lactation Professionals (ANP151q) or equivalent, Advanced Breastfeeding Theory (BRF212q)
Midwifery students only: Enrolled midwifery students may waive the Advanced Breastfeeding Theory prerequisite if they have completed Introduction to Breastfeeding (BRF131q) and Postpartum (PTM251q).
This course covers a variety of more complicated physiologic scenarios for mother including: breast surgery (reductions, enlargements and cancer); nipple issues (flat, inverted etc.); genetic disorders; Cesarean birth; milk production; and drug interactions. In addition, it covers psychosocial issues, such as socioeconomic issues, literacy issues, social support (lack thereof), teen moms, cultural issues in US, grief, family transition, tandem nursing, anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, and Perinatal Mood Disorders.

Medical Terminology (MED111q) 1 credit hours

Dissecting medical terms into recognizable word parts, students decipher what can be an intimidating language, in order to chart appropriately and communicate with other medical professionals. This class is an overview of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, focusing on the language of A&P. Lectures weave in related stories of pregnant women and babies, individual presentations, while a few games spice up the memorization. This course meets Midwifery Program prerequisite requirements.

Microbiology Skills* (MIC311q) 1 credit hours

Co-requisite: Applied Microbiology for Midwives (AMM351q).
This course introduces students to the use of microscopes (both monocular and binocular). Students will have opportunities to view prepared slides, prepare their own wet mounts, incubate samples, practice staining, and use a variety of culture media. Students will also be introduced to and perform sterilization techniques.

Midwifery History and Politics (MHP431q) 3 credit hours

This course focuses on attitudes and laws that have surrounded midwives and the practice of midwifery throughout history and contemporary times. Students examine the role of midwives from ancient to modern times in Western Civilization. About equally divided between history and politics, the latter half of the class emphasizes the politics of midwifery in the United States, identifying important midwifery organizations and how midwives have come together to bring about change.

Midwifery Integration* (MIN411q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: All required midwifery program courses must be completed or in progress.
It is strongly suggested that students have prior clinical experience and have begun attending births as a primary under supervision before registering for this course.
In this capstone course, students use their practice guidelines, protocols, forms, information sheets, informed choice forms, and other information to manage practice scenarios with a standardized patient. Students will have opportunities to be both an assistant and primary midwife in at least one scenario and to receive and offer feedback on these scenarios.

Nutrition (NUT131q) 3 credit hours

This course covers nutrition fundamentals, emphasizing nutritional needs for pregnancy and lactation. Students will review nutrition concepts including macro- and micro-nutrients, use of supplements, diet analysis and nutritional counseling, and applications for pregnancy and postpartum.

Perinatal Psychology for Lactation Professionals (PSL211q) 1 credit hour

This course explores the transitional stages of the family life cycle; the transformational shift of identity into motherhood; the personal and cultural pressures associated with breastfeeding; the psychological impact of the birth experience on the postpartum; fears common to new parents; and the impact of parenthood on the family.

Perinatal Psychology for Midwives (PSY221q) 2 credit hours

This course explores the psychological tasks associated with the childbearing year, such as shifts in personal identity, working with pregnancy dreams, prenatal depression and anxiety, working with client fears, the psychological impact of the birth experience, the importance of the “birth story,” working with birth trauma and postpartum depression, changes in the couple relationship, and some of the psychological challenges that midwives may face.

Pharmacology (PHR421q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisites: Critical Care Skills I (CCS411q), Complex Situations II (CPX442q)
Registration for this course limited to midwifery program students, midwives, and approved community students.
This course covers basic pharmacology theory, legend drugs and devices used in a midwifery practice, and administration of medications including injection techniques. In combination with CCSIII, this course meets the Legend Drugs and Devices initial education requirements for Pharmacology, Medications by Injection, and intrapartum prophylactic antibiotics for GBS required for Oregon midwifery licensure.

Physical Assessment I* (PHY221q) 2 credit hours

Co-requisite: Antepartum (ANT251q).
Students learn the basics of universal precautions and safe touch, and then move on to practice hands-on skills including vital signs, SOAP charting, head-to-toe physical assessment (excluding breast, neurological, and reproductive exams which will be covered in other courses). Students will practice these skills on peer models.

Physical Assessment II* (PHY312q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Physical Assessment I (PHY221q).
The second course in the Physical Assessment sequence expands students’ skills through deepening knowledge of neurological assessments. Students will choose appropriate physical assessments in case-specific scenarios to provide differential diagnosis. Students will also chart the results of their examinations.

Plant Medicine I (PLM221q) 2 credit hours

This course covers techniques for utilizing plants in health care including identifying and harvesting herbs; engaging in hands-on preparation of teas (infusions and decoctions) and tinctures using both scientific and folk methods; glycerites; and vinegars. Students begin to build a plant monograph book – choosing a specific plant to study and sharing information with each other. Includes an herb walk and field trip. We highly recommend that you complete our Introduction to Healing Systems course before taking Plant Medicine I.

Plant Medicine II (PLM222q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Plant Medicine I (PLM221q).
Students expand their knowledge from Plant Medicine I, learning about and making topical applications, preparation of herbal baths, hydrosols, succi, salves, and creams. They add to their plant monographs and enhance their plant identification skills through in class activities and a field trip.

Plant Medicine III (PLM223q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Plant Medicine II (PLM222q).
Student make more complicated or less frequently used forms of medicine, such as syrups, cordials and elixirs, lozenges, suppositories, oxymels, and electuaries. In addition, students utilize their knowledge of plant actions and constituents to create herbal formulas and prescriptions. This course includes a field trip.

Postpartum Skills* (PTM211q) 1 credit hour

Co-requisite: Postpartum (PTM251q).
Students learn about the steps of the newborn physical and gestational age exams and evaluation and practice these skills on mannequins. They also practice the use of growth charts and infant scales, estimate blood-loss using synthetic blood, examine placentas, draw cord blood, and practice various forms of cord clamping and cutting. Setting up and cleaning various types of water-birth tubs are also covered.

Postpartum* (PTM251q) 5 credit hours

Prerequisites: Intrapartum (INT251q).
Co-requisite: Postpartum Skills (PTM211q).
This course covers unique fetal anatomy and physiology, fetal transformation, newborn examination and age assessment. In addition, students learn neonatal procedures; behavioral states; infant postpartum assessment, care and complications; maternal assessment and care; maternal postpartum complications; and postpartum emotional disorders.

Pregnancy and Birth Impacts on Breastfeeding (IMP231q) 3 credit hours

This course examines in greater detail the effects of pregnancy and birth on breastfeeding, specifically looking at the anatomy and physiology of fetal development, maternal health and its effect on the fetus, the fetal environment, and the impact of all this on breastfeeding. In addition, students will examine the impact of Biodynamic birth with emphasis on baby or mother led initiation of breastfeeding (as opposed to practitioner led) in the immediate postpartum, and the impact of birth related interventions on breastfeeding (including drug impacts, cesarean birth, and instrumental delivery).

Prenatal Skills* (PRE211q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Physical Assessment I (PHY221q)
Co-requisite Intrapartum (INT251q), Fetal Assessment (FET221q)
This is a hands-on class in which students will practice on volunteer models. Students learn to do full prenatal exams on pregnant models, including skills such as Leopold’s maneuvers, fetal auscultation using both doppler and fetoscope, and fundal height measurement. Other skills include gloving and ungloving, sterile technique, diastasis recti assessment, and rebozo use in pregnancy. Highly interactive.

Professional Standards and Practice for Lactation Consultants (LPS221q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Advanced Breastfeeding Theory (BRF212q)
This course discusses professional ethics; business issues such as self employment topics, record keeping, and insurance; credentialing; HIPAA; and professional organizations for Lactation Consultants.

Psychosocial Issues* (PSY441q) 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: First year midwifery Core theory
Using lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and student presentations, this course covers social issues as they impact on clinical care, including socioeconomic status, literacy, family structures, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, domestic violence, adolescent pregnancy, and adoption.

Research Methods* (RSM311q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Information Literacy (INL111q) and Using Medical Literature (UML111q)
Students will walk through the research process, from choosing a topic, to doing a review of the literature and creating original research tools. Students will also develop a thesis statement and practice using their research tools with other students in the class. Students may be able to use the work they begin in this course to inform their Research Projects.

Research Project* (RSP411q) 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Research Methods (RSM311q).
Registration for this course is limited to midwifery program students.
This course focuses on the design and implementation of a research project, including definition of a topic, literature review, creation of a bibliography ,and the production of a research paper.

Running a Midwifery Practice* (RUN331q) 3 credit hours

This course explores developing and structuring a practice, including deciding which products and services to offer. Covers business management and bookkeeping, informed consent, malpractice, legal concepts and requirements. Also includes getting reimbursed, working with insurance companies and HIPAA compliance. Students produce a complete Business Plan and a community resource tool.

Spanish for Birth Professionals (SPA111q) 1 credit hour

This course offers students an introduction to basic vocabulary and phrasing related to the perinatal period. Students watch videos and practice speaking and reading so that all aspects of language development are used.

Suturing (SUT421q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Postpartum (PTM251q)
Registration for this course is limited to midwifery program students, midwives, and approved community students.
This course covers both theory and skills behind the assessment of perineal lacerations and the necessary steps for repairing them. Skills include materials and equipment selection, perineal evaluation, repairs of first and second degree lacerations, use of local anesthetics, and episiotomy. This course meets Legend Drugs and Devices initial educational requirements for Suturing required for Oregon licensure.

Using Medical Literature (UML111q) 1 credit hour

Students will gain skills in evaluating, analyzing, applying, and making meaning of the information they encounter in scientific literature both as a student and as a practitioner. Basic statistical and epidemiological concepts will be covered such as direct and indirect causes of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, principles of research, evidence-based practice, critical interpretation of professional literature, and the interpretation of vital statistics and research findings. Students will use homebirth safety studies to evaluate both the research itself as well as the benefits and risks of available birth settings.

Well-woman Gynecology* (GYN341q) 4 credit hours

Co-requisite: Gynecology Skills (GYN321q)
This theory course explores sexuality, birth control and family planning, pelvic examinations, breast health and examinations. Other topics covered include menstrual disorders, perimenopause and menopause, uterine and cervical abnormalities, and myomata.

Working Cross Culturally (WCC221q) 2 credit hours

This course uses lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and student presentations to cover the general principles of cultural versatility and humility when working with someone from a different culture. Additionally, students will explore a wide range of cultural beliefs and practices regarding the childbearing year.