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Birth Arts International Midwife’s Assistant Certification program is an extensive and exploratory training program. Students will learn how to work as a Midwife’s Assistant prenatally, during labor, and postnatally, serving the client and their family’s needs and learning the skills needed to practice and work as a midwife’s assistant. Additionally, BAI will try to assist you in finding a midwife to work with or an apprenticeship. Although this cannot be guaranteed, we will assist you in your search for local placement.
Midwife’s Assistant Certification
Parents do not experience childbearing in isolated segments but as a continuum. A relationship flows naturally to lovemaking with pregnancy following, which flows into the birth, postpartum, and child-raising. It is a continuous process that is woven into the rest of their life. The parent is also a part of a family and a larger society. This program is based on that continuity and context and what parents really need during this time.
What is the job?
A Birth Arts International Midwife’s Assistant can provide a continuity of care lacking in our fragmented health care and social service systems. Midwife’s Assistant can support the client prenatally, during birth, postpartum, and family life. Traditionally, parents learned how to be parents and care for their children from their families and their community’s support. In these times, all too often, a client finds themselves isolated with no one to “hang out with” to learn these things naturally. They may want to do things differently than their own parents. They may turn to books, TV, or the internet searching for their community. The Midwife’s Assistant is a person in their own community that the client can get to know during pregnancy and will feel comfortable turning to throughout the childbearing year. The Midwife’s Assistant will know this client, family, and particular circumstances and tailor her care to her individual needs.
You help clients and families!
Clients process feelings and thoughts by talking with others. As they talk, clarity appears, and they are able to work out problems for themselves. The Midwife’s Assistant offers an understanding ear and a reflective perspective. The Midwife’s Assistants can directly help the client. Cooking, shopping, doing household chores, child care, breastfeeding support, giving information, or sharing resources are some of the things a midwife’s assistant does. Midwife’s Assistants also work under the direction of a Midwife to offer clients continuity of care.
We know that one on one, in-home, personal support works better than large classes or brief visits with a care provider. Clients prefer this, and the whole family benefits from such intensive care. The Midwife’s Assistant always fosters family bonding, showing the partner or other family members how they can support the parents and baby.
The Midwife’s Assistant will be familiar with local resources and refer clients to what they need. Midwife’s Assistants can work with the local health departments, social services, hospitals, homebirth midwives, birth education or breastfeeding groups, or her own. The Midwife’s Assistant is familiar with alternative/complementary health care modalities that are available.
The Midwife’s Assistant is not a medical caregiver. Although a lot of midwives ‘ assistants are students or apprentice midwives, they may need to take the program to work with area midwives. Many students are nurses; you must check with your nursing board before working as both. She does have specified basic health assessment skills she is competent to perform. The Midwife’s Assistant may also teach them to parents so they can do them for themselves. The Midwife’s Assistant is knowledgeable about normal childbearing and encourages the client to see their caregiver when there are medical questions.
A midwife’s assistant works with a regional midwife as an assistant caregiver to families. Midwives Assistants do not work independently, delivering babies; they work under a seasoned midwife. They learn and develop skills to assist midwives clinically for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Birth Arts International is educating you to be a valuable resource for your community. Our goal is to bring currently available training to a deeper level. Advanced education modules are also available. We feel this way of caring for birthing clients will contribute greatly to the health of clients, their families, the community, and the world.
Our students learn to work with Clients utilizing skills for appropriate care:
- History of the Birthing Arts
- History of Midwifery
- Pregnancy Assessment and Skills
- Finding a Midwife to Work With
- Client relations
- Cultural Diversity
- Nutritional Support
- Anatomy of Pregnancy, Birth, and Lactation
- Prenatal Care and Support
- Clinical Assistant Skills
- Labor Support techniques and skills
- Adjunct Therapies
- Postpartum support and skills
- Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding support
- Household Support
- Herbal Support Techniques and over 100 pages of recipes.
- Universal Precautions
- Skills work – BP, FHT, Urine Collection, Etc.. First level NARM Skills for your future midwifery career.
- Business Skills
Students have to complete additional assignments throughout the workbook and additional readings.
Unlike other certification organizations, Birth Arts International has no additional fees. Your enrollment fee is the only fee we will charge you. We do not have certification, membership, or examination fees that are due to become certified or to keep your membership current. All enrollments are final.