Study to Become a Midwife

Our Austin based midwifery school is devoted to presenting a dynamic curriculum meant to assist students in the mastery of midwifery skills. Our approach blends class time, clinic skills and an apprenticeship designed to maximize the transition of theory into practice.


Our next session begins June 3rd!


Class and Skills Development

Students will spend 500 hours in classroom and an additional 300 hours in skills lab. Students can expect to spend 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class. Students begin by attending class one day per week. Class is a blend of skills and academic learning that is both teacher lead as well as video led. Our students are taught the basics right away, usually the first week of class - blood draw, vital signs, urinalysis - and they put those skills to work! The classroom portion of the program can be completed in 22 - 24 months. Clinical skills may take an additional 6 - 36 months. 



Clinical hours – direct client care including births, prenatals, postpartum – will be a minimum of 1200 hours. During the first year of clinic, students can expect to choose 24 hour shifts. Clinic hours are completed at Beautiful Beginning Birth Center until the student has demonstrated mastery of the basics of midwifery at which time they are invited to study with our Preceptor-Midwives.


During the first year of study, students chose a clinical call schedule. This can be one or two days a week or it can be as many as five days per week. This flexibility allows students to work in addition to attend school.


During the second year of study, students are expected to be on-call 24/7 in preparation for the rigors of a midwifery practice. 



Once a student has mastered the basics, they begin a formal apprenticeship with one or more midwives. It is our belief that a student should attend births and clinic appointments with several midwives throughout her study. This diversity in experiences allows a student to formulate her own philosophy of midwifery and how she would like to practice.


After a minimum of 100 prenatals and 30 births, a student is considered an Advanced Midwifery Student and will select a midwife to work with exclusively. This one-on-one mentorship allows the Preceptor-Midwife to thoroughly assess a student's strengths and weaknesses and to guide her to becoming a successful midwife.


Academic Support

Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor when they enroll in the school. The student and advisor meet quarterly and students are encouraged to consult with their advisor for academic support, to debrief after a difficult birth, or for any questions that may arise during their training. This person is meant to be a source of encouragement and support to the student. 



Prerequisite – Introduction to Midwifery and the Healthcare Field

Successful completion of this course enables a student full enrollment in the midwifery school.

HIPAA, OSHA/Universal Precautions, Sanitation

CPR, NRP, Vitals

Legality and Governing Agencies

Midwifery Model of Care, MANA, NARM

Cultural Competency

Anatomy & Physiology

Medical terminology, charting, Protocols


Research & Statistics


Fertility, Embryology, Nutrition

Fertility Cycle, Family Planning

Physical Exam, Labs


Nutrition, Supplements, Herbs


Normal Antenatal

Obstetric History Taking, Physical Exam and Labs

Legal Documentation

Early pregnancy – signs and symptoms, dating, viability

Normal changes in pregnancy, what to expect

Assessing maternal and fetal well being

Palpation of fetal lie, position and presentation

Exercise and nutrition


Abnormal Antenatal

Protocols, Consulting Physician, Collaborative Care

Ectopic, molar pregnancy

Toxemia, TORCH, CMV, GDM, STIs

Post term vs post dates

Malpresentation, unstable lie

Miscarriage, stillbirth


Labs & Pharmacology

Disease Reporting

Legal requirements for labs – HIV, HBsAG, RPR

OB panel, Glucose screening, GBS, Genetic screening


Medications – Drug Class



Normal physiology of labor and birth

Membrane status, vital signs, contraction pattern

Maternal and fetal well-being assessment

Fetal heart tone assessment

Comfort measures, pain management

Hand maneuvers for delivery

Third Stage – Delivery of Placenta


Abnormal Intrapartum

Legality of transports

Identifying complications

Abruption, excessive bleeding, retained placenta

Maternal exhaustion

Fetal distress, meconium, CPD

VBAC, multiple gestation, breech

Shoulder dystocia

Hemorrhage, Shock, Pharmacologic agents


Postpartum & Newborn

EBL, Placental Inspection, Encapsultation

Perineal assessment and repair

APGAR, normal vitals and behavior

Physiologic and anatomic changes in circulatory and respiratory systems


Golden Hour

Newborn Exam and Documentation

Medications, Legality

Complications  - Respiratory distress, meconium, indications for transport

Testing – CCHD, NBS, Newborn Hearing Screening

Diastasis, Pelvic Floor, Exercise, Nutrition

Return to fertility, Family Planning


Breastfeeding & Well Woman Care

Breastfeeding taught by an IBCLC

Anatomy of the Breast

Physiology of Breastfeeding

Delayed lactogensis – medications at birth

Over- and low- supply

Milk extraction and storage

Tongue and lip tie, Problems with latch

Mastitis, Plugged ducts, Blebs, Engorgement


History taking, physical exam, pap, labs

Breast exam, family planning



The Business of Midwifery

State Regulations regarding Midwifery


Billing, Peer Review, Continuing Education

Setting up accounts – oxygen, lab, hazardous waste

Coordinating with Physicians – Standing Orders, Consultations

Protocols – Writing, Review, Revision and Sign Off

Liability, Legal entities, Taxes

Birth and Death Certificates, Acknowledgment of Paternity

Records – Create, Storage – HIPAA, PHI, Client Records

NARM exam, Jurisprudence Exam, State Licensure




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