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Midwifery is a calling…
Is a midwifery education calling you?
“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” William MacNeile Dixon
MMCI wants to see a midwife in every community—is our vision your vision? Find out how you can enroll as a student in MMCI’s Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Program.
Become a Certified Professional Midwife in
a State of Wisconsin Approved Program.
Become a Certified Perinatal Educator: Instruction in childbirth education, labor support, and lactation education.
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What every midwifery student should know!
MMCI spotlight on new book,
More than a Midwife
A must read for anyone interested in midwifery, MMCI founder Mary Sommers' new book,
More than a Midwife shares stories of glory, grace and joy, as well as heartbreak and tragedy experienced through her 20-plus years of working with mothers and their infants.
What are MMCI/NCM graduates doing?
Follow this link to find out how and where and how our graduates are using their CPM education.
At Midwest Maternal Child Institute (MMCI), located in Oregon WI (near Madison), we offer you a comprehensive, formal midwifery education program that gives you the opportunity to open windows, deliver miracles and create the possibility of everything.
Why a formal midwifery education?
MMCI strongly supports the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) belief that one crucial way to advance the profession of midwifery is to create midwifery programs that ensure standards of consistent content and quality. That is why we sought and received approval from the Educational Approval Board of the State of Wisconsin.
Why MMCI’s Certified Professional Midwife Program?
Proven success in preparing students to pass the NARM exam
MMCI prepares students to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam to obtain the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) qualification, which has become the benchmark for midwives who attend homebirths and birth center births. Stats!
A rich education experience that combines hands-on coursework and hands-on clinicals
MMCI offers both a formal midwifery education that teaches the science, theory, and ethics of birth in a peer-supported learning environment, as well as the clinical preceptor training that students need to practice as professionals. The learning experience combines the best of all worlds:
• face-to-face classroom experience: Faculty facilitate a peer-supported learning environment that emphasizes integrity and compassion where students can develop the leadership, communication, and research skills required to be an effective midwife.
• self-paced study of distance education: Students complete readings and homework between monthly classes.
• hands-on experience of the apprenticeship approach: Students participate in clinicals and attend births.
A program designed to fit the way you live
MMCI’s CPM Program meets the needs of adult learners who may have jobs or are mothers: Each month, for 36 months, a module is taught at a weekend Intensive by experienced educators and providers who specialize in the module’s content.
An affordable CPM education
Tuition for the three-year program is $12,600; students pay $350 tuition per month and no preceptor fees.
Relationships with numerous preceptors practicing in a wide network of sites, including international sites
MMCI offers assistance in placing students with preceptors who are qualified maternity care providers who practice locally, regionally, and internationally.
Experienced leadership and faculty
Our founder and Director of Academic Affairs, Mary Sommers is a leader in the national and international midwifery field.
Midwifery Education at Midwest Maternal Child Institute