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Maternal Child Health Specialist Program

The Midwest Maternal Child Institute offers a Diploma that prepares students to become Maternal Child Health Specialists. Graduates of the MC Health Specialist Program will be qualified to work as: Birth Assistants, Professional Doulas with high level skills, Breastfeeding Counselors and Maternal Child Case Managers. And, those working in the fields of Public Health, Social Work, Birth Justice and Women/Gender Studies will gain a greater understanding of maternal child health that will enhance their careers.


MMCI’s curriculum is designed to promote leadership and independence in the birth professions so students can acquire the skills and confidence that will prepare them for a career in birth. The MMCI 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 birth worker.

• Self-paced study of distance education: Students complete readings and homework between monthly classes.

• Hands-on experience: Students participate in relevant clinical experiences.



Diploma Program requirements

• Completion of the MMCI MC Health Specialist Program admission application, which includes thoughtful, in-depth responses to narrative questions

• Submission of transcripts from  institutions of higher learning OR high school/GED transcripts if applicant has not completed higher education classes**  Unofficial transcript copies are accepted.

• Two professional references mailed directly to MMCI by those giving the references

• A current resume/CV

• Be physically, and otherwise, able to perform the duties required for labor support and birth assistance