Midwifery Training

We are not accepting new students at this time. The next openings may be available in September of 2018.

Our intention is for students to leave our practice functioning at the level of an experienced midwife. As such, our program is comprehensive, stringent and requires a very high level of dedication and commitment. 

Being a midwife's apprentice is a full time job with lots of overtime. The pay may be bad and the hours may be even worse but the opportunities and experiences are invaluable. 

Apprentices are offered a valuable education, valued at $35,000 - $50,000. We not only offer the clinical and practical aspects of midwifery but also extend the opportunity to belong to our lineage midwives. 

These are no small things. A lot is required of preceptors, especially if students expect to receive a beneficial and well-rounded experience. We therefore expect work efforts in exchange for this valuable experience.

Our midwifery practice focuses on home birth and birth center birth. The midwives are all licensed Arizona Midwives, Certified Professional Midwifes, have met, or are meeting, the International Standards of Midwifery via the North American Registry of Midwives Bridge certification and have or are in process of meeting the Arizona Advance Practice Midwife certification.

We provide students with the opportunities they need to meet the Midwives Alliance of North America Core Competencies.™ 

We provide complete midwifery care based on The Midwife Model of Care™ 

We work with many alternative health modalities, including herbs, homeopathy, oils, sound, chiropractic care, Body Talk Therapy, positive touch and provide a wide variety of educational experiences and much more.

Students will have the opportunity to learn and master absolutely every facet of midwifery.

Let that last sentence sink in. 

Clinic, classes and trainings are centered in our office located within The Phoenix Birth Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Applicants must have:

  • Reliable transportation,
  • Available for births 24-7-365,
  • Ability to devote 10 hours a week towards work exchange efforts,
  • Ability to devote up to 10 hours a week towards community services 
  • Ability to commit to 10-20 hours a week for study,
  • 10-20 hours a week for clinical rotations,
  • Up to 100 additional hours a month to attend births and postpartum appointments
  • Reliable childcare if needed
  • Initial investment of $500 for textbooks and equipment and up to another $5500 in additional study materials, midwifery equipment, and classes over the next two years. 

Work efforts

  • Cleaning 
  • Cooking
  • Errand Running
  • Office Management 
  • Placenta Crafting

Community out-reach

  • Hosting midwifery study groups
  • Managing baby-care booth at markets, events and festivals 
  • Speaking at events and gatherings
  • Hosting/promoting midwifery events

Students will receive:

  • Guidance for study and preparation for Arizona Midwife licensure exam
  • Guidance for study and preparation for Certified Professional Midwife exam
  • Extensive clinical experience
  • Training in the Midwives Alliance of North America Core Competencies 
  • Training in the Arizona Rules and Regulations for Midwives
  • Exposure to alternative health modalities
  • Training in pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and baby care
  • Home Birth management experience
  • Birth Center management experience 
  • Hospital Birth support experience
  • Theory and philosophy in the care of women
  • Opportunity to provide feedback 
  • Opportunity to pick a specialty area
  • Two scheduled days off a week to devote to studies

Students are expected to:

  • Turn in their assignments on time 
  • Complete a minimum of three additional and complementary certifications (ex; breastfeeding, postpartum care, doula care)
  • Follow dress and conduct codes 
  • Exceed the clinical requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives CPM application
  • Understand that they will not be signed off until they have shown ++ competency of said skill or clinical experience

If that hasn't scared you off, fill out our pre-screening form and if we have availability, we will get back to you.

Name *
Phone *
Are you available to dedicate up to 60 hours a week to your midwifery apprenticeship? *
Do you have reliable transportation? *
Are you prepared for hard, physical work? *
Will you be able to make an initial financial investment for textbooks and equipment? *
Do you have healthcare experience? *
Do you have training or experience in childbirth education, doula care, breastfeeding support or other pregnancy/birth area? *
Are you presently enrolled in a midwifery program? *

If that seems like a lot, consider that many midwives leave midwifery school (after paying tens of thousands of dollars) and apprenticeships barely prepared to meet the responsibilities of an independent midwife.

We do not find that to be acceptable. You will leave our care 100% prepared to function as a responsible midwife. 

Home Birth baby! Photo Credit:  Arizona Midwife  Shell Luttrell

Home Birth baby! Photo Credit: Arizona Midwife Shell Luttrell