Take Single Classes Through the Indie Birth Midwifery School
We are so excited to offer a huge amount of content in the structure of a class, to anyone that wants to benefit from learning and growing and exploring! These classes are appropriate for people looking to expand their minds and hearts. Because as a learner you may dig as deep as you desire with these courses, a variety of levels of learning makes these courses perfect for midwives, student midwives, doulas, women,mamas,men/dads/partners,alternative practitioners and more.
Our PASSION is spreading learning and information and offering the most cutting-edge experts and perspectives so that we can truly change the paradigm of birth. We see a need for people that are challenging everything we’ve been taught; we see a need for women and families and midwives to learn so much that the power of birth is returned to the family. These courses will give you a container to explore deep issues, learn research and skills and connect more intentionally with the Indie Birth community.
To read more about our school transformation and mission, please read this.
Current Available Offerings:
Each course is 10 weeks. Required donation is $349 per course, due with enrollment. Classes begin on July 13th 2018.
Skills Prep Course
Description : This course is a preparatory class for the required 3 day Indie Birth Midwifery skills workshop. The goal of this course is to ensure a solid foundation of knowledge, as well as a chance to assess your current skill level. This course will take you through, in presentation format, the what, why, when and how of all the basic midwifery hands-on skills. You will complete this class having a solid understanding of the best way to take a blood pressure reading, to why we listen to fetal heart tones, to how to insert a urinary catheter. We hope these initial teachings provoke questions about deeper learning that you will bring to our in-person workshop. If you are just taking this course to review hands-on skills, it will prepare you for testing and becoming more proficient.
Seeing Beyond Our Own Experiences: Cultural Awareness, Diversity and Midwifery Care
Description : It is important that we be able to work respectfully with people from many different religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders and ethnicities. We will go over the basics of sociological thinking (the study of people in groups) and how it applies to our work as midwives. We will explore how we can work with people from all different backgrounds, and we will think through how our own backgrounds and privileges might influence the way we midwife, and how others engage with our work.
Issues in the Prenatal Period
Description : This is THE class to participate in if you’d like knowledge and exploration into all the hot prenatal topics; meaning, things that don’t really come up often as we serve pretty healthy women but topics you DO want to know about and MUST recognize if the need ever arose! Over the 9 weeks (the 10th week is integration of new knowledge/experience), we will dive deep into complications that midwives want to be able to recognize; whether it’s by signs and symptoms, lab work, experience or even while working with a medical practitioner if the woman needs that. We will be covering pre-eclampsia/HELLP; gestational diabetes, preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and a handful of other complications. This would be a great course to refresh your knowledge as a midwife (or get up to date and up to speed with new information and research). This is also a MUST for student midwives learning pathology alongside the holistic model or Wise Woman model that we love to teach. This course will allow you and encourage you to think outside of the box, and compare what you are learning amongst different viewpoints. We care so much that all of our learners leave these classes feeling fulfilled and like they had the time and resources to take these topics as deep as they want to go. Over the 9 weeks, you will have access to about 4 video webinars (unique to Indie Birth), a variety of other media and resources, other students that are learning alongside of you, a handy “guidebook” that accompanies each class and support from an amazing team of people that facilitate our school!
Lactation Science and Breastfeeding Support
Description: In this course we will focus on normal early breastfeeding, as well as challenges that can occur. You will learn how to help clients understand the benefits of breastfeeding, and deal with garden variety challenges that may come up. Student will also learn to identify larger red flags that likely require the help of someone with more knowledge and expertise.
Exploring the Divine Feminine
Description : This course explores the concept and personification of the Divine Feminine through stories, art, sacred wisdom and self-reflection. The purpose is to highlight the sacred cycles that are uniquely feminine and that are crucial to understanding the model of sacred birth. This course is for students who want to explore the different aspects and archetypes of the Divine Feminine and how these beliefs can help us serve as midwives.
Speaking Your Truth; Content Creation for Birthworkers
Writing can be an important part of midwifery, and will certainly be an important part of the Indie Birth Midwifery School. We need to be able to communicate effectively in writing with our clients, students and (we would argue) with our communities. We want you to be able to create great documents, articles and manifestos to help build the new paradigm, and to help your clients in their decision making processes.
Description : This course focuses on where, how and when midwifery evolved, the role of medicine in the decline of midwifery and the current state of regulation/professionalization/licensing that is the hallmark of modern day midwifery. We want you to understand your history as a midwife, so that we can revision the future, and move forward towards that goal with clarity.
Description : This course is a foundational class for exploring the different forms of healing and medicine that plants can provide. The purpose is to provide basic knowledge about the different ways to prepare plant medicine and when or why we would choose one way over the other. Hands on experience with the plants will be a part of coursework.