The Journey of Becoming a Midwife

It is time to re-dream the future of birth & usher in a new age of what it means to do this work–to serve women as birth workers!!!
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What Makes The Indie Birth Path Unique

The Vision

Traditional “midwifery school” focuses on teaching for a test, and ignores that true midwifery is a combination of mind, heart and spirit. Our work together will address all levels of your development from deep internal work extremely practical clinical skills.

How It Works

A variety of courses are offered each 10 week trimester on our teaching platform. Each course features expert perspectives and unique resources, including both video and written content. You will have opportunities for introspection, assignments, and challenges to synthesize the material.

Community of Sisters

It’s challenging to not feel like a “black sheep” in the traditional world of birth. You will leave our classes with a stronger sense of self, a clearer idea of your own truths, a path that is uniquely yours and a deeper bond to the greater Sisterhood.
Who These Courses Are For

Over time, women have lost their power in birth and midwives have become nothing more than paid medical agents of the State. We have created this learning opportunity YOU if you…

  • Hold inside a deep yearning to serve women from your heart, in a way that puts the woman and her child above all else.
  • Want to take full responsibility for your journey in birth work and reclaim the power you have given away.
  • Are looking for courses that will both challenge and inspire you.
  • Want to connect with a community that will support and encourage you!
  • Want the opportunity to learn from experts across the world who will expand your thinking about birth work.
  • Understand that necessary inner “skills” are required to navigate this path from your deepest truth and have a willingness to develop those in addition to clinical midwifery skills.

If this sounds like you, then the journey begins here.

How It Works

Indie Birth Visionaries

Maryn Green has been in the birth world for over 13 years, and has been attending women as a midwife since 2009. She has written numerous blog posts and recorded over 140 (and counting!) podcasts on iTunes (“Taking Back Birth”) that encourage women and midwives to rethink what they have been taught, and re-connect with ancient wisdom in combination with current research and knowledge. Her motto; The woman is always the center of her spiral! Most passionate about physiological birth and the fate of future generations, Maryn has been taught by witnessing hundreds of undisturbed births, the best of which have been the births of her own 9 children. 

- Maryn

Margo came to the world of pregnancy, birth and babies by way of serendipity and a deep inner calling before ever being pregnant herself. During her college years, she was focused on the history and strategies of social justice activism, women’s personal and collective empowerment, and the development of her own personal vision for a healthy, just and sustainable community. She now brings that background and passion to her community midwifery.  She completed a traditional apprenticeship with Maryn from 2011 to 2016, and has been attending births as a midwife since that time. Celosia, Margo's daughter, was born at home in 2014, against all odds, and that experience has been the continuing inspiration for much of her work around concepts of risk, variations of normal, and woman-centered midwifery.

- Margo

Current Course Offerings

To enroll in a course, please click the “Enroll Now” button below the description

The Journey Through the Pelvis + an Exploration of the Dystocias

The distance a baby must go from womb to earthside is really not very far at all, and yet it is often quite a journey. In this course we will investigate the pelvis, the pelvic floor and the way in which the uterus pushes the baby through both. We will also explore the ways in which babies can have trouble passing through, and the relevant techniques to help them be born. Of course, we know that labor and birth are not merely physical, so we will also spend time learning about the energy and emotion for both mother and baby during the birth process.

Recognizing + Handling the Rare Complication of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Midwives have long had techniques for preventing and handling excess blood loss after birth, but due to poor nutrition and commonplace intervention, postpartum hemorrhage has become a feared and misunderstood complication, and a leading cause of maternal death worldwide. It is assumed that it postpartum hemorrhage is common, and that there is nothing to do to prevent or treat besides the use of pharmaceuticals. This course will return the conversation to time honored midwifery techniques while also looking at how we can utilize new tools and technologies in a sacred way. You will learn about the science and art of manifesting an undisturbed third stage, and working with clients who want to reclaim this part of the birth process.

Full Spectrum Miscarriage and Loss for Midwives

As midwifery has become medicalized and taken out of the community context, many have stopped providing the valuable service of sitting with women through miscarriage and loss. We hope to change that, and believe that every midwife should be making herself available to women who need support in the birth process, no matter the gestation and whether her baby is alive or not. Learn how to physically and emotionally support clients through the process of birth, including the nuances of birth at different gestations, as well as induced and assisted birth when necessary or desired.

The 4th Trimester : Supporting the Postpartum Time as a Modern Midwife

There has been a refocusing on the postpartum time in the last few years, but midwives still have not put much of the amazing wisdom and practices into, well….practice! And within the midwifery community there is still so much dogma and routine involved in the care of a well newborn and mom. What do mamas and babies REALLY need during the postpartum time? How do we do our part to provide that? Join us to sift through the approaches, traditions and skills to find the way that you will provide care in the 4th trimester.

Hormonal Balance and Fertility Awareness

Here at Indie Birth we believe in midwifery across the lifespan, and the midwife as a community healer who does more than pregnancy, birth and postpartum care through 6 weeks. If a midwife wants to be useful to her community, being knowledgeable about hormonal balance and fertility awareness is crucial! This course provides much of the groundwork for understanding the sex hormones, the cycle of fertility, conception, and general reproductive health. You will learn to chart your own cycles as well as the basics of supporting clients who want to understand and strengthen their own cycles.

First Things First: Taking Care of Ourselves in the Birth World

Midwifery and martydom seem to go hand in hand, and we are changing that. Just because you are a midwife does not mean that you can’t take care of yourself. In fact, taking amazing care of your own self makes you a BETTER midwife, sets an incredible example for your clients, and ultimately makes your job easier. We know too many amazing birth workers who have burned out and moved on because they were missing these skills and perspectives. This course will invite you to do the inner work that is required to first believe we are worthy of care and tending, and then practice the skills to make that tending happen. We are hear you cheer you on every step of the way. **If you think this course isn’t for you, we can pretty much guarentee it is!

Birth Models Around the World: Envisioning the Future

If we are going to create something new and incredible for our communities (and we are!), we need to first see what birth models already exist and if they are promoting the same values and outcomes we hope to see where we live. There are many enticing features that we can borrow from other models and places, and we hope that this exploration inspires you to dream a new birth model up that meets your communities needs and your deepest desires.

Pregnancy Nutrition : A Pillar of Midwifery Knowledge

Midwives are healers within the larger community context, and as such has always worked with food and plants as our primary form of medicine. We have lost our way as midwives, and many of us do not tend to this extremely important part of our clients’ health. Learn about digestion, macro and micronutrients, the science that supports eating traditional diets, how nutrient needs change in pregnancy, and why optimum nutrition is crucial for mamababy health and wellness. We will also explore ways to counsel women around their eating, and help them tap into their intuitive ability to nourish themselves and their babies. You will be challenged to try new foods, keep your own food journals, practice counseling on your peers, and create valuable written and video content (perhaps a cooking class!) for your community.

Listen: The Art + Science of Relationship Building in Midwifery

Listening, communication, connecting and relationship building – these are the hallmarks of radical, client-centered midwifery and are difficult skills to teach and hone.  We will guide you through the components and multiple perspectives and techniques so that you can begin to intentionally develop this craft. We will provide you with heart felt readings, examples from the lives of real midwives, and exercises to become artful in your own communication skills.  

Testimonials
I feel strongly about women’s right to reproductive autonomy and this past year with IBMS has shown me the rite of passage that birth truly is. It has taught me so much about pregnancy and birth (more than I could have imagined and we’re only just breaking the surface), but most importantly, taught me so much about myself. This past year has made me a better person and it is thanks to the deep inquiry you and the Indie Birth team have asked of each of us. I cannot think of a better way I could have spent this special time. – Cassie Snyder
I am beyond thrilled with the quality of the classes offered at IBMS. They dive right to the heart of what is important in birth, and sculpt their classes for deep personal learning. They offer tools in each class to dig deep to personalize our midwifery practice & care we will offer women. They choose the best instructors available to share their skill, knowledge and wisdom. As a student finishing the first year, I cannot express how beneficial these classes are in preparing to serve women in the birth world. If these classes are calling you- say YES! – Valerie Weisner
I have to admit, I did not know what to expect when I enrolled with IBMS. In the past year, I have been challenged, enlightened, instilled with hope and passion, and have been surprised to discover things about myself that will pave my future as a woman and a Birth Keeper. I not only get to be involved with AMAZING classes which have set the bar very high for Midwifery education, but the community and relationship fostered is unlike any other learning experience. You will gain new insight and wisdom about birth and yourself, but you will also gain sisters. – Xeque

Women across the world are waiting

for you to help usher in the new birth paradigm

We consider it a great honor & privilege to help guide you on your journey. Let’s get started.

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