BAI Midwives Assistant Program
Birth Arts International
Midwife's Assistant Training Program
Birth Arts International Monitrice and Midwives Assistant Training program is an extensive and exploratory training program. Students will learn how to work as a Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant prenatally, during labor and postnatally, serving the needs of the mother and her family, and additionally learning the skills needed to practice and work as a midwife's assistant. Additionally BAI will assist you in finding a midwife to work with or an apprenticeship. Although this cannot be guaranteed we will assist you in your search for a local placement.
Monitrice and Midwives Assistant Training
Women do not experience childbearing in isolated segments but as continuum. A relationship flows naturally to love making with pregnancy following, which flows into the birth, postpartum and child raising. It is a continuous process that is woven into the rest of her life. She is also a part of a family and larger society. This program is based on that continuity and context and what women really need during this time.
A Birth Arts International Monitrice or Midwives Assistant can provide a continuity of care that is lacking in our fragmented health care and social service systems. She can support the woman prenatally, during birth, postpartum and with family life. Traditionally, women learned how to be mothers and care for children from her family and the women in her community. In these times, all too often, a mother finds herself isolated with no one to “hang out with” to learn these things in a natural way. She may want to do things differently than her own parents. She turns to books, TV or the internet searching for her community of wise women. The Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant is a person in her own community that the mother can get to know during pregnancy and will feel comfortable turning to throughout the childbearing year. The Monitrice will know this mother, her family, and her particular circumstances and can tailor her care to her individual needs.
Women process feelings and thoughts by talking with others. As she talks, things become clearer and she is able to work out problems for herself. The Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant offers an understanding ear and a reflective perspective. The Monitrice can help the mother in a direct way. Cooking, shopping, doing household chores, child care, breastfeeding support, giving information or sharing resources are some of the things she does.
We know that one on one, in home, personal support works better than large classes or brief visits with a care provider. Women prefer this and the whole family benefits from such intensive care. The Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant always fosters family bonding, showing the partner or other family members how they can support the mother and baby.
A Monitrice/Midwife's Assistant will be familiar with local resources and can refer a mother for what she needs. She can work with her local health department, social services, hospital, homebirth midwife, birth education or breastfeeding group or on her own. She is familiar with alternative/complimentary health care modalities that are available.
The Monitrice is not a medical caregiver. Although a lot of monitrices are nurses. She does have specified basic health assessment skills she is competent to perform. She may also teach them to parents so they can do them for themselves. She is knowledgeable about normal childbearing and encourages the mother to see her caregiver when there are medical questions.
A midwife’s assistant works with a regional midwife as an assistant care giver to families. She also has all the skills of a monitrice.
Birth Arts International is educating you to be a valuable resource for your community. Our goal is to bring currently available doula training to a deeper level. Advanced education modules are also available. We feel this way of caring for birthing women will contribute greatly to the health of women, their families, the community and world.
Our students learn to properly work with women utilizing skills for:
History of Birthwork
Emotion Support skills
Labor Support techniques and skills
Postpartum support and skills
Herbal Support Techniques.
Skills work - BP, FHT, Urine Collection, Etc..
Students have to complete additional assignments throughout the workbook and additional readings.
Students when enrolling in the distance learning option also get a copy of:
Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 1: Care During Pregnancy
$1250.00 for full course and enrollment.
©Demetria Clark and Birth Arts International 2013