Midwifery Programs At Maternidad La Luz
Maternidad La Luz offers several educational options for those with a calling to the art and practice of midwifery, with the capacity to accommodate a maximum of twenty-five students. The Maternidad La Luz midwifery program is a direct entry program providing an integrated model of academic and clinical training. All options involve a very intensive program of study and clinical training. The programs are flexible, giving students the opportunity to make educational choices based on their individual midwifery goals. Programs are organized on a quarter system. Each quarter is approximately thirteen weeks in length, building on the learning and experience from the previous one.
The academic programs are based on the MANA Core Competencies and the clinical programs are based on Texas standards and NARM requirements. The curriculum is designed to build students' knowledge sequentially, beginning with pregnancy in the first quarter, progressing to labor and birth in the second, and moving to advanced midwifery skills and knowledge in subsequent quarters. Midwifery research is an integral part of the program to prepare midwives to have a questioning and reflective attitude towards their own practice and to continue to gain new knowledge.
MEAC-Accredited Midwifery Programs at Maternidad La Luz
Maternidad La Luz offers three MEAC-accredited programs—the One-Year, 18-Month, and Three-Year Programs. Students in the One-Year Program may choose to complete the 18-Month or 3-Year Program for further clinical experience, to have more on-call clients or to take advantage of more advanced academic classes. If a student attends a program at MLL not accredited by MEAC, she will not qualify to take the NARM exam to become a CPM except through the Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP).
THE ONE-YEAR PROGRAM
The One-Year Program, consisting of four quarters, is the basic program that fulfills the requirements necessary to apply to become a Texas-licensed midwife, a NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), or for licensure in other states and provinces. New NARM requirements will not apply to students accepted to MLL's March and September 2013 programs.
There are various options to complete the One-Year Program.
The One-Year Core Program
All requirements for the One-Year Program can be completed on-site within one year plus an additional three weeks for the orientation.
Three-Month Grace Period
The majority of students attend the one-year program on-site and then take advantage of the off-site three-month long grace period to complete their academic assignments. There is no fee for the grace period.
The extended program is designed for students who have family commitments or special needs such as religious requirements, health limitations or for those students who want to complete the program at a slower pace. Students in the Extended Program complete the academic component on the same track as those students in the one-year program. However, the clinical requirement is adjusted to two twenty-four hour shifts a week and rotation at births is also modified. To make up for the adjusted clinical time, students in the extended program stay an additional two weeks for each quarter that they are on an extended schedule. There are fees for each quarter that a student does an extended program.
The Fifth Quarter Option
Students may attend the One-Year Program and wait to do the majority of the on-call clinical component with a lighter clinical schedule after completion of course work. A student may take one on-call each in the second, third and fourth quarters and two in the fifth quarter, or one each in the third and fourth quarters and three in the fifth. There is a fee for tuition for the Fifth Quarter.
Advanced Placement for the One-Year Program
An applicant with prior midwifery experience and education may challenge the First Quarter and begin the program in the 2nd quarter. This requires documented proof of equivalent competency in the academic, clinical, and birth requirements needed to advance to the second quarter. At least 25% of the NARM clinical requirements must have been successfully completed in order to apply for Advanced Placement. Individuals who may apply include midwife apprentices, advanced students from other schools or practices, practicing midwives, nurses and other health care providers.
Applicants interested in advanced placement must contact MLL to request a packet with further documents to be submitted with their application. A supervisor or colleague will have to complete a skills evaluation form documenting the applicant's level in prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum skills. Accepted applicants must successfully complete the First Quarter exam and skills evaluation and attend the September or March three-week orientation. There is a fee to complete the Advanced Placement procedure.
THE 18-MONTH PROGRAM (equivalent to two academic years)
The 18-month Program consists of quarters one through six of Maternidad La Luz's midwifery program and may be completed on site in 18 consecutive months. As the academic year in most schools lasts nine months, MLL's 18-month program is the equivalent of two academic years of study. It meets the requirements of some jurisdictions in terms of clinical and academic hours, time frame, and number of continuity-of-care clients.
The program includes 3,280 clinical contact hours, including labor and birth, prenatal and postpartum care, well woman care, and up to 12 continuity of care experiences. Students in the 18-Month Program have the opportunity to gain expertise in advanced midwifery skills such as suturing, IVs, emergencies, and more autonomy in births under supervision. The program also includes 864 academic contact hours, offering topics that go beyond entry-level requirements, including research project design, statistics, epidemiology and more in-depth study on topics covered during the first year of study. Students attend a weekly senior intern seminar with a director to set clinical goals and track progress, discuss current research, and review client charts of particular interest to the student.
Three-Month Grace Period
The majority of students who attend the 18-Month Program are able to complete all assignments while on-site at Maternidad La Luz. However there is a grace period of three months to complete academic assignments. There is no fee for the grace period.
THE THREE-YEAR PROGRAM
The Three-Year Program consists quarters one through nine of Maternidad La Luz's midwifery program, a total of 27 months. The Medical Board of California accepts the MLL Three-Year Program as a vehicle for licensure.
The program includes 4,840 clinical contact hours, including labor and birth, prenatal and postpartum care, well woman care, and up to 24 continuity of care experiences. The program also includes 1,130 academic contact hours, carrying out an original research project that was previously designed, and cultural competency classes and externship. Students continue to attend a weekly senior intern seminar with a director to set clinical goals and track progress, discuss current research, and review client charts of particular interest to the student. There are various options to complete Maternidad La Luz's Three-Year Program.
The Three-Year Core Program
All requirements for the Three-Year Program can be completed on-site within twenty-seven months plus an additional three weeks for the orientation.
Advanced Placement for the 3-Year Program via Prior Learning and Experience Program (PLEP)
This program was designed to evaluate and give credit for prior midwifery education and experience. NARM Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) may advance place into MLL's Three-Year Program via the Prior Learning and Experience Program (PLEP). Possession of a CPM credential in good standing and a thorough audit of documentation of experience will be considered equivalent to completion of the Maternidad La Luz One-Year Program. Interested CPMs must complete the PLEP application included in this catalog and send a copy of their CPM certificate, both of which will be audited. Advanced placement in the Three-Year Program consists of attendance in the fifth through ninth quarters (15 months), including academic classes and clinical shifts as a senior intern in the birth center. Students who successfully complete the 5th through 9th quarters will receive Maternidad La Luz's Three-Year Midwifery Program diploma.
Special Midwifery Residency
Students in the Three-Year Program may apply for this program after completing the One-Year Program and obtaining midwifery licensure in Texas. They earn their three-year diploma while working as a midwife in the birth center. Students receive a full scholarship for tuition and a modest weekly stipend while doing the residency.
Three-Month Grace Period
The majority of students attend the three-year program on-site and then take advantage of the off-site three-month long grace period to complete their academic assignments. There is no fee for the grace period.
Other Midwifery Programs at Maternidad La Luz
Maternidad La Luz offers several other midwifery programs for aspiring midwives in various stages of training—from those with absolutely no midwifery training, to students enrolled in other schools of midwifery, to apprentices or licensed midwives who want a birth center experience.
Clinical Placement for Students Enrolled in Accredited or State Approved Midwifery Programs
Students who have completed or are nearing completion of the academic portion of a midwifery program in another accredited or state-approved school may do a 3-month or 6-month intensive clinical placement at Maternidad La Luz. After a 3-week orientation beginning either March 1 or September 1, students begin working two to three clinical shifts each week, providing prenatal and postpartum care to clients, as well as attending births. Students in this placement will be required to attend some designated classes, but are welcome to attend any 1st or 2nd quarter classes that are offered while here. During this clinical placement, students are able to meet most of the NARM requirements for certification. It is the student's responsibility to find out from her midwifery school the requirements for signing off skills and to come with the appropriate documents.
Students enrolled in this clinical placement may take one continuity-of-care client in the first three months of their program. Those enrolled in the 6-month long placement may take two more continuity-of-care clients in their last 3 months, in addition to working two clinical shifts each week. MLL cannot guarantee that these students will fulfill the NARM requirement for three continuity-of-care clients. However students may spend additional time at MLL to complete the NARM requirement of three continuity-of-care clients. This would involve additional fees.
Students who are enrolled in or have completed non-accredited or non-approved midwifery programs are welcome to apply to the Introductory Midwifery Practicum or our Six-Month Program.
The Introductory Midwifery Practicum
The Introductory Midwifery Practicum is a three-month program for those exploring the profession of midwifery and for midwifery students who do not wish to enroll in an accredited program. This program that begins every March 1 and September 1 provides the student midwife with the opportunity to learn and acquire basic midwifery skills, attend births, catch babies, and provide prenatal and postpartum care. The practicum includes:
- A 3-week orientation to the clinic and MLL policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Didactic and practical classes in essential midwifery and well-woman care skills
- Attendance at births as primary, assist, or documenter.
- One continuity of care experience.
- Providing prenatal and postpartum care to clients
- Signing off of NARM skills and requirements
- A written evaluation and certificate at the end of the practicum.
Students who complete the Introductory Practicum may get credit for the first quarter and continue their studies to complete other programs at MLL.
Advanced Midwifery Practicum
The Advanced Midwifery Practicum is a 3-month long program designed for midwives and midwife apprentices with at least one year of experience who wish to gain more hands-on experience and improve their clinical skills. The applicant must contact MLL to request a packet with further documents to be submitted with her application, including forms to provide documented proof of at least the following:
- 10 births as active participant
- 10 births in primary role
- 35 prenatal exams
- 10 initial exams
- 10 newborn exams
- 20 postpartum exams
- Letter of reference and evaluation from preceptor or supervisor
The practicum is scheduled individually at the convenience of the applicant and Maternidad La Luz and includes the following:
- A two-week long one-on-one orientation to the clinic and MLL policies, procedures, and protocols.
- An assessment of the participant's midwifery and well-woman care skills and private instruction in areas that need improvement.
- Opportunity to provide prenatal and postpartum care to MLL clients.
- Opportunity to attend births as primary, assist, or documenter.
- One continuity-of-care experience.
- Signing off on NARM skills and requirements as completed.
- Invited to attend any 1st or 2nd Quarter classes offered during the practicum.
- A written evaluation and certificate at the end of the practicum.
The 6-Month Program
Some students choose to attend just the 1st and 2nd quarters of the One-Year Program. Students are able to meet many of the clinical requirements for licensure and NARM's Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP) during this time, as well as completing a significant portion of the didactic information needed to prepare to sit the NARM exam.
Maternidad La Luz will accept applications from individuals who desire a short-term visit. Any placement from one week to less than three months is considered to be short-term. This opportunity is open to those investigating a career in midwifery, experienced midwives who want to observe life in a busy birth center setting and others interested in studying at Maternidad La Luz. While at MLL, short-term students may attend births as observers, shadow students in the clinic, and attend first or second quarter classes.
New Programs Beginning Marh 2014
In March 2014, Maternidad La Luz will begin offering new programs to help aspiring midwives meet the new NARM requirements. The programs are designed to meet NARM's Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4.