What does an apprenticeship look like with High Desert Midwifery?
Are you an inspiring midwife, looking for more information on how to become a midwife? Its an exciting time once you know with your heart and soul you want to become a midwife! As you may or may not know, there are different kinds of midwives and different paths of training. It all depends on where you envision yourself caring for women. There are hospital based and some birth center based midwives (including a few home birth midwives) who are CNM's (Certified Nurse Midwives). CPM's-Certified Professional Midwives and LM's-Licensed Midwives attend home births including some CPM ran birth centers. The Apprenticeship model of training to be a traditional midwife, or direct-entry midwife is the most common route. I highly recommend apprenticing with a seasoned, home birth midwife if you're planning to do home births as a future midwife and have your own home birth practice.
Please note, I prefer to take students whom are registered with the State of NM as a student midwife, and committed to completing all training and requirements through the NM state process. The NM state process is a very affordable ($50 for your student license) and accessible pathway to your apprenticeship leading to permission to sit for your NARM exam and state exam. And if you wish, although it is not required in NM to practice, applying for your CPM credential with NARM. We are very lucky in New Mexico to continue to have this pathway of training available! https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/fhb/mwp/ I am also a preceptor for the National College of Midwifery (NCM). I am happy to continue to work with students who are enrolled with NCM. https://www.midwiferycollege.edu/ As of Fall 2020 and for the time being, I unfortunately will no longer accept future students enrolled with MCU due to the amount of required paperwork and increasingly heavy preceptor requirements and expectations.
Its important to know if the Midwifery school or route you're looking to enroll in requires preceptors to carry liability insurance. In NM we are not required to carry it. I do not carry liability insurance.
At High Desert Midwifery, I only attend home births. It is where my heart and soul is really aligned with birth. An apprenticeship is a very rigorous training that takes on average, 3-6 yrs to complete. Students in my practice typically complete their apprenticeship in 4 yrs. Depending on how busy the practice is, and how determined and dedicated the student is to her experience. You must be at least 18yrs of age, have a reliable vehicle, and plenty of back-up childcare. I can only commit to students who are serious and ready to begin a busy apprenticeship, I cannot take students who are just dabbling, or want to try it out. Cost to apprentice with High Desert Midwifery: $250.00/mth if you are on the state process pathway. Students enrolled in a MEAC accredited schools is $500/mth. Prior arrangements with grading home work; fee is $50.00/per module.
Overview of an apprenticeship with High Desert Midwifery: I hold high expectations to the quality of care I provide firstly to my clients and to training students. I dedicate 110% of my expertise, time and energy to women, babies and my practice. My expectations of an apprentice is that the student is continuously working towards taking on the full responsibilities as the midwife, and the midwifery practice. That means increasing responsibility as time passes, both with clients and the business practice/office. Apprenticing is different from being just a birth assistant. I do not use the term birth assistant when referring to students. It is two different roles. Apprenticing is specifically training and acting as a midwife, since that is the goal. Choosing to apprentice in a busy home birth practice holds a lot of responsibility. I take between 3-9 clients per month, taking a 8 week long vacation June-July and occasionally a week in December, depending on the demand. Occasionally, I will cover for another midwife’s practice. The student is still expected to attend births and/or appointments whilst I cover the other practice. As an apprentice, take into consideration what this truly entails. Due to the on-call/being available to the clients 24/7 you need to understand there will be many occasions of missed birthdays, school and church functions, anniversaries and holidays. Vacations and “off-call” days never truly mean being off-call. To be absolutely clear as an apprentice in my practice, it is NOT all about the numbers. You will have hundreds of prenatals, more births and postpartum and newborn exams than you will need on paper. You will “live the life” of a midwife. An apprenticeship should mean more to you than what is required as a student. Understanding the amount of dedication to the clients, families and babies that is required to have a well-rounded and solid apprenticeship should take your heart and soul, and your passion to becoming a Licensed Midwife and continuing the tradition in caring for our families in our communities and in your own. I typically have two students at a time. Students must have current IV, NRP and CPR certifications before beginning. Highly recommend you take a workshop; intro to student midwife skills or "birth assistant". Students alternate clinic days, rotating monthly. Students are expected to attend all appointments, including last minute/urgent visits. Both students attend births, alternating between assisting and/or primary and charting, alternating newborn exams. Students alternate postpartum visits. Due to the high volume of interested students, and low volume of available preceptors in Abq, I currently have a waiting list. Please call 505-450-2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you for your dedication and interest in serving women and families here in NM!