Earn your MEAC accreditation from the only certified practicing midwifery program in the US that provides all necessary clinical experience onsite, with no extra fees or time includedMaternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Maternidad La Luz - Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing CenterMaternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Accredited Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Maternidad La Luz - Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Center  
Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing ClinicMaternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
Download Adobe Acrobat
Maternidad La Luz
Birthing Clinic
Programs of Study Toward MEAC Accreditation
MLL Tuition Information
Apply To The Midwifery School
Maternidad La Luz
Visit Maternidad La Luz
For Clients / Para Clientes
Contact Maternidad La Luz
Frequently Asked Questions
 

Accreditation

Maternidad La Luz was the first school accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, which is approved by the United States Department of Education as a federally recognized accreditation agency. The school was first accredited in 1995 and the Three-Year Program was accredited in 1999. It is currently accredited until September 30, 2015.

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
1935 Pauline Blvd., Suite 100B
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 
Phone: 360-466-2080, Ext. 4 
E-mail: info@meacschools.org

The Texas Department of State Health Services has approved Maternidad La Luz as both a Midwifery Education Program and as a Licensed Birth Center. If someone has a complaint regarding Maternidad La Luz, please contact the address below:

Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone: 512-834-4523

The Legalities of Midwifery

There are various paths that a person may take to become a midwife

  • Direct-Entry Midwife:
    A direct-entry midwife is an independent practitioner educated in the discipline of midwifery through self-study, apprenticeship, a midwifery school, or a college- or university-based program distinct from the discipline of nursing. Direct entry midwifery is based upon the European model of professional midwifery practice, which does not require becoming a nurse as a prerequisite, although some nursing skills are taught as part of a comprehensive midwifery education. A direct-entry midwife is trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings.
  • Certified Professional Midwife (CPM):
    A CPM is a knowledgeable, skilled, and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by NARM and is qualified to provide the midwifery model of care. The CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM):
    A CNM is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
  • Certified Midwife (CM):
    A CM is an individual educated in the discipline of midwifery who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the ACNM.
  • Lay Midwife:
    The term "lay midwife" has been used to designate an uncertified or unlicensed midwife who was educated through informal routes such as self-study or apprenticeship rather than through a formal program. This term does not necessarily mean a low level of education, only that the midwife either chose not to become certified or licensed, or there was no certification available for her type of education, as was the fact before the CPM credential was available. Other terms to describe uncertified or unlicensed midwives are traditional midwife, traditional birth attendant, granny midwife, and independent midwife.
  • Licensed Midwife:
    A licensed midwife is a midwife who is licensed to practice in a particular jurisdiction, usually a state or province.

Laws and regulations for midwives vary greatly from location to location. Anyone interested in becoming a midwife should be familiar with the laws affecting midwives in the state, province or country where they expect to practice. Students coming to MLL are solely responsible for understanding the requirements and requesting applications for licensing in their own state, province or country. In some jurisdictions one must be a certified nurse-midwife in order practice midwifery.

Maternidad La Luz provides assistance in fulfilling requirements for Texas, New Mexico, and California, as well as for other state and provincial licensing. Maternidad La Luz cannot guarantee any certification or licensing in any jurisdiction. Many challenges face midwives in the future due to political and economic changes. The health care field is in a time of change, and there are no guarantees for employment for anyone pursuing a career in direct entry midwifery. Maternidad La Luz school and birth center have no malpractice or liability insurance for staff or students.

NARM Requirements

Students who enroll in the September 2012, March 2013, and September 2013 one-year program at Maternidad La Luz and graduate by December 31, 2014, are able to complete the current minimum NARM requirements listed below to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).  Students who enroll after these dates will have to meet NARM's new requirements that were announced on April 10, 2012.

  • Attending a minimum of 20 births as an active participant.
  • Attending an additional 20 births functioning in the role of primary midwife under supervision. A minimum of three of these 20 births must provide a course of care that includes four prenatal visits, birth, one newborn exam, and one postpartum exam.
  • Attending a minimum of 75 prenatal exams including 20 initial exams.
  • Attending a minimum of 20 newborn exams.
  • Attending a minimum of 40 postpartum exams.
  • Documentation of NARM skills
  • Successful completion of NARM written and practical exam
  • A graduate of a Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) program, such as Maternidad La Luz, needs only apply to NARM to sit their exam and pass it and send in their diploma to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

For more information on NARM or the Certified Professional Midwife credential, write:

North American Registry of Midwives

5257 Rosestone Drive
Lilburn, GA 30047
(888) 84-BIRTH
www.narm.org
E-mail: info@narm.org

For an application, write to:

NARM Applications

P.O. Box 420

Summertown, TN  38483

Midwifery Licensure

Texas Requirements for Midwives

Maternidad La Luz’s one-year program, approved by the State of Texas, meets the requirements to become a Licensed Midwife in Texas. To become a licensed midwife in Texas, an applicant has to have graduated from a MEAC-accredited school and pass the Texas state examination (NARM exam), or already be a NARM Certified Professional Midwives. Applicants must also pass an on-line course on Texas midwifery rules and regulations. Specific requirements to become licensed in Texas include:

  • Attending a minimum of 20 births as an active participant.
  • Attending an additional 20 births functioning in the role of primary midwife under supervision.
  • Attending a minimum of 75 prenatal exams including 20 initial exams.
  • Attending a minimum of 20 newborn exams.
  • Attending a minimum of 40 postpartum exams.

The student is advised to contact the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin for current information. For more information on Texas laws and a copy of the Texas Midwifery Manual, write:

Texas Department of State Health Services
The Midwifery Program
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3199
(512) 834-4523

New Mexico Licensing

Many students attending Maternidad La Luz anticipate being licensed midwives in New Mexico. The student is advised to contact the Department of Health in Santa Fe at the following address for current information and a copy of the regulations governing midwives:

Department of Health Maternal Health Program
2040 Pacheco
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-8908

California Licensing

Maternidad La Luz offers different paths to obtaining midwifery licensure in California. The Medical Board of California has approved the three-year Maternidad La Luz program as a vehicle for state licensing. Students who complete this program are eligible to become licensed midwives in the state of California. An alternative option to the three-year program, also approved by the Medical Board of California, is available to MLL students and CPMs in pursuit of a midwifery career in California. MLL students who have completed the One-Year Program and CPMs enrolled in the Prior Learning and Experience Program (PLEP) can challenge the Three-Year Program through a written and clinical examination and documentation of prerequisites.

Interested CPMs must complete the PLEP application included in this catalog. Once accepted in the PLEP, these students will enroll in the program and either pursue the California Challenge Process or advance place into Maternidad La Luz’s Three-Year Program. The on-site option requires attendance at MLL for the fifth through ninth quarters, including academic classes and clinical shifts as a senior intern in the birth center.

Interested students are advised to contact the Medical Board of California in Sacramento for current information and a copy of the regulations governing licensed midwives at the following address:

Medical Board of California
Attn: Midwifery Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-263-2393

Other States, Provinces, and Countries

Maternidad La Luz graduates have been registered in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia Provinces in Canada. Any student expecting to practice in a state, province or country other than Texas, New Mexico, and California must investigate the laws and regulations governing midwifery before coming to Maternidad La Luz. Applications often need to be completed before training begins. Maternidad La Luz cannot guarantee licensing or certification in any jurisdiction.

Adapted from the Midwives Alliance of North America website.

 
  Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
 
Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
Maternidad La Luz - MEAC Certified Practicing Midwifery School and Birthing Clinic
Copyright © 2003 - 2014 Maternidad La Luz Designed by Stanton Street Technology Group, Inc.