New Student Orientation
Students begin their orientation with acceptance into the program. The acceptance
letter includes; required books, information about housing, child care, utilities,
places to relax, recreation areas, and where to shop for food.
After paying the tuition deposit students will receive a student handbook by
mail. The handbook includes information about the actual day to day responsibilities
and privileges of students at Maternidad La Luz. The student handbook also contains
copies of commonly used clinic forms, Spanish translations of the forms, and
client prenatal and postpartum information books.
New students begin their program at Maternidad La Luz with a two part orientation.
Students are expected to be at the center for three six day weeks of introductory
classes and clinic. The orientation is designed to help students begin their
work at the birth center by teaching beginning midwifery skills and an introduction
to our clients and protocols.
The second part of orientation is to assist students as they begin their shifts
and attend clinic and births at the center. There is a New Student Coordinator
assigned to the new students for their first three weeks of shifts. The New
Student Coordinator is there to facilitate the new student integration into
the clinical setting, to help new students complete their clinic orientation
form and begin practicing their midwifery skills.
The New Student Coordinators will serve as a role models so that the students
will learn more, be clearer with the process, be able to achieve their personal
goals and integrate into the flow of the center faster and easier. The coordinator
is also there to help new students process their feelings about birth and the
intensity of the clinic.