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 MEAC Essential 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 continuity of care 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 IMMERSION 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. After fulfilling the prerequisites (including two planned hospital births and five home births), all requirements for the One-Year Program can be completed on-site within one year plus an additional three weeks for the orientation. Students have up to two years to complete the requirements.
There are various options to complete the One-Year Program.
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 18-MONTH PROGRAM
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 2,932 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.
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 3,932 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.
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.
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. There are a limited number of positions for the residency, and only legal residents of the United States may be enrolled in the program.
Other Midwifery Programs at Maternidad La Luz
Maternidad La Luz offers some 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. It is important to understand that MLL gives preference to applicants who opt to do the MEAC-accredited programs.
NARM Phase One Program
After attending classes in infection control and cultural competency, students will do 24-hour shifts two or three times a week until they meet the NARM Phase I requirement of observation of 10 births. This program is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and MLL.
NARM Phase Two and Three Program
This is a six-month program for those exploring the profession of midwifery and for midwifery students and apprentices who are striving to obtain the Certified Professional Midwife credential via PEP. This program, which 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. Licensed midwives sign off all skills and knowledge gained during this program. Maternidad La Luz has notary public on premises who notarizes student documents at no additional cost. The program 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 (1st and 2nd quarter classes)
- Attendance at 20 births as assistant under supervision, which includes assist, documenter, and gofer roles, as well as assisting at 20 newborn exams.
- Once a student completes the NARM assistant under supervision requirements, s/he will begin the primary under supervision requirement.
- Providing prenatal and postpartum care to clients to complete the required 25 prenatals and 10 postpartum visits as assistant under supervision
- Providing prenatal and postpartum care to clients to complete the required 75 prenatals and 40 postpartum visits as primary under supervision
- Begin attending births as primary under supervision
- Students do not take full continuity of care clients during this program.
- Signing off of NARM skills and requirements
- A written evaluation and certificate at the end of the program.
Students who complete this program may get credit for the first and second quarters and continue their studies to complete a MEAC-accredited program at MLL.
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.