Academic classes are provided as part of the clinical placement at Maternidad La Luz. These classes may be offered in the birth center or via video conferencing. They provide students with the unique opportunity for immediate and accessible hands on experience. A student at Maternidad La Luz begins learning practical midwifery skills the first day of their program. The opportunity for the repetition of skills available in a busy birth center enables the student to solidify clinical skills while integrating what they have learned in the classes.
Maternidad La Luz provides clinical placement for students to learn under experienced professional midwives. The clinical placement at Maternidad La Luz involves total commitment on the part of the student. Students are scheduled to be on shift 36 to 48 hours per week; but those in Phases 3 and 4 may be required to be at the birth center additional hours if they have a "change of shift" birth, or have a continuity of care client who births when the student is not scheduled to be on shift. It is very difficult to have a job during the program, especially when on call. There is no vacation time offered during the first six months of the clinical placement.
Students at Maternidad La Luz attend approximately 25-30 births in a three month period, totaling 100-120 births a year. It is expected that students will provide primary care at approximately 25-30 births during a 12-month clinical placement. Every three months of the clinical placement at Maternidad La Luz is especially designed to improve and consolidate prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum clinical skills. Students who attend all of the NARM phases at Maternidad La Luz will have the opportunity to have all the knowledge and skills signed off on NARM's Form 201a, needed to apply to sit the NARM exam. Providing comprehensive client care includes facilitating the smooth running of the clinic. Students are responsible for cleaning up before and after appointments and births, restocking clinical supplies, checking emergency equipment and general clinic maintenance.
Continuity of Care
Students may begin selecting clients for whom they wish to be on-call. NARM requires that students provide care for five continuity of care (COC) clients spanning two trimesters of pregnancy, attend the birth, do the newborn exam within 12 hours of the birth, and do at least two postpartum exams after 24 hours of the birth. Students who have COC clients must have a cell phone and reliable means of transportation available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Appropriate childcare must also be organized in advance, and should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while a student is on call. Students’ children are not allowed at the birth center without prior approval.
Visiting MLL's Birth Center
MLL welcomes visitors to the center for a free 12- hour or 24-hour observation shift. All visitors must be approved by a staff midwife before coming to the birth center. Visitors may attend births only if a client agrees, and the situation permits additional people at the birth. To schedule a visit, please call the center at 915-532-5895 and ask to speak to a staff midwife.