An educational program located in a birthing center provides 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 their academic learning.
Maternidad La Luz provides clinical placement for students to learn under experienced professional midwives. The programs at Maternidad La Luz involve 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 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 two quarters.
Students at Maternidad La Luz attend approximately 25-30 births a quarter, totally 100-120 births a year. It is expected that students will provide primary care at approximately 25-30 births during the One Year Program. Each quarter of the program 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 center or the school without prior approval.
Visiting MLL's Birth Center
MLL welcomes visitors to the center for a free 24-hour observation shift. All visitors must be approved by a staff midwife before coming to the center. Visitors may attend births only if a client agrees, and the situation permits additional observations at the birth. To schedule a visit, please call the center at 915-532-5895 and ask to speak to the staff midwife.