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.
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 enrolled in this program do not take full continuity of care clients
Signing off of NARM skills and requirements
A written evaluation and certificate at the end of the program.
Short-Term Placements 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. They will not be working in the primary birth attendant role, and therefore should not expect to be catching babies during their stay.