Diploma in Traditional Midwifery
Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery is
part of the vibrant, living history of midwifery in America,
as the first midwifery school in
the world to offer a Traditional Midwifery Vocational Arts Diploma and Certification.
MSTM has been educating midwives, doulas and birth workers
for nearly a quarter of a century and students enroll in our programs, especially for midwifery education, from around the globe.
MSTM is the first Traditional Midwifery school to ever be licensed by the State of
Michigan and the only school in North America offering a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certification in Traditional
Midwifery. MSTM is known for leadership in educational innovation through the
development of distance learning programs related to natural childbirth.
Our programs offer flexible opportunities to study without leaving home so students can meet
family and personal obligations while pursuing an education.
Our purpose is to provide education that facilitates academic advancement, personal
growth and vocational career opportunities for those answering the timeless calling to birth work
and midwifery. MSTM students are regarded as unique, self-motivated individuals
who are passionate about natural birth and willing to take charge of their own learning
experiences. They are respected as being creative achievers and encouraged to be lifelong
learners. MSTM students are a culturally diverse community of free-thinkers who are inspired
by the process of birth and motivated to make a difference in their local communities.
To offer quality
educational programs through
correspondence/assisted studies, self-enrichment
programs, workshops, scholarships & outreach programs.
To provide affordable midwifery education and
related certificate programs that will
foster personal development and enhance future life
We promote Midwifery education and a woman's right to learn
about her body and foster self-confidence about her
body functions and the processes that occur
We respect the process of birth as
a normal body function and support a woman's right to
We believe that midwifery is an
ancient, time honored, woman-centered vocational art - undefinable in
We support and advocate for
preservation of authentic midwifery, midwifery education and the
community created Traditional Midwife.
We support and advocate for a
birthing woman's right to choose her place of birth and
birth attendants, i.e., home or hospital birth, assisted
or unassisted birth.
We respect the traditions and
diversity of women around the globe.
In 2011, Casey Makela, Founder of Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery, was honored to be
selected as one of the 25 midwives whose life story is featured in the new
book, Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives. Watch the video
trailer for the book below (featuring a beautiful water birth).
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