Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery

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Frequently Asked Questions

Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery Students are able to study at home at their own pace. Learn midwifery and keep up with family obligations at the same time!

Is MSTM a recognized school operating legally and licensed in its state of origin?
Yes. Formed in 1988 and officially founded in 1993, Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery & Herbology has become regarded by many as the foremost school of Traditional Midwifery studies in America, and is the very first licensed midwifery school in the world  to offer a Vocational Arts Diploma in Traditional Midwifery.

MSTM is officially recognized and licensed by the State of Michigan Office of Secondary Education and is granted approval to offer a Vocational Arts Diploma of Midwifery , plus certifications for Traditional Midwifery, DOULA, Midwife/Labor Assistant, Childbirth Educator, Certified Herbalist and more. We are also in the process of approval under the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant alien students for attendance by non-immigrant international students.

Do I have to live in the state of Michigan to enroll at MSTM?
No. You may enroll from any state in the United States, or Canada or from any country around the world. MSTM has a global student body!

Can I become NARM certified through this program?
MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program is designed to meet, and exceed, both the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) requirements to take the NARM Certified Professional Midwife exam.

While not all of MSTM's graduates are seeking NARM certification, the many who have chosen to become a NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) have successfully done so while enrolled in, or having graduated from, MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program, and then completing the NARM PEP application to become a CPM. Students find that MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program provides excellent academic preparation for passing the NARM CPM exam.

Students planning to take the NARM exam may wish to sign up for MSTM's NARM Intensive Preparatory Supplement module, otherwise known as NIPS.

NIPS is designed for students who wish to supplement their Traditional Midwifery course with extra assignments and academic intensives to help prepare for the NARM exam. Students must be enrolled in the Traditional Midwifery program and in a qualified stage of assignment completion to qualify for the NIPS module.

MSTM can can not answer questions related to NARM's CPM program; contact NARM for information about their current requirements.

Is there a Midwifery Honors Society?
Yes! MSTM established the first academic Honor Society ever instituted for Midwifery studies. Mu Omicron Mu lauds the accomplishments of students who achieve above average academic excellence and encourages such student to take a longer view of their potential contribution to Midwifery. A student's Vocational Arts Diploma in Traditional Midwifery, and official educational transcripts, will note this special Honors award.

When can I enroll at MSTM?
Enrollment at MSTM is very flexible. You may enroll in the program of your choice at anytime during the year.

How do I apply to MSTM?
The application process is easy and uncomplicated. Simply send for an MSTM catalog and complete the catalog-enclosed application form for the program of study that you choose. Fill in all information completely, follow the directions for application submission, and return your application package to MSTM for review.

Are there prerequisite studies required before enrollment?
The programs at MSTM are designed for students of all educational backgrounds. Some college back ground is preferred; a high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Are all MSTM programs formatted for distance learning?
Yes. Students study in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.

Is there a Traditional Midwifery program overview?
A general program overview and sample book list can be found here.

Does MSTM have a payment plan?
Yes. MSTM offers an affordable payment plan. However, it applies to full tuition in the Midwifery academic program only and may not be used with any tuition special discounts. Visit the tuition page for more information.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies through MSTM?
No, a computer is not required. Course work may be submitted either typed or handwritten.

Does MSTM offer online programs?
None of the programs at MSTM are online.

Where do I get my text books?
The cost of text books is not included in tuition. Each student must acquire their own books and budget for them accordingly. Recognizing that books are expensive, MSTM has carefully chosen to recommend only books which will be of the most benefit to students. Book costs can exceed $300.00. Students are encouraged to purchase used texts and take advantage of the tremendous savings used books offer over new ones.

Internet research may, in part, take the place of textbooks. A recommend book list is included with the student information packet. There are no required textbooks.

We do encourage students to purchase their books through the MSTM Book Store. Sales help us to to raise money for Scholarships - and we appreciate your support.

I would like to make a donation to MSTM's Traditional Midwifery Scholarship program. How do I do that?
If you would like to make a donation to MSTM's Traditional Midwifery Scholarship program, click here: DONATE NOW. We deeply appreciate donations in any amount. You may even select the specific scholarship you would like to support when you make your donation. Click the link to read about MSTM's scholarships: Traditional Midwifery Scholarships. Thank you for supporting future Midwifery students and helping to preserve Traditional Midwifery!

What if I need more time to complete my studies?
MSTMís programs are formatted to be completed within a specific time period. Each student is given an EDC (estimated date of completion) which is assessed at the time of enrollment. If a student needs more time to complete a program, arrangements for course extensions are available for 6 months. Extensions are assessed a separate fee.

Students are also allotted a free 6 month "leave of absence" in a case of emergency circumstances, which must be applied for and reviewed for approval. This allows a large measure of flexibility to meet unforeseen life changes or situations. Students find this provision extremely useful when needed!

Who may attend the Midwifery Skills Workshops & Retreats?
MSTM's Midwifery skills workshops are primarily designed to meet the instruction, assessment and the practical skills acquisition needs of MSTM Midwifery students, but, anyone interested in attending may register and attend MSTM's Midwifery skills workshops.

Due to the difficult economy and soaring gas prices, attendance at MSTM's midwifery skills workshop is no longer mandatory, and workshops are not help on an annual basis. Traditional Midwifery students may attend midwifery workshops located closer to them. Skills checks may be done with a preceptor.

I am not sure if midwifery is for me. Do you have a sample program to explore first?
Enrolling in the Midwife Assistant / Doula program is an excellent first step if you are trying to discern if midwifery is right for you. Birth and postpartum Doulas provide valuable resources to women and families.

Is distance learning a legitimate route of study?
Distance learning programs are becoming more and more common in a growing number of Colleges and Universities throughout the United States and the world. Correspondence programs offer a proven and highly successful means of getting an education, especially for people with families!

Is This a Nurse Midwifery program?
No. MSTM is the first Traditional Midwifery school to be licensed by the State of Michigan and is the only school in North America offering a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certificate (CTM)  in Traditional Midwifery.

Nurse Midwifery programs are offered through many state Universities and Colleges. Please contact the American College of Nurse Midwives for more information.

Do I get a degree from Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery?
MSTM offers a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certificate in Traditional Midwifery (CTM), and certificate programs in other childbirth related fields of study such as Herbology, Doula/Labor Assistant and more.

Does MSTM arrange or assign preceptors or arrange apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship is not required to enroll in the Traditional Midwifery program. MSTM encourages every student to research and secure an apprenticeship and find preceptors as needed for actual birth experience and practical skills acquisition. This will be especially important if you are planning to meet the requirements for the NARM CPM exam. It is an important part of the educational process which each student is individually responsible for.

MSTM assigns each Traditional Midwifery student a Midwifery Academic Mentor (MAM). Midwifery Academic Mentors are former graduates of MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program who are now practicing midwives.

Always exploring new and innovative ways of educating, MSTM was the very first midwifery school in the world to ever explore and initiate the concept of academic mentoring for Traditional Midwifery students.

Does MSTM offer job placement to students or graduates?
This is a school of academic study. As such, MSTM does not offer job placement services to students or graduates.

Because MSTM graduates are highly motivated self-starters, most have established themselves in a wide variety of successful birth related jobs, including independent Midwifery practices, Doula practices, working in Birth Centers, CPM's practices, speciality home-birth supply companies, and much more.

What if I have questions about the legalities of the practice of Midwifery?
In the United States, the practice of Midwifery is regulated at the state level.

As an academic institution, MSTM does not offer advice or interpretation regarding the legal status of the practice of midwifery, or any other of our program specialities, in the United States or in any other country. You must research the laws in your area and understand how they apply to the practice of Midwifery.

Does Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery have a campus?
MSTM's administrative offices are located in northern Michigan.

I have a question about the the practice of Midwifery in my state or country. Can you provide an answer?
MSTM is an academic institution. As such, we do not offer advice, or interpretation, regarding the legal status of the practice of midwifery, or any other of our program specialities, in any state in the United States, or in any other country.