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Welcome Home participates in the training and nurturing of individuals interested in providing midwifery care to low-income communities.
The Future Midwives branch of the Apprentice Program begins with an 8-week classroom training. This training is focused on bringing to our apprentices the clinical skills necessary for safely assisting at out-of-hospital births, and fulfills the legal requirement for Midwife Assistants at Welcome Home Midwifery Services. Topics covered in this intensive classroom training include:
Medical Terminology for Midwife Assistants
Information Collection and Documentation for Midwife Assistants
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Neonatal Resuscitation for Out-of-Hospital Providers
Medication Administration for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Venipuncture for Midwife Assistants
Equipment Setup for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Immediate Newborn Care for Midwife Assistants
Immediate Postpartum Care for Midwife Assistants
Fetal Heart Auscultation for Midwife Assistants
Specimen Collection for Midwife Assistants
Emergency Skills for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Transfers of Care
Following the 8-week training, Apprentice Midwives attend at least 6 client cases (including 2 prenatal visits, the labor and birth, and 2 postpartum visits for each client) with one or more Licensed Midwives through the program year. Enrollment in a MEAC-accredited midwifery school is now required for this branch, and Apprentices also have the opportunity to have their clinical skills and experiences tested and signed off. Participants in the Future Midwife branch of the Apprentice Program also receive individualized mentoring on their path to midwifery certification.