"I took the training with NWBA while I was finishing my prerequisites for midwifery school. Because of the thorough training and fabulous reputation that Micki and Chelsea have in the community, I was able to get a birth assisting job at a birth center immediately. The trainers at the birth center were amazed at how much I knew and how all they have do teach me was the specifics of what each midwife wanted. I attended as many births as I could, additional training from NWBA and eventually became the first certified birth assistant through NWBA. Micki and Chelsea have been available to me to answer questions, offer me tips, and keep me up to date on current guidelines.
When I got accepted to the Midwives College of Utah, I was able to waive their birth assistant training because I had my certification through NWBA. After my third birth with my preceptor, she told me "well clearly you KNOW how to birth assist, let's start working on primaries." Every midwife I birth assisted for would make comments about how little they needed to do their "own" training, I had the basics and knew how to handle certain situations without being told what to do.
Micki and Chelsea love what they do and it is contagious! The training held so much amazing information and offered incredible hands on experience. I felt ready and confident in my skills as a birth assistant right after certification. Four years later, I am a licensed midwife and I STILL remember some of the words of wisdom my trainers used during my training at NWBA. For example, "if you're not sure what to do...ask!" "be ready for anything and everything," and "remember to wear appropriate clothing to births, there's a good chance you'll end up in someones birth photos!" Thank you Micki and Chelsea, you both were a huge part of my journey toward midwifery!"
Rachael Cook LM, CPM, MCU Graduate