I am considering Midwifery or I am a new Student Midwife, is the Birth Assistant Basics class for me?
Absolutely! This is a great class to explore the possibility of your path to Midwifery or to get prepared for your clinical rotation! Every Student Midwife will need to be a Birth Assistant as they are learning. Our Birth Assistant Basics Course was created for those seeking a career in Birth Assisting or those entering a Midwifery program. We have had lots of Student Midwives take our course and they all agree it helped them feel prepared attend births as an assistant!
Can I attend a CPR class online?
No. The healthcare provider CPR training must be in person. NWBA offers CPR classes each year.
Why are there recommended prerequisites before taking the Birth Assistant Basics Course?
We have found that it benefits the student to attend an NRP class before attending our Birth Assistant Basics Course. That said, we have recently modified our course requirements to allow the student to decide if they wish to complete these prerequisites BEFORE attending our BABC. Our basics course moves fairly quickly due to the material that needs to be covered in our 2 days together, most students find attending at least the Doula course helps create a foundation of birth knowledge that will benefit you in our classroom. The only REQUIRED prerequisite for this class is taking a Doula Course or the Attending Community Birth Course.
Do you recommend certain NRP courses?
Yes. Northwest Birth Assistants & Midwifery Support offers NPR and also recommends taking Karen Strange's NRP workshop. We also recommend checking with your local hospital to see if they offer a NRP class geared towards out of hospital birth.
After successfully completing the Birth Assistant Basics Course, can I start attending births as an Assistant?
Yes. As long as you have completed the requirements in your state to enter a birth room in this capacity. (Some states have different requirements). Please see BABC page for recommend additional training to prepare you for a birth room.
Are nursing babies allowed in class?
Yes! However, we have a very hands on courses. As long the student can participate in the coursework, we love having babies!
Refund Policy- What if I can't make it to class?
We ask that you carefully consider your call schedule when you register for this course. We understand if you get called away to a birth during class, however, your deposit is non-refundable. In addition, you may not have an opportunity to make up the course work.
What are the required course materials needed to attend class?
Each class or course will have the materials listed that are needed or recommended for each class.
What have others said about taking this course?
Please check out our compliments page for testimonies from previous students.