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This was the schedule for the first year

Classes: dates and content Sept 2005-June 2006 Edit Text



Curriculum and schedule: Dates and course work


First Module: covers normal pregnancy, from conception until term.




September 10, Saturday,10AM till 4PM

Introduction: history of midwifery, introduction to terminology

Student homework: terminology list


September 21 Wednesday 7- 7PM

History continued – Video “all my babies”

Homework – research different birth culture and do oral presentation next class


September 24, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Medical terminology (Kim)

Introduction to charting; comparison of various charting methods

Homework: Study terminology. Practice charting




October 8th. Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Developing Study Skills: Time Management; Brain Gym

Presentations on Cultural Aspects of Midwifery 

Beginning of pregnancy -- s/s of normal pregnancy, pregnancy tests (phys markers), landmarks

Skills development/practice:  How to calculate a Due Date  

Homework, reading assignments: Handbook 105 to 112 do self test on 111, 112




 October 19, Wednesday 6:30 to 9PM

Prenatal Development; video on fetal anatomy (A child is Born)

Explanation of blood pressure; physiology of blood pressure

Skills: Students learned how to take a Blood Pressure

Homework: practice blood pressures


October 22, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Prenatal Course continued: first trimester

Common complaints and comfort measures

The Prenatal Exam – explained, discussed, demonstrated

Skills: -- Two pregnant women came for hands-on demonstration.

Students did intake charting (initial interviews, history) and did prenatal exams: blood pressure, urine dip, fundal height, palpation, fetal position, heart tones.

Reading assignment 120 to 148





November 5thth Saturday 10AM to 4PM

REVIEW – Oral pre-test

Mid Pregnancy: Common complaints and comfort measures

Nutrition – requirements, diets, vitamin supplements

Discovering Fetal Positions, The Maternal Pelvis

Underlying health conditions – lifestyle issues; drugs, alcohol, tobacco

Skills development: how to do a urine pregnancy test

Homework: learn RDAs for pregnancy


November 16, Wednesday 6:30 to 9pm

Written test review



November 19, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Course of pregnancy continued: last trimester

Staying Healthy – vaginal health, preventing preterm birth

Bloodwork in pregnancy: test the doctor orders -- what they mean

Toxemia/hypertension overview

Homework: Choose first book on DONA Required Doula Reading list. Prepare review due January 28 (five reports due monthly by end of training program)

Skills – prenatal exam volunteers




December 10th Saturday 9AM to 4:30PM

Neonatal resuscitation and CPR



  DEC 7 Wednesday, 6:30 to 9PM

(originally scheduled for December 17, 10AM to 2PM

Film, Discussion: Prenatal and Neonatal Psychology “What babies want”

Oral Review


Winter break



Schedule 2006


January through May/June


Second Module: covers labor, birth, postpartum: lactation: Doula role: business development/marketing






January 14, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

REVIEW: Written Exam, Skills Assessment

Course of pregnancy; Minor problems (UTIs, yeast, vaginal health etc)

Mechanics of normal labor; fetal presentation; position


January 18, Wednesday 6:30 to 9PM

Fetal heart tone assessments, Preventing fetal distress in labor


January 28, 10AM to 4PM

Preparing birth plans; dealing with hospitals; negotiation skills

Home vrs hospital, advantages and risk

Resources for Pregnant women and families

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section issues

Book Report DUE. Next report due



February 11, 10Am to 4PM

Childbirth education methods; Becoming a Childbirth Educator; Advertising

Supporting a woman during labor (speaker Pat Edmonds)

Emotional support; Physical aids and comfort measures


February 15, 6:30 to 9PM

Video, Discussion: Gentle Birth Choices

Public Relations  


February 25, 10AM to 4PM

The Process of Birth; Comfort measures, tools

The first ten minutes of life; newborn adaptation; umbilical cord blood

Immediate care of mother and baby





March 11, 10AM to 4PM

The normal newborn – care and development in the first weeks

Breast feeding/lactation Initiating breastfeeding; Video “Self Attachment”

Postpartum Period; Helping the mother; Home care and Recipes

Postpartum Depression; identification, prevention (Speaker “Baby Blues”)




March 15, 6:30 to 9PM

Alternative Birthing: Waterbirth, lotus birth, activebirth



March 25 Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Equipment and birth supplies; preparing the birth area

Assisting a midwife or doctor. Labor monitoring.

Health Issues: Blood born diseases; Universal Precautions

Keeping financial records




April 8 Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Emergency childbirth: “How to deliver a baby”

Maintaining Breastfeeding; helping mother overcome problems (speaker)

Preventive women’s health care; accessing the medical system



April 19, 6:30 to 9PM

Public Speaking, and presentation skills. ‘Dressing for success’


April 22 Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Common herbs used in pregnancy and birth

Workshop -- Making (and marketing) salves from traditional herbs




May 13, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Public health issues; STDs. education peers and clients for prevention

Business skills; advertising and marketing your business (speaker)


May 17, Wednesday 6:30 to 9PM

Preparing a brochure; using the internet


May 27, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

International Midwifery; perspectives

Cultural Midwifery; rituals and social issues (Shafia)

Interviews with foreign-experienced midwives





June 10, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

Family Planning; Natural Family Planning overview

Developing a business; billing, contracting; IRS; record keeping



June 21, Wednesday 6:30 to 9PM

Graduation ceremony!



Doula training complete and certificates given.

ICTC Birth Companions will be capable of contracting to act as monitrice, doula/labor support, midwife assistant, labor monitor, lactation counselor, or postpartum caregiver. Birth Companions also are taught neonatal resuscitation and emergency childbirth.

With their business development and marketing skills, they should be able to find employment as entrepreneurs as well as employees.



September 2005 through end of Juny 2006 represents 146 hours of scheduled class instruction, plus the additional accumulation of skills required during prenatal visits, attendance at labors, assisting at births, and volunteer hours doing office work at ICTC.





Course work and curiculum


Fetal development and physiology

Maternal anatomy/pelvimetry

“Management” of labor and birth

Preventing tears/techniques

Third stage

Common complications; prevention, treatment, referral

Prolonged labor, dysfunctional labor

Malpresentations, posterior labor,


prolonged pregnancy/postdates

Hypertension in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia

Developmental anomalies and genetics

Bloodwork problems, anemias

STDs, and bloodborn disease, HIV/AIDS, HPV, Hep,

Complications at birth; CPD, dystocia, fetal distress, hemorrhage


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International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Midwifery Mentorship Program
Portland, Oregon