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Classes: Dates and content Sept 2006-June 2007

First Year: Schedule and classes; 2005/2006

Curriculum and Schedule: Dates and course work 2006/07


Second Year Meetings  are usually scheduled for the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of each month.


Second Saturday 10am-4pm

Third Saturday 10:am to 1pm

Fourth Saturday 10:am ti 4pm



 MIDWIFERY SKILLS in continued development:

In-depth continuation of first year overviews:



The Healthy Mother, the Healthy Baby

Keeping Birth Normal

Normal Newborn Care, Family Bonding


Fetal development and physiology

Maternal anatomy/pelvimetry

“Management” of labor and birth

Preventing tears/techniques

Third stage


Labor complications; recognizing, preventing, consulting, and referral

Prolonged labor, dysfunctional labor

Malpresentations, posterior labor

Hemorrhage, retained placenta


Assessments and tests: 

Prolonged pregnancy/postdates


Hypertension in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia

Gestational Diabetes

Developmental anomalies and genetics


Bloodwork problems, anemias


Complications at birth; dystocia, fetal distress/anoxia, Resuscitation, hemorrhage


Basic knowledge for education and counseling on STDs and HPV, and bloodborn pathogens such as HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis B&C


Viral and bacterial illnesses in Pregnancy; such as toxoplasmosis, rubella, mumps, varicella, Fifth disease, cytomegalovirus, and herpes. (TORCH syndromes), GBS


Lab work in pregnancy


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)


Management strategies for unexpected breech or twin births.


Recognizing, consulting, or transporting for Failure to Progress, Dystocia 


Recognizing, consulting, and transporting for Emergencies including: Uterine Rupture, uterine inversion, amniotic fluid embolism, Hemorrhage, Retained Placenta, Fetal Distress, stillbirth, birth defects,  Meconium Aspiration Syndrome etc


Postpartum evaluation include educating clients about environmental, biological, occupational, and pharmacological factors affecting breastfeeding;  signs and symptoms of postpartum infections, depression and psychosis, late hemorrhage, and thrombophlebitis.


Signs and symptoms of newborn problems, including: infections, polycythemia, cardio-respiratory abnormalities, glucose disorders, hyperbilirubinemia, birth defects, failure to thrive, and early and late onset newborn hemorrhagic disease.

Schedule may be modified due to inclement weather, or other unforseen emergencies.

International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Midwifery Mentorship Program
Portland, Oregon