Course Description

Course Description

Charis Course for Childbirth Professionals, Midwifery Track

The Midwifery Track of the Charis Course for Childbirth Professionals consists of two parts. The two parts combined are designed to prepare midwives well for the NARM exam, but you will find that it far exceeds that standard.

The first part is “Foundations for Midwives”. In addition to this being the beginning of our Midwifery Academics Course, those who desire to become Childbirth Educators and Doulas will be fully equipped at the end of “Foundations” to take the exam to become Charis Certified Childbirth Educators and Doulas, if they should desire to do so.

The second part is “Advanced Midwifery Academics”, which builds upon “Foundations” to provide aspiring midwives an extremely comprehensive academic course.

Midwifery students who do not wish to acquire certification as a Childbirth Educator and Doula must complete the following:*

• maintain yearly membership  Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to, a monthly newsletter and advertising in the Charis Directory.

• meet monthly with your Charis Coach, either in person or by phone. Your Charis Coach will be a senior birth professional who is trained in the “coaching” style of facilitating learning.

• meet weekly with your peer partner, either in person or by phone. (Optional)

• complete module assignments Assignments include reading, journaling, research, essays, and projects.

• audit at least one childbirth series taught by a certified or Charis-approved Childbirth Educator

• complete a college level Human Anatomy and Physiology course, 2 semesters of lecture and lab with a grade of C or better, either prior to enrollment or before beginning Part 2.

• attend at least four Charis Workshops of your choice

• keep birth logs for all births attended

• complete a Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

• attend a Breastfeeding class (with an LC or through a LeLeche League series)

*Midwifery students who desire certification as a childbirth educator and doula must, within the first 27 months of enrollment, attend at least two births with a senior doula and one as the primary doula, attend the “Labor Support” and “Teaching Birth” workshops (as two of the four total required workshops), and complete an evaluated childbirth series.  After that, the student has 9 months to take and pass the CE/Doula Certification Examination.

Part 1: Foundations for Midwives

Module 1 Historical and Biblical Perspective Relevant to Midwifery
Module 2 Foundations in Pregnancy Anatomy and Physiology
Module 3 Foundations in Anatomy and Physiology of Labor and Birth
Module 4 Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth
Module 5 Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation
Module 6 Understanding Obstetrical Procedures and Tests
Module 7 Emotional and Psychological Health during Pregnancy and Post Partum
Module 8 Postpartum Care
Module 9 The Newborn
Module 10 Breastfeeding and Lactation
Module 11 Teaching Skills for Midwives
Module 12 Foundations for Your Midwifery Business or Ministry

Part 2: Advanced Midwifery Academics

Module 13 Microbiology and Epidemiology for Midwives
Module 14
Pharmacology for Midwives
Module 15 Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Midwives
Module 16 Complications
Module 17 Launching Your Midwifery Business or Ministry
· Networking
· Marketing
· Creating your resume
· Securing an apprenticeship
· Legal and Political Arena in your geographic area
· Interfacing with local Hospitals and Doctors

(The outlines provided here are subject to change as we make necessary updates and revisions to the Charis midwifery course.)