Midwifery Skills Workshop

Next Workshop Dates TBA

Join us in Duluth, Minnesota for a 3 day immersion in intermediate/advanced midwifery skills with a focus on hands on practice (plus plenty of conversation!).

We have put together an intense three days of learning for student midwives that we consider to be the foundational learning for anyone apprenticing as a midwife. Our online Indie Birth Midwifery Skills Course is included in the cost of attendance, and is required to be completed as a pre-requisite before coming to the weekend.

We not only want you to leave feeling more confident, with the tools you need to continue on your midwifery path, but opened to the deeper WHYs that guide you as a birth worker, and as a human.

You’ll get the Indie Birth version of these skills and techniques: with the unique blend of the scientific and the sacred, a good dash of common sense, and a whole ton of discerning reflection + personal transformation.

This is a different experience than skills workshops focused SOLELY on skills for the sake of NARM/CPM testing, etc. This is a penetrating weekend of exploring yourself, and why you are in birth in the first place. The results are…amazing! But fair warning if you are wanting to avoid intensity OR growth.

Please Note: This Workshop Is Full - use the form on the bottom right to get on the waiting list for next time!

Next Workshop Dates TBA

*We will provide a certificate of completion for attendees and will be happy to discuss what you’ve learned with future or current preceptors if so desired.

**All registrants will be required to become Members of the Indie Birth Private Contract Association.

** All attendees must complete our online Indie Birth Midwifery Skills Course PRIOR to attending the weekend. The course cost is included in your registration.

Kids: Due to the intense learning and growing nature, we do not allow babies or children or older kids in the room during the skills workshop OTHER THAN nursing babies that need to be brought in by someone else for short nursing breaks. We cannot have the noise and distraction that comes with babies in the room. If you cannot bring someone to help with your nursing baby, then we ask you to wait until your baby is less dependent and you are in a more defined place of focus and learning. We typically offer this workshop twice a year. Thank you for respecting this need!

Special Notes

- Venipuncture/IV
- Newborn exam
- PPH, shock, miscarriage 
- Estimated blood loss
- Placenta exam
- Collecting cord blood
- Using Eldon cards
- Newborn exam

SUNDAY 8:30AM – 5PM

- Assessing labor progress + vaginal exams + catheters
- Breech skills
- Shoulder dystocia
- Neonatal resuscitation.

SATURDAY 8:30AM – 5PM

- Meditation to begin the weekend
- Taking vitals
- Palpation and fundal height
- FHTs (prenatal and in labor)
- Urinalysis with urine sticks
- Mechanisms of normal birth, cardinal movements and being in the birth space.

FRIDAY 8:30AM – 5PM

Workshop Schedule

WE CANNOT AGREE TO REFUNDS BECAUSE OF OUR TEACHERS AND IN RESPECT OF OUR OTHER STUDENTS (WHO HAVE EITHER WORKED HARD TO ARRANGE THIS SUCCESSFULLY FOR THEMSELVES OR BECAUSE STUDENTS ARE OFTEN TURNED AWAY ONCE WE REACH OUR MAX ENROLLMENT. PLEASE DO NOT ASK US FOR A REFUND IF YOU REGISTER AND CANNOT MAKE IT BECAUSE OF TRAVEL, A BIRTH, LIFE EVENTS, ETC. IF YOU REGISTER AND NEED TO CANCEL BECAUSE OF A CIRCUMSTANCE OUT OF YOUR CONTROL (UP TO OUR DISCRETION) THEN WE MAY OFFER TO MOVE YOUR REGISTRATION TO ONE OF THE NEXT AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS IF WE HAVE SPACE. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR HONORING OUR POLICY.

PLEASE NOTE OUR REFUND POLICY BEFORE REGISTERING: THIS IS A NON-REFUNDABLE EVENT.

In an effort to call in the perfect fit of folks who are meant to join us in this intimate setting, we ask you to sit down and take the time to reflect on the following questions prior to registering:

Am I truly ready to challenge + explore what I think I know, not only about birth, but also about myself? When was the last time I challenged myself in this way? What was difficult for me, and how did I move through that?

Do I view birth + learning as spiritual growth processes in addition to being simple, intellectual “skills”? Do I engage my entire BEING in these processes…mind, body, soul, intuition…rather than exclusively the intellect?

In looking over the list of skills we will be discussing + practicing on each other during workshop, are there any in particular that would “trigger” any deeper issues within me personally (ex. Vaginal exams, miscarriage, etc.)? Am I prepared to dive fully into these issues? Do I have the self-care tools and healthy coping/healing mechanisms in place to move through a triggering experience in a powerful way, within our supportive container?

If by answering these questions you find yourself not yet ready to attend this workshop for any reason, we ask you to honor your current personal boundaries, and know that you are lovingly supported in that decision. As humans we cannot control the rate of our own healing + awakening, but we can surely respect it.

Registration

 Use the opt in to get added to the wait list

Required Donation is $1200 ($750 for IBMS students) which includes the pre-requisite 6 week online course you will be enrolled in upon enrollment.

What are you waiting for?