100+ Essential Online Resources for Midwives

Many women today are turning to midwives as a safe, more personal alternative to hospital births. If you are interested in becoming a midwife, if you’re already a practicing midwife, or if you’re curious about what a midwife does, you can find over 100 resources below that share information about networking and certification, education options, running a business, learning about the home birthing plan and more.

Networks

Join these networks or just visit their websites to access professional information, gain contacts and find out about upcoming events and conferences.

  1. American Pregnancy Association: Here you can learn about pregnancy, including risks, news and common questions your patients might have.
  2. Midwives Alliance of North America: Membership to this organization will award you with discounts for conferences, access to an ongoing dialogue about midwifery, special reports, special events, and more.
  3. American College of Nurse-Midwives: Learn how to become a midwife, receive special lifestyle and professional discounts, and more.
  4. International Confederation of Midwives: Get support from midwife groups from around the world through this network.
  5. World Health Organization: WHO sponsors a few different task forces and groups devoted to midwifery, including the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM).
  6. Midwifery Business Network: Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives belong to this group that offers networking opportunities and support.
  7. Inuit Midwifery Network: Get information on training, news and more from this Ontario-based organization.
  8. London Network for Nurses and Midwives: British midwives can access this politically-oriented group to lobby for change.
  9. Midwifery Network Online: This online community connects midwives from all around the world to share news, professional advice, photos, videos and more.
  10. Midwifery Organizations by Country: Look up midwifery organizations around the world using this list.
  11. Citizens for Midwifery: This consumer-based group is an advocate of local midwives, women’s health and fighting for change.
  12. North American Registry of Midwives: NARM oversees midwifery certification in North America.
  13. Association of Radical Midwives: UK midwives get together through this organization to encourage women’s activism.
  14. International Center for Traditional Childbirth: The nonprofit group ICTC trains midwives around the world, with a special focus on African American communities.

Education and Training

Explore what it takes to become a midwife here.

  1. Midwife Education Accreditation Council: The MEAC lists accredited midwifery schools, offers resources for continuing education and more.
  2. Natural Healers: This site features different midwifery programs and schools.
  3. Seattle Midwifery School: Visit the website for the country’s oldest direct-entry midwifery program here.
  4. Midwifery Schools: Find contact information for several different institutions here.
  5. Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery: Get information about enrollment, financial aid and your education options here.
  6. Midwifery Schools: Here is another list of links to midwifery schools, in the U.S. and U.K.
  7. MidwiferyEducation.org: Browse schools by state or get information about training workshops from this website.
  8. MEAC Accredited Schools: Here you’ll find a list of the midwifery programs and schools that have been accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.
  9. American Midwifery Certification Board: Get information about certification exams, fees and more from the AMCB website.
  10. Aspiring Midwife Students: The MEAC’s fact sheet answers students’ questions about international training, professional certification and more.
  11. Becoming a Midwife: Midwifery Today shares information about education, learning about the field, and the steps you need to take to become a midwife.
  12. FAQs About Midwives and Midwifery Care: Learn about certification, midwifery culture, how midwives succeed in the U.S., and more.

News, Advocacy and Issues

Catch up on all the news, women’s health issues and campaigns affecting midwives here.

  1. Midwifery Today: Learn about conferences, read publications and newsletters and keep up with pregnancy and midwifery news here.
  2. The Big Push for Midwives: Visit the website for this midwifery campaign, which hopes to increase regulation of Certified Professional Midwives around the country.
  3. Homebirth Safety – What Really Keeps the Baby Safe?: Get an answer to this question that many skeptics like to ask.
  4. The Business of Being Born: Ricki Lake’s documentary project discusses the dangers of hospitals and the benefits of midwifery.
  5. Midwives Alliance of Pennsylvania: This alliance’s website posts regular news stories that affect the midwifery industry.
  6. How to Support Midwifery: Get links of organizations to join, plus other tips for advocating midwifery.
  7. Save Independent Midwifery: Learn about this campaign and other movements to "safe midwifery" here.
  8. Nursing/Midwifery News: Visit this channel to get updates on midwifery news.
  9. Women’s Health News: This website sometimes posts news stories that pertain to midwifery issues.
  10. The Midwife On A Mission: This CBS article explores how a D.C. birthing clinic helps the area beat an above average infant mortality rate.

Science and Medical Resources

These online tools and resources will help you make sense of the medical side of your job.

  1. Pelvic Anatomy: You can use this diagram from obgyn.net as a study aid.
  2. Anatomy List: Read explanations of subjects like premature labor and the stages of labor here.
  3. Birthingherbs Herbs: Read all about herbs and natural medicines for pregnancy, easy birthing, labor, breastfeeding and more.
  4. Structures of Pregnant Women: Take this interactive quiz to find out how much you know about the anatomy of a pregnant woman.
  5. Pregnancy and Childbirth: Review the terms you’ll need to use when you study and practice midwifery here.
  6. Complications of Labor: Learn about low birth weight, infant loss and birth defects here.
  7. Childbirth Video: Watch a video of how natural childbirth occurs.
  8. Childbirth Video Galleries: You can watch natural childbirth videos here for free.
  9. StudyWomb: Use this tool or refer it to your patients to help plan the birth.
  10. Childbirth: This site has links and resources that explain childbirth.

Business Tools

Many midwives are responsible for finding their own clients and running their businesses alone. Here are several tools that will help you stay organized, informed and connected.

  1. Invoices Made Easy: This free service lets you create and e-mail your invoices and even accept payments made online.
  2. Salary Survey Report: Find out how much certified nurse midwives make when you take a look at this salary estimator.
  3. epointment: Manage your appointments online with epointment.
  4. Time59: Keep track of client payments and balances, track your own time and more.
  5. ClientScribe: If you have trouble keeping up with all of your client communications, use this tool to straighten everything out and keep records.
  6. Acuity Scheduling: Your patients can schedule appointments with you online using this tool.
  7. MyMediaRoom: Create an account to host a press room online that shares with your clients and community updates about your company, advocacy events and more.
  8. My Mile Marker: If you charge clients for mileage, use this great tool to keep track of it all.
  9. Approver.com: Use this collaboration tool for creating birth plans and pregnancy diaries with your patients.
  10. Tiktrac: When you set up an account with this tool, your clients can log in to see how much time you’re devoting to visits, appointments, and more services.
  11. Google Calendar: Use Google Calendar to remind you of appointments, due dates and more.
  12. MyEvents: This economical CRM solution features a web calendar, task lists, file storage and sharing, web hosting, a contact manager and more.
  13. PunchyTime: PunchyTime is another great time tracking tool that is easy to use and manage.

Pregnancy Guides

Find out about at-risk pregnancies, labor and more in this list.

  1. Pregnancy: MedlinePlus’ guide to pregnancy includes research studies, prenatal care guides, alternative therapy information and more.
  2. Labor and Delivery: Read up on labor signs, the posterior position and pushing here.
  3. Midwives and Pregnancy: This guide explains the role of midwives during pregnancy.
  4. High Risk Pregnancy: Use this resource to help high-risk patients or to learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of high-risk pregnancy.
  5. Pregnancy Problems: Learn about the potential for problems during pregnancy when you read this guide.
  6. Health promotion in pregnancy: the role of the midwife: This medical article explains how midwives can help promote overall wellness and a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.

Blogs

These midwifery blogs discuss current events, share personal stories and comment on the state of women’s health globally.

  1. Midwife: Sage Femme, Hebamme, Comadrona, Partera: This blog is written by Pamela Hines- Powell, CPM, LM and manager of her own practice.
  2. Women in Charge: Get news about midwifery conventions, advocacy efforts and more on this blog.
  3. Babycatcher: This blog is written by a "babycatcher" in Africa and includes stories about her work there.
  4. Instinctual Birth: This midwifery student is also the "mother of many." She comments on fertility misconceptions, her own pregnancy experiences and more.
  5. Midwifery is Catching: Get updates on the issues that affect women’s health and midwifery, as well as personal stories from a modern midwife here.
  6. Red Spiral: This doula educator blogs about her family, business and more.
  7. Homebirth: Midwife Mutiny in South Australia: This blog is a great resource for anyone curious about midwifery, giving birth at home, and more.

Infant Health Care

Learn about newborn care and immunizations here.

  1. Mercy in Action: Check out the blog of this nonprofit group that sponsors seminars and currently supports ministries in the Philippines.
  2. Newborn basics: You can use these guides to help your patient take care of her newborn, from bathing the baby to caring for the umbilical cord.
  3. Antenatal care: Review this guide from the World Health Organization to learn about immunizations, stillbirths, standards for maternal and newborn care, and more.

Literature

Read up on midwifery from novels to guidebooks when you read this list.

  1. Midwives: This novel follows the case and trial of a midwife in Vermont. It was even selected by Oprah’s Book Club in 1998.
  2. The Hemorrhage Handbook: Learn how to prevent and treat hemorrhages when you read this handbook.
  3. The Heart and Science of Homebirth: This short guide book cites authoritative publications and arguments that support homebirth.
  4. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali: This memoir follow the story of a Peace Corps volunteer who befriended a young midwife in Mali.

Midwifery Resources

This list of resources includes professional information, online shops that sell birthing supplies, and more.

  1. What is a Midwife?: Womenshealthchannel.com gives a great overview of midwives, nurse-midwives and what they do in this guide.
  2. Wellsphere: Check out all the latest blog posts about midwifery on this network.
  3. OBGYN.net: The Medical Professionals channel on this website lets you submit special events, chat on the forums, and more.
  4. SocialBirth.com: Learn all about midwifery and natural birth, from pregnancy exercises to homebirth information, at The Wholistic Birth Resource Center of Southern California.
  5. Birth Supplies: Shop for birth supplies, scrubs and more when you follow these links.
  6. BabyBirthandBeyond.com: Here is another online shop for midwives and new moms.
  7. Lamaze International: Learn lamaze and find out about pregnancy tools and tips here.
  8. Waterbirth: You can find resources for organizing and conducting a waterbirth here.
  9. Midwife Career Resources: Search for jobs, post your resume and manage your own account here.
  10. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health: Become a member to access full-text articles, submit your own manuscript and network.

Articles and Guides

Here you’ll find even more information about midwives and what they do.

  1. Midwives Deliver Healthy Babies With Fewer Interventions: This 1997 article explores how midwives are especially effective delivering low-risk babies.
  2. Considering a Midwife?: This guide gives a great overview of the profession in different parts of the world, a history of midwifery and the difference between midwives and doctors.
  3. Midwives Honor the Sensuality of Pregnancy and Birth: This article criticizes the trend of not gaining enough weight during pregnancy and argues that extra fat is beautiful and healthy.
  4. Busy pregnant executives bring midwives to the office: This article from the Daily Mail explores a new trend in modern midwifery and pregnancy.
  5. Why Choose a Homebirth?: You can hang up this list of 80 reasons why homebirth is better than hospital birth in your office.
  6. Pregnancy Week by Week: Help your patients understand their changing bodies and pregnancy with this guide.
  7. The Midwife and Homebirth: Read about safety issues, the home birth environment and more.
  8. Natural childbirth: Here you can read up on acupuncture, hypnosis, breathing exercises and more.
  9. Why Natural Childbirth?: Read Judith Lothian’s paper on natural childbirth from The Journal of Perinatal Education here.
  10. Labor Pain Management: The website Giving Birth Naturally offers tips for managing labor pains the natural way.
  11. A Note to Fathers: It’s You She Wants: New dads who are nervous or unsure about being present during the birth can receive encouragement from this article.
  12. Birth as a Community Experience: Find out what it’s like to labor next to another pregnant woman.
  13. Drugs in Labour: What Effects Do They Have 20 Years Hence?: This article is pro-natural birth because of the harmful and interfering drugs used during hospital births.


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