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The MMA Midwifery Studies Intensive

The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (MMA) Basic Midwifery Course will begin again in August 2024 – September 2025.

Class meetings are a mix of didactic learning and skills practice, and use role playing, storytelling, discussion and interactive activities to develop competency and confidence. Our students have achieved a better understanding in all aspects of the childbearing year and gone on to apprenticeships, clinical programs, nursing schools, bachelor’s and master’s programs, as well as work as a childbirth educator, yoga instructor, doula, herbalist, massage therapist, pelvic floor PT, community midwife, CPM, CNM, public health professional and many other paths.

While CPM Rebecca Beck is running the course, classes will be taught by a diverse group of practicing midwives, exposing you to a variety of styles and philosophies and building your connections in the MA birth world.

While MMA Midwifery Studies Intensive provides the non-MEAC accredited didactic education to apprentice with a community midwife, the Course does not place students in an apprentice position with a practicing community midwife and cannot guarantee placement in an apprenticeship at the completion of this program.

The rich curriculum covers the following and more!   History of Midwifery, A&P for Midwives, Medical Terminology & Charting, Prenatal Care: A class for each trimester focusing in on norms and troubleshooting, Nutrition, Prenatal Labs and Pelvic Exams, Informed choice: Interpreting Research and Evidence Based Midwifery Care, Childbirth Ed Training, Labor and Birth, Labor Support, Unusual Labor and Birth, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean and Cesarean Section, Immediate postpartum, Postpartum Care, Breastfeeding for Providers, Grief Loss and Self Care for Birth Workers, The Business of Midwifery, Birth Activism, Next Steps & More!

WHERE: The 2024/2025 Classes will be held in Northampton, Massachusetts.

WHEN: August 2024-September 2025, approximately every other Saturday (some months variable due to holidays)

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due with application.
Remainder of Tuition ($4000-deposit=$3850) is due by the first class.
Refunds will not be given after the first class.
Women of Color scholarships available upon inquiry.
Early Bird Special: Tuition reduced to $ 3800 if paid in full by June 30, 2024.

Books and materials can be bought or borrowed and prices are variable $100-$300.
Only prerequisite: All students must complete the Mercy in Action online Cultural Competency and
Respectful Maternity Care. The course is $99.
If online access is a challenge, arrangements can be made to help you complete the requirement.

CONTACT: Rebecca C Beck, CPM, 508-341-7191,


Dedicated to diversity and social responsibility, we aim to empower our students to serve diverse communities and uphold ethical culturally conscious midwifery practices.

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