Massachusetts Midwives Alliance

MMA Basic Course

Student midwives at the MMA Basic Course

Now in Jamaica Plain

at Birth and Beyond of Jamaica Plain

520 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain MA


A Journey into Midwifery

Dedicated to the age old art of Midwifery in its simplest form: The passing of wisdom from one woman to another. We honor and cherish the midwives who continue these traditions.

The MMA Basic Midwifery Course  combines in depth independent study with an engaging bimonthly full day classroom.  Our comprehensive course can help you prepare for apprenticeship or clinical work, gain insight into childbearing and women’s health, ground your doula or childbirth education practice in an expansive knowledge base, and connect you to a great group of women. 

The MMA Midwifery Course uses a unique format balancing independent study, with in house all day classes generally meeting two Sundays a month.  Students complete homework, projects, and readings at home. Class time is used to synthesize knowledge, practice hands on skills, share experiences and learn from being with the midwives and each other. An online resource site provides additional articles and activities. A weekend doula certification is incorporated into the program giving students the opportunity to build a doula practice while still enrolled in the course, a great way to integrate new knowledge. CPR and Neonatal Resuscitaion Certification is included. Our students have gone on to apprenticeships, clinical programs, nursing school, doula work and other paths.

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