Is MSTM a recognized school operating legally and licensed in its state of origin?
Yes. Formed in 1988 and officially founded in 1993, Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery & Herbology
has become regarded by many as the foremost school of
Traditional Midwifery studies in America, and is the very
first licensed midwifery school in the world to offer a Vocational Arts Diploma in
MSTM is officially recognized and licensed by the State of Michigan
Office of Secondary Education and is granted approval to offer a
Vocational Arts Diploma of Midwifery , plus certifications for Traditional Midwifery,
Assistant, Childbirth Educator, Certified Herbalist and more. We are also in the process of approval
under the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant alien students for attendance by non-immigrant international students.
Do I have to live in the state of Michigan to enroll at MSTM?
No. You may enroll from any state in the United States, or Canada or from
any country around the world. MSTM has a global student body!
Can I become NARM certified through this program?
MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program
is designed to meet, and exceed, both the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), and the North
American Registry of Midwives (NARM) requirements to take the NARM Certified
Professional Midwife exam.
While not all of MSTM's graduates are seeking NARM certification,
the many who have chosen to become a NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
have successfully done so while enrolled in, or having graduated from,
MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program, and
the NARM PEP application to become a CPM. Students find that MSTM's Traditional Midwifery
program provides excellent academic preparation for passing the NARM CPM exam.
Students planning to take the NARM exam may wish to sign up for MSTM's NARM
Intensive Preparatory Supplement module, otherwise known as NIPS.
NIPS is designed for students who wish to supplement their
Traditional Midwifery course with extra assignments and academic intensives to help prepare for the
NARM exam. Students must be enrolled in the Traditional Midwifery program and in a qualified
stage of assignment completion to qualify for the NIPS module.
MSTM can can not answer questions related to NARM's CPM program; contact NARM for information about
their current requirements.
Is there a Midwifery Honors Society?
Yes! MSTM established the first academic Honor Society ever
instituted for Midwifery studies.
Mu Omicron Mu
lauds the accomplishments of students who achieve above average academic
excellence and encourages such student to take a longer view of their
potential contribution to Midwifery. A student's Vocational Arts Diploma in Traditional
official educational transcripts, will note this special Honors award.
When can I enroll at MSTM?
Enrollment at MSTM is very flexible. You may enroll in the program of your choice at
anytime during the year.
How do I apply to MSTM?
The application process is easy and uncomplicated. Simply send for an
and complete the catalog-enclosed application form for the program of study that you
choose. Fill in all information completely, follow the directions for application submission,
and return your application package to MSTM
Are there prerequisite studies required before enrollment?
The programs at MSTM are designed for students of all educational backgrounds. Some college
back ground is preferred; a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Are all MSTM programs formatted for distance learning?
Yes. Students study in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.
Is there a Traditional Midwifery program overview?
A general program overview and sample book list can be
Does MSTM have a payment plan?
Yes. MSTM offers an affordable payment plan. However, it applies to full tuition
in the Midwifery academic program only and
may not be used with any tuition special discounts. Visit the
tuition page for more information.
Do I need a computer to complete my studies through MSTM?
No, a computer is not required. Course work may be submitted either typed or handwritten.
Does MSTM offer online programs?
None of the programs at MSTM are online.
Where do I get my text books?
The cost of text books is not included in tuition. Each student must
acquire their own books and budget for them accordingly. Recognizing that
books are expensive, MSTM has carefully chosen to recommend
only books which will be of the most benefit
to students. Book costs can exceed $300.00. Students are encouraged to
purchase used texts and take advantage of the tremendous savings used books
offer over new ones.
Internet research may, in part, take the place of textbooks.
A recommend book list is included with the student information packet.
There are no required textbooks.
We do encourage students to purchase their books through the MSTM Book
Store. Sales help us to
to raise money for Scholarships - and we appreciate your support.
I would like to make a donation to MSTM's Traditional Midwifery Scholarship program.
How do I do that?
If you would like to make a donation to MSTM's Traditional Midwifery Scholarship program,
click here: DONATE NOW. We deeply appreciate
donations in any amount. You may even select the specific scholarship you would like to support when
you make your donation. Click the link to read about MSTM's scholarships:
Traditional Midwifery Scholarships.
Thank you for supporting future Midwifery students and helping to preserve Traditional Midwifery!
What if I need more time to complete my studies?
MSTMís programs are formatted to be completed within a specific time period.
Each student is given an EDC (estimated date of completion) which is
assessed at the time of enrollment. If a student needs more time to complete
a program, arrangements for course extensions are available for 6 months.
Extensions are assessed a separate fee.
Students are also allotted a free 6 month "leave of absence" in a case of emergency circumstances, which must be applied for and reviewed for approval.
This allows a large measure of flexibility to meet unforeseen life changes or situations.
Students find this provision extremely useful when needed!
Who may attend the Midwifery Skills Workshops & Retreats?
MSTM's Midwifery skills workshops are primarily designed to meet the instruction,
assessment and the practical skills acquisition needs of MSTM Midwifery students, but,
anyone interested in
attending may register and attend MSTM's Midwifery skills workshops.
Due to the difficult
economy and soaring gas prices, attendance at
skills workshop is no longer mandatory, and workshops are not help on an annual basis. Traditional Midwifery students may
located closer to them. Skills checks may be done with a preceptor.
I am not sure if midwifery is for me. Do you have a sample program to explore first?
Enrolling in the Midwife Assistant / Doula program is an excellent first step if you are trying to
discern if midwifery is right for you. Birth and postpartum Doulas provide valuable resources
to women and families.
Is distance learning a legitimate route of study?
Distance learning programs are becoming more and more common in a growing number of Colleges
and Universities throughout the United States and the world. Correspondence programs
offer a proven and
highly successful means of getting an
education, especially for people with families!
Is This a Nurse Midwifery program?
No. MSTM is the first Traditional Midwifery school to be licensed by the
State of Michigan and is the only school in North America offering
a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certificate (CTM) in Traditional Midwifery.
Nurse Midwifery programs are offered through many state Universities
and Colleges. Please contact the American College of Nurse Midwives for
Do I get a degree from Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery?
MSTM offers a Vocational Arts Diploma and Certificate in Traditional Midwifery (CTM),
and certificate programs
in other childbirth related fields of study such as Herbology, Doula/Labor Assistant and more.
Does MSTM arrange or assign preceptors or arrange apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship is not required to enroll in the Traditional Midwifery
MSTM encourages every student to research and secure an apprenticeship and find
preceptors as needed for actual birth experience and practical skills acquisition. This will be
especially important if you are planning to meet the requirements
for the NARM CPM exam.
It is an important part of the educational process which each student is individually
MSTM assigns each Traditional Midwifery student a Midwifery Academic Mentor (MAM). Midwifery Academic Mentors are former
graduates of MSTM's Traditional Midwifery program who are now practicing midwives.
Always exploring new and innovative ways of educating,
MSTM was the very first midwifery
school in the world to ever explore and initiate the concept of academic mentoring for
Traditional Midwifery students.
Does MSTM offer job placement to students or graduates?
This is a school of academic study. As such, MSTM does not offer job placement
services to students or graduates.
Because MSTM graduates are highly motivated self-starters, most have
established themselves in a wide variety of successful
birth related jobs, including independent Midwifery practices, Doula practices,
working in Birth Centers, CPM's practices, speciality home-birth supply companies,
and much more.
What if I have questions about the legalities of the practice of Midwifery?
In the United States, the practice of Midwifery is regulated at the state level.
As an academic institution, MSTM does not offer advice or interpretation regarding the
legal status of the practice of midwifery, or any other of our program
specialities, in the United States or in any other country.
You must research the laws in your area and understand how they apply to the
practice of Midwifery.
Does Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery have a campus?
MSTM's administrative offices are located in northern Michigan.
I have a question about the the practice of Midwifery in my state or country.
Can you provide an answer?
MSTM is an academic institution. As such, we do not offer advice, or interpretation, regarding the
legal status of the practice of midwifery, or any other of our program
specialities, in any state in the United States, or in any other country.