Effective in the Fall, 2008, the Baystate Midwifery Education Program will be making a transition from a one-year long curriculum beginning in January to a 5-semester curriculum with students entering in the fall of each year. This change will allow students to complete a masters degree concurrently with their midwifery education.
Clinical Learning Opportunities
Class size in the Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program is limited to 6 students which allows for individual attention and encourages strong group cohesion.
Additionally, the Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program offers students unique clinical learning opportunities. All faculty members hold joint appointments with Baystate Midwifery and Women's Health, a long-standing clinical service providing full scope care to women at a variety of settings including four community health centers and the Hampden County Women's Correctional Center. The majority of students' basic clinical experience is supervised by faculty who guide students in their development of basic skills and help maximize the learning opportunities that occur with each patient encounter. Additional clinical opportunities are available with other established midwifery practices in Western Massachusetts.
Baystate - The Right Environment for Learning
Baystate Medical Center is a private, nonprofit 716 bed acute-care hospital. It is the dominant medical establishment in Springfield Massachusetts, and is the tertiary care center for Western Massachusetts. As the only teaching hospital in the Pioneer Valley, Baystate Medical Center is active in the education of graduate physicians, medical students, nurses, midwives and other health professionals. Excellence in its education mission has earned the Medical Center designation as the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.
Within Baystate, the Wesson Women and Infants' Unit fosters a family-centered approach to maternity care with its 38 bed LDR rooms. As the tertiary referral center for both obstetrics and neonatology, it also offers the latest in available technology and personnel for the high risk women and their babies.
Students in the program benefit from their interaction with various subspecialty areas in medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, and obstetric. The library resources, seminars, discussion groups and grand rounds all contribute to the multidisciplinary academic environment.