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Baystate Midwifery Education Program

Midwifery Education Program, fetal heartbeatThe Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program is an autonomous 5-semester post-baccalaureate certificate midwifery education program. Apply to the program.

Prepare for a Career in Midwifery

As a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), you will have many career options in practice, research and education. 

Program Philosophy and Objectives

Through both didactic and clinical components, our program teaches the foundation of nurse midwifery practice and prepares you to manage the health care of low-risk women and their newborns.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to work with cultural competency, serving varied racial, ethnic and socioeconomic populations.

You will also be awarded a certificate in nurse-midwifery from Baystate Medical Center, and will be eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) certification examination to become Certified Nurse Midwives.


ACNM_logoThe Baystate Midwifery Education Program follows a 5-semester curriculum that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and includes all the knowledge, skills and behaviors delineated in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.

Curriculum and Course of Study


Through our affiliation with the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University, which offers distance-based master's completion, we offer the option of concurrent master's degree study. As of 2010, students are required to have a master's degree in a health-related field in order to sit for the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). 


Our faculty in the Division of Midwifery and Community Health have appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. All are in active clinical practice.

All together, our faculty has more than 110 years of clinical practice and 100 years of faculty experience.

Physician/Midwife Collaboration

"I will be a better midwife for having been
able to learn in an environment in which
physician/midwife collaboration is so
natural  and respectful.
-Sarah Todd

(Read what else Sarah has to say!)

Program Highlights

  • 93 graduates in 20 years
  • Since 2008, 12 of the 15 students who matriculated graduated from the program. The other 3 withdrew for personal reasons.
  • 100% first-time pass rate on the national certifying exam
  • 92% of graduates enter full-scope midwifery clinical practice
  • 80% of graduates since 2005 provide care to medically underserved, vulnerable populations

Read what some of our students say about our program.