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Program Objectives and Philosophy


The purpose of the Baystate Midwifery Education Program is to prepare you to be a competent clinician who:

  • is eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) certification examination
  • is committed to providing care to all women, with a particular emphasis on meeting the health care needs of vulnerable populations
  • will contribute to improving the health care system for women and families through practice and involvement in quality improvement, community and professional activities.

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

Program Objectives

As a graduate of the Baystate Midwifery Education Program, you will be able to:

  1. utilize a family-centered approach in accordance with the management framework process, principles and skills to:
    • manage the primary, reproductive and gynecologic health care of essentially healthy women
    • collaboratively manage the primary, reproductive and gynecologic health care of women with obstetrical, gynecological or medical complications
    • manage the care of the normal newborn;
  2. provide relevant patient education to foster health promotion and disease prevention in an understandable and culturally appropriate format
  3. assume responsibility for your own professional growth and for fostering the professional growth of other midwives
  4. work effectively with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic populations
  5. develop and evaluate midwifery services targeted to improve health care delivery for women.

Review our Course of Study.

Our Philosophy

Our faculty and staff believe that the primary aim of midwifery education is to provide an experience that will enable our students to become caring, knowledgeable, and competent clinicians. 

We believe that you will learn best in an environment that recognizes your individual strengths, motivates you, and fosters your growth and self-confidence.

We designed our curriculum to be challenging and to stimulate active learning, logical analysis, and critical thinking, rather than rote learning.

We believe that formal education represents only a part of the learning continuum. While our faculty provide educational opportunities, you are responsible for your own education and learning, both while in the program and after graduation. 

We also fully embrace the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

In addition, we adhere to Baystate Health's mission to improve the health of the people in our communities every day with quality and compassion.