About Our Apprenticeship Program
Are you interested in becoming a midwife? It is a long but rewarding journey. The average time it takes to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is from three to five years, and requires a serious full time commitment.
Family Birth Services has a well-established apprenticeship program of over 30 years, and a solid reputation for producing excellent midwives. Our apprenticeship program is firmly integrated into our practice, which means that students, clients and midwives all benefit equally from the program.
The two main components of becoming a CPM are a strong academic course, and a comprehensive apprenticeship with qualified preceptor midwives that will allow you to meet all the clinical requirements.
At Family Birth Services, we provide the apprenticeship- the skills training and birth experience- that will compliment and integrate with all recognized academic programs.
Our apprentices choose the academic program that works best for them, and we are happy to help potential apprentices review the choices and find a good fit for their individual needs.
Our Apprentice Director
Our apprenticeship director, April Pierce LM, CPM, oversees the application process and student training, but students will have the opportunity to attend births and learn from all the staff midwives.
The majority of our midwives are NARM and ATM registered preceptors. Students are able to receive all of their clinical training at Family Birth Services, including their primaries under supervision.
Apprentices must concurrently pursue midwifery studies through a recognized program, and we generally require at least one year of academic education before students start their training with us.
Because of the nature of our fully integrated program, we do not have options for part time students or for students who just need primaries.
Our complete full time apprenticeship lasts at least two years, sometimes three. Although apprentices pay an administration fee to help cover the cost of their supervision. They work full time at Family Birth Services birth center in Grand Prairie in exchange for their apprenticeship.
Our students become an essential part of our staff, are on call 24/7 just like our staff midwives, and learn all aspects of a midwifery practice. Because apprenticeships are challenging, we make every effort to support our students in their journey.
The midwives, students and office staff of Family Birth Services all work together. While our interactions are often based around births and prenatal days, we also make time for an occasional game or movie night.
We have found that building strong relationships and good communication between midwives and students helps our work interactions go more smoothly.
We're Invested In Helping You Succeed!
All of our midwives enjoy working with students, and are willing to share knowledge and experience freely. Our philosophy is that midwifery students learn best in apprenticeships where they are respected as adult learners, feel safe in their learning environment, and are encouraged and affirmed by their preceptors.
We also ensure that each apprentice is given all the experience she needs at every phase so that there is no sense of competition between students.
In short, we go out of our way to invest in each apprentice individually as a valuable asset in carrying on the tradition of midwifery, handed down by each generation of experienced midwives to the next.
If you are interested in applying for our apprenticeship program, please contact us for an application. Be aware that our application process is lengthy and we usually interview and select students six months to one year in advance of their start date.
We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) website as this will be your primary source of information on the different academic routes to becoming a CPM and the requirements of each.