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Frequently Asked Questions


Does Baystate Provide Housing for its Midwifery Students?


What if I'm Not a Nurse?


What if I'm a Nurse but I Don't Have a Bachelor's Degree?


What if I haven't been able to get labor & delivery experience?


Does Baystate Provide Housing for its Midwifery Students?

Baystate Medical Center does not have dormitory facilities for any of its students. The campus is convenient to public transportation with various residential communities within commuting distance.

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What if I'm Not a Nurse?

Becoming a nurse is required.  One option is to attend a two year nursing program, either an associate's degree program or one of the many second bachelor's degree programs, and then attend one of the accredited midwifery/nurse-midwifery education programs.  For example, the University of Massachusetts has an 18 month "second degree" program for people who already have a bachelor's to obtain a BSN.  Another option would be to apply to one of the several programs that combine nursing and midwifery, such as Yale, Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania or Columbia.

                          

All American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) accredited nurse-midwifery programs require a bachelor's degree.

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What if I'm a Nurse but I Don't Have a Bachelor's Degree?

Individuals who are registered nurses, but do not have a bachelor's degree, may become certified nurse-midwives by completing either a BSN or a bachelor's in another field, then attending an accredited nurse-midwifery education programs such as Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program.  Some accredited midwifery/nurse-midwifery programs are in schools of nursing that offer bridge programs to facilitate progression through the bachelor's degree in nursing to midwifery and the master's degree.

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What if I haven't been able to get labor & delivery experience?

Candidates who do not have labor and delivery experience but who are otherwise qualified must complete either a childbirth education course or doula training. 


In addition, many students have found it useful to complete a basic and/or intermediate fetal monitoring course, spend time observing a midwife in practice, and shadow a midwife or nurse in the labor and delivery setting.


To discuss the labor and delivery experience guidelines and your specific requirements, please call Barbara Graves, CNM, MN, MPH, Program Director, at (413)794-4448.

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