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Midwifery Education, Training and Development for Improved Maternal Child Health Outcomes

Commonsense Childbirth Institute (CCI) Midwifery Program was developed around the principles that have driven midwifery practice worldwide: trust, respect, and necessity.

Coming soon in 2020 – our three year midwifery program will be offered as a hybrid program, both online self-study, with a remote instructor  and in-person. Contact for more information.

Midwifery Standards at Commonsense Childbirth Institute

We are committed to the highest stands of midwifery education and our curriculum and training is based on the International Confederation of Midwifery (ICM) philosophy, model and accreditation process.

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

International Definition of the Midwife

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education program that is duly recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery.
Scope of Practice
The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to
provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures. The midwife has an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care. A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

Adopted at Brisbane Council meeting, 2005 Revised and adopted at Durban Council meeting, 2011 Revised and adopted at Toronto Council meeting, 2017 Source:International Definition of the Midwife – ICM Definitions


Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE)

Becoming a childbirth educator is an extremely rewarding career for those who desire to educate pregnant women about birth processes and their choices. This is a great career for those who would like to work in the evening or weekends and earn part-time income. Childbirth Educators are responsible for providing evidence based information and teaching in a non-biased manner.

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Certified Lactation Educator Course

This course is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning about the process of breastfeeding, and educating new mothers about breastfeeding. This course teaches the anatomy and physiology of the breast, changes during pregnancy and lactation, and prepares the student to assess and provide anticipatory guidance regarding maternal nutrition, initiating and establishing successful breastfeeding, recognizing and managing common breastfeeding problems, and referral to community resources and breast feeding products.

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Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC)

This newer program is designed for those who desire to work towards becoming a midwife or desire to work professionally with women throughout the childbearing year. Those who choose to finish this ‘Mini-Series’ will be designated as a Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC) having been educated in our three perinatal courses, Doula, Childbirth Educator & Lactation Educator. These classes are now considered prerequisites for our midwifery programs and in most cases, are transferable to other midwifery schools.

The Childbirth Consultant is a new concept in perinatal education and we at CCI are excited to offer you this pathway to empowering women to birth and parent with confidence and power. We believe this is an important step to becoming a midwife, however for some students this arena is where they may build and maintain their private childbirth practice. We believe that every woman should have access to a maternity care provider or educator of their choice and to the information needed to make informed decisions. Our goal is to develop competent, highly educated childbirth professionals and midwives who can provide this option – The JJ Way®.

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Certified Community Health Worker – Maternal Child Health (CCHW)

Position yourself to be a certified health care provider who can make a distinct and tangible impact on pregnant, postpartum and parenting women, particularly among those most at risk in today’s health care arena. The Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) is an ideal training for existing nursing assistants, medical assistants, doulas, childbirth or lactation educators, or home visitors with a passion for transforming our current maternity care system.

Our training provides a combination of perinatal skills and competencies which allows for the health worker to be able to work independently in the field, or as part of an organization or agency. Graduates will be prepared to provide life-saving education and  support to childbearing women, as well as to play a significant role as part of the maternal health care professional team. As ‘perinatal practitioner extenders’ with a firm foundation in maternal child health (MCH), our CCHW’s are trained to work in a variety of settings including private practices, birth centers, hospitals, clinics, community settings and homes, building and modeling strong collaborations to establish perinatal networks. They cover all aspects of the childbearing cycle – pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and girls and women’s health. They are able to teach across the life-course with culturally-congruent and evidence-based information, including demonstrating and modeling health practices and creating liaisons and trusting relationships with other health providers and agencies.

This certification may lead to employment in Maternal Child Health, or in being eligible to bill independently for services under the CPT and HCPCS coding system for perinatal healthcare services. The minimum 8-week course consists of independent learning via our online platform and live webinars.

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Certified Doula (CD)

This is our most popular course and a great starting point for a future career in Perinatal Health.A doula is a healthcare professional who provides non-medical support and care through education, guidance and counseling for pregnant and parenting women and families. She promotes a healthy pregnancy and encourages active participation throughout the childbearing year.

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