The Association of Texas Midwives philosophy is that midwives should be trained by other midwives, be that training in a school or through apprenticeship. ATM has been involved with the education of aspiring midwives for over 30 years. The development of a curriculum to better help the student integrate academic learning with the clinical training received with an experienced midwife-teacher (preceptor) has evolved and grown as the needs of both midwifery students and consumers of midwifery care has evolved and grown. This culminated with the ATM Midwifery Training Program (ATMMTP) being designated as an approved midwifery education program by the Texas Midwifery Board in 1999. ATMMTP graduates are eligible to take the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam as a Texas agency candidate, and upon successful completion, to obtain the Texas midwifery license. The graduate will also qualify for the NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential.
The ATMMTP is an eight-part comprehensive midwifery education program whose curriculum is based on the Midwives Alliance of North America's standards for practice and "Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice", and incorporates and NARM educational requirements. These requirements are met through a variety of methods, including home and internet based coursework, required reading, and research and community projects. Each of the 8 parts, or modules, ends with classroom time in the form of 2 or 3 day mandatory workshops where review, application, integration, and testing occur. The Program's expected completion period is approximately 34 months, including the required clinical training.
The academic portion of the ATMMTP is divided into eight (8) Study Modules with related workshops.
All students must complete a mandatory minimum 24 months and 1350 contact hours of clinical apprenticeship with one or more approved ATMMTP preceptors. While under the supervision of the preceptor(s), the student will learn and demonstrate mastery of a minimum set of skills and document completion of all ATMMTP clinical requirements. During the apprenticeship phase the student will begin to develop her intuitive skills and sense of touch, as important to midwifery care as the knowledge, risk assessment and problem identification skills learned through the academic portions of the Program.
The ATMMTP recommends that students begin the clinical portion of their training following completion of the second module. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with an approved midwife preceptor who will work with them to complete their clinical training. The ATMMTP will provide the student with a list of approved preceptors. Midwives who are not already approved by the ATMMTP may seek approval by requesting an application from the Course Coordinator.
The ATMMTP realizes that completion of clinical experience (apprenticeship) is dependent on the good will of mothers and midwives in allowing students to participate in their birth experiences. The dignity and wishes of midwifery clients are of utmost importance. Therefore, Program extensions will be granted when circumstances warrant.
Enrollment in the ATMMTP is open, and may take place at any time of the year. The student may begin studies immediately upon receipt of the program materials, which includes the first module, Introduction to Midwifery. The enrollment deadline is January 10th for students who plan to attend the first workshop in May, and July15th for students planning to attend the December workshop. Students who complete all assignments early may begin work on Independent Study projects and assignments.
**This program requires an apprenticeship with an approved midwife preceptor. Apprenticeship fees are arranged privately between apprentice and midwife preceptor.
A payment of $875.00 for the first module is due with your application for enrollment. Tuition payments of $875.00 for each subsequent module are paid prior to receipt of each modules' assignments. (Eight payments of $875.00, total tuition $7000.00)
Refunds: There will be no refunds issued more than 72 hours after the initial application is sent in to the ATM office. The ATM membership fee is non-refundable.
The ATM Midwifery Training Program in its entirety is protected under copyright laws. No portion of the program may be copied or transferred by any means, electronic or otherwise, without the express and written permission of ATM. The program materials are not transferable to students not enrolled in the program.
Students will require a computer (preferably a PC) and the following software:
Microsoft Word 2007 or newer
Microsoft Power Point or Power Point Reader
Adobe Reader 10.1.4 or newer
Windows Media Player
Non-Microsoft software programs such as Open Office are not compatible with ATMMTP assignments and forms. Students must have Microsoft Word.
All students must maintain a functional email account.
Where do I start?
The Texas Department of Health requires midwifery students to have a high school diploma or GED certificate, and current certification in Infant and Adult CPR. PLEASE NOTE:CPR certification must be either BLS for the Health Care Provider, American Heart Association, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Red Cross, or National Safety Council: Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers.
Enclose the $875 initial payment (deposit) for the first module and the application fee of $150.00 along with completed payment plan ( on application ).
What do I receive?
Upon receipt and approval of your application, you will be given:
ATMMTP orientation materials, including a CD with assignments and all ATMMTP required forms
The first of eight modules of study, "Introduction to Midwifery"
Independent study assignments and projects
Enrollment in the ATMMTP Study email group
The name of an experienced midwife whom you may contact if you need assistance.
A telephone interview to orient you to the program will be scheduled once you have received your initial materials.
Who can benefit?
Students desiring to meet Texas state-mandated minimum education requirements for a Licensed Midwife
Students or midwives who wish to obtain the CPM credential
Practicing midwives wishing to review their knowledge or supplement the knowledge gained through independent study
ATMMTP Contact Information
We encourage experienced midwives to become approved ATMMTP preceptors. To request more information, a Preceptor Handbook, and an application email the Course Coordinator at: ATMCourse@texasmidwives.com or call 432-664-8845 .