Course Outlines

midwife-coursesOur programs are by midwives, for midwives and of midwives. The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, Inc. curriculum was developed by a committee comprised of Licensed Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, midwives trained through apprenticeship, consumers and Childbirth Educators.

 

• FSTM course numbers are four-digit numbers unique to each course. An L after the number denotes a lab.

• The first numeral indicates which year of the program the course is typically taken.

• The second numeral indicates the term in that year that the course is typically offered.

• The third numeral is an arbitrarily chosen number denoting the specific course itself.

• The fourth numeral is a zero unless the course is one of a sequence (e.g. the practicum classes), in which case it indicates that course’s rank in the sequence.

 

ANTEPARTUM 1330 3 CREDITSAntepartum

PREREQUISITES: FLORIDA LAW AND RULE 1230; ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 1292/1292L; HEALTHCARE SKILLS II 1222/1222L; REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320/1320L (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT).

This course will provide the student midwife with didactic material necessary to provide care from the initial contact with a client through the onset of labor. The normal pregnancy will be emphasized. Students will explore a wide range of topics including the probable, presumptive and positive signs of pregnancy, deviations from the normal pregnancy, physiologic basis of and solutions for the common discomforts of pregnancy. The student will develop educational materials for use with clients. The class will integrate the medical/midwifery models while providing the foundation for the student to begin her or his evolution toward providing primary care at clinical sites. 45 CLOCK HOURS.

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 1191,1191L 3 CREDITS

This two-semester course presents an in-depth review of the body’s organization and structure. It also introduces the student to basic physiologic concepts as they relate to normal body function and maintenance of health. The laboratory experience demonstrates human and microscopic anatomic and physiologic processes through drawings and various models. With LAB. 60 CLOCK HOURS.

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 1292,1292L 3 CREDITSAnatomy & Physiology

PREREQUISITES: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 1191/1191L

This two-semester course presents an in-depth review of the body’s organization and structure. It also introduces the student to basic physiologic concepts as they relate to normal body function and maintenance of health. The laboratory experience demonstrates human and microscopic anatomic and physiologic processes through drawings and various models. With LAB. 60 CLOCK HOURS.

 

BREASTFEEDING 2230 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320/1320L; POSTPARTUM 2210 (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT); NEWBORN 2220 (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT)

This course will cover numerous aspects of breastfeeding including anatomy and physiology, breastfeeding education for clients, proper use of pumping devices and formulating care plans. The early recognition of simple problems and implementation of solutions will be emphasized. Students will also learn early support intervention techniques and identify referral services. 30 CLOCK HOURS.

 

COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT 3130 1 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: FLORIDA LAW AND RULE 1230; DIAGNOSTIC TESTING 1350; ANTEPARTUM 1330; INTRAPARTUM 2120; POSTPARTUM 2210; NEWBORN 2220.

This course will review the indications for consultation, referral and collaborative care according to F.S. 467, the Midwifery Practice Act. Students will explore the role of a Licensed Midwife as a member of a healthcare team while learning skills for communicating as a medical professional. Applying risk assessment from 64 B24 Florida Administrative Code during prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care to determine a site and provider for each client will be emphasized. Interpreting data to identify current and potential health problems and needs, establishing a collaboration plan with a physician and ensuring clients’ safety and dignity during transport will be discussed. 15 CLOCK HOURS.

 

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING 1350 1 CREDITDiagnostic Testing lab

The essence of prenatal care is to monitor the well-being of the mother and the developing child. In this course students will become familiar with the most widely utilized lab and imaging tools, including all those required by Florida Law, that are used to assist the midwife in determining the health status of the mother and fetus in order to recognize when intervention is necessary. 15 CLOCK HOURS.

 

ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING A PRACTICE 3210 2 CREDIT

PREREQUISITES: FLORIDA LAW AND RULE 1230; 3RD YEAR ENROLLMENT.

This course is an overview of the professional and legal issues related to establishing and maintaining a practice. We will discuss the benefits and problems of working with insurance, HMOs and Medicaid and the requirements of operating a business. The everyday workings and administration of a practice will be explored. Emphasis will be on the expanding role of midwifery within our health care system. 30 CLOCK HOURS.

 

FEMALE SEXUALITY FOR MIDWIVES 1280 2 CREDITS

This course introduces the student to the female sexual system and its contribution to the health and well-being of non-pregnant women, women in each stage of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period. Basic female sexual dysfunction is discussed, with training in interviewing and history-taking around sexual issues. Students will observe a pelvic exam. 30 CLOCK HOURS.

 

FLORIDA LAW AND RULE 1230 1 CREDIT

The focus of this course is Florida Statute 467, the Midwifery Practice Act, and 64B24 in the Administrative Code. The law and rule specific to the practice of direct-entry midwives in Florida, the history of the law, the legislative process and the rule making process will be covered, as well as the role of the Council of Licensed Midwifery, the Department of Health and the Midwives Association of Florida. 15 CLOCK HOURS.

 

GYNECOLOGY AND WOMEN’S HEALTH 3110, 3110L 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320/1320L; ANTEPARTUM 1330.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of well woman care. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to provide care, support and information to women regarding their overall reproductive health, including understanding the normal life cycle of women; causes of, evaluation of and treatment for problems associated with the female reproductive system and breasts; information and provisions or referral for various methods of contraception; issues involved in decision-making regarding unwanted pregnancies and resources for counseling and referral; issues involving infertility; and the interpretation of lab results. With LAB. 45 CLOCK HOURS.

 

HEALTHCARE SKILLS I 1121 2 CREDITSHealth Care Skills

This foundation course introduces the theory and performance of basic healthcare skills essential to a career in midwifery. Students will gain an understanding of medical terminology relevant to midwifery and learn to properly chart clients’ records; learn to develop healthcare plans; explore principles of body mechanics, utilization of therapeutic communication techniques and aseptic and sterile techniques; be able to assess client hydration and elimination status and identify need for intervention with therapeutic measures; and study administration of relevant medications and prenatal care components. Students will be introduced to physical assessment. 30 CLOCK HOURS.

 

HEALTHCARE SKILLS II 1222, 1222L 3 CREDITSHealth Care Skills II

PREREQUISITES: HEALTHCARE SKILLS I 1121.

This course is a continuation of Healthcare Skills I, with emphasis placed on development of advanced healthcare skills relevant to midwifery practice. Students will undertake an in-depth systems approach to physical assessment, interpretation of prenatal data, advanced laboratory technique including venipuncture, neonatal physical assessment and lab work. With LAB. 60 CLOCK HOURS.

 

HERB WORKSHOP 2260 1 CREDITHerb-Workshop-Midwifery-School

This course is an introduction to the herbs and herbal preparations used by traditional midwives during the childbearing year. Students will learn the properties and parts, methods of preparation, indications and contraindications of most commonly used herbs in midwifery practice. Students will further have the opportunity to prepare tinctures, oils and salves during this workshop style class. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

HISTORY OF MIDWIFERY 1170 2 CREDITS

This course will provide a historical dimension to the current practice of midwifery in the United States as well as internationally. The multi-faceted roots of U.S. midwifery will be emphasized, including immigrant midwives, indigenous midwives, plantation and rural southern midwifery, the nurse midwife, the birth renaissance midwife, the variety of midwives currently practicing and the organizations which represent their perspectives. The changes in legal issues in the practice of midwifery will also be explored. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

HIV/AIDS 1150 1 CREDIT

In this course students will gain an essential understanding of the acquired immune deficiency disease, with an emphasis on its effects during pregnancy, childbirth and lactation. They will learn about transmission, progression and treatment of HIV infection. They will develop skills for recognizing at-risk behaviors, including substance abuse, family violence, and child neglect/abuse and will be taught to provide sexual counseling and referrals. 15 CLOCK HOURS.

 

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS I—III 1161, 1362, 2163 -
1 CREDIT

PREREQUISITES: EACH COURSE REQUIRES THE PREVIOUS COURSE(S) IN THE SERIES.IRCS - communication skills

This course series continues through the first two years of our program. The fi rst course encourages personal growth of the student and lays the foundation for emotional awareness in communication. Topics addressed include basic communication skills, setting boundaries, and effective listening skills. The second course focuses on learning non-violent communication. Among other skills, students learn to manage anger, make requests, and identify judgments. In the last course of the series, students learn to apply these skills to their personal and professional relationships in order to become more effective midwives. Students practice dealing with difficult issues, sharpening their communication skills through role-playing scenarios, crisis management, and developing professionalism. The role of the midwife as a healer will also be explored. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

INTRAPARTUM 2120 3 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320/1320L; ANTEPARTUM 1330.

Midwifery students will learn the steps of the normal labor process including mechanisms of labor and birth. Students will review the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive organs, structures and fetal anatomy, and will learn to assess the wellbeing of mother and child and screen for complications in each stage of labor. Upon completion of the course students will demonstrate knowledge and management of the normal labor and delivery, recognition of complications and use of appropriate interventions, including knowledge of when to transfer. 45 CLOCK HOURS

 

ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFERY 3310 1 CREDIT

PREREQUISITES: FLORIDA LAW AND RULE 1230, 3RD YEAR ENROLLMENT.

This course introduces the senior midwifery student to the current issues that impact the midwifery profession. The role of the midwife as a change agent in her community and in the professional organizations will be emphasized. Current trends in midwifery education, midwifery legislation, public education, third-party reimbursement, ethics, and consumer advocacy will be discussed. The role of Florida Licensed Midwives in national and international issues will also be explored. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

MICROBIOLOGY FOR MIDWIVES 1260, 1260L 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 1191/1191L.

This course will provide the student with a broad overview of the principles of microbiology and basic immunology necessary for midwifery practice. Students will be encouraged to think critically and will become familiar with interpreting commonly ordered lab reports. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of these scientific principles, including biological mechanisms of prenatal testing and childhood immunizations. With LAB. 45 CLOCK HOURS

 

MIDWIFERY PRACTICUM IA, IB, IIA, IIB, IIC, IIIA, IIIB, IIIC
1141, 1241, 1342, 2143, 2244, 2345, 3146, 3247, 3348, 4149, 4150
1 CREDIT

In this course students will meet with their instructor to discuss their experiences at clinical sites. The concept of confidentiality will be emphasized. A review of material presented in other courses pertaining to clinical skills will be done using research projects, student presentations and case reviews. Term topics in the third year will include clinical skills assessment, protocols and NARM review. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

MIDWIFERY CLINICAL LAB IA, IB, IIA, IIB, IIC, IIIA, IIIB, IIIC, IVA, IVB, IVC LAB
1141L, 1241L, 1342L, 2143L, 2244L, 2345L, 3146L, 3247L, 3348L, 4149L, 4150L, 4251L, 4352L
1—4 CREDITS

Each term in Midwifery Practicum Lab students will be assigned to work directly under the supervision of a preceptor. Preceptors are Florida licensed Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, Registered Nurses or Obstetricians who practice in homes, birth centers and hospital settings. Experience will progress through a tiered process of observation, assistance and management in the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period. The format will include peer review and faculty supervision of clinical performance. In-house lab instruction will include pelvic exams, phlebotomy, IV, and fetal surveillance. EACH CREDIT IS EQUAL TO 60 CLOCK HOURS

 

NEWBORN 2220 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: INTRAPARTUM 2120; POSTPARTUM 2210 (CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT).

In this course the student midwife will learn normal newborn examinations and behavioral assessments, as well as infant anatomy and physiology and common complications affecting the newborn. Signs and symptoms of impending problems, physical exams, routine medications, when to transfer to the NICU and the 24-48 hour home visit will be discussed. Upon completion the student will be able to perform the complete newborn exam. This module emphasizes the appreciation and beauty of the “amazing newborn” and explores the messages the newborn sends regarding its own health and well-being, particularly during the first four hours of life. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

NUTRITION FOR THE CHILDBEARING YEAR 2110 3 CREDITS

PREREQISITES: ANTEPARTUM 1330.

This course will provide the student with a foundation in nutrition and will focus on assessment and counseling skills. Nutritional requirements during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and infancy will be covered, including topics such as factors that affect weight gain during pregnancy, care plans for pregnant women with eating disorders, nutritional and fluid demands of women with prolonged labor and many other nutritional topics. The physiological and immunological components of breast milk will also be reviewed. 45 CLOCK HOURS

 

PHARMACOLOGY 2320 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 1292/1292L; ANTEPARTUM 1330; DIAGNOSTIC TESTING 1350.

This course presents basic principles of pharmacology and drug therapy for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Students will explore, among other topics, pharmodynamics and pharmokinetics. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for the  Licensed Midwife to function safely in the administration of medicine. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

POSTPARTUM 2210 1 CREDIT

PREREQUISITES: INTRAPARTUM 2120; NEWBORN 2220 (CONCURENT ENROLLMENT).

In this course the midwifery student will gain an understanding of the normal events that occur immediately postpartum. Also included will be the emotional, psychosocial and sexual variations that may occur during this period. The causes of common postpartum discomforts and how to alleviate them will be discussed. Postpartum nutritional requirements, evaluations and counseling of the client will be covered, and students will learn how to monitor the needs of the mother and child in the “fourth trimester,” including conducting the 24 hour, 2 week and 6 week postpartum visits. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to recognize deviations from normal in the postpartum period and respond with appropriate intervention. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

PSYCHOLOGY FOR MIDWIVES 1130 2 CREDITS

This course, developed especially for midwives, is the psychological study of the changes that occur in people and their behavior during the lifespan. Special emphasis will be given to women’s development from puberty to menopause, with highlights on the normal psychology of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Other specific topics include body image and eating disorders, sexual abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood and psychological responses to unexpected birth outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal death and cesarean birth. 30 CLOCK HOURS.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH 2310 2 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: HIV/AIDS 1150; MICROBIOLOGY 1260/1260L; ANTEPARTUM 1330.

This course will review the structure of the Public Health System at the federal, state and local level and how it relates to the community, the prevention of disease, illnesses and mortality rate. Students will not only learn disease identification, they will also explore the reasons for required prenatal and postnatal testing and the procedures involved in counseling and prevention techniques, including statistics, policy making and legislation. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

RESEARCH EVALUATION 1110 1 CREDIT

This course is designed to give the student a basic introduction to the types, quality, and formats of scholarly research. Students will evaluate articles presented in peer-reviewed journals, will discuss primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, will discuss how research presented might apply to midwifery practice, and will be introduced briefly to the principles of statistics as they pertain to medical research. The course will also cover APA citation style as it is used in documenting sources in literature reviews, papers, and other academic documents. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320, 1320L 4 CREDITS

PREREQUISITES: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 1292/1292L.

This is a basic science course developed for midwifery students. It is one of the foundations for courses in clinical management. It will build on knowledge gained in the Anatomy and Physiology course to provide an in-depth understanding of pregnancy, birth and lactation from a biophysical perspective. With LAB. 75 CLOCK HOURS

 

STUDENT SUCCESS LAB 1000L 1 CREDIT

The purpose of this course is to equip the student with basic skills and knowledge to be successful in the school environment. Emphasis will be placed on the idea of midwifery school experience as preparation for midwifery practice and the expectation that students will devote a similar level of care, responsibility, and sacrifice to school as to midwifery practice. Topics such as study skills, time management, burnout prevention, stress management, basic computer skills, learning styles, and school etiquette will be covered. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

SUTURING FOR MIDWIVES 2250 1 CREDIT

PREREQUISITES: REPRODUCTIVE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1320/1320L; INTRAPARTUM 2120.

This course is designed to integrate theory and principles of suturing and wound healing with practical experience and knot tying techniques on laboratory models. Students will gain an understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, causation and prevention of lacerations, severity of wounds, pre-suturing assessments, relaxation techniques to be used during the suturing process, postpartal assessment of the sutured area and teaching techniques to aid the client in facilitating the healing process. Principles of asepsis and anesthesia will also be covered. Learning objectives will be met through a combination of lecture material, reading assignments, hands-on practice, and visual aids. 15 CLOCK HOURS

 

TRADITIONAL HEALING MODALITIES 3240 2 CREDITSTraditional Healing - Acupuncture class

PREREQUISITES: ANTEPARTUM 1330; INTRAPARTUM 2120; POSTPARTUM 2210; NEWBORN 2220.

This course will provide an overview of alternatives to allopathic medicine. Introductions to alternative care options such as homeopathy, chiropractic therapy, massage, Watsu, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine, as they are applicable to midwifery care, will be covered. 30 CLOCK HOURS

 

WATERBIRTH WORKSHOP 2340 1 CREDIT

The Waterbirth workshop is designed for the student with several semesters of clinical experience completed. The course includes a review of waterbirth techniques, benefits, and contraindications, along with waterbirth scenarios and emergency drills. Parts of this course take place in the water as students explore the experiential aspects of waterbirth from the perspectives of the mother, baby, and midwife. 15 CLOCK HOURS

* In addition to these courses, students are required to successfully complete and maintain certification in CPR and NRP.