Mercy In Action’s Post-Graduate Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health for Midwives and other Birth Professionals
A Brief Description of our Post-Graduate Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health:
Mercy In Action is committed to maternal and newborn survival, one good birth at a time. With this goal in mind, we have created a Post-Graduate Midwifery Diploma Program that has the potential to save lives and make a lasting difference in the global maternity care crisis.
Empowering midwives in low-resource countries is at the heart of this diploma training, both in learning from them, and being prepared to teach continuing education, based on the belief that when maternal and newborn survival is the issue, skilled midwives are an evidence-based solution! Become part of the solution as you earn credentials as a Mercy In Action Diploma Scholar!
This Diploma program is practical and feasible for busy birth workers. The academic portion of the program consists of self-study to fit around your busy on-call life. Phase III is a four-day “Train the Trainer” workshop session which you can attend at any point in the program. Phase IV wraps everything up with a final project.
Note: Phase III, the Workshop, is allowed to be taken out of order, as it is only taught once or twice a year.
Upon successful completion, the Licensed or Certified Midwife (CPM, CNM, LM, etc) will be granted a Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health (DIM&MCH.)
Other medical professionals or allied birth workers with relevant certification or licensing are also welcome to complete this training, and upon graduation will be awarded a Diploma in International Maternal/Child Health (DIMCH.) This category includes Doctors, Nurses, Doulas, PAs, and Childbirth Educators.
Benefits of the Diploma program:
1. Better Childbirth Survival: This training will prepare you to train others, and teach them to train others, in vital life-saving skills. As our Diploma students graduate and teach in areas of poverty, we expect to see more respectful and humane child birth practices adopted, and evidence-based care given during common emergencies such as hemorrhage and birth asphyxia. The real winners in this program are the recipients of better maternity care in low resource areas—the mothers, the newborn babies, and the families who love them!
2. Advanced Practice Knowledge: This diploma will demonstrate that you have studied maternal/child health on a global scale, far beyond what is customary for a midwife or birth worker from a western country. It will equip you for conditions you will encounter when volunteering or serving in low-resource, high mortality countries in the future, and will help guide and inform where you give your future donation dollars toward improving maternal/child health.
3. Continuing Education and updated Skills Training for you: The hands-on training you will get is known and respected globally - the AAP Helping Babies Survive series, the Jhpiego “Helping Mothers Survive” series, and the ICI Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services, have all been tested and proven to improve birth outcomes. In addition, the accredited CEUs earned may be used toward your midwife license or certification renewal. As globally aware midwives we must always stay up-to-date on the latest innovations to save the lives of mothers and newborns, as well as stay updated on unique health conditions common to people living in abject poverty. This Diploma program is a great way to do that, while earning credentials that will further your future professional goals and dreams.
And finally, as you share your knowledge after earning this diploma, you can bring vital continuing education and updated skills training for local midwives, doctors and nurses in the countries where you go.
Length, Cost, and Location:
Expected time-frame to complete the Diploma is 1-3 years, but extensions after 3 years are available by paying another administration fee.
Estimated cost for completion will vary depending on if you buy used or new books, and the cost of traveling to the workshop; see handbook for breakdown of costs per phase.
Assignments are done at home and submitted by email. The live workshop will be offered once per year in the USA and another country. Write for dates and locations. Note: this Post-Graduate Diploma Program requires acceptance before you pay the registration fee. Please complete application and ask someone who knows you well to fill out the reference form; you will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 weeks of receipt of completed application, reference form, and all supporting documents.