General Institutional Information

Accreditation and State Degree Authorization
Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities (ADA Compliance)
Transfer of Credit Policy
Textbook Information
Instructional Facilities
Institutional Copyright Policy
Vaccination Policy
Student Activities
Career and Placement Services
BCM Educational Programs
Cost to Attend
Faculty List
Voter Registration
Student Body Diversity
Non-Discrimination Policy

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Accreditation and State Degree Authorization

The College is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

1935 Pauline Blvd. Ste. 100B
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
360-466-2080

This school is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 775 Court Street NE,  Salem, OR 97301.

Birthingway College of Midwifery meets or exceeds the current educational standards set by the Oregon Midwifery Council and the Oregon State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery. 

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Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their academic records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review your academic records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.

    Enrolled students may contact your Program Coordinator to access your academic record. Community students may contact the Academic Coordinator.

  2. The right to request the amendment of your academic records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the your privacy rights.

    To correct your student record, you must submit a challenge in writing to the Registrar with sufficient original documentation to support any change. The challenge must be approved by your program coordinator in consultation with relevant faculty.

  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the your academic records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    Student records are confidential. Generally, records will only be released with written permission of the student. The privacy of student records at Birthingway is protected by federal law. Birthingway will not release private student information except when it is required by regulation or in other situations of legitimate educational interest. Examples of when your student record may be released include, but are not limited: audits by our accrediting agency, MEAC, and/or the federal government, or while working with prior institutions you have attended to determine your financial aid eligibility.

    In addition, you should be aware that academic records and related information may be shared among faculty, and between faculty and staff, as part of their support of your education. All disclosures, including within the institution, will only be made when there is legitimate educational interest.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

For more information, please visit the Family Policy Compliance Office.

Directory Information

Under FERPA, Birthingway is authorized to make specific Directory Information public. Directory Information is defined at Birthingway as:

  • Your Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Birthingway E-Mail Address
  • Matriculation Year
  • Certificates/Degrees Received
  • Program(s) of Study

Birthingway does not indiscriminately distribute private information to the general public, but student, graduate, and alumni directory information may be provided to community members such as local midwives, school alumni, or other students. Directory Information is made available to all current program students in the published Student Roster. You may decline having your Directory Information made public by selecting "Privacy Protected" each term on the Registration form.

FERPA Release Form

To protect the confidentiality of your student records, you must complete Birthingway's FERPA Release form in order for us to be able to discuss your records with your parent, spouse/partner or other persons/organizations. Please turn in this completed form to Birthingway's front office. Use this form if you want to cancel a previous FERPA Release form.

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Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities (ADA Compliance)

While all enrolled students must meet our Technical Standards (Midwifery, Lactation), Birthingway is happy to accommodate student accessibility needs within our ability to do so. You may bring any accessibility issues to the attention of our ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Amari Fauna

If you require an accommodation in an individual course, you must give written notice of a request for accommodation at least 45 days before the start of the course.

If you require accommodation in more than one course and/or in order to complete your program of study, you must immediately give written notice of a request for accommodation.

See our Forms and Documents section for a list of documentation requirements.

If you are diagnosed with a disability that requires accommodation after a course has begun, you should immediately submit a written request for accommodation and allow the college 45 days to respond and/or take action.

Birthingway requires specific equipment for many courses. Students with a documented disability must purchase such required equipment that meets their needs.

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Transfer of Credits

Credits may be transferred from colleges or universities that are regionally accredited or authorized to confer degrees in or from Oregon. Transfer credit may only be accepted from non-regionally accredited schools with the express permission of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization. If approved by ODA, Birthingway may accept credit in transfer from colleges or universities institutionally accredited by a U.S. Department of Education approved accrediting body, or from other institutions on a case-by-case basis depending upon accreditation status.

Credit may be transferred in for distance education courses, as long as the offering institution meets the transfer credit policy outlined above. Birthingway does not offer credit for non-college level work, and does not offer Advanced Standing based on high school work, unless such work has been accepted for credit by an institution that meets Birthingway transfer credit policy.

In general, credit is transferred only for general education courses. Some Midwifery Program prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology and English Composition) may be transferred as general education credits if they meet our transfer credit policy. General education credits must be graded with a C (2.0) or above to be considered for transfer.

We do not automatically transfer credit(s) from other educational programs to satisfy Midwifery or Lactation Program requirements. We will evaluate transfer of credit for these program requirements from an accredited college upon request, on a case-by-case basis. If eligible, transferred coursework must be graded with a B+/3.5 or better or equivalent. The same course may not be used to meet both general education and program requirements. Credit given for a particular course will not exceed credit given for the equivalent or corresponding Birthingway course. At least one academic year of a program (not including general education credits) must be completed in regular coursework at Birthingway.

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Textbook Information

A textbook list is provided in the registration materials for each term. For a list of required texts, please see the most recent Registration Packet our Registration page.

Birthingway's Financial Aid Disbursement for Books and Supplies policy was created to meet the federal requirements in 34 CFR 668.164(i). These requirements specify that institutions must provide a way for Pell eligible students to purchase or obtain books and supplies no later than the 7th day of a payment period if funds could have been disbursed 10 days before the beginning of the payment period AND disbursed funds would have created a Title IV credit balance. Per the institutional policy:

  • All students may opt to purchase textbooks through Birthingway.
  • Students may opt to provide payment or use their financial aid to cover cost of textbooks.
  • Students will authorize use of their funds by signing the textbook order form.
    • Exception: Student may provide payment with order form. This will be the way in which students opt out of using financial aid.
  • The College will take every effort to ensure textbooks are available no later than the seventh day of a payment period.

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Instructional Facilities

Birthingway's facilities include two theory-based classrooms and a skills-based classroom with exam tables, one twin bed, one hospital birth bed, and massage tables. In addition to the regular classrooms, some courses make use of our ample kitchen space.

Students are exposed to many types of equipment while at Birthingway including, but not limited to, catheters, drip sets, speculums, syringes, needles, microscopes, and otoscopes. Teachers also employ a number of models to aid in instruction, such as pelvis, obstetric abdomen, fetal development, birth simulation, bladder catheterization, silicone breast models, and Adult and Infant CPR mannequins. In addition, teachers utilize a number of teaching aids such as glucometers, hemoglobinometers, triple balance scale, and autoclave.

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Institutional Copyright Policy

Please read our Institutional Copyright Policy here (86KB PDF file).

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Vaccination Policy

Please read our Institutional Vaccination Policy here (86KB PDF file).

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Student activities

Community events and activities are listed in our quarterly newsletter available here.

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Career and Placement Services

Because the vast majority of our graduates are self-employed, Birthingway does not offer job placement services at this time. The College does offer courses and workshops that cover career and business aspects of health care professions. A student’s advisor may assist with career planning; however, the College does not have any dedicated professional career services staff.

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BCM Educational Programs

We offer the following educational programs:

Midwifery Program
Lactation Consultation Program
Childbirth Educator Program
Labor Doula Program
Postpartum Doula Program

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Cost to Attend

For current program costs, please refer to our Student Handbook and Catalog.

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Faculty List

Read bios about our faculty here.

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Voter Registration

Contact the Administrative Programs Coordinator for voter registration information.

To register or update your registration information, visit Oregon Votes.

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Student Body Diversity

As an institution of higher education, we are required to make available information of our student body diversity of full-time students in the following categories:

  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Pell Recipients

At this time, due to the size of the Midwifery and Lactation Consultation programs, Birthingway does not publish data on student body race/ethnicity in order to protect the identites of our students. If you have any questions about this, please contact Birthingway's Administrative Programs Coordinator.

Our statistics are based on our responses to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2012-13 Student Financial Aid survey. This survey reports on all students enrolled in coursework during fall 2011 and includes both degree and non-degree seeking students. Of these students:

  • 100% are female
  • 42% (38 of 91) were awarded Pell Grant

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Birthingway does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, color, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status in employment decisions, admissions or other college activities.