Birthingway Course Offerings

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are currently open only to enrolled Midwifery Program students. For course availability, please refer to the current term's registration materials.

Advanced Lactation Case Studies (LACS221q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: All Lactation Program theory courses
Students will have an opportunity to create their own cases to present to their peers, as well as solving differential diagnosis scenarios. Includes all pieces of the consultant's practice such as history taking, charting, plan development and follow-up.

Advanced Lactation Skills I (LADS221q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding Skills (BFS411q)
Students have the opportunity to work with models who are experiencing more complex breastfeeding situations, such as babies or mothers with physiologic complications discussed in the Complex Breastfeeding theory courses.

Advanced Lactation Skills II (LADS222q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding Skills (BFS411q)
This course provides students the opportunity to master the use of several pumps including hospital grade pumps; practice using a variety of other feeding tools such as SNS devices, syringe feeding, and cup feeding; and demonstrate the use of less used tools such as Habermann feeders.

Anatomy and Physiology for Birth and Lactation Professionals (ANT151q) 5 credit hours
Covers all the major body systems with an emphasis on knowledge relevant to perinatal practices. This course includes lecture and weekly exams.

Antepartum* (ANT251q) 5 credit hours
Co-requisite: Physical Assessment I (PHY221q)
Using lecture, discussion, and audiovisual aids, this course covers pregnancy signs and symptoms, fetal environment, evaluating health, biodynamic counseling techniques, the impact of nutrition on pregnancy physiology, toxemia, UTI, and bleeding in early pregnancy.

Birth Impacts on Breastfeeding (BIB121q) 2 credit hours
This course examines in greater detail the effects of birth on breastfeeding. Specifically looking at the impact of biodynamic birth with emphasis on baby led initiation of breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum (or at least mother-led but not midwife, doctor, or IBCLC led), and the impact of birth related interventions on breastfeeding (including drug impacts, cesarean birth, and instrumental delivery).

Birth Stories (BST311q) 1 credit hour
Read, write and tell birth stories while learning and exploring effective storytelling techniques.

Botanicals I (BOT331q) 3 credit hours
Materia medica and herbal therapeutics of well-woman herbs, herbs for infants and children, and lactation.

Botanicals II (BOT332q) 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Botanicals I (BOT331q)
Materia medica for fertility, preconception, pregnancy, intrapartum, postpartum, infancy and lactation.

Botanicals III (BOT313q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Botanicals II (BOT 332q)
Study specific herbs that are versatile and effective for a variety of conditions in women's health and in midwifery applications. Students create treatment plans for "client" classmates using botanical medicine, modifying as necessary and charting appropriately.

Botany (BTY321q) 2 credit hours
Basic botanical concepts, classification systems and nomenclature, plant identification and constituents.

Breastfeeding I (BRF211q) 1 credit hour
Using lecture, discussion, visual aids, and small group activities, this course provides students with basic information about topics including the normal breastfeeding physiology of mother and baby, properties of human milk, risks of formula feeding, recommendations regarding breastfeeding initiation, duration and normal parameters of nursing in the first two weeks, politics of breastfeeding, and influences of culture and birth practices on breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding II (BRF222q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding I (BRF211q)
Students expand on their knowledge from BRF211 to assess and treat breastfeeding problems. Students utilize case studies and research projects to develop skills such as how to take a breastfeeding history of mother and baby, identification of presenting problems, and integrating counseling and education strategies into their breastfeeding support.

Breastfeeding III (BRF313q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding II (BRF222q)
Case studies and development of protocols deepen students' knowledge of breastfeeding counseling. Students focus on more complex situations including failure to thrive and infant hypoglycemia, as well as professional issues such as scope of practice, ethics, and credentials.

Breastfeeding Politics and Policy (LPOL131q) 3 credit hours
WHO recommendations and implementation, Federal Programs such as WIC, History of artificial feeding, social and cultural issues around breastfeeding, ideas for being agents of change in the area of breastfeeding. Includes historical and contemporary topics, also both theory and action-oriented projects.

Breastfeeding Skills (BFS411q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding II (BRF222q)
Students have an opportunity to develop their hands-on skills by working with nursing women and their babies to demonstrate breast exams, practice supporting a successful latch, and how to use a variety of equipment such as breast pumps and nipple shields.

Childbirth Educator (CBE241q) 4 credit hours
Examine the history of childbirth education and preconceptions about birth, while building tools for developing a childbirth education series based on Birthingway’s biodynamic model. This course uses a wide variety of activities including storytelling, art, dance, music and videos.

Chinese Medicine (CHM311q) 1 credit hour
An introduction to traditional Chinese Medicine as a healing modality and its relevance to midwifery. Practices include moxibustion and acupressure.

Communications I (COM321q) 2 credit hours
The first course in the Communications series introduces the basics of speaking and listening using Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication Method (NVC), with an emphasis on self and one-on-one communication.

Communications II (COM312q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Communication I (COM321q).
The second course in the communication series continues the development of self and one-on-one communication skills. The emphasis in this course is on working with preceptors and clients.

Communications III (COM313q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Communication II (COM312q).
The final course in the communication series continues development of communication skills with an emphasis on working with peers and other health care providers.

Skills Instructor with Baby

Complex Situations I* (CPX341q) 4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q), Fetal Assessment (FET211q).
Using lecture, discussion and case studies, this course covers anemia, clotting issues (thrombophilias, deficiencies, DIC), respiratory issues (asthma, amniotic fluid embolism, pulmonary embolism), energy issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia, eating disorders), liver problems (HELLP, acute fatty liver, intrahepatic cholestasis (ICP), thyroid issues, and dermatologic conditions (PUPPP, HG).

Complex Situations II* (CPX442q) 4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q), Fetal Assessment (FET211q).
Using lecture, discussion, guest lectures, and student presentations, this course covers PROM, preterm birth, postdates and postmaturity, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), multiple gestation, unusual presentations (breech, face, brow, compound), infant anomalies, emergency transport, death and grief, and self care.

Critical Care Skills I* (CCS421q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Hematology Skills (HEM321q)
Skills covered in this course include basic and intermediate treatment of shock, IV, and neonatal resuscitation. This course meets Legend Drugs and Devices educational requirements for treatment of shock and for neonatal resuscitation for Oregon midwifery licensing.

Critical Care Skills II* (CCS422q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Critical Care Skills I (CCS421q)
Skills covered in this course include maternal resuscitation and continued practice of I.V. skills.

Differential Diagnosis* (DIF431q) 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: All midwifery courses, Fetal Assessment (FET211q), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI311q).
We recommend all midwifery courses are complete or in progress before taking this course. Using student created Signs and Symptoms book and protocols, students present case studies for differential diagnosis by their classmates. Students also create practice guidelines for antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and well-woman gynecology, as well as develop risk assessment guidelines and client care checklists.

Ethics (ETH421q) 2 credit hours
This course includes a survey of philosophical foundations of contemporary ethical models. We explore problem solving of ethical dilemmas that may occur in a midwifery practice. Some topics include autonomy and informed choice, relationships, and justice.

Fetal Assessment* (FET211q) 1 credit hour
Co-requisite: Intrapartum (INT251q)
This course covers methods for evaluating fetal wellbeing, including monitoring and analyzing fetal heart tones using a doppler or fetascope, fetal movement counts, sonogram, Auscultated Acceleration Test (AAT), the Non-Stress Test (NST), the Biophysical Profile (BPP), Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI), and other methods.

Gynecology Skills* (GYN331q) 3 credit hours
Co-requisite: Well-woman Gynecology (GYN341q)
We require students to have been a member of the cohort currently completing this course for at least one year or by special permission. Skills introduced include bimanual and speculum exams, Paps, cultures, cervical cap and diaphragm fittings, pelvimetry, breast exams, bladder catheterization and wet mounts.

Hematology Skills* (HEM321q) 2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Prenatal Skills (PRE221q)
Skills covered include hemoglobin, hematocrit, and glucose evaluations with in-office devices. Venipuncture skills are also covered, including vacutainer, syringe and butterfly devises, as well as introduction to IV skills.

Homeopathy I (HOM221q) 2 credit hours
An introduction to the concepts and laws of homeopathy, focusing on the use of homeopathic medicine in first aid and midwifery. This is primarily a lecture-based class, with some hands on learning experiences.

Homeopathy II (HOM322q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Homeopathy I (HOM221q)
This course further explores the theories of homeopathy, introducing the use of the repertory and constitutional prescribing. We examine key remedies, analyze a number of cases in class, and work together to make appropriate prescriptions.

Human Genetics (GEN431q) 3 credit hours
Covers basic genetic concepts, genetic screening and diagnosis, pregnancy counseling, and common genetic disorders such as sickle cell, Tay-Sachs, and Trisomy disorders.

Independent Study (IND311q) 1-3 credit hours.
Student led independent research with an approved faculty member. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must initially complete an Intent Form designating the proposed topic, advisor and credit value. Please meet with your program coordinator or the Faculty Coordinator for more information. Allow seven weeks prior to the term in which you will pursue the Independent Study to complete all preparatory steps.

Infancy (INF221q) 2 credit hours
From an ethnopediatric perspective, this course covers newborn behavior, development, bonding and attachment, and childrearing including attachment parenting.

Infant Complex Breastfeeding Situations (LICS221q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding III (BRF313q), Infancy (INF221q)
Biodynamic interactions with baby; cleft-lip and palate; genetic syndromes such as Down Syndrome; other screened disorders such as phenylketonuria; hypoglycemia; failure to thrive; hospitalization/surgery; infection; prematurity; multiples; pathological jaundice; birth injuries; gastro-intestinal disorders such as true reflux; allergies; attachment disorders; and adoption.

International Midwifery (INT211q) 1 credit hour
We explore midwifery abroad from developing countries to other industrialized states. This course examines legal, health, social, economic and political topics.

Intrapartum* (INT251q) 5 credit hours
Prerequisite: Antepartum (ANT251q). Co-requisite: Fetal Assessment (FET211q), Prenatal Skills (PRE221q).
Using lecture, discussion and audio-visual aids, we cover the psychophysiology of labor and birth; biodynamic facilitation of first, second, third, and fourth stages; unusual situations including precipitous birth, cord prolapse, nuchal cord, back labor, abruption, previa, hemorrhage, and third stage issues.

Lactation Consultant Practice Protocols (LPP211q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: all Lactation Program courses, except those that the student is taking in the last term of the program
A capstone course in which we review our protocols, informed choice agreements and info sheets, and create a final binder of these.

Massage for Midwives (MAS321q) 2 credit hours
An introduction to the psychology of touch, we learn basic massage techniques with an emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum.

Maternal Complex Breastfeeding Situations (LMCS231q) 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Breastfeeding III (BRF313q)
This course covers a variety of more complicated physiologic scenarios for mother including: breast surgery (reductions, enlargements and cancer); nipple issues (flat, inverted etc.); genetic disorders; Cesarean birth; milk production; drug interactions. In addition, it covers psychosocial issues, such as socioeconomic issues, literacy issues, social support (lack thereof), teen moms, cultural issues in US, grief, family transition, tandem nursing, anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, and Perinatal Mood Disorders.

Medical Terminology (MED221q) 2 credit hours
Dissecting medical terms into recognizable word parts, we decipher what can be an intimidating language, in order to chart appropriately and communicate with other medical professionals. As we go through body systems, this class is an overview of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Lectures weaving in related stories of pregnant women and babies, individual presentations, and a few games spice up the memorization.

Microbiology* (MIC341q) 4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q). Co-requisite: Microbiology Skills (MIC321q).
Includes classification, microbial reproduction, transmission and control, immunology, diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease in pregnancy.

Microbiology Skills* (MIC321q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q). Co-requisite: Microbiology (MIC341q).
Skills include use of microscope, wet mounts, staining, cultures, and sterilization techniques.

Midwifery Culture (CUL431q) 3 credit hours
This course focuses on attitudes and laws that have surrounded midwives and the practice of midwifery throughout history and contemporary times. Student examine the role of midwives from ancient to modern times emphasizing the politics of midwifery and how midwives have come together to bring about change.

Nutrition (NUT221q) 2 credit hours
Overview of nutrition concepts including macro- and micro-nutrients, use of supplements, diet analysis, and applications for pregnancy and postpartum.

Perinatal Psychology (PSY221q) 2 credit hours
This course explores women’s unique mental and emotional states during the perinatal year, including hormonal physiology.

Pharmacology (PHR421q) 2 credit hours
Registration for this course limited to midwifery program students, midwives and approved community students. Basic pharmacology theory, legend drugs and devices used in a midwifery practice, and administration of medications including injection techniques. Course meets Legend Drugs and Devices educational requirements for Pharmacology and Medications by Injection required for Oregon midwifery licensure.

Physical Assessment I* (PHY221q) 2 credit hours
Co-requisite: Antepartum (ANT251q).
Skills covered include vital signs, SOAP charting, head-to-toe physical assessment (excluding breast and reproductive exams) and universal precautions.

Physical Assessment II* (PHYS312q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Physical Assessment I (PHY221q).
Expansion of skills learned in Physical Assessment I, with additional practice.

Plant Medicine I (PLM321q) 2 credit hours
This course covers techniques for utilizing plants in health care including identifying and harvesting herbs; engaging in hands-on preparation of teas (infusions and decoctions) and tinctures using both scientific and folk method; glycerites and vinegars. Includes an herb walk and field trip.

Plant Medicine II (PLM322q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Plant Medicine I (PLM321q).
Learn about topical applications, preparation of herbal baths, hydrosols, succi, salves and creams. This course includes a field trip.

Plant Medicine III (PLM323q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Plant Medicine I (PLM322q).
Learn preparation of syrups, cordials and elixirs, as well as lozenges and suppositories, oxymels and electuaries. Create herbal formulas and prescriptions. This course includes a field trip.

Postpartum* (PTM251q) 5 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q). Co-requisite: Postpartum Skills (PTM221q).
This course covers unique fetal anatomy and physiology, fetal transformation, newborn examination and age assessment. In addition, learn neonatal procedures; behavioral states; breastfeeding; infant postpartum assessment, care and complications; maternal assessment and care; maternal postpartum complications; postpartum emotional disorders.

Postpartum Doula (PPD321q) 2 credit hours
Gain knowledge and skills for assisting women after birth, including hormones in the postpartum, maternal changes, infant care, mood disorders, physical care and breastfeeding support.

Postpartum Skills* (PTM221q) 2 credit hours
Co-requisite: Postpartum (PTM251q).
Skills covered include newborn physical and gestational age exam and evaluation, use of growth charts, blood estimation, placenta examination.

Practice Protocols* (PRP411q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisites: All required midwifery program courses must be completed or in progress.
This capstone course brings together student work to create a practice manual of practice guidelines, protocols, forms, information sheets, informed choice forms and other information. Includes practice scenarios with a standardized patient.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (LPRE111q) 1 credit hour
A course examining in greater detail the anatomy and physiology of fetal development, maternal health and its effect on the fetus, the fetal environment, and the impact of all this on breastfeeding.

Prenatal Skills* (PRE221q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Physical Assessment I (PHY221q). Co-requisite Intrapartum (INT251q)
This is a hands-on class mostly involving your hands on bellies! Students learn to do full prenatal exams on pregnant models. Also includes gloving and ungloving, sterile technique, diastasis recti assessment, and rebozo use in pregnancy. Highly interactive.

Professional Lactation Standards (LPS231q) 2 credit hours
This course discusses professional ethics, business issues such as self employment topics, record keeping, insurance etc.; credentialing; HIPPA; and professional organizations for Lactation Consultants.

Psychosocial Issues* (PSY441q) 4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Antepartum (ANT251q), Intrapartum (INT251q)
Using lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and student presentations, this course covers social issues as they impact on clinical care, including socioeconomic class, literacy, family structures, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, domestic violence, adolescent pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy and reproductive technology.

Research Methods* (RSM411q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Understanding Statistics (STA221q).
Learn tools, methods and techniques for designing and implementing a research project.

Research Project* (RSP411q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Research Methods (RSM411q).
Registration for this course limited to midwifery program students. This course focuses on the design and implementation of a research project, including definition of a topic, literature review, creation of bibliography and the production of a research paper.

Running a Midwifery Practice* (RUN441q) 4 credit hours
This course explores developing and structuring a practice, including deciding which products and services to offer. Covers business management and bookkeeping, informed consent, malpractice, legal concepts and requirements. Also includes getting reimbursed, working with insurance companies and HIPAA compliance. Students produce a complete Business Plan and a community resource tool.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI311q) 1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Microbiology (MIC341q)
Using lecture, discussion and student presentations, this course covers common and rare sexually transmitted diseases and their causative microorganisms, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as impact on mother, fetus, and newborn. Diseases covered include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes simplex, HPV, HIV, hepatitis, chancre, parasites.

Spanish for Birth Professionals (SPA311q) 1 credit hour
An introduction to basic vocabulary and phrasing for birth professionals.

Survey of Other Modalities (SOM321q) 2 credit hours
A survey style course, covering a variety of alternative healing modalities, including chiropractic, flower essences, aromatherapy, body work and hydrotherapy, with indicators for referral.

Suturing (SUT421q) 2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Intrapartum (INT251q)
Registration for this course is limited to midwifery program students, midwives and approved community students. Skills include materials and equipment selection, perineal evaluation, repairs of first and second degree lacerations, use of local anesthetics and episiotomy. This course meets Legend Drugs and Devices educational requirements for Suturing required for Oregon licensure.

Understanding Medical Literature (UML221q) 2 credit hours
Basic statistical concepts, types of medical literature, critical analysis, "evidence-based" practice.

Well-woman Gynecology* (GYN341q) 4 credit hours
Co-requisite: Gynecology Skills (GYN331q)
Theory based course that explores sexuality, birth control and family planning, pelvic examinations, breast health and examinations. Other topics covered include menstrual disorders, perimenopause and menopause, uterine and cervical abnormalities, and myomata.

Working Cross Culturally (WCC411q) 1 credit hour
Using lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and student presentations, this course covers general principles of working with someone from a culture other than your own, with focus on specific religious and ethnic groups, and their beliefs and practices in the childbearing year.