Thank you for inquiring about Birthingway College of Midwifery.
Established as Birthingway Midwifery School in March of 1993, the original purpose of the college was to train direct-entry midwives in a traditional midwifery model of care, using their intellect, senses, intuition, and judgment to integrate new medical approaches with age-old wise woman practices. Birthingway now also offers certification programs for Labor Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Breastfeeding Educators as well as certification preparation for Lactation Consultants.
Birthingway's programs are based on the Biodynamic Model and provide a balance of textbook and empirical knowledge, along with clinical skills emphasizing low-tech methods, in an environment of respect for the physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
Birthingway is institutionally accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). We are authorized by the State of Oregon to offer a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree.
Birthingway is located on the Southeast side of Portland, about one mile east of I-205 on SE Foster Road. Our two large houses offer multiple classrooms, a cozy community kitchen, a beautiful herb garden, and a wonderful library that contains an extensive collection of midwifery-related books and resources for students and community members.
The Biodynamic Model
Birthingway has developed a model of caring for women and families during the childbearing year and beyond. We refer to this as the Biodynamic Model, in which birth is not only a natural part of human life, but a necessary part and one that is intimately connected with what it is to be human. The “bio” in Biodynamic reflects the model’s grounding in biological processes, while the “dynamic” describes the power of genuine relationships based on trust. Biodynamic care is women-centered and individualized.
Biodynamic birth respects human physiology and thus advocates for the least amount of intervention while still protecting the well-being of the mother and baby. Intervention takes on different meanings depending upon the type of care provider; therefore, each of our programs develops specific tools for the various types of services our students will be providing.
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, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.
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. The college is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC – PO Box 984, LaConner, Washington, 98257; 360-466-2080).