We are creating a future where all women will have access to competent, nurturing, evidence-based care and disparities in maternal/infant health are eradicated.
We are providing local and distance midwifery education that is evidence-based, holistic, comprehensive, and sustainable. We are developing a program with the input of a worldwide advisory board in order to meet the needs of students from all cultures, who will be the midwives of tomorrow within the communities they serve. We are part of the solution by helping to reach the Midwifery 2020 goals of increasing the number of new midwives worldwide, to 350,000 by the year 2020. See (http://www.midwifery2020.org/)
There is a global shortage of midwives. It's estimated that the US alone will need 25,000 new midwives by 2020. Women in the US often drive hours, sometimes even crossing state borders, just to find competent care for themselves and their unborn children.
Currently there aren't enough midwifery schools or programs to even put a dent in projected needs. We started our school as a small pilot program in late 2011 and student numbers have more than quadrupled since that time. In response, we formed a corporation, and are applying for non-profit status. We are implementing an even more comprehensive program with an up-to-date, highest quality, evidenced based curriculum. Our core board as well as our board of advisors continues to grow daily with top business advisors, non-profit accountant specialists, and most importantly, dynamic educators and practioners in the field of midwifery like Jan Tritten, globally recognized midwife and founder of the highly praised reference journal, Midwifery Today.
With your help, we'll be able to pay for our non-profit filing, begin implementing a web-based and technologically current distance program, find and compensate a project-appropriate grant writer to tap into the more than $1 billion in grants for ventures like ours, and cover a number of start-up costs inluding printing of syllabi and puchase of skills supplies for current students, website designer/programmer fees, and potential donor packet expenditures.