Matrona Online Holistic Midwifery Course
We are no longer offering our Midwifery Correspondence Course in the format we have been using.
We are restructuring our Midwifery program to be a self-directed, on-line program with numerous components that can be started and finished at your own pace. The program will use the same entry- level curriculum but with a different look and a different experience. You will move through academic components, intuitive modules, peacekeeping and mediation training and homeopathy courses with the ability to customize your learning experience to your schedule and preferences. You will now have three years to finish your diploma studies.
In addition to the on-line components we will offer on-site 3-day Immersions with Whapio and 3-day Skills Weekends with other Matrona teachers.
We will also offer a Mentoring component and other opportunities to share knowledge and experiences.
We will be restructuring during the next few months and our new online curriculum will be available soon! We’ll be offering our complete Holistic Midwifery Diploma program and we will also have stand-alone modules and courses on all topics including Quantum Midwifery, Academics, Intuition, Homeopathy, the Practice of Midwifery, Wisdomkeeping and more.
For a peek at how our Holistic Midwifery Diploma Program will unfold continue reading…
Matrona Philosophy of Education…
At the Matrona we have observed increasingly more women desiring to have birthing experiences that are transformative, fulfilling and self-directed.Our goal is to educate midwives to facilitate the needs of new birthing families.
We believe that birth changes are an evolutionary force that cannot be stopped and that the conversation about birth undergirds the myriad of conversations about evolution…about our DNA, our pineal gland, hormones, life force, relationships, health, family…about our desire and ability to create and execute acts of self-directed will… about our embodiment of shared humanity that is in alignment with many of the current revelations of quantum physics.
We believe in Returning Birth to the Family and we believe that the study of midwifery is not the just study of birth, but the study of life. This is the content of our conversation at The Matrona.
At The Matrona we are facilitating a shift in the education of midwives by offering a model that does not require an institutionalized perception of midwifery training, and a model that offers a deepening of the life skills inherent in midwifery care. Communication skills, eldership training, discussions on rank-power-privilege, and intuition exploration~~all of these topics are vital parts of our curriculum and go hand-in-hand with anatomy and physiology and practical skills.
A Midwife’s Practice
At The Matrona, we envision Midwifery as part of the original model of womancare.
This model has evolved and changed continuously over the centuries and is currently
a vast and ever expanding tapestry of birthing consciousness.
Mothers and midwives are the principle weavers.
Working in concert, we preserve a model of bringing forth life with dignity and grace.
Together we facilitate the creation of family and community on this planet.
As midwives, we do not strive to control birth – or each other.
Rather, we allow birth to evolve freely and gracefully to its natural conclusion.
In doing so, each of us – mother, father, baby and midwife – unfolds as a more whole
and perfect human being. Midwifery calls each of us to our highest and best.
In our quest to cultivate ourselves and serve others with love and respect,
we facilitate important rites of passage. As midwives we guard the doors
of birth and death, healing and growth. We empower each other and ourselves
by allowing the process of life to unfold according to and individual divine plan.
At The Matrona we come together to develop our innate spiritual selves.
We experience the rites of passage attendant on becoming a Midwife,
we seek realms of higher learning and we learn to be comfortable and conversant
with the body-mind-spirit continuum.
The privilege to attend women and families in birth requires commitment and dedication
to a lifestyle that embraces a desire to pursue the sacred.
A Midwife’s practice reflects her experience of what is holy, what is honorable,
what is generous, compassionate, noble and loving.
From her ability to heal herself comes the power to facilitate healing in others.
From self-respect flows respect for others.
From connection with the Ancient Heart of Midwifery, the old and sacred traditions,
comes the ability to remember the ways that have served families for centuries.
From authentic spiritual practice and incorporation of the sacred as part of daily life
comes her ability to practice midwifery with an appropriate balance of intuition and skills.
From this perspective all else flows.
Holistic Midwifery Diploma Program
We use an online learning platform to organize the various components of this program. We meld the intuitive and the academic in a Matrona education so each student will move through on-line academic modules and intuitive lessons as well as education in complementary healing modalities and work in developing mediation, conflict resolution and peacekeeping skills..
Each student also receives recordings of Whapio’s teachings to augment the reading and on-line work.
Remember, this course is textbook oriented, balanced by recorded lectures detailing how to meld clinical information into a holistic approach.
Another aspect of the diploma program will be required on-site, 3-day weekends with Whapio and on-site Skills Workshops with Matrona teachers.
A degree in Holistic Midwifery from the Matrona will be granted upon successful completion of the program.
Contact Whapio at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information!
This is our basic curriculum and will be presented in a different format when we are finished converting our program into a new on-line format.
Our On-line program will have five components:
– Academic Midwifery
– Intuitive Studies
– The Practice of Midwifery
– Homeopathy and Healing Disciplines
– Peacekeeping and Mediation Skills
Below is a brief description of the Academic component of the Diploma Program.
~ A&P overview from Frye – Holistic Midwifery Volume I (HM Vol I).
~ The Female Reproductive System
~ The Endocrine System and Associated Hormones
~ Clinical Terminology and Vocabulary
~ Calculating the Estimated Birth Date and the ensuing controversy Pregnancy Nomenclature
~ The Sacred Geometry of Pelvimetry
~ Conception and Fertilization
~ Quantum Midwifery and Undisturbed Birth
~ Soul-level Connections
~ Trust as a Life Path
~ The Midwife’s Greatest Gift
~ Brainwave Patterns and Birth as an Altered State of Consciousness
~ Readings from Michel Odent, Sarah Buckley, Vicki Elson and Whapio
~ Tapping the Glands as a Spiritual Practice
~ Mi Zhong Yoga: The Seven Days of the Week in Yoga Practice
~ Opening Our Nadis: An Ayurveda Breath Practice for Everyday
~ The History of Western Medicine
~ Beginning Principles of Homeopathy
~ The Wise Woman Tradition of Healing
~ Matrona Categories of Knowledge and MANA Core Competencies
~ The Cardiovascular System: Heart, Veins and Arteries
~ The Mystical Intelligence of the Heart
~ Understanding Blood Groups, Blood Flow, Blood Pressure
~ The Kidney and the Urinary System
~ Constituents of Urine: Normal and Variations
~ Labwork and Testing from Two Perspectives
~ The Prenatal Panel: Bloodwork
~ Understanding the Complete Urine Analysis
~ Vocabulary using Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes
~ The Physiology of Pregnancy and Prenatal Care in 1st and 2nd Trimesters Initiating Care in Pregnancy
~ The Initial Interview
~ Principles and Practice of Homeopathy
~ Emergency Remedies and Emergency Care
~ Emotional Health in Pregnancy
~ Records and Charting
~ Women: The Ancestral Sex
~ Choice for Women…and the Illusion of Choice
~ Returning Birth to the Family
~ Learning our Basic Meridians
~ Physiological Adaptation to Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester Miscarriage: Death before Birth
~ Preterm Labor
~ Lab Tests in 2nd Trimester
~ The Fetal Skull
~ Lie, Presentation, Position: Communicating about Baby in Uterus
~ The Birth Atlas: Understanding the Uterus and Cervix in Pregnancy
~ Palpation Skills and Measuring Fundal Height
~ Rh Factor in Pregnancy
~ Hemoglobin and Hematocrit
~ Anemia of Pregnancy: Physiologic and Pathologic
~ Normal Concerns in Pregnancy: Using Homeopathy and Herbs Variations of Normal in Pregnancy
~ Woundology: The Study of our Wounds and the Work of Caroline Myss
~ Rank, Power and Privilege: Using Influence Wisely
~ Ideas not Ideologies
~ Homeopathy: Famous Women’s Remedies
~ Remedies for the Reproductive System
~ The Liver and the Digestive System: How the Liver Impacts Pregnancy
~ Embryology and the Development of the Placenta
~ Variations of Pregnancy: Polyhydramnios, Post dates or Post term, PROM
~ Assessing Fetal Growth
~ Fetal and Maternal Wellbeing: IUGR babies, Utero-placental Concerns
~ Nutrition in Pregnancy
~ Sexually Transmitted Infections
~ Discussion of Variation of Normal and/or Complication
~ Ninja Midwifery
~ The Concept of Diathesis in Pregnancy
~ Poverty vs Impoverishment
~ Concerns of Pregnancy: Hypertension, PIH and Pre-eclampsia
~ Gestational Diabetes
~ The Theory of Miasms in Pregnancy
~ Miasm Remedies in Homeopathy
~ Discussion of what really causes Dis-ease: Germ vs Cellular Theory, The Relevance of Susceptibility
~ Disease Conditions in Pregnancy: AIDS to TORCH
~ The Fine Art of Palpation
~ Assessing Fetal Size
~ Assessing Amniotic Fluid Volume
~ Measuring Fundal Height
~ Assessing Cervical Changes in Pregnancy
~ Equipment to Have on Hand During Prenatal Visits: Fetoscopes and Dopplers
~ Auscultating Fetal Heart Tones and Interpreting Results
~ Fetal Testing in 3rd Trimester: The Whens, Whys and Whereabouts
~ The Amazing Fetal Circulatory System!
~ The Cardinal Movements of Labor: How the Baby Navigates the Pelvis
~ Homeopathic Reference Books: Materia Medica and Repertory
~ Learning to Repertorize in Homeopathy
~ Homeopathy in Pregnancy: Morning Sickness, Varicose Veins
~ Melding the Holistic and Clinical Model Together
~ Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
~ Facilitation vs Management: Undisturbed Pregnancy in 3rd Trimester
~ Knowledge and Intuition and the Art of What is Occurring
~ The Realms of Normal Birth
~ Vertical Birth
~ The Work of M. Odent, MD and his book, Birth Reborn
~ Reading Assignments From Varney’s Midwifery
~ Reading Assignments form Human Labor and Birth by Harry Oxorn
~ Basic Terms and Definitions relevant to Birth
~ Review Cardinal Movements of Labor
~ The Holistic Stages of Labor
~ Second Stage and the Work of Constance Beynon
~ Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby’s 1st Year by Miranda Castro
~ Homeopathic Remedies from Castro’s Materia Medica
~ Intuition Studies: Intuition and Love
~ Types of Intuition
~ Seven-day Intuition Fitness Program
In the following months we complete our studies on birth.We cover the Postpartum Period, the Newborn, Breastfeeding, Herbalism in Pregnancy and Well-woman Care, along with continuing to present more Homeopathy, Practical Midwifery and Intuitive Topics.
Book List for Texts
(used texts are okay for any book, however, be sure to have the edition we are using)
‘Holistic Midwifery Vol. 1’ and
‘Understanding Diagnostic Tests’ by Anne Frye (www.midwiferybooks.com)
‘Varney’s Midwifery’ by Helen Varney (Fourth Edition)
‘Wise Woman Herbal’ by Susun Weed
Born Free: Unassisted Childbirth in North America Dissertation by Rixa Freeze (www.rixafreeze.com/pdf/Freeze_dissertation_Born_Free.pdf)
‘Human Labor and Birth’ by Harry Oxorn (Fifth Edition)
‘Homeopathy for the Modern Pregnant Woman’
by Sandra Perko
‘Homeopathy for Mother and Baby’ by Miranda Castro
‘Homeopathic Psychology’ by Philip Bailey
‘Holistic Midwifery Vol. 2’ by Anne Frye
‘Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin
‘A New View of a Women’s Body’ by the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Center
‘Women’s Anatomy of Arousal’ by Sheri Winston
‘Anatomy and Physiology’ by Elaine Marieb
Books by Michel Odent: ‘Birth Reborn’, ‘The Farmer and the Obstetrician’, ‘The Scientification of Love’
Work by Henci Goer, Sheila Kitzinger, Barbara Harper, Pam England are recommended.