Why Earn an MS in Midwifery?
Midwives have cared for birthing women since the beginning of human history. Today,
midwives are independent, licensed professionals. They are educated at SUNY Downstate
at the graduate level. Midwives provide full scope care to birthing persons, families,
and communities. They work within the health care system, collaborating with physicians,
social workers, nutritionists, nurses, and other health care providers and specialists
as the need arises.
Why Earn an MS in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate?
Midwifery is a cornerstone practice at SUNY Downstate: Our program's roots go back
to 1932, when the nation's first formal educational program for midwives began. Today,
we are recognized nationwide for providing excellence in education, strong clinical
experiences for students, innovation, and diversity. SUNY Downstate developed the
first integrated program in the United States for people with nursing licensure and
those from a great variety of professional and educational backgrounds.
The program emphasis its relationship to the community Downstate serves. Although
our graduates can and do provide midwifery services in all settings, our particular
focus is on urban, underserved populations, many of which include large numbers of
immigrants and/or persons of color. In any given year, Black, Latinx or Asian students
represent 30 to 70 percent of the midwifery program’s student body.
What You Will Learn
- This graduate-level program prepares you to become a safe beginning practitioner,
meeting standards set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
- You'll learn to provide prenatal care; labor and birth management, postpartum care;
gynecologic, reproductive, and sexual health care; primary health care; and care of
the newborn. Midwifery’s focus is on health promotion and disease prevention but midwifery
often continue to provide care, collaborating with other health care professionals,
if complications arise.
- All students take the 40-credit core midwifery curriculum, which includes classes
examining all phases of pregnancy, postpartum care, pharmacology and more. Master's
students also take classes in research, education, and health care policy.
- Graduates are prepared to take the national certifying exam administered by the American
Midwifery Certification Board.
- The MS in midwifery track is designed to be completed In three years and the Advanced
Certificate in midwifery track, available to those students who already hold a related
graduate degree, is a two year program.