Birth Institute

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Birth Institute partners with established birth clinics and professional midwives to provide leadership and midwifery training opportunities abroad. Through a combination of clinical rotations, book study and community projects, participants develop the skills necessary to become the future leaders of positive change in maternal healthcare. Our programs are designed to help students explore holistic health, maternal health stewardship, community development and women-centered advocacy.

We are looking for applicants who want to have a positive impact on the future of maternal health worldwide, who will actively take part in a rigorous training and who will engage thoughtfully in a critical dialogue about the state of our world and the state of maternal health worldwide.


2040 Bancraft Way
Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


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I discovered Birth Institute only a month before I left for Bali. When I found the Study Abroad program, I knew it was for me, and I am truly grateful that the Birth Institute team was able to accept me into the program and have everything so efficiently organized in such a short period of time! On the very first day arriving at Madani (the Birth Centre), all the midwives gathered and welcomed me into their community, I felt immediately safe and at home. Living on site was perfect because Madani is always opened for women and families, so learning opportunities are 24/7. The Birth Centre definitely kept me busy throughout my whole three months in the country and my biggest challenge was learning to balance time between studies, being with women, and relaxation! On my time off I loved taking the scooter out (students are welcome to use and share) for some fresh air and to explore Bali. Madani is only a short ride to beautiful beaches, Ubud and cosy cafes. Gentle love, gentle birth... this was my very first experience of midwifery, I had such an incredible and inspiring time that I decided to further continue my studies with Birth Institute -- I am now one of the students studying Holistic Midwifery!

How can this program be improved?
Communication with the midwives and the local families was difficult as I did not prepare myself enough before arrival. I would encourage future students to learn at least some basic Indonesian before commencing the program, this will make a huge difference for your learning experience!

I really enjoyed having a preceptor on site for the second half of my program, and hope future students will continue to receive support for their experience as well!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Day one in Guatemala I questioned my decision to go. I was scared, alone (because I arrived 2 days before the course was to start), and I was shell shocked by the overwhelming feeling of having to communicate with only limited Spanish that I had from high school courses. But I toughed out that first night and it was the best decision that I ever made. I arrived in Guatemala as a nurse with a slight interest in maternal health. I left Guatemala as a midwife in training, with applications sent out to midwifery schools across Canada. This course absolutely changed the way I thought about pregnancy, childbirth, and women's health. The online course work was light, often leaving us with questions, but the course coordinators were more than willing to supplement our learning with more lectures, readings, or videos. The aspect of this program that made course so memorable were the practical experiences. We were able to see first hand how a women's health clinic with limited resources was able to drastically improve the health of a population of women. We were able to learn about family planning, cervical exams, and prenatal exams. Being present for births was only a small part of this program, but of course an amazing one. I learned so much about natural childbirth that focuses on the woman and her family. Looking back on this experience, I would do it all over again 50 times if I could. It was a life changing course for me, and I will have a relationship with the women that I met there for the rest of my life.

How can this program be improved?
The online portion of the course was lighter than I expected. If I was to change something about this course I would make the course work more thorough, covering more topics in each section.
Yes, I recommend this program