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Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Higher Education, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Studies

Mission: To educate and inspire leaders in childbirth professions

Programs: SMS is a private nonprofit institution that offers training programs for direct-entry midwives, doulas, and other childbirth professionals. SMS is nationally recognized and accredited and has trained more than 200 midwives and 3,000 doulas and childbirth educators. Midwifery Education Program (3 years): Dccredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). Direct Entry Midwives serve women in home birth or birth center settings. Labor Support Course / Birth Doula(4 days): This course is approved by the Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) and by DONA as one step toward certification. Postpartum Doula Training (4 days): This course is approved by the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS) and by DONA as one step toward certification. Childbirth Educator Training (6 days): This course is the first step toward becoming certified through Birth Education Northwest (BEN). The course also meets the standard for national certification through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). Breastfeeding Educator Course (6 days): This comprehensive course is taught by experienced board-certified lactation consultants and provides the theoretical foundation for the IBCLE exam. Advanced Pratice in Breastfeeding (2 days): A preparatory course for those sitting for the IBCLE exam. When Survivors Give Birth (1-3 days): Participants learn a counseling approach to help reduce flashbacks, pain and birth complications for survivors of sexual abuse who are giving birth. Library SMS maintains a multi-disciplinary library of midwifery and related literature and other media for students and the general public.

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