Seattle Midwifery School is Now Part of Bastyr
After more than 30 years of educating childbirth professionals, Seattle Midwifery School merged with Bastyr University in 2009. Bastyr University now offers the nation’s first accredited, direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery and delivers innovative training in other childbirth professions.
Master of Science in Midwifery
Bastyr University's accredited Master of Science in Midwifery degree program prepares students in all aspects of midwifery care, based on the competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).
Students may enter this program without midwifery or nursing experience or an undergraduate degree. Upon completion, they earn either a Master of Science in Midwifery or a combined Bachelor/Master of Science in Midwifery and are qualified to become state licensed and nationally certified professional midwives (CPM). Learn more:
Vocational Childbirth Professions
A pioneer in childbirth training since 1988, the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations prepares students to provide exceptional birthing support to families in their communities. The non-degree curriculum focuses on training:
- Birth Doulas
- Postpartum Doulas
- Childbirth Educators
- Lactation Educators
- Infant Massage Educators
- Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapists
- Dancing for Birth Instructors
- Perinatal Support Group Facilitators
About the Former Seattle Midwifery School
The former Seattle Midwifery School (SMS) was founded in 1978, offering the oldest direct-entry midwifery training program. Dedicated to training women’s health care providers, we strive for a world where every family has access to care, education and options, contributing to a safe and joyous pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Our mission to educate and inspire leaders in childbirth professions continues in Bastyr University’s Department of Midwifery and Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations. We are committed to helping to change the face of maternity care. We educate the highest-caliber birth professionals, advocate for midwives and doulas in our health care system, and empower women and families through informed choice and meaningful maternity care alternatives.