Our MISSION is to SAVE LIVES ONE BIRTH at a time
The Midwives College of Utah has been cultivating Midwives of Excellence™ since 1980. Competent and culturally sensitive midwives improve maternal health outcomes and ultimately improve access to healthcare.
Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels
The United States is confronting a very harsh reality:
More Americans are dying of childbearing complications than any other developed country in the world. According to the CDC Foundation, 60% of these deaths are preventable.
Even more abysmal is the fact that African Americans, Native Americans and Native Alaskans die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white people. And the death rates for black infants are twice that of infants born to non-Hispanic, white mothers, according to CDC data. The health care costs of these deaths range in the billions of dollars and the emotional toll on families and communities is immeasurable.
Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) have been called upon to be part of the solution and save lives, one birth at a time. Like me, I imagine that you believe in the right of childbearing families to receive care from a competent, culturally sensitive midwife. MCU’s educational pathway is designed to cultivate intellectual curiosity, spark passion, and expand future professional options. In doing so, each of our graduate CPMs becomes part of resolving the current care crisis for childbearing families in the United States.
MCU is inviting you to partner with us in our commitment. The Briana Blackwelder Equal Access Scholarship fund provides full tuition for students whose practices will increase the racial and ethnic representation within the midwifery workforce. When you donate to this scholarship, you directly pay tuition for a student who might otherwise be unable to complete their midwifery education.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Midwives College is supported by monetary gifts from people such as yourself who are passionate about supporting midwives of excellence within every community. I invite you to please make a donation and save lives one birth at a time.
Thank you for your support.
Hear from our students:
“After a horrible first birth experience at the hospital it was clear that the facility and staff were racist and treated Native Americans poorly. With my second baby I looked into different options and learned about midwifery, I fell in love with the overall care I received and I want everyone to have the opportunity to experience it. As a midwife I want to help my community eliminate some barriers and to limit the discrimination that they would have to face at the only local hospital in our area.”
-Hope Mayotte, MCU Student
“I am the mother of five beautiful black children, and during my last pregnancy I was treated completely differently than I ever had been. Although I had always wanted to be involved in birth work for as long as I can remember, it was my horrible treatment in 2018 that prompted me to become a CPM. I simply want to be the change I want to see. I want to help bridge the divide that we see now.”
-Jennifer Silvera, MCU Student
MCU believes that all individuals who seek midwifery education should be able to access it. Unfortunately, too often, this is not a reality, and midwifery education, along with the midwifery profession at-large, suffers without diverse communities and representation. We want to continue to be the change we wish to see in the midwifery community; therefore, we have created an initiative to advance social justice, anti-racism, anti-oppression and equity efforts within our college and the midwifery profession at large.
Briana Blackwelder is an MCU graduate and friend of MCU who left this earth at the tender age of 28. Listen and learn from Briana as she shares her own philosophy about womanhood and birth. In honor of Briana’s wisdom and personal philosophy, MCU offers two scholarships that provide complete tuition relief: 1) Social Justice and Health Equity Scholarship; and 2) Equal Access Scholarship. With these scholarships, MCU strives to advance our goals by ensuring inclusive representation and support of diverse social identities and locations in midwifery education, including racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.
Recipients of the scholarships will receive three semesters of tuition relief (i.e. tuition waivers) per year with the option for continuation of the scholarship, based upon continued eligibility, for up to four years of tuition relief.
Receiving the Briana Blackwelder scholarship has made it possible for me to have access to an outstanding program and move closer to my dream of serving people in my community while working towards fighting inequity in maternal healthcare. Having received this scholarship has made all the difference on my journey.”
Before tonight (Graduation Ceremony), there were zero black Certified Professional Midwives in St. Louis in 2019. But thanks to the Midwives College of Utah and the Brianna Blackwelder Scholarship Fund, we are able to provide accessible and affordable midwifery and doula care in urban Saint Louis.