Welcome, New Student Midwives!

Fall term has officially begun! Monday and Tuesday are Orientation days for the new Sage (freshman) cohort, and we are so excited to have them on campus! Their first day of class is tomorrow, when they will officially begin their first semester as midwifery students. This term, they'll be taking Anatomy and Physiology I, Healthcare Skills I, Research and Public Health, Cultural Competency and Midwifery History Law and Rule.

There are 26 students in the Sage cohort and 3 new students who will be joining the Turquoise (Junior) cohort. Yesterday, during Orientation, they did a team-building exercise on the front lawn with Amy Vaknin, Core Instructor and FSTM Counselor. Check out photos of their "web of support" below.

Welcome to all of our new student midwives!


20th Graduating Class Celebration

Last weekend, the day before the Violet class graduation, FSTM threw a party at the Wooly event hall to celebrate graduating our 20th class of licensed midwives! We just got the photos back and wanted to share them. It was a fun evening of drinks, food, games and friends. Thank you to everyone who turned out to celebrate with us!

Graduation Day - Violet Class of 2017

Our senior class, the Violets, graduated yesterday! The day began with brunch and Birth Circle on campus at 10:00 AM. The graduates shared birth stories and created flower crowns to wear for Graduation. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Alachua County Library on University Avenue at 1:30 PM. 

We are so thrilled to see the culmination of their journey through midwifery school! We will miss having them on campus, but we are so excited to watch them enter this new chapter of their lives as Florida Licensed Midwives.


Last Day of Summer Classes!

It's the last day of Summer classes here at FSTM. Students have just finished their final exams and couldn't be more relieved! Our Turquoise cohort completed their final projects for Reproductive Anatomy & Physiology with Dr. Lori Scott, and the results are truly stunning.

The project was to construct a labeled drawing/or drawings showing the passage of the fetal head in relation to the female boney pelvis at five stages of descent from early labor to birth, starting with an LOA presentation. Included will be: 1) the cardinal movements, 2) pelvic station, 3) an inferior view of the pelvis showing the baby’s head, 4) cervical dilation with sutures. 

Check out some of their beautiful projects below:

International Midwifery Day Cocktail Party and Silent Auction

On Friday, May 5, 2017 the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery hosted a Cocktail Party and Silent Auction to raise money for the restoration and preservation of the Historic Howard Kelly House, which was built in 1883 and has been the home of FSTM since 2004.

This occasion was also an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Jennifer Wollheim-Devine to the cause of midwifery and FSTM. Jennifer Wollheim Devine was a Gainesville midwife, activist, daughter, wife and mother who passed away in 2007. The Jennifer Wollheim Devine Scholarship was created in her memory by her family and her mother Marilyn Magnet. Through their support and the support of other scholarship donors, over $30,000 has been distributed since 2007 to enable students to complete midwifery school. Recognizing that school is expensive, many students commute long distances to attend, and family obligations must also be met, the Scholarship covers unexpected expenses that, if unmet, would jeopardize the student’s academic career or family well-being. Without this support, many students would be unable to fulfill their dreams of becoming licensed midwives. Click here to contribute to the Jennifer Wollheim-Devine Scholarship Fund.

During the event, FSTM Board Chair Jane Houston received The Jana Borino Community Builder Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Future of Midwifery. Jane began her career in Scotland where she became a registered general nurse with a Bachelor’s degree, and completed her diploma in midwifery in 1992 to become a Registered Midwife (RM). She entered graduate school at University of Florida in 2001 and completed her MSN studies so she would be able to provide midwifery care in Gainesville, Florida. Jane was in the first DNP class at University of Florida, graduating in 2009. She continued her career in education becoming Director of Midwifery there in 2011-2015. She recently became clinical director for midwifery and women’s health at the historic Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. She has always felt called to the profession of midwifery, and has delivered over 2,000 babies on 4 continents.