Because your body, your baby, and your birth are wonderfully made!

Apprentices

Current Madell Midwifery Apprentices

​Ashley lives in the Tulsa area with her husband and their three children. Her interest in birth work began during her first pregnancy.  Having a natural, noninvasive birth had always been her desire but quickly learned that was not the type of care she could receive giving birth in a hospital.  She had two births with a homebirth midwife before deciding to pursue a career in midwifery.  Giving birth has been the most formative and strengthening experience for Ashley and she counts it a blessing to be able to walk with women in their own birth journey.  Ashley began her academics through Via Vita School of Midwifery in April 2015.  


She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR.  She is a student member of Midwives Society of Oklahoma.

An apprentice is a student midwife.  Most are working to complete a course of study with a midwifery school at the same time they are serving as an apprentice.  An apprenticeship allows the student midwife the opportunity to gain hands-on skills necessary for becoming a midwife.   This is one step in completing the requirements to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). 


An experienced midwife serves as preceptor (teacher).  Students who are pursuing the CPM credential must have a preceptor approved by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).  The preceptor is responsible for overseeing the apprentice's hands-on skills and signing all paperwork required by NARM.  Towards the end of an apprentice's training she will become responsible for all care of the client.  In this phase of the training she is known as a Midwife Under Supervision.  The apprentice functions as a primary midwife while all care is overseen by the preceptor.    


There is a treasured history of seasoned midwives passing the skills of midwifery on to other women.  This hands-on training is vital to keeping the practice of midwifery alive and so that apprentices can gain skill and knowledge.  I value and honor this history by opening my practice to student midwives and I carefully select those who work in my practice.  My apprentice(s) will attend your prenatal appointments, your birth, and your postpartum appointments.  All clients have the right to request the student simply act as a midwife assistant and not have an active, hands-on role in her care.  

​I am an approved and registered preceptor with the North American Registry of Midwives. 


Every apprentice serving with my practice is required to hold certification in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation (NNR).  They are also required to be an active member, in good standing, with the Midwives Society of Oklahoma.


Should you have any questions regarding apprentices in my practice I am happy to discuss those with you at your complimentary consultation.