An Introductory Course to Midwifery

13466208_833711413426241_2600705842598771775_nThis is a course for aspiring midwives, interested doulas, women and mothers who want to explore some of the skills of midwifery and to investigate for themselves whether the path of midwifery is something they would like to consider further.

If you are already a doula, this workshop will add to your knowledge.

Things we will be covering during this 5-day course:

  • The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour and Authentic Midwifery
  • What equipment and supplies are used to take care of a mother during pregnancy, birth and postpartum? How to use this equipment.
  • Preparing the birthing environment.
  • Introduction to record keeping and medical terminology
  • Introduction to basic midwifery assistant skills, such as taking blood pressure, vital signs, fetal heart rates and fundal measurements – this will be with a live model
  • How to monitor the baby’s fetal heart rate
  • If you are assisting at a birth, what is your role during labour, birth and  postpartum?
  • Nutrition, Herbs and Homeopathy to support pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum
  • Immediate postpartum care of mother and baby
  • Introduction to care and assessment of the newborn
  • Helping the breastfeeding mother
  • Urine testing
  • Cultural competency in childbirth and care of women
  • Universal Precautions
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Obstetric Emergencies


“I feel honoured to have befriended such a wonderful woman… For me, Ruth is a powerhouse, a driving force that humanity needs so desperately to transform the order in place and nonsense we live in. She inspires me to empower myself and reach my highest goal. Her feminine, intuitive and non-invasive way of honouring birth is the example I want to follow. I feel hope when I know Ruth is one of the leading midwives on earth and hope any woman in the path of birth gets to meet her and experience the elegant simplicity of her courses. ” – Alex Ilanga, doula and aspiring midwife, Portugal


Read this blog post by Nanna Schneidermann, a student on the 2016 South African course. She shares her experience of the course.


The course comes with a Helping Babies Breathe certificate as well as a signed certificate of attendance from True Midwifery.

Please note: this course does NOT qualify you as a midwife or prepare you to practice as a midwife, this course is purely for those who are interested in embarking on the path to midwifery to explore the idea in a safe space.


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Space is limited to 12 participants so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Upcoming Courses:


28 November – 2nd December

Blue Hippo Farm, Greyton, South Africa

(This course will be run in collaboration with midwife and dear friend Caitlyn Collins)

For more information, feel free to contact me



Previous courses:


28 June – 2 July

24 Grace Road, Johannesburg, South Africa


12 – 16 October 2016

Bloublommetjieskloof Farm, Western Cape, South Africa

(this course was in collaboration with fellow midwife Caitlyn Collins)


20 – 24 May 2016

Vale dos Homens, Rogil, Faro, Portugal