Direct-Entry Midwifery Program
Welcome to the Heritage School of Midwifery and Natural Health Sciences (HSM). We are passionate about ensuring that the knowledge of midwifery continues to be passed on to the next generation. Midwifery is so much more than a job or career. It is a calling, a culture, a labor of love. We invite those who share our passion for childbirth to come learn the art of midwifery.
At HSM, we teach our students to use the Midwives Model of Care™ when caring for expectant families. The Midwives Model of Care™ is all about nurturing, holistic care of pregnant women. The Midwives Model of Care™ includes: monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle; providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care; continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support; minimizing technological interventions; and identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
We believe that the same nurturing, holistic environment is optimal for learning how to be a midwife, so we extend this practice to our school. Our small class sizes ensure an individualized education, we offer referrals to counseling and tutoring services, and we focus on hands-on learning.
Our Direct Entry Midwifery program trains students in the art and science of midwifery. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the NARM exam. Students who pass the NARM exam may become a Certified Professional Midwife and a Florida Licensed Midwife.
The curriculum consists of 93 semester credits, which is a total of 2535 clock hours. All courses are offered in lock step with the other courses in that semester, which means that each course is only offered once a year. If a student fails a course, the student will have to wait until the next year to retake it, which may prevent enrollment in a subsequent course. Please refer to the student catalog for complete academic requirements.
This course is designed to take three years, if the student meets the clinical requirements. The clinical requirements are defined by Chapter 467 Florida Statutes and NARM, and are subject to change at any time. Please refer to the student catalog for complete clinical requirements.
School licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the commission at
325 West Gaines St., Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Toll free: (888) 224 – 6684
Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 5610
Licensed Midwives (LM) are licensed by the
Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256
LMs provide maternity care within Florida.
Midwives are regulated by the Florida Department of Health, Council of Licensed Midwifery.
Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) are certified by
North American Registration of Midwives
5257 Rosestone Dr.
Lilburn, GA 30047
CPMs are able to practice midwifery in other states that recognize CPM certification. State regulations vary, and it is up to the midwife to determine the state’s requirements and regulations before practicing.