The Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM)  Instructors bring many years of experience and practice to the classroom, ensuring excellence in education. In addition to our midwifery program, short courses and continuing education  (i.e. Doula, Lactation, MCH Specialist) have been created as a starting point for the maternal child (MCH) health field as well as better equipping those already practicing.  Doula, Childbirth and Lactation Educator courses are prerequisites for our Midwifery program.  We get many requests to deliver this training around the US and our courses are available nationally as requested.  Please see the individual courses for locations and dates.


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Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery is licensed through the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education as a post-secondary institution and is located in Winter Garden, a west suburb of sunny Orlando


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Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery is located at 213 S. Dillard St Suite 340 Winter Garden, Florida 34787 and is licensed through Florida Department of Education, school #4052.  CCSM has offered the Three-year Program for non-nurse or direct-entry midwives and the Four Month Pre-licensure Program for foreign-trained and out-of-state licensed or certified midwives since 2009. The three-year midwifery program leads to a Diploma in Midwifery and, after passing the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam, an opportunity to become a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM) affording practice in Florida under Chapter 467 FS and the ability to provide prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum services in out-of-hospital settings for Florida families. Candidates may also apply for the nationally accredited credential Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)after passing the NARM

                                                                                                CCSM Compliance

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1976, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, national origin, sex or handicap.  Additional information regarding CCSM may be obtained by contacting: The Commission for Independent Education 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Tel: 888-224-6684.


Our mission is to provide access to quality, practical, and culturally sensitive midwifery training and education that will prepare midwives of caliber who can represent themselves and their profession in any arena. We aim to inspire our students to become perinatal leaders in the maternal child health field, willing to provide access to maternity care for all communities and to educate and empower women and families so that they can once again experience ‘their birth, their way’.

The Midwives Model of Care ™ 

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

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
      • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

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Course Information

We are private school and a new class starts every 3 years.  Our upcoming class is slated to start in September 2018 is scheduled to graduate in 2021.   To apply please send us a message through the General Inquiries tab. In the meantime you may refer to the prerequisites tab for more information on preparing for the midwifery program.


Tuition for a Three-year Program is $27,000 and $6,000 for the Four Month Program, we do not have any provision for student financial aid at this time. (Tuition for the Clinical Externship program for students enrolled in other midwifery programs is $10.65 per clock hour with a minimum 120 hours per session) There are no upcoming orientations scheduled at this time.   You are highly encouraged to register for the Childbirth Consultant Courses to prepare for a future in midwifery. The best way to reach the school is via . Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the program include

      • anatomy and physiology at the  community college level or through CCSM
      • 3 credits in both college  English and Math
      • 4 hour HIV and CPR training.
      • Doula Certification  (offered through CCSM)
      • Childbirth Educator  Certification (offered through CCSM)
      • Lactation Educator Certification (offered through CCSM)

We encourage you to start with the Doula Course first, then Childbirth Educator or Lactation Educator Courses, but you can take in any order. This will start off your career and give you a feel of how it is to work and support childbearing families. FAQs

When I graduate, what is my certification? How will I be allowed to practice? The three year midwifery program prepares students to sit for the NARM exam (see With a passing score, the student becomes a Certified Professional Midwife. In Florida, the student will also be able to become licensed by the State after graduation from CCSM and passing the NARM. If you live in another state, you will need to research the licensing and practicing laws and rules particular to your state. For more information, go to is the difference between a CNM a LM and a CPM? Certified Nurse Midwives have a degree in nursing before beginning a graduate degree in midwifery. Certified Professional Midwives are those that are direct-entry into midwifery school (such as CCSM) and take the NARM exam. Licensed Midwives are usually non-nurse midwives that are licensed in their states. States have different criteria for licensing. See and for more information. Do I have to find my own preceptor? CCSM will help you find a preceptor near you, but cannot guarantee a placement. It is highly advised that you research your area and be aware of midwives practicing in your area that might be willing to take you as a student. Do you offer financial assistance?No, currently we offer no financial assistance and no government loans can be applied to your CCSM schooling. Is CCSM MEAC accredited? Currently, it is not MEAC accredited.  What days are the classes offered? Currently, students have classes on Fridays of each week and are at their clinical sites various days throughout the rest of the week.  Can I work another job while in Midwifery School? Most students find it very difficult to work while in school. The demands of the course work and a clinical site do not leave much time for another job. We advise talking to other midwifery students about their schedules and their home life before making the decision to enroll in school.