Are you a student midwife of color preparing to sit for the NARM?

Get prepared to soar through the exam while connecting to the community that will feed your practice so you can sustain your much-needed work for a lifetime.

NARM Prep Jumpstart: Insiders' Guide for Student Midwives of Color

Jumpstart brings together leading midwives of color and educators with a curriculum designed to help students of color overcome the barriers of a test that was designed to primarily meet the needs of the white midwifery community.

More than a test program, every aspect of Jumpstart is intended to nurture and build community by and for midwives of color. This care and deep connection is critical to helping students not only pass the exam but prepare for a career serving a community overcoming the impacts of racism in health care.

Jumpstart participants enjoy:

  • Expert educators
  • Curriculum designed to meet the unique challenges student of color must overcome in testing that is standardized to white clients and midwives
  • Fireside chats with seasoned midwives of color on topics including test taking strategies, avoiding burnout, and strategies for navigating the medical system as a black midwife, and more
  • Comprehensive test question bank
  • Mock testing environment
  • Lodging and education in a Black-owned space
  • Meals lovingly prepared using local ingredients and Black caterers
  • Childcare by Black providers

    Program details:

    Date: October 10-14, 2019
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Cost: $400 (includes lodging, meals, practice test, and all materials onsite)
    Application deadline: August 1, 2019; $50 deposit due at time of application

    All participants must demonstrate eligibility to sit for the NARM exam within six months of JumpStart completion. See the application for details. (Not quite ready yet or not sure? Scroll down for the application or to sign up to be kept up-to-date on future sessions.)



    Debbie’s pursuit of natural birth, education, and choice for women was inspired by her own birth experiences. After a hospital birth that included unnecessary interventions, she found it difficult to find an alternative. Her second and third children were born at home surrounded by family and friends and under the care of a midwife. After 17 years as a doula, Debbie studied midwifery in California, Utah, and Florida. She now serves families in the greater Los Angeles area at Tribe Midwifery.

    Strongly committed to improving birth outcomes, Debbie’s mission at Tribe Midwifery is to offer respectful prenatal care and contribute to reducing birth disparities caused by racism. She is committed to educating all families about birth statistics and choices that will afford them the best possible birth outcome. Debbie is also a member of the CAM Birth Disparities & Equity Team.


    Courtney L. Everson, PhD, is Researcher with the Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Sciences, at Colorado State University. Dr. Everson holds a PhD in applied medical anthropology from Oregon State University with doctoral level minors in public health and women, gender, & sexuality studies. Dr. Everson brings over twelve years of experience in research, evaluation, community engagement, and leadership in health and human services, non-profit management, and higher education. Prior to Colorado State University, Dr. Everson served as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, the Vice President for the Association of Midwifery Educators, and on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health.

As a mixed methodologist, Dr. Everson’s research specializations include infant, child, and youth development, well-being, and health; child welfare and maltreatment; human childbirth; midwifery care; doula care; community-engaged research; adolescent pregnancy/parenting; research and clinical ethics; evidence-informed practice; health inequities; culturally safe care; social justice; at-risk and marginalized communities; psychosocial stress; social support; collaborative care models; human trafficking; systems theory; and knowledge translation. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America Division of Research, a Research Working Group member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, and a strategic consultant to higher education entities, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations on issues of equity, complex systems evaluation, and anti-oppression.


    Jhoanna Galvez LM, CPM, is the founder of Malaya Midwifery, located in Long Beach, CA. She centers her practice around the diverse and unique families of Los Angeles and Orange county. She has a vision and belief that families of all kinds could benefit from the individualized evidence-based care midwives provide. She supports CAM/CALM’s work to expand access to midwifery by building bridges with local providers and supporting students of color to increase the number of available professionals. She also supports CALM’s programming for continuing education and professional resources for the advancement of all midwives.


    Alicia Hubbell is a licensed midwife committed to offering quality prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum and well-woman care in the home. Alicia believes that the natural physiological action of birth is a truly innate process that we were beautifully designed to perform. Women and people having a choice to birth how they want to is incredibly important to her. She has been a licensed midwife for two years and is passionate about making midwifery accessible to all.


    Tanya Smith-Johnson is an advocate for reproductive justice, birth equity and the improvement of birth outcomes for black and brown people, bringing her experience as a homeschooling mother of 6, student midwife, Navy veteran, and a leader in birth advocacy organizations.

    Currently serving as the vice-president of Californians for the Advancement of Midwifery (CAM) and a board member and Oahu representative to the Midwives Alliance of Hawaii, Tanya has extensive experience in bringing the consumer voice to birth advocacy. The former president of California Families for Access to Midwives, she worked with California stakeholders and legislators to help the passage of key legislation to increase access to licensed midwives. She is on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery and co-chair of the Birth Disparities and Equity Team for CAM.

    Tanya holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Masters of Science in Medical Science from Hampton University. She received most of her training with a traditional midwife and CPM in Los Angeles, California. She received her didactic midwifery education from the Midwives College of Utah. She currently resides in Honolulu with her husband of 19 years and 6 children.

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