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Employment & Student Opportunities

Acorn Community Birth Wellness Center is a unique practice. Nowhere else in San Diego or Riverside counties will you find a Licensed Midwife owned-and-operated birth center so dedicated to serving such a diversity of clients! Nowhere else will you find such compassion, caring, and attention to the true holistic art of Midwifery. Nowhere else will you find such a community-centered approach in how we train our students, nurture our clients, and uphold the values of the Midwifery Model of Care. We invite to you reach out if you are interested in working with us or are a student midwife interesting in apprenticing at our birth center.

 

Available Staff Positions

 

Part-Time Staff Licensed Midwife

For Licensed Midwives who have a passion for working with underserved populations and want to actively participate in ending the health disparities we see in the United States. Must also have a passion for teaching midwifery skills to student midwives in the clinical setting. Part-time position available for 1-2 clinic days per week, 2-4 births per month, on-call time to cover for other LMs, and shared after-hours phone calls one week per month. Applicants must be licensed in the State of California and be current on all certifications. Pay based upon experience; NARM Preceptorship and Spanish-speaking preferred but not required. Relocation costs may be covered.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to acornmidwives@gmail.com.

 

Student Apprenticeships

 

Our clinic would not exist without our students! They are an integral part of how we run our birth center and why we are able to offer services to low-income and underserved communities that typically have no options for midwifery care. Our students receive both home birth and birth center experiences, and our higher volume allows students to obtain their clinical numbers at a higher rate than in traditional home birth practices. We value and respect our students, and our model allows for students to work, tend to their domestic lives, and learn good self-care while also gaining experiences as a midwife in training. Students must be seeking a CPM certification and be enrolled in a MEAC-accredited midwifery school, although PEP applicants are also welcome to apply. Students in our program are required to attend one clinic day per week and be on-call for births between 37-42 weeks gestation for their assigned clients. If interested, please click on the following link to complete an application and submit a resume.

To Apply:  Please click on this link to submit an application - forms.gle/muZTU4JGJSVF4JPk8

 

The Sapling Scholarship

 

The Sapling Scholarship is a Half Tuition Scholarship offered to midwifery students who self-identify as POC, LBGTQAI+, or other historically underrepresented peoples for any MEAC-accredited midwifery school in the United States, or who plan to complete the California Challenge Mechanism through the PEP Process. Applicants must also have a desire to apprentice at Acorn Community Birth and Wellness Center in Fallbrook, California.

Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and have a passion for being a midwife in an out-of-hospital setting.
  • Applicants must self-identify as a person of color, LBGTQAI+, or belong to a historically underrepresented group in the United States who would benefit from the increase in access to midwifery care in their community.
  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a MEAC-approved midwifery school, be in the process of applying, or plans on taking the California Challenge through the PEP process. Midwifery programs must be through a school for which Acorn Community Birth Center midwives hold active Preceptorship. Proof of acceptance in a MEAC-approved midwifery school must be provided within 90 days of receiving the scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a desire to carry out their apprenticeship at Acorn Community Birth Center in Fallbrook, CA. Upon receiving the scholarship, applicants must commit to a minimum of a one-year apprenticeship with Acorn Community Birth Center.
  • Applicants must have a desire to work with an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population and a desire to actively work towards ending birth disparities in low-income and POC cultural groups. Spanish-speaking is advantageous but is not required.
  • Applicants who are or will be enrolled in a MEAC-accredited school will only receive scholarship funds if the recipient keeps active enrollment in their school. Scholarship is transferrable between midwifery schools; however, scholarship funds will only be provided for the original amount of tuition or a lessor amount.  An increase in the tuition rate between schools will not be covered by the original scholarship. Any change in enrollment status requires notification to Acorn Community Birth Center and an updated scholarship agreement. Disenrollment in a MEAC-accredited midwifery program will end receipt of the scholarship.
  • PEP applicants who are applying for licensure through the California Challenge mechanism may apply for the scholarship. Scholarship funds will go towards the California Challenge application fees. Recipients who choose the California Challenge mechanism will be given receipt of scholarship funds upon passing the NARM and receiving the CPM credential. Applicants who pass the NARM exam on their first attempt will be eligible to have the NARM application fees refunded back to them as part of the scholarship. A one-year apprenticeship with Acorn Community Birth Center is still required for PEP applicants.
  • Applications must be received by February 1, 2022. Finalists will be contacted by March 1, 2022 for an in-person interview. Scholarship recipient will be notified by March 30, 2022.

 

To Apply: Please click on this link to submit an application - forms.gle/7eh1G6d8h9qnuP9U6