Preparing you for a career in birth:

•Certified Professional Midwife

•Birth Assistant

•Labor Support/Postpartum Doula

•Maternal Child Case Manager


Enhancing your career in:

•Public Health

•Social Work

•Women’s/Gender Studies

Serving the well-being of our people and the communities to which we belong.

Certified Professional 

Midwifery Program 

MMCI offers an Associate Degree that prepares students to become Certified Professional Midwives. MMCI’s curriculum is designed to promote midwifery leadership and independence so students can acquire the skills and confidence that will prepare them for a midwifery career. 

The CPM Program is a three-year course of study consisting of 36 learning modules taught by experienced educators and providers who specialize in the module’s content. Each month, modules are taught at a weekend intensive and in study groups that provides an immersion experience into the fundamental theories, science, ethical considerations, and wisdom students need to practice professionally. Clinical opportunities are provided throughout the program. The student learning experience combines real-time Zoom classes with in-person classes and clinicals. 

Graduates will be thoroughly prepared for the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam, and we will assist graduates in organizing their portfolios.

For more information about MMCI’s CPM Program, please follow the link to the 2021 MMCI Catalog.  

Depending on the legal status of CPMs in the state in which the student resides, students may qualify for licensure.

61 credits, 1,350 hours of clinical

Program fees

MMCI offers scholarships based on available

funds and on students' financial need and commitment to improving maternal child health in their communities.

CPM Program: Tuition is $12,600 ($4,200/yr, $1,050/qtr) plus the cost of required reading material.

MCHS Program: Tuition is $5,400 ($2,700/yr, $675/qtr) plus the cost of required reading material.

Perinatal Educator Program: Tuition is $450 plus the cost of required reading material.

Maternal Child Health Specialist Programs

Our Associate Degree and Diploma Programs, offered over 24 months, prepare students to become Maternal Child Health Specialists. Graduates of the programs are qualified to work as: Birth Assistants, Professional Doulas with high level skills, Childbirth Educators, Peer Breastfeeding Educators and Maternal Child Case Managers. And, those working in the fields of Public Health, Social Work, Birth Justice, Women/Gender Studies and similar professions will gain a greater understanding of maternal child health that will enhance their careers.

31 credits, 500 hours of clinical

Contact us for an application

Contact us for an application

Catalog 2022 

Perinatal Educator Certificate Program

This program, generally held over the course of two weekends, is comprised of three modules: Childbirth Educator, Advanced Labor Support/Postpartum Doula, and Peer Lactation Educator—each with a clinical component. Students must complete all three modules and associated clinicals, including Chicago Volunteer Doulas orientation, to receive the Perinatal Educator Certificate.

After receiving your Perinatal Educator Certificate, you will be qualified to:

  • Educate your clients about childbirth during pregnancy

  • Provide labor support at the time of birth and postpartum

  • Offer breastfeeding support postpartum

Contact us for a registration form

About MMCI

The Midwest Maternal Child Institute was founded in 2007 by Mary Sommers, CPM, MPS. Initially, MMCI was affiliated with the National College of Midwifery, and In 2010 MMCI became an independent higher educational institution approved by the Educational Approval Program, under Wisconsin Stats. 38.50(10).

The Midwest Maternal Child Institute's (MMCI) mission is to train midwives and Maternal Child Health Specialists as leaders who are engaged in the larger context in which midwifery care and maternal child health care are provided, and who will act with the integrity and purpose necessary to provide quality care to their clients and their communities. 


Mary Sommers, CPM, MPS 

MMCI Founder and Director of Academic Affairs

Mary is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Wisconsin, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from DePaul University. She has participated in more than 1,000 deliveries over the past three decades. Mary is currently Birth Center Director of Clinical Operations at PCC Wellness Community Health Center, the first community health free-standing birth center in Illinois.  

Mary has worked with midwives in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, and internationally in Mexico and Malawi.  Her work as a World Health Organization fellow included studying maternal health and breastfeeding programs in the Netherlands and Great Britain. 

Her books include, More Than a Midwife: Stories of Grace, Glory, and Motherhood and the Doula Handbook. She is featured in the book, Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose by Betsy Storm. 


Laura Ehmann, MA

MMCI Chief Executive Officer and Student Affairs Director

Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Business Communication and has completed all the coursework in the Transformative Studies doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has vast experience in both the public and private sectors, including positions as Development Director of a public radio station, Research Specialist and Proposal Writer for a market research firm, and a Speech Instructor at a community college. Her experience in the health care field includes working as a Clinic Liaison with a mobile medical team serving homeless persons on the streets of Chicago, Mental Health Worker at a large urban psychiatric hospital, and Community Liaison with the Barbados Cancer Society as a Peace Corps volunteer. 


MMCI email (Laura Ehmann)


MMCI telephone
920.350.5856  (Laura Ehmann)


MMCI website


MMCI mailing address
Midwest Maternal Child Institute
c/o Laura Ehmann
422 W Madison St
Waterloo WI 53594


MMCI classroom location
Harambee Village

2423 American Ln, Madison, WI