Birth is a sacred and natural process. Women already have the wisdom within them to give birth.
Beth Anne Moonstone, Director, Midwife , CPM
37 Thayer Street Amherst, MA 01002
413.230.3918 email: beth at womancraft.org
The WomanCraft Midwifery Education Program
3-day Beginning Midwifery Retreat Weekends held every spring and fall in Amherst, MA
TRAVELING 3-day Beginning Midwifery Workshop (click here for information on how to sponsor a workshop in your town!)
Our 2013 Workshop Schedule including NRP, Birth Emergency Skills Training, Integrative Pelvic Care, Suturing and Reiki
Our website is undergoing some updates and changes as we work to expand our programs. If you have any questions or need more information please email email@example.com
To provide a nourishing interactive learning environment for women to study holistic midwifery including midwifery art, academic, technical and clinical knowledge.
To preserve the apprenticeship model of training and the age old tradition of woman to woman, mother to mother passage of knowledge
To provide affordability, structure and a format that allows women from diverse backgrounds, ages, family status and financial status a route to study midwifery.
WomanCraft 2013 Workshop Schedule - includes NNR, BEST Training, Suturing, Reiki and Integrative Pelvic Care
- TRAVELING Beginning Midwifery 3-Day Workshop click here for locations and dates- March 2013
For a detailed information on these courses including a brochure and outline or to register for a program click here
Direct Entry Midwifery
Typically Direct Entry Midwives (DEM) attend women who seek to give birth at home. Midwives of this nature are usually deeply connected to their community and have strong ties with other parents, providers, and midwives within their community. A Direct-Entry Midwife is an independent practitioner. DEMs acquire their skills through apprenticeships with other midwives, self study, and/or through a structured midwifery school or program. Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy, labor and birth. Direct entry midwives carefully screen their clients for risk factors and encourage them to seek physician backup when needed. DEMs also are trained to recognize complications and call for assistance when necessary. A Direct-Entry Midwife is trained to provide continuous quality care (see Midwifery Model of Care below) to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing years. CPM are direct entry midwives but not all direct entry midwives choose to be CPMs.
Certified Professional Midwife - (definition courtesy of MANA -see http://www.mana.org)
A Certified Professional Midwife is an independent practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwifery Model of Care. The NARM certification process recognizes multiple routes of entry into midwifery and includes verification of knowledge and skills and the successful completion of both a Written Examination and a Skills Assessment. The CPM credential requires training in out- of-hospital births. (MANA 9/5/96)
Midwifery Model of Care(definition courtesy of MANA -see http://www.mana.org)
The Midwifery Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwifery 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. The application of this woman-centered model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.(MANA 5/15/96)