AAMI - The Ancient Art...

AAMI – the Ancient Art of touching the future.

This quiz lets you know where you are in your journey in relation to this program.
There is no right or wrong, this is about finding the place where you will be on-fire without burning up.

The questions are a representation of the level of knowledge you would have after Midwifery Exploration.


Ancient Art Midwifery Institute


…was established in 1981 as The Apprentice Academics Midwifery Home Study Course.

Since then we have enrolled more than 2,600 students and revised our curriculum many times; we even changed our name – but we have never lost sight of our original vision for midwifery education.

Ancient Art Midwifery Institute is fundamentally dedicated to the promotion of midwifery as more than a contemporary profession. Midwifery really is an ancient art and we should not ever forget that there were smart, caring women who came before us. Our generation did not invent this profession and if we do not mess it up, it will continue to exist long after we are gone… When my days are done, I want to be known as someone who did what she could to hold the door open for the next generation of smart caring women who practice the ancient art of touching the future… read more

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Advanced Midwifery Studies

The curriculum is divided
into six sections…
…each with specific objectives
…received as a whole
…may be submitted in any order.


AAMI Extras

These extras are an excellent way to get a taste of the type of education that you will get in the Advanced Midwifery Studies program.

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Introduction to Midwifery is currently $399 and includes the Helping Hands ebook. You can enroll online in the AAMI store.

Introduction to Midwifery is a basic survey program for aspiring midwives and those who are investigating the possibility of a future in midwifery. Introduction to Midwifery is the PERFECT prerequisite to any midwifery program. It is not a basic or beginner course, but just as the name implies, an introduction and survey. It is also GREAT review for any midwife and will provide valuable information that will change the way you practice!

The primary required textbook is Helping Hands, The Apprentice Workbook by Carla Hartley (available as an ebook download from our store). Please keep in mind that there are other books and expenses required. Most applicants take 3-6 months to complete the program and the majority of those who complete the Introduction to Midwifery program go on to enroll in the Advanced Midwifery Studies (our 42 month program). Introduction to Midwifery is designed to provide the beginning student with an overview of the art and science of midwifery, as well as an opportunity to document her effort. It is beneficial as a prerequisite or complement to any midwifery course.

Introduction to Midwifery’s academic documentation requirements include:
book reviews :: 2 video reviews (form provided) :: investigation of local resources and a report on the legal climate :: examination of the current literature relating to birth and midwifery :: introduction to statistical analysis of home birth and midwifery data :: assignments in Helping Hands :: textbook survey :: Required Reading :: 100 question Study Test :: post test :: dedicated online study group :: evaluation & certificate.

ITM Certificates include vouchers for tuition discounts for enrollment in Advanced Midwifery Studies.

“I value the Introduction to Midwifery Program, not only for the very valuable information, but also for the organizational skills I am developing. I feel a great deal of self-confidence at having completed it. The material covered in the program gave me an idea of the broad spectrum of skills and information necessary for one to serve birthing women in a competent and compassionate manner.”

“This program covers much more ground than most ‘courses’ I know about. I was really confident about starting the 3-year course after finishing ITM and was glad to find I had already completed some of the requirements!”

“The three year course may not be for everyone, but I think that everyone who wants to be a midwife MUST enroll in Introduction to Midwifery. I know midwives who won’t even consider an apprentice unless she has taken ITM and now I know why!”

“I recently completed another 3 year program, and yet, just getting started on ITM showed me that my 3 year course was lacking! This is such a great way to learn. I wish I had found it first.”

Who should take Introduction to Midwifery, AAMI’s 6 month midwifery program?

  • Anyone who wants a short term project or commitment. Even experienced midwives will learn a lot with the program. Many doulas and childbirth educators take this course for the purpose of review and ongoing study.
  • Anyone who wants to add a certificate to their wall. We have a reputation for excellence that means that any certificate from Ancient Art Midwifery Institute is impressive. Our own graduates have added ITM to their list of credentials.
  • Anyone who is not sure that she wants to be a midwife. This course is designed to be a survey and introduction to the kind of information that must be covered in the study of midwifery. We always recommend that aspiring midwives, doulas or childbirth educators who are younger than college age should take Introduction to Midwifery first.

Should I take Introduction to Midwifery first and then apply for Advanced Midwifery Studies? This is a decision only you can make. I usually advise students who are absolutely positive that they want to become a midwife and they are ready for the intense learning experience that our Advanced course has to offer should go ahead and jump right in. If you have any hesitation, start with the 6 month program. If you complete it in 3 months (which is quite possible) there is an additional discount on immediate enrollment in Advanced Midwifery Studies.

Take this quiz – then look up the answers – if you got most of them correct without referring to any text, then maybe you should skip Introduction to Midwifery and consider enrolling in Advanced Midwifery Studies. If you miss several, then, I think that you would not be wasting your time with ITM. However, if you miss one it doesn’t mean that particular question is covered in the course… these test questions are just a representation of the general level of knowledge you would have after ITM.

Take the “So You Want To Be A Midwife” Quiz

How do I enroll in Introduction to Midwifery?

Complete this form.

From Patricia: “After the paper work is completed, every student of birth has the need to acquire an in depth knowledge of the practical skills necessary to advance in her training. The hands on nature of the skills lab will enable you to begin this part of your midwifery training. My focus with you will be to learn to develop an intuitive sense of caring for the pregnant woman and her family, incorporating these skills along with the obvious use of tools that you will use to serve families. Each phase of pregnancy and birth is covered in detail beginning with your initial contact with her and her family through the final postpartum visit. The focus will be on basic, practical midwifery that you can build on over years. We will work, hands on, with learning about what to expect in normal pregnancy, birth and postpartum as well as recognizing when complications are developing and what to do to normalize or refer as needed.”
If you have them available, please bring any basic tools you may already have, I.E., stethoscope, BP cuff, pinard etc.

Patricia Edmonds has been serving as a midwife since 1976. She received her initial training through a one year intensive program at the Northwestern School of Practical Midwifery. She gave birth twice at home in the early years of her service. She was a student at AAMI, served as a founding mother for the Oregon Midwifery Council, where she received her initial certification. She served as editor of “Birthing” the newsletter for Oregon’s midwifery community for 15 years. She became licensed and carried that license for 5 years before resigning it. She continues to serve as a midwife in her community, caring for the second generation of homebirth families in her service. Her focus now is to make an attempt to redirect and normalize midwifery back into a more traditional role of homebirth guardianship through teaching of which the AAMI skills labs play a major role.

Attendance at a Midwifery SkillsLab satisfies one of the Advanced Midwifery Studies Section 3 curriculum options.

No children are allowed, other than non-mobile nursing babies. Childcare could be arranged or not, as determined by the hostess based on need. You will most likely have to arrange for care of your own children. If you choose to bring your baby, you should understand that if s/he is very young or one who needs a lot of attention, you will not gain optimal benefit from the class. I may ask that you take your baby to another room if s/he becomes fussy for longer than a short period of time, in which case you will miss part of the content. Additionally, it is not fair to expect that other participants will watch your baby repeatedly while you do your skills practice, although we are often willing to do so. However, there are skills that we all do as a group (e.g. suturing), so no one will be available during those times. I know this sounds extremely harsh, and is certainly not in keeping with the baby-love we all feel as midwives, but I feel it is only fair to make this clear before you register for the MSL.

Please feel free to contact your hostess or myself with any questions you might have. You can reach me here. If you would like to schedule a Skills Lab, please contact Ranni. Thank you for your interest in the Midwifery SkillsLab.

AAMI’s Oxytocin ISM is offered twice year. It’s a 6-week course for those interested in oxytocin’s special role in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and bonding.

Course requirements:
• Read about and research oxytocin (study material suggestions provided)
• Answer and submit questions in the study module
• Participate in small group discussions
• Complete 2 teaching projects (personal and group involvement)
• Final exam submission

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, participants receive an “Oxytocin Enthusiast” certificate.

*FaceBook account required! All class discussion and information takes place on FaceBook.

Contact Ranni, for an application at aamioptions@gmail.com.

Cost: $90 (Paypal: paywithpaypal@ancientartmidwifery.com) (AAMI students will receive a $50 credit upon the completion of this class.)

Recommended reading: (these books are not required, but highly recommended)
The Oxytocin Factor, by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg
The Functions of the Orgasms, by Michel Odent
The Chemistry of Connection, by Susan Kuchinskas

Learn how to enhance… rather than interrupt the “There You Are” stage while mamma and baby reconnect.

Learn how something as seemingly benign as putting a hat on a newborn, could actually precipitate a hemorrhage…

May 1st though June 1st

4 week online class

$40/$10 for AMS students

Send payment through PayPal topaywithpaypal@ancientartmidwifery.com,
then email aamioptions@gmail.com to sign up.

Here’s how it works:Sign up for the phone quiz by emailing either your phone number/time zone, or if you are outside the U.S., your Skype identity/time zone, to aamiacademicadvantage@gmail.com and I put you on my list of contestants.

I simply contact the next person (YOU) on the list- sometime after 9am (YOUR time).

How often does the quiz happen? Generally, the Phone Quiz happens once a week, unless there are no more names left on the list.

What’s on the quiz? When you take a fun fifteen minute quiz break with me, I ask 10 questions with a mix of birth-related topics covered.

What’s the prize? For each correct answer, the participant receives $2 AAMI shop credit.

(Think about it- 10 questions at $2/correct answer… that can add up! You can put your shop credit toward wonderful items- and I, personally, always recommend the mp3’s because they are SUCH a great value and support your birth-trusting knowledge base so well!)

What if I get all the answers correct? Then not only do you get your AAMI shop credit, but your name is entered into the general quarterly drawing for a different prize.

How do I get my prize? After our phone quiz chat, I will send you an email ASAP, with information about getting your prize – usually within 24-48 hours.

Everyone wins! You may learn something new (WIN!) or maybe you’ll find out you know more than you think (WIN!)

It’s always fun and I love connecting with you! I’ll put up a weekly reminder about signing up, with a note that I spoke to another winner. I respect your privacy and will not announce names. You, however, are very welcome to comment on your experience in that thread.

NOTE: If you do not have your phone on, I can’t reach you. If you have a best time to be reached, let me know and I’ll make sure I get you then, but please know… if I have tried to reach you 3 times with no success… I’m moving on down the list.

If there is no one on the left on my list, I can’t call anyone, so sign on up!

Don’t be afraid! Remember: it’s a fun fifteen minutes (or less!) it’s free and YOU (yes, YOU!) can win a GREAT prize!

From the Founder

[A letter to you from 2013]

Having passed the 32 year mark with Ancient Art Midwifery Institute, I am in a phase of reflection. There was a time when my promotional efforts were geared toward financial survival. However, the promotional efforts for the past few years are motivated by my extreme enthusiasm for what we offer. We continually add or refine more benefits and options, enhance our support and revise the curriculum. The program is so much better than it was even a year ago. I get so excited just making a list of all the new ways we have devised to help our students research, discern, file and even retain all things “birth.”

But what really feeds my soul is the feedback from students about how the total program is life-changing, stretching them in ways they did not expect. We don’t teach a student a checklist of what one needs to know to be a midwife; rather we walk with her as she BECOMES a midwife. We address so many issues other than pregnancy, birth and babies that are relevant to midwifery: character, integrity, logic and reasoning, communication skills, decision making, organization and time management, study skills, navigating the apprenticeship and preparation for practice. And at the same time we approach everything academic from a non-academia mindset… read more

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