Birth is a sacred and natural process.

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Offering Midwifery Classes and Workshops since 2000
Beth Anne Moonstone, Director, Midwife , CPM, MA.ED
37 Thayer Street Amherst, MA 01002
  email: beth at

Please check out the course brochures listed below for more details. You may also request information by sending email to


WomanCraft Midwifery Education Program

4-day Intensive Midwifery Assistant Workshop

Amherst, MA   April 11-14 2019   Thursday 11am to Sunday 6pm

Thank you for interest in the WomanCraft 4-Day Midwifery Assistant Workshop. This is an opportunity to spend a long weekend immersed in midwifery and birth, learn and practice valuable clinical skills. This workshop is ideal for anyone considering studying to be a midwife, apprentice and student midwives who are looking to gain valuable assisting skills and doulas who would like to learn more about midwifery and birth.

THE COURSE: Cost: $650.00 per participant (does not include books, basic supplies).

4 intensive days of midwifery knowledge and hands-on skills practice. Students will receive a certificate of completion is they attend all class sessions. Class will meet each day until 6pm and have an evening session on Saturday from 7-9pm.

Healthy snacks, juice, coffee and tea will be provided each day. Students are responsible for their own evening meals and any addition food they may need but are welcome to use the kitchen to heat, cook or store food. Students who commute should attend all class sessions.

There are several reasonably priced hotels 10 minutes away in Hadley, MA. Students also have the option to "camp” in our yurt classroom There is a wood stove and electricity. Accommodations are rustic, sleeping bag on the floor style but there is access to a bathroom, shower, and use of the kitchen. Many students like to stay overnight and spend our non class time together as a group. Nursing babies under age 1 are welcome at the workshop.

TO REGISTER: There is a $250. non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot in the workshop. This must be paid via Paypal, cashiers check or money order. The remainder of your fee, $400. is payable on or before the day of the workshop via Paypal, cashier's check, money order or cash. No personal checks are accepted. You are not officially considered registered until your deposit is paid and you have received a confirmation email. You may contact me at
Required books and supplies: Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis and the WomanCraft Beginning Midwifery Kit available at (optional)

Topic to be covered:

  • The Life of a Midwife

  • Routes to Midwifery training

  • Apprenticeships and Opportunities

  • NARM PEP Process and State Regulations

  • Assisting a Midwife

  • Anatomy for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth

  • Leopold's Maneuvers

  • Fetal Heart Tones

  • Prenatal Care Skills

  • Normal Labor and Birth

Skills to be covered:

  • Physical exam skills including:

blood pressure, pulse, respirations, reflexes, heart, lungs, CVAT, edema

  • Universal Precautions

  • Medical charting

  • Nagele's Rule

  • Gestation Wheel

  • Feto-Pelvic Relationships

  • Complication Q&A

  • Vaginal Exams

Use the link below to register and pay your deposit


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Join the 2019 Midwifery Studies Class

WomanCraft blends a holistic woman-centered, family-center philosophy of care with in-depth academic knowledge, technical and experiential hands-on skills, and clinical research. Our programs are designed to provide a strong foundation for aspiring midwives and apprenticing midwives. WomanCraft honors and encourages the tradition of apprenticeship within midwifery.

WomanCraft programs provide a strong academic foundation for those seeking to become traditional homebirth midwives. We believe that there are many paths to midwifery and many different types of midwives. WomanCraft honors student midwives from a wide range backgrounds and seeks to support them in their path towards midwifery. In addition to your academic training you will also need to complete an apprenticeship period with a senior midwife. WomanCraft can not provide or guarantee apprenticeships.

Our program follows the core competency document designed by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) as the standard body of knowledge necessary for the entry level midwife. Students can elect to work towards the national certification of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the National Registry of Midwives (NARM). Students would need to complete additional clinical hours, requirements and an apprenticeship for the PEP process. Please see the NARM Website for more information.

WomanCraft Mission Statement:

  • To provide a nourishing interactive learning environment for women to study holistic midwifery
  • To preserve the apprenticeship model of training and the age old tradition of woman to woman, mother to mother passage of knowledge
  • To allow women who cannot afford the growing cost of formal midwifery school and/or the time away from their children a route to study midwifery

NEW! Rolling admission. Join our 2019 class today! To register please fill out an application today.
$1500. Monthly payment plans are available. (Pay $125. a month for 12 months)
12 month class utilizing online lectures, review quizzes, discussion forums with other students, skills study and in-depth academics.

Online Course Outlinelogo

  • Life of a Midwife, Medical Histories, Physical Exam Skills
  • 1st Trimester, Embryology, Human Fertility
  • 2nd & 3rd Trimester, Prenatal Care, Pregnant Moms to Visit Class
  • Anatomy for Midwives, Vaginal Exams
    Normal Labor and Birth
  • Labwork for Midwives, Nutrition
  • Newborn Exams, the Postpartum Period, Breastfeeding
  • Complications & Alternative Presentation, Skills Exam
  • Cultural Competency Training (online)

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