"You have been an amazing teacher throughout my time with NMI. Everybody has. It is clear why NMI has an extremely high rate of students who become certified!" ~ an NMI student

Elizabeth Davis

NMI Co-Founder, Program Co-Director, Educational Co-Director, Heart & Hands Course Work Instructor

A renowned expert on women’s issues, Elizabeth Davis CPM has been a midwife, women’s health care specialist, educator and consultant since 1977. She is internationally active in promoting woman-centered and pregnant person-centered birth and is widely sought after for her expertise in midwifery education and organizational development. Her mission is to promote an integrated view of birth, sexuality, family and ecology. 
She served as a representative to the Midwives Alliance of North America for five years and as President of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council for the United States. She holds a degree in Holistic Maternity Care from Antioch University, and is certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. She is co-founder of the National Midwifery Institute, Inc., and the author and instructor of Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensives and Heart & Hands Course Work
Her books, with over a dozen international editions, include the classic Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (now in its 5th edition); Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience; The Women’s Wheel of Life; and The Rhythms of Women’s Desire: How Female Sexuality Unfolds at Every Stage of Life.



Erin Ryan

Program Co-Director, Educational Co-Director, Study Group Course Work Instructor

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1995, Erin Ryan CPM, LM began her pursuit of midwifery. She attended NMI and passed the NARM in 2001. She has had a home birth practice since then and in that time she has attended over 900 births, working throughout the US as well as rural clinics in Bali. She completed her masters in public health in 2017 also at UC Berkeley- Go Bears!- to support her ongoing global work.

Erin has seen babies born in many different environments, and she has worked with parents and families from many different cultures from all corners of the globe. In all circumstances, the constant has been loving care and respect for the mothers and pregnant people Erin works with. 

Erin's Vermont home birth midwifery practice can be found at Starry Night Midwife. You can learn more about her global project consulting work here


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Molly Dutton-Kenny

Clinical Director

Molly Dutton-Kenny, CPM, RM is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute, a NARM preceptor, and a currently practicing Registered Midwife in Ontario, Canada. She has studied and practiced midwifery in homes, birth centers, and hospitals in the United States, India, Mali, Guinea, and Canada. After becoming a CPM in the United States, Molly completed the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (bridging program) in order to work in Ontario, Canada. She makes her home in Milton, Ontario with her family.

The Clinical Director specifically focuses on helping students complete and document their clinical experiences, moderate challenges between students and preceptors, assist students in finding clinical apprenticeships, and more. Current projects include simplifying & modernizing the experience documentation forms, and the preceptor registry to better match preceptors and students seeking experience. If you have questions about your clinical experiences, paperwork, preceptors, and more, please contact Molly!



Leah Hamilton

Program Administrator

Leah Hamilton joined NMI in 2019 as the Program Administrator in our Middlebury office. Prior to NMI, Leah worked for the Workplace Giving Alliance for 14 years managing the admissions department. Leah helped develop and implement various databases and technologies to streamline the annual application process for member charities and the review process for staff.

Leah is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University. She was born in Costa Rica and spent most of her early years in South America. Leah lives in Vermont with her husband and their three children, a cat, a dog, and chickens.



“Thank you for your care and commitment to teaching us with integrity and holism.”

~ an NMI Student