Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensives
Elizabeth Davis, Director/Instructor
The HEART & HANDS MIDWIFERY INTENSIVES course was founded by Elizabeth Davis in 1982, at the request of birth assistants seeking to acquire practical midwifery skills. Over the years and by demand, the course evolved to include basic introductory information and emphasis on the intuitive, interpersonal skills essential to effective midwifery care. The purpose of the HEART & HANDS MIDWIFERY INTENSIVES course is to provide students with a strong and integrated foundation in the art and science of midwifery.
HEART & HANDS MIDWIFERY INTENSIVES are ideal for women interested in discovering their unique relationship to the art and practice of midwifery. Students in the health field, psychotherapists, nutritionists, body-workers, mothers—anyone who desires to empower women and their supporters in the act of giving birth is welcome to attend. The class is designed to accommodate students at various levels of sophistication. No prerequisites—beginners are always welcome!
HEART & HANDS class is designed to encourage students to incorporate life experience in their learning process. We work in circle, and support each other’s work empathetically, in an open, egalitarian fashion. Groups are small: close personal attention enables students to integrate theory with practice as they consult with their peers.
Also available is HEART & HANDS course work for distance students. Ten beginning and three advanced modules combine academic material with many self-directed activities of classroom learning.
- History and Politics of Midwifery
- Prenatal Care and Complications
- Counseling and Communication Skills
- Intuition, Shamanic Midwifery, Boundaries in Caregiving
- Nutritional Counseling
- Sexuality in the Childbearing Cycle, Sexual Abuse Issues
- Facilitating Labor and Assisting Physiologic Birth
- Labor Complications and Transport
- Perineal Assessment and Repair
- Newborn Complications and Neonatal Testing
- Postpartum Care, Breastfeeding, and Maternal Adjustment
- Homeopathy and Herbs in Pregnancy and Birth
- Licensing in California and National Certification
Onsite, students have hands-on practice of blood pressure, pulse and fundal height assessments, fetal heart auscultation and palpation, pelvic and cervical examination, nutritional analysis, intramuscular injections, and suturing.
Demonstrations are made of set-up for delivery, perineal support and newborn exam. Hand maneuvers for shoulder dystocia, posterior arrest, compound presentation, retained placenta, and breech birth are also demonstrated.
Distance students will find, whenever feasible, instructions in their modules for the self-directed acquisition of skills cited above.
Onsite course meets eight weekend days in San Rafael, CA (twenty minutes north of San Francisco). Tuition is $1775, payable with a $525 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (made out to Elizabeth Davis), with balance due in per class installments. Missed classes can be made up in any subsequent series (space permitting) for a fee of $75. Upon completion of the beginning course, students may enroll in the advanced course, which costs $725 and meets three weekend days in San Rafael, CA.
To register for the onsite beginning course, send your contact info (including email), a brief, birth-related bio (or resume), and deposit (made out to Elizabeth Davis), to 3201 Burnside Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472. I will email a confirmation letter with all the details.
Distance fees for the beginning course are the same as above but are payable in advance. Register by sending fees and the above info, but include a brief self-assessment of your ability to do distance learning. I will email the modules and send handout materials.
Distance students may attend on-site classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for $75 per class (fees subject to change without notice; check here for current rate). All fees are payable in advance; space is not guaranteed until fees are paid. Once space is confirmed, fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Certain classes are especially rich in hands-on practice–contact instructor for schedule and details.
Questions? Please call (800) 594-3644.
Letters of recommendation are available on request. Students seeking further instruction may wish to enroll in the National Midwifery Institute, Inc., a three-year program requiring the HEART & HANDS coursework.
ELIZABETH DAVIS, C.P.M., B.A. has been a midwife, educator, and women’s health specialist for over 30 years.
She served as Pacific Regional Representative and the Education Committee chair for the Midwives Alliance of North America, President of Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, and consultant to the State of California’s Alternative Birthing Methods Study. She holds a degree in Holistic Maternity Care, and is NARM certified. She is co-founder of the National Midwifery Institute, Inc.
Her books include:
Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience
Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (now in its 5th edition)
The Rhythms of Women’s Desire: How Female Sexuality Unfolds at Every Stage of Life
The Women’s Wheel of Life