Mary Sommers, CPM, MPS. Mary is the President and Director of Academic Affairs of the Midwest Maternal Child Institute. She is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Wisconsin, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from DePaul University. Mary has many years of experience and the wisdom that comes from participating in more than 1,000 deliveries over the past three decades. Early in her career, she co-founded Chicago Community Midwives, a not-for-profit homebirth service. Mary has since worked as a midwife, doula and lactation consultant for various private practices in the Chicago area, and has directed several nurse-midwifery practices. Mary was a World Health Organization fellow, studying maternal health and breastfeeding programs in the Netherlands and Great Britain. She has worked for more than twenty-five years in community health as an administrator and director of maternal child health programs. Through MMCI and her various administrative roles in community health, Mary has educated and supervised numerous midwifery students and doulas.  She has worked in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, and has international experience working with midwives in Mexico and Malawi. Mary is the author of More Than a Midwife: Stories of Grace, Glory, and Motherhood and the Doula Handbook, and is featured in the book, Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose by Betsy Storm.


Laura Ehmann, MA. Laura is the Chief Executive Officer and Student Affairs Director of the Midwest Maternal Child Institute. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Communication and has completed all the coursework in the Transformative Studies doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Laura has vast experience in both the public and private sectors, including positions as Development Director of a public radio station, Research Specialist and Proposal Writer for a market research firm, and a Speech Instructor at a community college. Her experience in the health care field includes working as a Clinic Liaison with a mobile medical team serving homeless persons on the streets of Chicago, Mental Health Worker at a large psychiatric hospital, and Community Liaison with the Barbados Cancer Society as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her sense of adventure has led her to jobs in Antarctica working for the National Science Foundation and a Native American Reservation teaching young Native American men and women how to operate chainsaws and build wheelchair accessibility ramps. Her passion is for systems thinking and creative transformation in everyday life: learning, working, creating and loving.




Useful Links

MMCI CPM Program and admission requirements



List of classes


Sample class schedule

Tuition and fees




Reading list