Mary Sommers, CPM, MPS. Mary is the Academic Affairs Director 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. She is currently Director of Birth Center Operations and Maternal Child Health Programs at PCC Community Wellness Center in Berwyn, Illinois.


Mary has many years of experience and the wisdom that comes from participating in more than 1,700 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 been a director of several nurse-midwifery practices and birth centers. 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. She 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 Online Student Success Coach at a community college, Development Director at a public radio station, Program Director of an arts and cultural center and Research Specialist for a market research firm. 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.