Heart & Hands Coursework is comprised of ten beginning and three advanced modules. It provides an integrated overview of core knowledge and skills for midwifery practice and lays the foundation for more in depth studies during the remainder of the academic program.

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The Heart & Hands modules are provided to you in two documents, the Beginning/Intermediate Modules and the Advanced Modules.

In both the Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced Heart & Hands Coursework, modules must be completed and submitted in order, with any necessary corrections completed and a passing rubric score achieved before moving to the next module. 

Required Reading

Both Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced Heart & Hands Coursework have book lists of required reading. Prior to beginning your work, you will need to obtain these texts in order to complete your assignments.

When you first open your modules, please take the time to carefully read the following:

  • Introduction to the Modules. This provides critical information on how to best approach assignments, how your work is evaluated, and how to interact with the instructor. Reading this introductory material before you begin will save you a lot of time in the long run!

Beginning/Intermediate Heart & Hands Modules

(To access the following modules, please click the link in red, above.)

1. Orientation to Midwifery

2. Prenatal Care, Part I

3. Prenatal Care, Part II

4. Complications of Pregnancy

5. Labor Facilitation and Assessment

6. Normal Delivery & Immediate Care of the Newborn

7. Complications of Labor, Part I 

8. Complications of Labor & Delivery, Part II

9. Postpartum Care and Suturing

10. Professional Opportunities and Summary

Advanced Heart & Hands Modules

(To access the following modules, please click the link in red, above.)

1. Non-Pregnant Client Assessment & Initial Interview

2. Prenatal Care, Applied

3. Labor and Postpartum Care, and Lab Work, Applied


Once you have successfully completed both Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced Heart & Hands Coursework, instructor Elizabeth Davis will email Study Group Instructor Erin Ryan, who will send you the link to the Pretest.

The Pretest must be taken prior to beginning Study Group Coursework. You may find many questions challenging or answers unknown, but please don’t be discouraged; you will have a chance to take this test again, after you complete the Study Group Coursework. This test aids Coursework Instructors and Educational Directors in assessing academic progress and determining appropriate coursework revisions.

The Pretest is taken online and consists primarily of multiple choice questions, with several short answer questions and a few fill-in-the-blank items. You will have plenty of time to complete the exam, but as it is a timed test, use your time wisely.

Note: You will not receive your score after completing the Pretest, but you will find out how much your knowledge has grown when you take the exam again upon completion of Study Group and we provide you both scores.

Final Evaluation

All students enrolled in NMI's Certificate Program are required to submit the following form upon completion of Advanced Heart & Hands:

Please complete and submit by email to the NMI office

Thank you for your participation in the Heart & Hands Course Work!