"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


Shannon Anton

NMI Co-Founder

Shannon Anton CPM, LM has been a women’s health care advocate since 1978, and was certified as a massage therapist in 1988. She is an apprentice-trained midwife, certified in 1992 by the California Association of Midwives (CAM) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 1995. She piloted the initial California Midwifery Licensing Challenge Mechanism and earned California midwifery license number five. She served the CAM Board as regional representative, certification administrator and treasurer for the legislative committee. She was CAM representative to the NARM Certification Task Force during the consensus-based creation of the CPM credential. She was nominated to the NARM Board in 1993 and currently serves as NARM Director of Accountability. She attended US MERA 2014 and 2015 meetings and serves on the US MERA Equity Task Force. She was a founding member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective in San Francisco and former co-owner of Medea Books. She and her life partner live in rural Vermont.


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


Emily Bissonnette  

Program Administrator

Emily Bissonnette began working with National Midwifery Institute in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in permaculture design, and has a diverse professional and personal background including outdoor education, counseling, baking, and visual art. Emily is a home birth parent and supporter of midwives and their clients. She lives in rural Vermont with her partner and daughter.



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

~ an NMI Student