Traditional Midwifery Education Classes

Mamma Primitiva Traditional Midwifery Program


With the greatest of respect, I chose the name

 Mamma Primitiva Educational Program.

Mammana was the name given to the midwife in the dialect of my ancestors, the people of Sicilia, coming from the Northern Africans, the Sicani. It comes from the word, Mamma.

Mamma is a primal sound. The aaaa in mamma is the primal sound that mothers make when they birth their babies and mamma is name that babies give to their mothers.

The word Mamma is connected to the breath, the life force, that connects us to our ancestors and to the greatest of all mamma, mother earth.

Primitiva predates the concept of traditional, and represents the original ceremony of birthing in the most primal way. Primitiva shares the same root as primal.

ALL PROCEEDS from TUITION AND DONATIONS from Mamma Primitiva go to support safe birth at home. 

Mamma Primitiva Advisory Board supports the mission of the Traditional Midwifery Council 

We support traditional midwives, apprentices and the diversity of cultural/indigenous practitioners to preserve traditional midwifery and cultural/indigenous sovereignty. We collaborate with other natural practitioners to create a working model for continuity of healthcare in our communities. We are a broad collaboration of practitioners and families working to promote food, land and cultural sovereignty. We realize that each woman has a central role in all aspects of her ceremony of birth. Promoting non-traumatic healthy birth is the beginning of the many challenges we face. We support access to relevant diverse healthcare options throughout life. It is a right for people to affect change in their surroundings that protect and promote ancestral knowledge. 


Volunteer Advisory Board and teachers

Clare Loprinzi, Traditional Midwife

Chonitia Suhailah Traditional Miidwife

Louise Benally, Environmental and human rights activist

Dr. Jade Patti McGaff, MD,OB/GYN

Dr. Misha Kassel, MD, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Joseph Kassel, ND, LAc

Amy Bidrman, Yoga and Bradley Method