Amy Duncan

2008 Corn Mother Honoree


Amy Duncan spent her childhood in a small mountain town on the California-Oregon border. She grew up surrounded by a strong extended Swiss-Italian family and a wealth of female influences—mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and aunties. In 1994, she attended her first birth, just to help a friend. To her surprise, she felt the calling of the ancient art of midwifery wrapped around her at that time. In Amy’s words, “The more I tried to deny it, the more it pulled.”
Amy spent seven years studying and apprenticing in hospitals and clinics throughout Guatemala, Jamaica, and the American Southwest. She obtained a license as a midwife in the state of New Mexico, and a national certificate as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She also works with plant medicines. Amy and her husband raised their two children on an organic farm in Gila, New Mexico, where she founded the Generation Birth and Family Center in Silver City, New Mexico.



There is nothing in this world that hasn’t nourished our growthin one way or another.

— Ammachi

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