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Childbirth Educator Training and Certification

About Childbirth Educator Training

Becoming a Childbirth Educator (Antenatal Teacher) is a life-changing experience. It’s rewarding to see how, in just a few classes, you can change the process of birth, improve outcomes and help clients feel empowered to become the parents they want to be. CBI childbirth educators do more than just pass on information to expectant parents. At CBI, our educators understand how to teach the skills needed for making informed choices, putting a plan in place for tackling unexpected situations, gaining decision-making capabilities and the confidence to communicate these to caregivers. During your ANCC accredited online childbirth educator training, you’ll learn how to teach these skills during classes while making them fun and interactive.

Clients need more than information on the process of birth and medical interventions to have the births they hope for. As a student, you’ll develop strong communication capability, learning the critical skills of reflective practice and active listening, and learn why these are so important. You’ll also gain a full understanding of how to help clients have realistic expectations and get the birth they want – using a unique blend of skills & models developed by Childbirth International. You’ll explore a multitude of different teaching techniques, focusing on active teaching skills that eliminate the need for long and boring lecture sessions.

A ready-made curriculum is included in your course. You will also learn how to develop your own teaching plan and curriculum to suit the unique needs of your clients and your personal preferences & style. The Business of Birth module will give you the skills and knowledge to launch or grow your practice so it can meet your personal goals.

Certification: Certified Childbirth Educator, Diploma of Childbirth Education (Dip CBEd)

Duration: 10-15 months

Time Limit: None

Delivery: Online

Cost: From $905 or 5 payments of $191

Refunds: Full refund within 2 days, less administration fee ($50)

One Payment: US$945 (printed manuals + online access)

Green Option: US$905 (online only – no shipping)

Five Installments: US$199 per month (printed manuals + online access) or US$191 per month (online only)

Payment plans (5 installments) include an administration fee of $10 per month.

If you choose the payment plan and the printed manual option, you will have immediate access to the course manuals on the student website and your paper manuals will be sent to you when the final payment is made.

  • Reflective Practice Assignment
  • Physiology exams (online, open book)
  • Observe 4 hours of childbirth classes
  • Prepare a teaching plan
  • Teach six hours of classes (to 2 or more pregnant individuals)
  • Childbirth Education Survey
  • Case Studies
  • Book reviews for 3 books
  • Module evaluations

Five Payments

US$ 199

per month for 5 monthsPay over five easy monthly installments with online access immediately and your paper manuals will be sent to you when the final payment is made. Monthly payments include an admin fee of $10.

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One PaymentMost Popular

US$ 945

Single PaymentPay one single payment and receive your paper manuals as well as online access through the student website.

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Green Option

US$ 905

one paymentBe gentle on the environment! Complete your course online and save money and trees! The Green Option is also available in monthly installments for $191 per month for 5 months.

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Course Syllabus

No other childbirth educator training program covers the same depth of topics as you’ll cover with Childbirth International. In addition to the teaching skills required as a Childbirth Educator, we also focus on strengthening your knowledge base of pregnancy and birth, developing communication skills, and building or growing your business.

Your training program includes four modules:

  • Communication Skills
  • Physiology in Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum
  • Being a Childbirth Educator
  • Building Your Business

Take a look at the topics below that are covered in your childbirth educator training. If you prefer to read it later, you can download the syllabus.

Communication Skills

Enhancing your communication skills enables you to build strong relationships with clients and caregivers alike. Many of you will work in challenging environments. During the course, you’ll explore these challenges and develop skills in building relationships with caregivers, without compromising your professionalism or your client’s wishes.

At the heart of every CBI training and certification program is reflective practice. But what exactly is “reflective practice”?

At its simplest, reflective practice is looking at what you’ve done, or didn’t do, and reflecting on it. In relation to CBI training, though, it’s so much more. Reflective practice is about examining choices and decisions, considering them from different perspectives, thinking about alternatives, learning from them, and then applying that learning to your work. It demonstrates best practice in continuing education, increases confidence and professionalism. It’s an incredibly valuable skill that you can pass on to your clients and help them to assimilate their experiences.

All CBI training programs have an ongoing reflective practice focus. In every assignment you submit, this will be evaluated by your trainer, providing you with feedback on this aspect and help you to see your own growth in this area. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the language you use, your participation in discussions and how you approach every aspect of your work.

At the end of this module, you’ll write a reflective essay that will be reviewed by your trainer who’ll provide feedback and assessment.

Topics in this module

  • effective communication
  • language and communication
  • active listening skills
  • reflective practice and debriefing
  • diversity & cultural humility
  • evidence-based care and informed choice
  • grief and loss
  • professional practice
  • perspective and recognition

Pregnancy, Birth and Early Postpartum

Understanding the normal physiology of pregnancy, labor, birth and the early postpartum period provides you with the foundation essential for working with pregnant clients. The physiology module begins with the female menstrual cycle, pregnancy and the stages of fetal development. It then explores the normal processes during labor and birth, and the early postpartum period.

Once you have a solid knowledge base on normal physiology, you can then dig deeper into understanding the concepts of active and expectant management of labor, and the common routine procedures that may be suggested by caregivers.

This module will also cover the importance of nutrition and exercise during pregnancy and the risks of nutrition-related illnesses. We will explore the concept of pain during labor, its physiological purpose, and options available for pain relief.

With up to one-third of people having cesareans, it is important to understand the process of cesarean birth, ways to minimize the risk of a cesarean and the issues related to vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).

As a childbirth educator you will be teaching the basics of lactation and breastfeeding. You will develop an understanding of lactation and discover tips and suggestions on helping clients with some of the more common breastfeeding problems. Finally, you will look at prenatal testing and screening, and the ethical issues related to this.

Topics in this module

  • physiology of pregnancy
  • physiology of labor
  • postpartum period
  • nutrition and exercise
  • pain in labor
  • management of labor
  • routine procedures during labor
  • cesarean and VBAC
  • introduction to lactation
  • prenatal testing and screening

Being a Childbirth Educator

Develop your teaching skills as an educator, enabling you to provide the best childbirth classes possible, and identify strategies for managing different teaching situations. You’ll learn how to develop a teaching plan, and how to confidently provide classes that develop skills, are informative and fun. In addition, a teaching plan is provided for you to use or modify. This module is packed with ideas on how to teach different topics in a way that really helps parents during labor, birth and the early days of parenting. During this module, you’ll submit reviews on three books, a survey, your reflections on a course that you observe, key components of a teaching plan, and evaluations of your own teaching. These will all be reviewed and assessed by your trainer.

Topics in this module

  • recognizing perspectives on birth
  • learning styles
  • planning and structuring a course
  • active teaching
  • adult teaching principles
  • teaching partners and other supporters
  • addressing your audience’s needs
  • managing communication in a childbirth class
  • using visual aids effectively
  • alternative class formats
  • teaching ideas for knowledge and information sharing
  • teaching ideas for communication skills development
  • teaching ideas for parenting issues
  • evaluating your teaching

Building Your Business

The Building Your Business module provides you with everything you need to know about starting up, or growing, your business. We take away the daunting aspects of running a business and help you to find strategies to get started. With this in mind, our easy step-by-step process will soon have you on track with a business plan (that you understand!) and all the documentation you need for success.

This is an optional module and does not include any assignments. However, some students prefer to have more guidance. For this reason, we offer three different mentorship options that you can choose from.

Topics in this module

  • becoming a birth and parenting professional
  • determine your personal and business goals
  • learn marketing strategies such as segmentation, targeting, and positioning
  • develop a customer profile
  • analyze your competitors
  • determine your unique selling point
  • identify ways to broaden your products and services
  • develop your brand
  • learn the basics of website design
  • develop a social media strategy
  • determine your advertising approach
  • learn how to carry out financial analysis and avoid debt
  • understand the different options for a legal business structure
  • time management and ways to deal with work stresses

I have enjoyed every aspect of my training - from signing up to turning in my final paper. I think the website was perfect and very easy to navigate to turn my work in. My trainer was so supportive and encouraging. She answered all my questions clearly and in a timely manner. While writing my paper she always took the time to encourage me. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to have her as my trainer and I'm looking forward to working with her again in the future.

Michelle, Illinois, USA

Oh where to begin! I actually took this course to deepen my own personal knowledge of the birth process and discovered a whole new career change. I enjoyed that there was no pressure on when to have things completed and I could fit this in with my other committments.

Justine, NT, Australia

I love the flexibility of being able to learn at my own pace. I can take some time to step back, implement what I have learned and then go back to it. I am surprised at how thorough the training is - CBI is truly thorough and comprehensive. I feel like I am being well educated. It has prepared me with well rounded knowledge. It has helped me examine myself, my teaching style and my work as a doula. My trainer is fabulous - when I stray for a while she contacts me and gets me back on track.

Carmen, BC, Canada

I was happy to find training to become a childbirth educator that I could do over the internet and which had a larger world and cultural view then North America. It was a great course. I appreciate all the learning I have received through this course. I felt I learned so much about myself and others through the communication module. I believe I understand much more about effective and reflective communicating and how to process through things to understand myself and others better. I enjoyed the emphasis on empowering women to make decisions and choices for the benefit of getting the birth they choose and desire for themselves. Personally, I look forward to educating and empowering women with the principles of CBI. I believe there is a great need in this area of the world for childbirth education and look forward to make a difference.

Rachel, Himachal Pradesh, India

Every time I had a question all I had to do was ask - I could ask ANYTHING and my trainer was always right there to help me out. An amazing group of people to train with.

Bobbi-Jo, New York, USA

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Questions About Childbirth Educator Training?

Is this course accredited or recognized?

Yes!! Childbirth International Training is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. We are the only doula training organization to have been accredited with distinction by the ANCC. Your final certificate will show the continuing education hours and can be used for any organization that recognizes ANCC continuing nurse education hours. Read more about our accreditation.

Do you have discounts or scholarships available??

We do not offer scholarships at this point in time. We do, however, have a number of discounts. Existing students and graduates receive a 15% discount on all subsequent courses that they purchase. If you purchase more than one course together, a discount of 15-25% is available. We offer group discounts for friends or work colleagues who register for the same course together. Our Green option allows you to reduce the cost of training by working online. In addition, we have payment plans available to enable you to pay for your course over five months.

Do you provide a teaching plan?

Yes, we do! We have a sample teaching plan that you are welcome to use in your childbirth classes, or modify to suit your clients. You will also walk through the process of developing a teaching plan so you can create one that is unique to you and your client’s needs.

Do I have teach any particular topics?

Not at all. You have complete freedom to chose the topic that are appropriate for your clients. With this in mind, we guide you through many different teaching ideas so you can identify the topics that would suit you and the style of classes that you are teaching.