Childbirth Educator Training & Certification

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 women feel empowered to become the mothers 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 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 online childbirth educator training, you’ll learn how to teach these skills during classes while making them fun and interactive.

Just teaching clients about the risks of medical intervention is not the way they’ll get the birth they’d hoped 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 in 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.

At the end of the course, you’ll have your own, tailor-made teaching plan, relevant to your personal preferences & style, and the profile of your clients. 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.

Prefer to download our syllabus and read it offline? Click to download the syllabus here.

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

Duration: 10-15 months

Time Limit: None

Delivery: Online

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

One Payment: US$915 (printed manuals + online access)

Green Option: US$885 (online only – no shipping)

Five Installments: US$193 per month (printed manuals + online access) or US$187 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 12 hours of childbirth classes
  • Prepare a teaching plan
  • Teach six hours of classes (to 2 or more pregnant women)
  • Birthing Services Survey
  • Case Studies
  • Book reviews for 5 books
  • Module evaluations

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

Five Payments

US$ 193

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US$ 915

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US$ 885

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Course Syllabus

No other childbirth educator course 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.

During your training you’ll cover four main topic areas:

  • Communication
  • Physiology
  • Being a Childbirth Educator
  • Business of Birth

Click on a topic area below to find out more. If you’d like to read the full syllabus, click here to download.

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 Communication

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


Understanding the normal physiology of pregnancy, labor, birth and the early postpartum period provides you with the foundation essential for working with pregnant women. 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 women 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 women 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 Physiology

  • 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 women during labor, birth and the early days of parenting. During this module you’ll submit reviews on five books, a survey, your reflections on a course that you observe, key components of a teaching plan, evaluations of your own teaching and a reflective evaluation of the module. These will all be reviewed and assessed by your trainer.

Topics in Being a Childbirth Educator

  • 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

Business of Birth

The Business of Birth provides you with everything you need to know about starting up, or growing, your business. We take away the unknown and daunting parts of running a business and help you to develop strategies that will make your business successful. Throughout the module you’ll develop a comprehensive business plan that will be easy to complete. This is an optional module and does include any assignments. If you would like business mentorship with your trainer during this module you can add the mentorship option and she will give you guidance on your business plan and website/marketing materials.

Topics in Business of Birth

  • becoming a birth and parenting professional
  • determine your own 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