Childbirth Educator

training and 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 CBI 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

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$188 per month (printed manuals + online access) or US$182 per month (online only)

Payment plans (5 installments) include an administration fee of $5 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

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US$ 188

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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 Skills, Physiology of Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, Teaching Skills and Business Skills. Click on a topic area below to find out more. If you’d like to read the full syllabus, you can download the information pack.

Communication Skills

Enhance your communication skills, enabling you to build strong relationships with clients and caregivers alike. Many of you will work as doulas 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. She’ll give you 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 Skills
  • effective communication
  • language and communication
  • active listening skills
  • reflective practice and debriefing
  • diversity of clients
  • evidence-based care
  • understanding research
  • grief and loss

Physiology of Pregnancy, Labor and Birth

Gain a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period. All student materials are focused on evidence-based care. Evidence-based means the care of women during pregnancy and birth that is based on sound research. The opinions and thoughts of experts on pregnancy and birth are referred to throughout your student manuals – it’s important to hear the views of others in the field to build your own knowledge base. At the end of this module you’ll complete the online, open-book tests to assess your learning. You’ll also submit a reflective evaluation of the module that your trainer will review and assess.

Topics in Physiology
  • physiology in pregnancy
  • physiology in labor and birth
  • physiology after the birth
  • nutrition and exercise
  • pain in labor
  • management of labor
  • routine procedures during labor
  • cesarean and VBAC
  • introduction to lactation
  • prenatal testing and screening

Teaching Skills

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 Teaching Skills
  • 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
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