The discussion of birth trauma is relatively new, although the experience of birth trauma probably goes as far back as humans have been having babies in the company of others.”Birth Trauma” is an expression that carries a wide range of connotations and understanding. In this course, we will look at the experiences of those who are birthing or parenting after trauma, the impact of PTSD on families, and those who experience birth trauma or obstetric violence. With all of the pressure put on care providers, being able to take this course and learn practical skills to more fully support birthing families could have a profound impact on how parents experience birth.

This is the first course in the world that specifically covers trauma in relation to pregnancy, birth and parenting. With one-third of birthing individuals describing their births as traumatic, and one in ten parents beginning their journey with PTSD, trauma has a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of families and communities. During this fully evidence based course (with nearly 450 references), you will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of trauma, PTSD and obstetric violence for the clients you work with and also for you personally and professionally.

Your trainer will be available to support you through the course and beyond. There is a closed Facebook group for you to discuss what you are learning with other students. We know how challenging it can be address the topic of trauma which is why we have integrated self-care breaks throughout the course. We also know that trauma does not just affect the individuals who experience it directly. As a professional, you are at risk of burnout and vicarious trauma – this is why we directly address these issues. We also provide you with practical strategies for implementing trauma-informed care into your own practice or your workplace.

Whether you are a hospital administrator, a midwife, nurse, doctor, doula, breastfeeding counselor or anyone else who is working with families during pregnancy, birth and beyond, this advanced certification course can offer you a comprehensive solution in addressing trauma and ultimately be part of changing maternity care and the experiences of your clients.

Certification: Certified Trauma-Informed Professional

Duration: 2-5 months

Time Limit: None

Delivery: Online & Printed Manuals

Cost: From $365 or 5 payments of $83

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

One Payment: US$395 (printed manuals + online access)

Green Option: US$365 (online only – no shipping)

Five Installments: US$89 per month (printed manuals + online access) or US$83 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.

  • Open book exams
  • Community Services Survey
  • Resources Binder
  • Reflection on learning

Five Payments

US$ 89

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US$ 395

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Green Option

$ 365

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Course Syllabus

This comprehensive course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a trauma-informed professional. The nine modules cover:

  • Defining a traumatic birth experience
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Effects of trauma
  • Risk factors for trauma
  • Facility-based abuse and obstetric violence
  • Nutrition for the trauma-injured brain
  • Healing strategies
  • Trauma-informed for the professional
  • Birthing after trauma

When I was thinking about where to certify, I spoke with every doula I know. I also asked some doula friends of mine to ask THEIR friends. I kept hearing, "I certified with xxx but then I switched to Childbirth International" "I wish I had just gone to CBI from the beginning. With CBI I feel so much more prepared." I heard that phrase over and over, "CBI really prepares you", "CBI does a better job of making sure you are prepared", "with CBI you'll be more prepared."

Brandy, Alabama, USA

I really enjoyed the thoroughness of the information - it was great to get stuck into the study and really feel like you were gaining good background knowledge for all aspects of working as a doula. The course material was also very well presented and the website very easy to navigate. Very prompt replies to questions. Good, honest, constructive feedback and help.

Tracie, QLD, Australia

I was amazed by my own personal growth and understanding that occurred during my training. This course goes beyond the common approach to a Doula certification. Bravo! My experience with CBI has been a truly life changing event! Thank you!

Kathy, Wisconsin, USA

I have enjoyed so much about this course. I have always had a great interest in labour and birth, and medical things. But the greatest thing was that eventually on my third birth, I had the labour and birth that I truly wanted, and needed, and that was all down to completing this course. I was able to give myself the support I yearned for and had a completely natural labour and birth in 3 hours with no medical intervention. I now feel a stronger woman for doing this and for the first time I do not have postnatal depression.

Eleanor, UK

This training has opened my eyes to a completely new way to birth. I have always loved and been passionate about birth, but it was from the medical model. I have learned so many new ideas and techniques from this course. It has led me to consider new ideas that I have never thought of. I have had to change some of my basic beliefs about what is the safest and best way to birth a baby. I am so thankful that I had this experience. My trainer provided excellent feedback and challenged me to think about what I have written, dig deeper and research more. She always asked good questions. She was very positive, supportive and prompt. Thanks for a great course and the great support. I would recommend your course to anyone who is passionate about childbirth.

Trena, Taiwan (Registered Nurse)

Questions about the Trauma-Informed Professional advanced course

Is this course only suitable for birth doulas?

Not at all! Any professional working with clients during pregnancy, labor, or the postpartum period will encounter those who have experienced trauma. Either before their birth or during their labor. Understanding what trauma-informed care looks like and working with clients to avoid or heal from trauma is an important component in our work. Whether you are a breastfeeding counselor, midwife, medical doctor or even a yoga instructor, you will learn about the latest research on trauma and PTSD, and be prepared to support clients using trauma-informed care.

How long do I have to complete the course?

There are no time limits at all! The course provides 50 hours of continuing education so it all depends on how much time you put into the course each week. Generally though, it would take about 2-5 months to complete the course given the assignments and reflection time. If you are on a payment plan your certificate will be available once you have completed the course AND completed your payment plan.