We believe there is a better way to train! All the best research tells us that real learning takes place over time, in a supportive environment, with ongoing guidance from mentors. You’ll receive course materials that look at communication, physiology, establishing and growing a business, as well as the specific skills. In total, 150 contact hours just in the course manuals and activities alone for the doula courses, and more than 600 contact hours for the childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor courses. Added to this will be the practical experience you’ll gain as you work through your certification requirements. Being able to complete your course online means you have no additional costs, no need to travel, no limitations on when or where you can study, no time limits and the time to be able to really absorb what you are learning.
We are truly an international organization. Our registered office is in Singapore. Our administrative team is in Canada. Our trainers live all over the world. Our students and graduates come from 117 different countries. The course materials you will study look at birth, parenting and breastfeeding from an international perspective. We explore culture and how it affects the way we work and the experiences of our clients. We share ideas in our active discussion groups that enable all students to learn about different beliefs, values and practices. We present research and readings that come from a wide variety of countries.
We provide training – and we’re really good at it! Similar to a university program, you deserve to have your hard work acknowledged for life! We’re not going to charge you every three years to prove that you still have the knowledge and skills that you built.
If you need to show recertification in order to belong to a local organization (e.g. DASC) you can – you can submit the required documents for proof, we will review them and reissue your certification – showing it is a recertification. And we’ll do this for a minimum fee that just covers our costs.
Genuine Support & Guidance
Although our courses are delivered through distance & online learning, our students feel more supported and connected than they do in face-to-face workshops! A big part of this is the relationship you build with your trainer. Rather than just teaching you over a couple of days, they will be the one reviewing and assessing every piece of work you submit – from your first assignment to your last evaluation. They’ll give you guidance throughout your course, no matter how long it takes. Our Facebook and discussion groups provide a bridge for you to connect and network with other birth professionals. You’ll be exposed to birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and breastfeeding counselors, meaning your peer learning is broad and extensive. The discussions on these groups reflect the essence of who we are as an organization – they are always respectful, kind and supportive.
Real Business Support
We were the first organization to specifically focus on business issues relevant to birth professionals – our courses have always included an introduction to business. In 2009 we launched a Business of Birth course that provided more depth and helped students to get a solid understanding of marketing and finances. In 2016 we took Business of Birth and gave it a facelift. Providing 34 hours of business specific topics, Business of Birth is now included in every training program. You’ll work through a simple step-by-step process to examine your own goals and objectives, develop a strong brand and a marketing approach, analyze your customers and competitors, understand the products and services you want to offer, and get on top of your finances and legal issues. Rather than being daunted by the business side of your work, Business of Birth will help you to easily produce a plan and a clear path for starting and growing your business. This is an optional module – meaning you’ll receive it but it is up to you how much you focus on it. You could just choose the topic areas you’re interested in or use it as a reference document for when business issues arise in the future. You also have the option of completing assignments and having your trainer review your business plan and website, providing suggestions on how to improve them both.
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 have done, or didn’t do, and reflecting on it. In relation to CBI training, though, it is 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’s a part of 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. They’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.
Once you have finished your training, where can you go from there? We provide a range of short and certification programs for you to keep developing your knowledge skills if you would like to. From birth trauma to maternal substance abuse, there are plenty of options to choose from!
Continuing education with CBI is not required for certification. And it never will be. We are a training organization and not a regulatory body. Other professions (accountants, doctors, lawyers etc.) require continuing education as part of their membership to a regulatory body. Their original training organization doesn’t require it. If you go to University you get a degree. You don’t have to go back every three years to show you’re still learning, or pay money in order to keep your degree. You have it for life. We are the same and make no apologies for that.