Steps to Becoming a BirthWorks® Childbirth Educator
Would you like to help women and their families in your community have more positive birth experiences? Become a Childbirth Educator for BirthWorks® and receive our high quality training that includes a unique, experiential approach which integrates the mind, body, and spirit. The innovative design of our classes results in participants experiencing personal self-growth, helpful not only in their births, but also in their lives.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN BIRTHWORKS® CLASSES SAY THEY HAVE…
- Developed more confidence in the birth process and their decision making skills.
- Explored the influence of individual beliefs and attitudes on the birth process.
- Learned the importance of nutrition, exercise, and the role of the neocortex in labor and birth.
- Experienced the impact of pelvic bodywork on their labors and births.
THE BIRTHWORKS CHILDBIRTH CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IS A FOUR PART PROCESS…
- Submit enrollment form and pay applicable fees (Contact the office for details)
- Completion of the requirements in the comfort of your own home in a self-study course, sending your work to your reviewer and receiving feedback.
- Attendance at a three-day BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Workshop held regionally (separate fee).
- Facilitate your eight-week (16 hour) course.
Program enrollment: US$395, includes annual BWI membership and 500 pg. Teacher Manual
REQUIRED READING LIST…
Receive 10% off titles in the BWI store with enrollment/membership
- “Birth Reborn” by Michel Odent
- “Ended Beginnings” by Claudia Patmos OR “Survivor Moms” by Sperlich and Seng OR “When Survivors Give Birth” by Penny Simkin
- “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
- “Silent Knife” by Nancy Weaver Cohen
- “Scientification of Love” by Michel Cohen
- “The Oxytocin Factor” by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg OR “Rediscovering Birth” by Sheila Kitzinger
- “Birthing in the Spirit” by Cathy Daub
- A Book on Breastfeeding (“Womanly Art of Breastfeeding”, “Nursing Mother’s Companion”, “The Latch”, any other Jack Newman book, etc.)
- “Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer
- “Let Birth Be Born Again” by Jean Sutton
- “Essential Exercises for the Childbirthing Year” by Elizabeth Noble OR “Active Birth” by Janet Balaskas
Not Required, But Highly Recommended:
- “Sit Up and Take Notice” by Pauline Scott
- “Your Amazing Newborn” by Klaus and Klaus
- “Birthing Normally” by Gayle Peterson
- “The Tentaive Pregnancy” by Barbara Katz Rothman
- “Mothering the Mother” by Klaus et all
- “The Cesarean Myth” by Mortimer Rosen M.D.
- “The Cesarean” by Michel Odent MD
- “The Farmer and the Obstetrician” by Michel Odent MD
- “Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities” by Henci Goer
- “Five Standards for Safe Childbearing” by D. Stewart
- “Creating A Joyful Birth Experience” by Lucia Capacchione & Sandra Bardsley
- “Gentle Birth Choices” by Barbara Harper
- “Pushed” by Janet Block
Click Here for a list of requirements for the Modified Childbirth Educator Program designed for those who have already certified as a childbirth educator with another organization.
Click Here to register to become a BirthWorks Childbirth Educator. (This link will allow you to email Birth Works® International)
Or visit www.birthworks.org
You may also be interested in becoming a BirthWorks® Doula
Any trouble with registration or payment please contact the office at the Birth Works; firstname.lastname@example.org