May 15th, 2015 8:00 AM   through   May 17th, 2015 6:00 PM
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028

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Full Registration $ 959.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Childbirth Educators
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience the public, professionals and others interested in childbirth vocations
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~REGISTRATION CLOSED~ Achieve proficiency as a prenatal educator in a blended workshop team-taught by skilled faculty since 1997. The CET combines online learning with 3 intensive on-site days. Please note: Completion of online coursework* is required one week prior to the on-site days. On site days: Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2015 8am-6pm $959 Registration deadline: April 15, 2015 by 3PM PST; for more details contact us at: or (425) 602-3361. *Depending on your knowledge and experience, online coursework will take 40+ hours to complete.

The curriculum

  • Reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Elements of prenatal care
  • Women's experience of pregnancy and labor
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Massage, relaxation, and breathing techniques
  • Normal birth physiology and hormones
  • Stages of labor
  • Comfort measures for labor
  • Pain medications (separated out from comfort measures)
  • Birth-planning and informed choice
  • Medical procedures
  • Cesarean birth
  • The postpartum period, breastfeeding, and newborn care
  • Adult learning theory
  • Teaching methods and skills
  • Curriculum development

Students learn not only what to teach, but how to teach it. The instructors model a variety of teaching techniques including lecture, use of audio-visual aids, role-playing, and small group activities. Students apply their learning through practice teaching sessions, which offer each student a chance to give a short presentation to peers and receive an experienced childbirth educator's feedback.
Since most expectant parents plan to give birth in a hospital, most opportunities for childbirth educators involve teaching about hospital birth. Therefore, the class focuses primarily on how to teach about hospital birth, although out-of-hospital birth is also addressed.

Course Notes

Required Text (click here for information on where to obtain texts.)

1) Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, and Keppler   Make sure you purchase the latest 2010 edition.

Recommended Texts:

2) Maternity & Women's Healthcare

3) The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit and Elson

4) The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Mohrbacher and Stock OR the Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Newman and Pittman


Recommended Preparation

This training is appropriate for a wide variety of students, from lay people who wish to become childbirth educators, to birth professionals who wish to enhance the educational aspect of their practice.

Participants are expected to complete the reading assignments and the study guide, which will be available to you one month before the course starts.

For students without prior experience in the field, it may be helpful to attend our DONA-approved Labor Support Course or observe a childbirth education series as preparation for the class. It is also helpful if you have attended at least one labor and birth, either as a birthing woman or as a support person.


See also Simkin Center Faculty.


Bastyr University Kenmore Campus.  Directions.

Contact Us:
Call us at (425) 602-3361