Childbirth Educator Training (20250)

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November 1 2019 8:00 am   through   November 3 2019 6:00 pm
3670 Stone Way N
Bastyr Center for Natural Health
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 425.602.3361
Full Registration $ 959.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Childbirth Educators
Campus Seattle Clinic
Audience Anyone interested in working with childbearing women and families.
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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. *Depending on your knowledge and experience, online coursework will take 40-60+ hours to complete. Phone us at 425-602-3361 to discuss details of the online classroom. Onsite days: November 1-3, 2019 from 8 AM to 6 PM Registration deadline: September 27, 2019

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

Certificates of completion will only be issued to students who have completed and submitted all online coursework and assignments, and must be present for all of the sessions each day. Read Simkin Center Registration Policies

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

1) Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, and Keppler Latest editions encouraged.

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.


Tracy McPhillips, LCCE, CDP(DONA)

Joni Parthemer MEd, ICCE, CGE.

Lisa Tankersley, CCE

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