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.
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 et.al. Latest editions encouraged.
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
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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