The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

Since 1988, the Simkin Center has helped more than 10,000 students meet their educational goals and go on to become leaders in their professions.

Simkin Center strives to provide a learning environment free from institutionalized racism and oppression, and is dedicated to health and race equity and cultural awareness in supporting maternal, infant and family health. 

Registration Policies

We understand and appreciate the investment of your time and money when you enroll in a Simkin Center course. Our commitment to you extends beyond the course itself.

Please make sure to review our policies before registering for a course. Policies may vary depending on the course, so make sure to review the course specific policies. 

Please be aware that the Simkin Center reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, we offer two options: you can transfer to another Simkin Center course or receive a full refund.

If you have any questions about our registration policies, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at [email protected] or give us a call at (425) 602-3378.

We value your trust and strive to provide the best support throughout your entire course experience.

We understand that unexpected circumstances may arise. If you are unable to attend a course and cannot transfer to a future course, you have the option to cancel your registration. While we sympathize with these situations, please note the following cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation requests made at least 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop are eligible for a full refund, excluding a $150 processing fee.
  • Cancellation requests made less than 30 calendar days before the start of the class are not eligible for a refund.

If you are unable to attend a course, you have the option to request a transfer to another Simkin Center course. Here are the details of our transfer policy:

  • The deadline to request a transfer is 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop.
  • To initiate a transfer, visit the Simkin Center Course Calendar and select the desired course. Contact us to let us know which course you would like to attend.
  • When transferring, you will need to pay a $100 processing fee, as well as any price difference in workshop fees (if applicable).
  • The transfer course must take place within 9 months of your initial course.
  • Once a transfer is made, it is not possible to transfer again or receive a refund.
  • Only one transfer per calendar year is permitted.

To successfully complete your course, it is necessary to attend all sessions in their entirety. Here is our make-up policy:

  • Attendance for 100% of the course sessions is required. Unfortunately, no refunds can be provided for no shows and/or missed portions of a course, and a certificate of completion cannot be issued for incomplete attendance.
  • Please note, not all Simkin Center courses offer a make-up option.
  • If you have missed any sessions, it may be possible to make up those missed portions with approval from the instructor and the Simkin Center Director.
  • Additional make-up and processing fees may apply for arranging the make-up sessions. 
  • Make-up policies vary depending on the specific course. You can find information about the make-up policy in your course confirmation email or by referring to the specific course registration policies.
  • If you miss any sessions and need to explore your options for make-up, please contact us. We will be glad to assist you.

To obtain your certificate of completion, it is necessary to attend all sessions and successfully complete all assignments before the workshop concludes. We value your commitment to the program and encourage your active participation throughout.

If you require a duplicate digital copy of your certificate of completion, please contact our office directly. Email us at [email protected] or call us at 425-602-3378.  We will be happy to assist you in initiating the request for a duplicate certificate.

Please contact our office if you are interested in one of the following discounts before you register: You can email us at [email protected] or call us at 425-602-3378. If a discount is awarded you will receive a discount code to use during registration.  Discounts may not be combined or used in conjunction with Simkin Center Leadership Fund awards.

  • Institutional Discounts: Two or more employees of an organization who register at same time are eligible to receive $50 tuition discount per registrant.
  • Bundle discounts: New registrations for any two or more Simkin Center in-person workshops receive 10% off each registration price. Payment and registration must be made at the same time.
  • Bastyr discount: Bastyr University faculty, staff, students and alumni are eligible for a 20% discount off Simkin Center courses. The discount is available on one course per year. Eligible faculty must be teaching one or more classes per academic year. Alumni refers to graduates of Bastyr academic programs and students in Bastyr University academic programs must be in good standing.
  • Course Assistant Discount: Each workshop has a Course Assistant who arrives early, stays late and helps with basic classroom or virtual meeting tasks in exchange for a $100 tuition discount.  This position is offered on first come, first served basis to anyone that is currently registered for the class.
  • PALS Doulas Discount: Current and supporting members of PALS Doulas are eligible to receive a 10% discount off Simkin Center workshops.
  • Military Discount: Active military members, Reserve, and Veterans are eligible for a 20% discount off Simkin Center courses. The discount is available on one course per year. 

In the event of snowy or other inclement weather, visit to find out if the campus is closed.Up to the minute campus closure information is also available by phone, call the main line: 425-602-3000.  Be safe – if you don’t feel comfortable driving, don’t. Please note: Class days missed due to University closure will be rescheduled or made up at later date.  Class days missed by a student when the University is open may be made up at another course for a fee of $75/day.  

Contact us at [email protected] to arrange.

You are welcome to bring your infant aged 0-4 months as long as you also bring a caregiver.  We ask that your caregiver care for your baby outside of the classroom.  Nursing is always welcome in the classroom, and your baby can visit you during class for this purpose.  Please let us know in advance if you are bringing your baby and caregiver.  If you are lactating we can accommodate your needs to nurse, pump or generally care for yourself in the very best way.