With Childbirth International you can get started right away and
complete your training with complete flexibility and
You DO NOT have to attend a workshop. There is no
additional charge for certification and no requirement for
membership or recertification. Certification as a Childbirth
International Childbirth Educator is for life! Once you have
successfully completed all the requirements you will be eligible
to apply for certification as a Childbirth Educator with
Read your student materials
You will receive a
comprehensive set of study guides which build up to form an
impressive reference library that you can refer to again and
again. Each study guide contains a variety of reading material,
learning activities and exercises which you complete in your own
time. The course is made up of three modules -
Communication Skills, Physiology in Birth and Teaching Skills.
As each module is
completed you simply submit an on-line evaluation form. You
will receive individual feedback from
Observe one childbirth course series
To gain knowledge and see the techniques another
childbirth educator uses, you will observe a childbirth course
of 12 hours. You can choose either private or hospital based
classes. Once you have observed the course, you submit an
evaluation to your trainer. This activity asks you to be
reflective about the course you watched and comment on things
that worked well and those that could have been done differently.
This class is observed after you begin your training - classes
that you attended for your own pregnancy are not able to be used
for certification purposes since the perspective is very
different when you are observing as a childbirth educator rather
than participating as a class member. If a full 12 hour course
is not available locally, you can observe two courses to make up
the 12 hours.
Complete a survey of birthing options in your
To help you understand the birth services that
are available to women within your community, you will complete
a brief online survey looking at the options available for women
when they are expecting a baby. This helps to build up a
resource for the families you are working with, as well as
provide you with information on potential opportunities for
furthering your involvement with childbirth.
To broaden your knowledge and become exposed to
different viewpoints, you will read five books that are
relevant to work as a childbirth educator. You can choose any five books you like
from the extensive reading list. Take a look at the
reading list here.
During the course of your training you will complete the
assignments at your own pace. The first, a communication
assignment, is a written account of one of your own births, or an event in your life that was
significant to you if you have never had a baby.
This assignment is reviewed and graded by your trainer. A pass
grade is necessary to be eligible for certification.
assignment is an open book test of multiple
choice questions on different aspects of pregnancy,
labor, birth and the early postpartum period. You can use any
reference materials, including your student manuals, to research
and find the answers to the quiz. A pass grade must be
accomplished for each test to be eligible for certification.
assignment is looking at teaching methods. You will provide
answers to a series of questions on active teaching skills,
activities for use in childbirth classes, and scenarios of
possible situations you may experience as an educator. As part
of this assignment you will teach 6 hours of childbirth
will be reviewed by your trainer and feedback will be provided.
A pass grade must be accomplished for each this assignment
to be eligible for certification.