Become a Certified Childbirth Educator
Being a childbirth educator is such a rewarding career! Being a childbirth educator allows you to help make a difference in your community in so many ways. From reducing the neonatal and maternal mortality rates to providing couples an opportunity to grow closer through their pregnancy, you will transform lives forever.
Being an independent childbirth educator allows you to set your own hours, which can help you make extra income or make a career out of teaching if you'd like.
Upon certification, you will be a DoulaVersity Certified Childbirth Educator teaching your own independent childbirth course curriculum. This allows you to teach the content that you want without having to be confined to certain rules and regulations that some childbirth educator training's require. If you would like more information, please read my blog post, here
DoulaVersity's comprehensive and interactive training will provide you with ALL the tools you need to teach a wide variety of classes. From a full childbirth class series both in and out of hospital, to single classes such as newborn or comfort measure classes. The possibilities are endless, and so is your potential!
This price includes the following:
Online access to student platform for two years (both CBE 101 and CBE 102)
Injoy Web App codes for Understanding Pregnancy, Understanding Birth, Mother and Baby Care, and Understanding Breastfeeding
Access to Facebook Private Student Forum so you can ask questions and share ideas
Students must 17 years of age
Must have access to the internet, a computer, and a printer
Have the ability to upload video and a microphone for voice content
Complete the Online Training
CBE 101 - Pregnancy & Birth for Educators (students can skip if they have taken our doula training within 2 years)
CBE 102 - Teaching Childbirth Education
The online training will include reading through the modules, completing assignments, and quizzes.
Examples of assignments: Building a community resource list, developing your birth philosophy, creating your course outline, and uploading a video of yourself teaching. (There is no final test required)
Read Seven Books
Required: Innovative teaching strategies for birth professionals by Connie L Livingston
Read 6 other books from our Suggested Reading List with at least one book from each topic:
1 book on pregnancy, childbirth and the Newborn
1 book more book on pregnancy and childbirth
1 book on cesareans and/or VBACS
1 book about newborns
1 book on breastfeeding
1 miscellaneous book from the following categories (birth politics, birth planning, evidenced based birth practices, postpartum, abuse, loss, special circumstances, or running a business
Watch Required Videos
We have chosen several birth videos for you to watch. These videos will include hospital births, birth center births, and home-births. These short films (typically 30 minutes or less) will include vaginal births (both medicated and unmedicated), and cesarean births.
Students will need to choose one of the following birth documentary’s to watch:
The Business of Being Born
Pregnant in America
Why Not Home?
Take (Watch) The Spinning Babies Parent Class
The Spinning Babies Parent Class is 1 hours and 55 minutes of pure goodness! It has everything – education, practical techniques on how to balance muscles and ligaments to help ease labor (and hopefully make it faster), plus footage of a water-birth. This is an excellent video for all birth professionals and is the only additional investment required ($26.99). Students who have taken the Spinning Babies Workshop are not required to watch this video. (Please be prepared to send proof of your training to your DoulaVersity instructor).
While this if video is required for certification, students do not have to purchase or watch this video until they have completed module 9 of CBE 101. The DVD (which can be purchased for $40) is a great video to have in your lending library. Your students may appreciate how they can prepare for an easier pregnancy and birth.
Audit 12 Hours of Childbirth Education Classes
Students will gain insight and confidence as they observe someone else teach. Students can choose to audit from one or more childbirth classes. Newborn and breastfeeding classes will also count towards audit hours.
The DoulaVersity Childbirth Educator Curriculum
To become a DoulaVersity Certified Childbirth Educator students will need to complete both CBE 101 and CBE 102.
CBE 101 has 12modules with over 500 pages devoted to pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and newborn information.
CBE 102 is much shorter, (150 pages), and is dedicated to teaching skills, communication, and learning how to build your course curriculum. Students will have immediate access to CBE 102, after CBE 101 has been successfully completed.
Module 1 - The modern birth crisis, and how birth professionals can help
Module 2 - Basic anatomy and physiology
Module 3 - Understanding pregnancy
Module 4 - Labor and birth
Module 5 - The hormones of labor
Module 6 - Labor comfort techniques and skills
Module 7 - The position of the passenger
Module 8 - Birth procedures and interventions
Module 9 - Variations to normal birth
Module 10 - Understanding the changes in the postpartum woman
Module 11 - Breastfeeding basics
Module 12 - The newborn
Module 1 - Becoming a childbirth educator
Module 2 - Childbirth classes yesterday and today
Module 3 - Communication for the educator
Module 4 - Effective teaching skills
Module 5 - Building your curriculum
Module 6 - The business side of being an educator
How Do We Compare?
The following chart will show you the requirements to become certified with DoulaVersity along with a comparison of other childbirth educator organizations: