Childbirth Educator Program

A Childbirth Educator facilitates classes or workshops that help mothers and their chosen partners prepare for the experience of labor and birth, and learn about pregnancy, parenting, breastfeeding, and infancy.

Details about our Childbirth Educator Program, including requirements and current costs, are published annually in our Student Handbook and Catalog.

The Birthingway Childbirth Educator program was designed with the biodynamic model of care at its core. You will learn the fundamentals of the biodynamic model of care, explore modern birth culture in America, and delve into your own preconceptions about birth.

You will also create and practice a variety of teaching tools and techniques to use in your own childbirth education courses or in prenatal care with your clients, such as:

  • Lullabies
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery
  • Vocalization
  • Nurturing non-language
  • Storytelling
  • Body movement
  • Art
  • Repetition

Students and graduates of the program are able to network and inform the community of their class or workshop on Birthingway’s Certified Childbirth Educators page.

Additional Childbirth Educator Program Information

Technical Standards for Childbirth Educators
Because a Childbirth Educator certification from Birthingway signifies the holder is a childbirth educator prepared for entry into active practice, candidates for certification must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of situations and to render a wide spectrum of client education. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all candidates for admission to Birthingway and maintained through the certification process. Students/applicants who have questions regarding these standards are encouraged to contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator.
• Candidates must have sufficient use of the sensory, vision, hearing, motor, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform basic teaching skills. A complete list of required skills can be found in our Skills Assessment Checklist. Contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator.
• Candidates must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity, both verbally and in writing.
• Candidates must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, and to help clients understand the information presented to them in the classroom setting.
• Candidates must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
• Candidates must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients and with other students.
• Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the childbirth educator program. Candidates, therefore, must be able to tolerate and adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the questions and concerns of many clients.
Childbirth Educator Program Objectives

• To train students in childbirth education skills to integrate into their midwifery practice or as a separate skill set.
• To assist students in acquiring prenatal education skills for the childbearing mother and her support person(s).
• To train students with competence in basic research and information literacy skills.
• To provide students with childbirth education application for a variety of situations and adult learning styles.
• To prepare students to provide individualized care even within a classroom setting.
• To use diverse methodologies based on biodynamic educational principles that encourage integration of intellect, senses, intuition, and judgment in learning situations.
• To support students with reaching their educational and professional goals.
• To encourage an evolved awareness of professional ethics and relationships with peers, preceptors, clients and others as articulated in the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics.
• To encourage and support students to be change agents in their communities.