Applicants must meet one of
the following requirements to enter the program
Be an RN with labor and delivery experience
Be an experienced labor assistant
(PLA) / doula (CD)
/ PerinatalSupport Specialist or Intern (CPSS)
Be an experienced childbirth educator (CCE)
Be concurrently enrolled in the
WISDOMPerinatal Support Specialist Educational Series
The purpose of the
Best Birth Childbirth Educator Certification Program is to:
the highest level of training and certification in the Physiological Management of
Labor and Birth so as
to provide women access to professional childbirth educators
that understand and teach the principles and practice of physiological labor and birth. Three generations of conventional American obstetric and newborn
care have buried the expectations and skills needed to empower women to birth
their babies. Restrictions on the mother's ability to use her body result in
prolonged, painful, or unproductive labor, thus increasing the need for multiple
interventions and assisted
instrumental or cesarean delivery. These interventions can affect the woman's
postpartum course, her ability to nurture her newborn, and her overall
childbirth experience. Few women in America today experience physiologic
birthing, and many have no expectation that it is possible.
Teaching physiological birth is different
important respects from conventional childbirth education. The Best Birth
Childbirth Educator can help make families comfortable with this innovative concept and
teach physiological and mind/body techniques women can use to make their labor more comfortable and
productive. The complete method
of physiological birth alsoteaches
visualization, self hypnosis, psychological preparation and emotional mastery
techniques that allow a woman to overcome her fears and enhance her relaxation
during labor and birth. This program is designed to enable you to meet each
woman's individual needs with
preparation for both medicated and unmedicated labor and birth that
includes unbiased information about obstetrical interventions and local
hospital procedures. Also this comprehensive childbirth education and parenting program helps
parents to make healthful choices about birth and immediate infant care that will directly affect maternal and infant health outcomes.
Teaching about these issues is comprehensive and can be adapted to the needs of
each woman and her family.
Some important aspects of this program:
How women can easily give
birth without fear.
Mind/Body techniques and how
they effect pregnancy, labor and birth outcomes.
How to apply this model in
prevention of complications such as failure to progress, dystocia, prolonged
labor and arrest of descent.
How to alter the perception of
pain in labor and dispel the myth that pain is an insurmountable counterpart
How to reframe a woman’s
familiar and cultural beliefs that affect her attitudes regarding labor and
How to access emotions and
transfer fears of the birthing process.
How to use imagery and
visualization to enhance the pregnancy, labor and birthing process.
How to enhance the birthing
process for the father thus enhancing the comfort of the mother.
How to help each mother create
her own Best Birth
Best Birth Childbirth Educator:
Provides women with realistic knowledge about their options during
pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum so that they can establish realistic
The educator strives to achieve the desired
outcome of healthy mothers and healthy babies and capable mothers and fathers
who can parent.
The educator encourages and supports early contact with infant and breastfeeding
The educator encourages and supports low-interventional birth, but also recognize
that it is an individual decision.
The educator provides research based informational
through educational classes for the expectant
parents. Included is information on movement, positioning, relaxation, ritual,
visualization, self hypnosis, psychological preparation and emotional mastery
techniques, comfort measures, breathing techniques, alternative therapeutic modalities and how to educate the parents to communicate with their caregivers.
The educator also provides information
on birth options and encourages students to be as knowledgeable as
possible. The childbirth educator does not give medical advice but refers
to resources such as books, appropriate studies and or published
materials. For needs beyond the scope of the childbirth educator
training, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.
The Best Birth
Childbirth Educator believes:
Pregnancy and birth is a normal
physiological process, not a medical event even when birthing in a hospital.
Because the predominant belief in the
United States is the biotechnologic model of childbearing, for western
women the best birth requires education, preparation and
practice during pregnancy.
The power to achieve the best
birth comes from within women; from their bodies and their commitment to do
whatever it takes to birth their infant.
Vocal self-expression, including
intoning and giving up conscious control are a part of the best birth.
Protecting the birth space and
making it conducive to birth (quiet, dimly lit, warm and private) is critically
important to how the best birth will unfold.
Sets The Best Birth Above The Rest?
This approach will change forever your views on
Whether you are already
a certified childbirth instructor looking for something that really works to offer your
students, or are just now starting to research your certification options, the
Best Birth Book Childbirth Educator certification program has what you're
Developing your teaching skills, and gaining an understanding of
Best Birth approach requires a
committed course of study, clinical observation, and supervision.
No other childbirth certification program out there has as much
one-on-one attention between trainer and certification candidates. The unique
structure of the in-depth workshop, with other certification work performed on your
own, will prepare you to help women to rediscover their ability to
create their own best birth.
STEPS TO THE BEST BIRTH
BOOK CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION:
a certification packet for all certification
requirements. (*these requirements can be adjusted to meet your
and read The Best Birth Book and the Best Birth Childbirth Education manual
/ study guide.
Attend the Best Birth
Book Childbirth Educator Workshop and teach
a 20 minute childbirth segment assigned to you at the workshop / or submit cassette tapes
of yourself teaching a childbirth series of at least 10 hours ( tapes must be
received before the workshop) if you are completing the program
via long distance learning.
Submit class outline
and curriculum (including all handouts)
evaluated curriculum and teaching component of the program is designed to assess
teaching ability, ascertain advocacy of concepts supported by the Best Birth,
and determine that teaching is based on Best Birth philosophy.
Choose and read 6 books
from the Best Birth Book required
*Attend both a local
Lamaze and Bradley childbirth education series as an observer, the series must
be taught by a certified childbirth educator and must be at least 10 hours of
class time. (documentation required)
Attend local hospital
breastfeeding classes (documentation required)
Attend a local series
of La Leache League meetings (documentation required)
local hospital newborn care classes (documentation required)
*Attend twelve births
(submit letter of documentation from and OB/Midwife or nurse)
observation/research of local classes component of the program is designed to
provide you with an idea of the educational services provided in your community
and an overview of different teaching styles
If you want to become a Best Birth Certified Childbirth
Educator soyou can
a difference in the lives of others and have a positive
influence on societal views about birth e-mail to this form
and any questions you have about this program to www.childbirths.com
I am currently an RN withlabor and delivery experience (documentation required) and would like to become
a Best Birth Certified Childbirth Educator. I am paying
my combined program and workshopfee of
I am currently a Certified Childbirth
Educator through another organization (documentation required) and would like to
become a Best Birth Certified Childbirth Educator. I am
paying my program and workshop fee of $250.
I am currently a Certified Labor
Assistant or doula (documentation
and would like to become a Best Birth
Certified Childbirth Educator.I am paying my program and workshop fee of $250.
I would like to become a
BIRTH WISDOMPerinatal Support Specialist and Best Birth Certified
Childbirth Educator. I am paying my combined program,
series fee of $1750.
Certified Perinatal Support Specialist or Intern who would like to become a
Best Birth Certified Childbirth Educator. I am paying my combined program
and workshop fee of $250.
Upon successful completion of this program you will be awarded
certification, which will allow you to advertise your classes as
official Best Birth classes. Certification is awarded to
those who satisfactorily complete the following requirements
within one year of enrolling in the program.