CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING

A family is changing - a child will soon be born! As a professional childbirth educator, how will you react with this family? What will you do? Will you become anxious and hope your instincts provide you with the teaching skills you need? Or will you study the aspects of labor and birth, group dynamics, communication skills, and other specialty topics to ensure your ability to assist parents as they prepare for the birth of their child? The answer is clear. That's why the Academy of Certified Birth Educators sponsors courses to certify you as a childbirth educator, the Birth And Beginnings Education (BABĒ) Course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy of the different types of childbirth preparation methods.
  2. Adapt course content to meet individual needs of the childbearing family.
  3. Demonstrate two ice breaking techniques to improve group dynamics.
  4. Demonstrate the use of the food guide pyramid to aid women in assessing their own individual nutritional status.
  5. Explain the basics of breathing methods and their relationship to relaxation.
  6. Demonstrate two techniques for teaching relaxation principles.
  7. Formulate a complete topic outline for a childbirth education course.
  8. Identify maternal and fetal changes as they relate to each trimester.
  9. Identify maternal behaviors that may be indicative of a history of childhood sexual abuse.
  10. Demonstrate four prenatal exercises.
  11. Utilize a variety of teaching/learning skills to differentiate between minor discomforts of pregnancy and warning and danger signs.
  12. Describe the progression of labor and birth.
  13. List four benefits of professional labor support for the childbearing family.
  14. Explain the physiology of non-pharmacological pain relief in labor.
  15. Using the principles of adult education, demonstrate the ability to teach in a simulated situation.
  16. Identify the current trends in cesarean birth in the United States.
  17. Summarize the current ACOG criteria for vaginal birth after cesarean, VBAC.
  18. Define three advantages and three disadvantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby.
  19. Identify two techniques to assist mothers in initiating bottle feeding.
  20. Describe three characteristics of the normal newborn.
  21. Identify teaching strategies to enhance childbirth preparation classes for adolescents.

Each participant will receive the BABĒ Course manual and on-going support. A Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certificate will be granted upon successful completion of all requirements.

Tuition:  Tuition for the BABĒ Course is $650. A non-refundable course deposit of $100 is due at time of registration. Balance of tuition is due 10 days prior to first day of class. A $25 discount is available if tuition is paid in full 21 days prior to class.


Refunds: Refund (less $100 deposit) will be given if written cancellation notification is received 21 days prior to class. No refunds after the 21 day deadline. Tuition may be applied to another workshop within two years. Retained $100 deposit may also be used toward another class within two years.


Class Cancellation: At times, it becomes necessary to cancel a class due to low attendance. Therefore, if you are planning to attend a class, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible. If ACBE finds it necessary to cancel a class, full refunds will be given to all registrants.

For complete information, please contact us by phone or email. Please view our calendar for dates and times of seminars near you.

 

                                                                      The BABĒ Course:  2014 Calendar

 Feb 28-Mar 2  Jacksonville, FL
 Mar 7-9  Kansas City, KS
 May 16-18  Los Angeles, CA
 May 16-18        Nashville, TN
 June 6-8   Cincinnati, OH
 June 27-29  Atlanta, GA
 July 11-13  Denver, CO
 July 18-20  Minneapolis, MN
 July 25-27  Concord, NH
 Aug 1-3    Dallas, TX
 Aug 22-24          Chicago, IL
 Sept 12-14  San Diego, CA
 Oct 3-5  Rochester, NY
 Oct 17-19  Kansas City, KS
 Oct 10-12  Richmond, VA

Please call (800) 444-8223 for site information questions.  Additional sites are available by request. Sites and dates are subject to change at the discretion of ACBE.


August
   1     Dallas, TX (3 days)
   22    Chicago, IL (3 days)

September
   12    San Diego, CA (3 days)

October
   3     Rochester, NY (3 days)
   10    Kansas City, KS (3 days)
   10    Richmond, VA (3 days)

 

The BABĒ Course Schedule

Each seminar starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM each day.

Day 1:

  • Adult Education
  • Group Dynamics
  • Communication Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Breathing
  • Development of Childbirth Class Curriculum
  • Relaxation
Day 2:
  • Excercises - Prenatal and Postpartum
  • Labor, Birth, and Postpartum
  • Unexpected Outcomes
  • Pain Theory
  • Relaxation/Comfort Measures
  • Cesarean
  • VBAC
  • Doulas
Day 3:
  • Teaching Presentation
  • Infant Feeding
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Siblings at Birth
  • Marketing Your Class
  • Certification Exam

The BABĒ Course Requirements:

  • Complete required reading with written reports
  • Attend the three-day certification course
  • Complete a 5-minute teaching presentation
  • Successfully complete a curriculum guide outline
  • Pass the certification exam

The BABĒ Course Eligibility Requirements (one of the following):

  • A registered nurse with a current license
  • A graduate of an institution of higher education who has been awarded a degree in a health related field
  • A person who, by experience, meets the requirements as determined on an individual review basis by our Registration Committee

Required Readings:
Read three books from book list. For each book write a 1 to 1½ page report:

  • About how the ideas and philosophy discussed in this book compare with your own OR
  • Explain how the information discovered in this book will enlighten or provide motivation for you class.

Suggested Book List

  • Birth Partner by P. Simkin.
  • Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by S. Kitzinger.
  • The Doula Book by Klaus, Klaus, Kennell.
  • Mind Over Labor by C. Jones
  • No More Morning Sickness M. Erick.
  • Pregnancy Childbirth and The Newborn The Complete Guide by  Simkin/Whalley/Keppler
  • Surviving Teen Pregnancy by S. Arther.
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth by H. Goer
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by J. Newman 
  • When Survivors Give Birth by Simkin/Klaus
  • Any current book on childbirth education.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

This activity has been approved by the Illinois Nurses Association Continuing Education Approver Unit for 19.5 contact hours which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


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A DONA International Approved Birth Doula Training Workshop

This program is designed to provide the participant with the skills necessary to become a birth doula or labor support professional. The three day program will enhance the participant's knowledge in the areas of anatomy and physiology, terminology, the labor and birth process, postpartum, the newborn, and infant feeding.

Participants will learn how to assist their clients in developing a birth plan, including methods of pain relief, comfort measures, and unexpected outcomes, such as cesarean birth.

The emotional and psychological aspects associated with labor and birth, along with appropriate cultural practices, will be discussed.

Participants will learn, through role-play, how to assist clients with difficult labors and births and empower the woman and her partner to cope with complications.

The DONA Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics will be discussed, as well as the criteria to become a certified birth doula through DONA International.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between the roles of the midwife, doctor, nurse, partner, and doula when attending the birth
  2. Verbalize the impact of birth on a woman's life
  3. Identify normal physical changes associated with pregnancy
  4. Define how a history of sexual abuse or birth trauma may affect labor
  5. Define the components of the initial contact and home visit with the client
  6. Discuss the onset of labor including the six signs of progress in labor
  7. Demonstrate at least four physiological positions for labor and birth
  8. Define advantages and disadvantages of labor epidurals
  9. Demonstrate the role the doula during difficult labor and birth
  10. Identify the role of the doula with a mother during a cesarean birth
  11. Describe the importance of early breastfeeding for both mother and the baby
  12. Explain the importance of the postpartum follow-up and processing the birth experience including closure with the client

 Tuition:  Tuition for the Birth Doula Workshop is $400. A non-refundable course deposit of $100 is due at time of registration. Balance of tuition is due 10 days prior to first day of class. A $25 discount is available if tuition is paid in full 21 days prior to class.

Refunds: Refund (less $100 deposit) will be given if written cancellation notification is received 21 days prior to class. No refunds after the 21 day deadline. Tuition may be applied to another workshop within two years. Retained $100 deposit may also be used toward another class within two years.

Class Cancellation: At times, it becomes necessary to cancel a class due to low attendance. Therefore, if you are planning to attend a class, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible. If ACBE finds it necessary to cancel a class, full refunds will be given to all registrants.

For complete information, please contact us by phone or email. Please view our calendar for dates and times of workshops near you.


2014 Calendar

 May 16-18

 Nashville, TN

 June 6-8

 Chicago, IL

 June 20-22  

 Richmond, VA

 July 11-13 

 New Orleans, LA

 July 18-20

 Amarillo, TX

 July 25-27

 Rochester, NY

 
 Aug 1-3

 Springfield, MO

 Oct 3-5

 Cincinnati, OH

 Oct 3-5    

 Omaha, NE

 Oct 10-12

 Ft. Worth, TX

 
 Oct 17-19

 Chicago, IL

 Nov 7-9

 Kansas City, KS


Please call (800) 444-8223 for site information questions.  Additional sites are available by request. Sites and dates are subject to change at the discretion of ACBE.


July
   25    Rochester, NY - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)
   31    Springfield, MO – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)

August
   1     Springfield, MO - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)

October
   2     Cincinnati, OH – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)
   2     Omaha, NE – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)
   3     Cincinnati, OH - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)
   3     Omaha, NE - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)
   9     Ft. Worth, TX – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)
   10    Ft. Worth, TX - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)
   16    Chicago, IL – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)
   17    Chicago, IL - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)

November
   6     Kansas City, KS – Breastfeeding Workshop (3 hour class) (1 day)
   7     Kansas City, KS - 3 day Doula Workshop (3 days)

 

DONA approved Birth Doula Training Workshop Course Schedule

All seminars begin at 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM.

Day 1:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Terminology
  • Prenatal Contract
  • Discomforts of pregnancy/warning danger signs
  • Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Cultural Sensitivity
Day 2:
  • Nutrition
  • Labor and Birth
  • Intrapartum Support
  • Pain Theory
  • Comfort Measures
  • Birth Plans
Day 3:
  • Difficult Labors
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Newborn/Infant Feeding 
  • Initiating Feedings
  • Postpartum Follow-up
  • Marketing
  • DONA International

ACBE Birth Doula Training Workshop Requirements:

  • Attend the Doula Workshop for training as a labor support professional
  • Complete course content evaluation

DONA International Required Reading List for Birth Doula Certification

The following two books are required:

  • The Birth Partner by Simkin
  • The Doula Book by Klaus, Klaus & Kennell

One of the following:

  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by S. Kitzinger
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley & Keppler
  • The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between, Douglas
One of the following:
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Goer
  • Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Births, by Harper
  • Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth, by Gaskin
  • An Easier Childbirth: A Mother's Guide for Birthing Normally, by Goer
One of the following:
  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book, by Mohrbacher, Stock, & Newton
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Newman & Pitman
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion, by Huggins & Lawrence

The ACBE Birth Doula Workshop is approved for 19.5 contact hours by Illinois Nurses Association Continuing Education Approver Unit, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This course trains the participant as a labor support professional through the Academy of Certified Birth Educations and is approved by DONA International. Completion of these course requirements fulfills two requirements toward DONA certification (1. Birth Doula Training Course, 2. Required Readings).

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Recertification is due every three years to maintain certification with ACBE even if your employer does not require it.

Click Here for Offline Recertification Application.

Click here for Outline Format.

Click here for an Outline Format Sample.

 

Please see bottom of page for recertification registrations. If you elect to recertify by choosing option (A), attending one day of the BABĒ Course, please contact our office with the location and date that you plan to attend. If you select option (B) or (C) below, please submit recertification requirements  to our office (as detailed below), as they cannot currently be submitted online.

ACBE has 4 Recertification Requirements:

 

1.  Completed Recertification Application (See link above.)

 

2.  Current Class Outline of your class--including objectives--in the ACBE format (See outline format and sample, linked above.)

 

3.  One of the following:  

 

                A.  Attend one day of the three-day BABĒ Course. Recerts need to attend the first or second day. Attendees receive 6.5 contact hours and a new course manual.  You may view class locations & dates, and register at www.acbe.com or call the ACBE office for information. 

                Recert tuition: $135

 

                B.  Fifteen contact hours (CEUs) in a three-year period directly related to childbirth education. Please send a list which includes: (a) the title of the presentation, (b) the instructor, and (c) the number of contact hours. 

                Recertification fee: $90

 

                C.  Submit three book reviews of current books relating to childbirth education AND a case study of a challenging class situation. Describe the problem or situation, how you dealt with it, and the outcome.

                Recertification fee: $90

 

4.  Recertification Fee (Based on selection in #3 above.)

When submitting recertification materials, all documents must be submitted in their entirety at the same time and be identified with the name of the individual submitting them. Requirements may be sent via

 email:    office@acbe.com

   FAX:    913-397-0933

   Mail:    ACBE

              815 S. Clairborne, Suite 125

              Olathe, KS  66062

Re-certification requirements currently cannot be submitted online with the application form.  Please feel free to call the office with questions. 




$135
Attend one day at an ACBE site for recertification.
Educators will receive a newly updated manual, and receive 6.5 CEUs for attending.

$90
Fifteen contact hours (CEU's) in a three-year period directly related to childbirth


$90
Submit three book reviews of current books relating to childbirth education and a case study of a challenging class situation you have had.
Please relate the problem or situation and how you dealt with it.