The Academy of Certified Birth Educators Inc., ACBE, is an organization dedicated to providing education and skills for professionals who wish to become Certified Childbirth Educators or trained birth Doulas. 

The Academy was founded by Certified Childbirth Educators and Certified Doulas whose goals are to actively involve parents in the prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum periods, to enhance the childbirth experience by achieving their goals, and to foster the professional relationships between parents, health care professionals, hospitals, birth centers, and home birth practices.

The Academy offers educational seminars which include a Certified Childbirth Education course-- our BABÄ’ Course--and a Birth Doula Workshop.   The BABÄ’ Course is a three day seminar which provides background information in the areas of pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, adult education, group dynamics, nutrition, pain theory, sibling preparation, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and marketing along with practical application of essential skills necessary to become a Certified Childbirth Educator. 

The Birth Doula Training, also a three day seminar, provides information on pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, the newborn, pain medications and pain theory, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, along with practical essential skills necessary to become a trained birth doula.  The Birth Doula Training course meets DONA International’s requirement for the birth doula training certification program.


  • Linda Herrick, RNC, BSN, CCE, CD (DONA), DONA trainer
  • Sally Riley, CCE, CD (DONA) - B.S. Education, DONA trainer

Advisory Board

  • Penny Simkin, PT, CD (DONA)
  • John Kennel, MD - Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University
  • Marshall H. Klaus, MD - Neonatologist, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco
  • Phyllis H. Klaus, Med, CSE, MFCC - Psychotherapist, Author
  • Ginger Breedlove, ARNP, CNM, MSN - CES Director, Nurse Midwife Associates of Saint Lukes Hospital
  • Douglas G. Brooks, MD - Family Physician
  • Ann Cowlin, MA - CSM Director, Dancing Thru Pregnancy, Inc. - Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University
  • Bruce Flamm, MD - F.A.C.O.G. Research Chairman, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Associate Clinical Professor, University of California
  • Roberta Scaer, MSS - Author and Editor, A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, Maternity Care Activist
Linda Herrick

Linda Herrick

Linda is an obstetrical and neonatal nurse, and a community outreach educator. She has 30 years experience in prenatal education, including program and curriculum development. She is a founder and co-director of the Academy of Certified Birth Educators and Labor Support Professionals. Linda is a certified childbirth educator, certified lactation educator, certified doula, and a doula trainer (DONA), as well as a national known speaker.
Sally Riley

Sally Riley

BS Education & Psychology, CBE, CCE, CD (DONA), DONA Trainer
Sally is a founder and co-director of the Academy of Certified Birth Educators and Labor Support Professionals. She has 30 years experience as a certified childbirth educator, a certified lactation educator, and a practicing doula. She is a certified doula and doula trainer (DONA). Sally presents numerous seminars annually throughout the United States.
Cheryl Murdock
Cheryl Murdock

RNC, BS Health Science, CCE, CLC
Cheryl has been a certified childbirth educator for 30 years. Currently, she teaches childbirth education, cesarean birth classes, VBAC, parenting, and prenatal exercise classes at Mercy SW Hospital. Cheryl has also worked in labor and delivery, pediatrics, in gestational diabetes education, and as a school nurse.

Karen "Kelly" Fritz
Kelly has been involved in the field of childbirth for 15 years. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women's Health and Community Health. She is a practicing doula and a certified childbirth educator.

Kim Sawyer

Office Manager
Kim joined the staff of the Academy in 2014.