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Is it your time to teach?  Yes! Birth matters, and quality childbirth classes make a difference. If you’d love to guide and support families by becoming a childbirth educator (or by becoming a better one), we can help.

lamaze childbirth educator training

Is it your time to teach?  Yes! Birth matters, and quality childbirth classes make a difference. If you’d love to guide and support families by becoming a childbirth educator (or by becoming a better one), we can help.

Get the skills you need to attract and inspire Millennial parents.

Our goal is to “teach you how to teach” — not to teach just any course, but to give you the tools to create an inspiring, creative, evidence-based childbirth class. Heart Soul Birth Pros is a Lamaze accredited childbirth education program, which means our training is your first step toward becoming Lamaze certified. (Visit our FAQs to learn about all the steps toward certification.)

For those of you who are already nurses, doulas or midwives, when you finish our childbirth educator training you’ll receive 23.75 nursing contact hours to meet your licensing or recertification requirements. Plus read on to discover you how our program makes it possible for you to earn another 23 credits — for a total of 46.75 nursing contact hours.

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"I’ve been teaching childbirth classes for three years, but I really wanted the credibility and legitimacy of being certified with Lamaze International. I was also so excited about all the new teaching ideas! It’s easy to get in a rut of teaching things the same way again and again. Jessica’s training was so much fun. I really enjoyed meeting other people who are passionate about birth and taking the time to focus in on my career. The experience was so hands-on, you couldn’t get that online or anywhere else, really. I loved that everything was so interactive, we were up and moving, changing activities all the time. Jessica has so much experience with birth and also adult education. Even if you’re an experienced educator, you’ll make great new contacts and come away with so many new tools. It was absolutely worth the investment of time and money."

Toni Auker, LCCE • Ann Arbor, Michigan

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"Jessica’s training was totally not what I was expecting. As a nurse, I was expecting to sit and listen, but everything was so interactive. We were up and moving around and engaging all of the time, and it was fantastic — so much more than I thought it was going to be. The training also helped me recognize that some of the things we were teaching in our program were not evidence based, so I’ve updated my classes and also shared with my colleagues. I thought I knew a lot coming in but I also learned quite a bit about birth and how to look into the best evidence-based information and not just standard practice. I had a six-hour flight to take Jessica’s seminar and it was definitely worth the trip. Her teaching was phenomenal. I would 110 percent recommend taking this training."

Vickie Hvamb, RN, Alberta, Canada

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"I’ve been a doula for almost 12 years, and I’m the director of a nonprofit doula program. A lot of clients we work with are not getting culturally relevant, practical information and education, so I’m on a mission to make sure that happens. Jessica’s training was so much more amazing than I anticipated. It was evidence-based and great professional development, but also mission-driven. We tried interactive manipulative activities, we used technology, and we got our hands on each other to practice. Every activity hit my brain in a different way and that’s exactly the way I want to teach my classes. It got me totally out of the traditional classroom mindset. I don’t care what you have to do to get to this training… get there! You don’t even know how much you need this information until you’re in the class, and there’s much being offered — more than you ever realized was possible. I loved it so much, it was truly as much a retreat as a training."

Kelli Brien, LCCE • South Bend, Indiana

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"This was my first experience with a birth-related training of any kind, and it was awesome. I really appreciated all of the activities and engagement that Jessica incorporated, it has helped me retain everything so well. I loved that the training also included the membership to the Evidence Based Birth® Academy. I am all about the evidence: find it, learn it and share it. The cost of the workshop was already totally worth it to me, but then the Evidence Based Birth® membership was like the icing on the cake for me — no, like the candles on the cake! I really appreciate having those extra tools to really run with as I get started. I taught my first private childbirth class just a few days after we finished our training and it felt so good. Even if you’re just trying to decide whether or not to get into birth work, taking this training is a great way to figure out your niche. If you’re passionate about birth but don’t know where to start, this is the place!"

Amanda Roden, LCCE • Allegan, Michigan

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"I started my birth career late last year and decided to get trained to offer as many services as possible to help families. I’m so glad I found Lamaze. I love the Healthy Birth Practices — they’re evidence based and excellent. I learned so much in the Heart Soul Birth Pros seminar. It was a fun, fun training, too. I know now that childbirth education doesn’t have to be boring or stiff, it can be enjoyable and hands-on. Jessica is a really interactive trainer and she knew how to stick to the plan but also allow some flexibility for us to go more in-depth if we needed it on a certain topic. She has so much incredible wisdom and experience with teaching and the birth world in general. I loved it."

Ashley Kidd-Tatge, LCCE, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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"As a doula, I was looking for a way to stay in birth work, but have a more predictable schedule. The training was like a mini-retreat for me. It’s my happy place to be with like-minded people! I gained a lot of valuable tools to help me teach the information I already know, and there are so many opportunities with Lamaze International. You can teach a traditional six- or eight-week class, but you can also do a first-time parents class, a refresher class or a VBAC class. I love that ability to customize to our own markets. Jessica made the training really fun and she’s so approachable. I felt like I wasn’t just learning how to be a childbirth educator, but also how to run a successful birth business. She has so much experience and so much success, and she also helped us think about how we interact in the community with doctors, nurses, expecting families and each other. Taking this training was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year."

Sarah Page, LCCE, Naperville, Illinois

Learn to be a great teacher.

Think about the very best class you’ve ever taken… the one that inspired you, moved you to action and brought out your very best. Our mission is to teach you how to create that kind of class for families in your home community. Great teaching is not about the PowerPoint presentation. Research and experience tell us that quality adult education needs to be interactive and strategically designed to get results. From the first minute of our training, you’ll be part of an interactive classroom. Together we’ll try out dozens of different activities you can use in your own classes, with time to process how they could be tweaked for your teaching style or the demographic you’ll be serving. The goal: fun, learning and growing confidence in your own ability to inspire a class full of pregnant families.

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YOUR TRAINING INCLUDES A 6-MONTH MEMBERSHIP TO THE EVIDENCE BASED BIRTH® ACADEMY.

Exclusive for Heart Soul Birth Pros students.

Creative teaching techniques are important, but as a Lamaze educator you’ll also be responsible for understanding the best research on a variety of birth, breastfeeding and parenting topics. For a new instructor, it can feel a little overwhelming to come up to speed quickly.

That’s why we offer all of our Heart Soul Birth Pros educators a free six-month subscription to the Evidence Based Birth® Academy. You’ll have access to 16 modules on topics ranging from labor induction to newborn procedures and racial disparities. Rebecca Dekker and her team at Evidence Based Birth® offer you an objective look at all kinds of topics, and they even break down the basics of how to read a research paper. Heart Soul Birth Pros is the only Lamaze accredited program that offers this bonus to all of our students. We added the Evidence Based Birth® Academy to our program because new educators told us they wanted to feel more confident in their handle on the research evidence. Now they do!

Are you a more experienced birth professional? You’ll still find the modules valuable and you’ll also benefit from the seven advanced courses offered on the site. The advanced courses will give you 23 nursing contact hours, plus the 23.75 contact hours you’ll earn by completing our Lamaze educator workshop. That’s a win-win for nurses and doulas – great information and all those contact hours.

A six-month subscription to the Evidence Based Birth® Academy is included as a bonus with your registration for one of our workshops, and we also offer you the option to extend to a full year when your time is up.

(Note: the Evidence Based Birth® Academy is not included with the midwifery fast track seminar. Ask us if you'd like to add it!)

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We'll help set you up for success.

  • You'll learn (and experience) how adults learn.

    There’s an art and a science to being a great teacher, and if you don’t learn how to do it well, your students won’t remember and be able to apply what you teach to their births. Our workshop explores the ins and outs of all kinds of creative teaching techniques – you get to experience them as a learner and try them out in your student teaching.

  • We'll teach you to integrate technology.

    Millennials have different expectations than past generations, and we’ll show you some great tech tools to make your classes fun and exciting (for your students and for you too).

  • You'll get resources to help you grow.

    In our very first training for childbirth educators, we had a student who’d already graduated from another childbirth education program. She shared that after the other training, she’d felt overwhelmed and lost. But after the Heart Soul Birth Pros training, she told us how much more confident she was feeling with so many resources and options for ongoing support. We’ll show you where to find evidence-based information and you’ll get our booklet of more than 20 creative teaching ideas that you can start incorporating into your classes right from the start. Plus, our mentoring program can help you continue to learn and grow after our three days together are done.

  • Plus the resources of Lamaze International.

    The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices form the basis of our childbirth educator training, and they’ll be the foundation of your birth classes too. Lamaze is a nonprofit organization that’s totally dedicated to its members and to supporting safe and healthy birth. Lamaze is the best-known childbirth education credential in the world, and it gives you the flexibility to teach in the hospital or independently. It really means something when you see the LCCE credential behind someone’s name. You'll be warmly welcomed into to the circle of Lamaze professionals worldwide. (P.S. — There are no funny breathing patterns anymore. Read our blog post for the details on today's Lamaze breathing.) 

  • The Evidence Based Birth Academy will help you grow even stronger.

    Heart Soul Birth Pros offers the only Lamaze childbirth educator training that includes six months of free access to Rebecca Dekker’s Evidence Based Birth Academy. We even offer you the chance to extend that access for a full year. Normally, 12 months of Evidence Based Birth’s professional membership costs $447. Heart Soul Birth Pros offers you full access to Rebecca Dekker’s 16 modules on evidence-based care, PLUS another 23 hours of advanced education (with nursing contact hours). We teamed up with Evidence Based Birth because we want you to have the best quality information at your fingertips as you support families.

There are three main types of people who take our trainings:

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People who are completely new to birth work

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Experienced doulas and childbirth educators

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Nurses, midwives and even a few doctors

2018 TRAININGS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
August 24-26, 2018
A Baby Naturally, Wheaton
Earlybird registration July 24

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
September 21-23, 2018
The Gladwin Center, Ann Arbor
Earlybird registration August 21

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
November 28-30, 2018
private home near the airport
Earlybird registration October 28

TOLEDO, OHIO
October 6-7, 2018
Midwifery Fast Track Seminar
CNMs, CPMs, midwifery students *only*
Does not include Evidence Based Birth membership
Promedica Toledo Hospital
Special price, $399
Earlybird registration, September 6

 

Want a training in your city?
Contact Jessica:
jessica@heartsoulbirthpros.com

LAMAZE ACCREDITED

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR SEMINAR

Early Bird Pymt Plan

$199
  • plus two more payments of $200 before the course begins.

Early Bird Full Payment

$599
  • Save money by making a single payment at the time of your early bird registration. Early bird registration ends one month before your training begins.

Regular Payment

$649
  • for registrations after the early bird deadline.

MIDWIFERY FAST TRACK SEMINAR

CNMs, CPMs + midwifery students *only*

Toledo, Ohio • October 6-7, 2018
(does not include Evidence Based Birth membership)

Early Bird Pymt Plan

$199
  • plus one more payment of $200 before the course begins.

Early Bird Full Payment

$399
  • Save money by making a single payment at the time of your early bird registration. Early bird registration ends one month before your training begins.

Regular Payment

$449
  • for registrations after the early bird deadline.

Want a training in your city?

If you come to us with six or more people ready to register, we’ll work with your schedule to bring a training right to you!

Experienced, successful trainers. With a doula's touch.

Every one of our Heart Soul Birth Pros trainers is an experienced childbirth educator who fills their classes. We’re all currently teaching in our home communities, so we’ve got a handle on what brings in Millennial families and holds their attention. Because we’re in the classroom every week, we’re trying and testing new techniques all the time. It’s so exciting for us when we get to turn around and share all of that with you.

We’re trainers and teachers, but we’re also doulas. We’ve all attended births in the hospital, at home and in birth centers. That makes us stronger educators. The doula spirit means we’re also really good at nurturing and encouraging people – including you. You’ll take our training to grow, stretch and develop new skills, and all that blossoming happens best when you’re in the cozy care of an experienced doula. We’ll be ready with a smile, encouraging words, some tea and snacks, and of course chocolate. Always, always chocolate.   

Doula Training and Childbirth Educator Training with Heart Soul Birth Pros
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We can dive in  together.

Are you ready to get your start as a childbirth educator? (Or to get refreshed and find new ideas to make your classes even better?) We’d love to have you join us. The earlybird cost of our workshop, including six months of the Evidence Based Birth Academy, is $599. You can pay that in full when you register, or you can make your first payment of $200 now. Don’t wait to get signed up, the earlybird pricing typically ends on the first of the month before your workshop, and workshop size is limited. So that’s $599 for the earlybird registration, and $649 if you find us last minute. Think of it as an investment in your childbirth education career. We can't wait to meet you.

Let’s get started!

Register for your childbirth educator training now.

Registration requires your deposit or full payment at this time. Questions? Visit our FAQs page or email info@heartsoulbirthpros.com before you register.

I'll look forward to meeting you!
-Jessica

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"I took Jessica’s training to learn more about Lamaze so I could bring it to Singapore. It turned out to be much more than I expected. I picked up so many skills to teach adult learners so that they’ll retain the information but also have a lot of fun while they are learning. I really enjoyed the interactive games and all the teaching ideas that I can integrate into my classes. And I loved that Jessica uses hardly any presentation slides! The Evidenced Based Birth® Academy membership was such a great bonus. I was planning to buy that a few months after the workshop, so I saved a lot of money by taking the Heart Soul Birth Pros workshop. Jessica is such a great listener, an amazing person and mentor. You’ll gain so much from her!"

Leila Xinle Ng Caceres, LCCE • Singapore

Lamaze International has awarded 23.75 hours of CNE credit for successful completion of this activity. Lamaze International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Activity Number SEM 0291-06. This activity has been approved by Lamaze International for 23.75 Lamaze Contact Hours. This activity is accepted by ICEA for 23.75 Contact Hours. Lamaze International is also a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15932, activity approved for 28.5 California nursing contact hours.