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Childbirth Education Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Childbirth Education for PREGNANCY, LABOUR & CHILDBIRTH professional training. These Childbirth Education online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Childbirth Education education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

Hours / Credits: 1.25 (details)
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Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is author of Transformed by Birth, host of the podcast Transformed, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, wife and mother, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. For over 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, and skills for supporting intimate relationships while parenting.

Britta is an engaging teacher, speaker, and presenter. Whether addressing a room of expectant parents, new mothers, or seasoned birth professionals, Britta has a way of captivating and inspiring them all. She has presented at conferences such as DONA International, MANA, ICEA, and Lamaze. Additionally, Britta has been featured on several popular podcasts including Informed Pregnancy, Birthful, and Atomic Moms. In 2016, in recognition of her transformative childbirth classes, Britta was awarded "Educator of the Year" by the Southern California Doula Association (DASC).

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Becoming a parent is a process of profound maturation, one that requires expectant parents to grow into decision-makers for their growing families. Teachers and experts in the childbirth and parenting fields naturally want to share their hard-earned wisdom with expectant parents. However, doing so without awareness may be unwittingly reinforcing the idea for new parents, that experts “out there” hold the knowledge needed to be make decisions in the best interest of their growing family. This effectively keeps expectant parents in the energetic position of the child (the one who receives guidance) rather than supporting them to grow into the position of the parent (the one who makes decisions and acts). If we want to help the expectant parents grow into autonomous and self-guided parents, educators must practice in such a way that inspires the growth needed in the parent rather than simply fill them with information. Flipping from the authority of teacher and expert to mentor or guide, reduces the hierarchical nature of the relationship and can help awaken the inner authority of the parent-to-be. Understanding this dynamic along with a few basic tools can help you better support your clients as they stretch into parenthood.

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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 12.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Australia Elly Taylor, DIP, Arts

With over 25 years’ experience as a relationship counsellor, parents’ group facilitator, mental health educator, partner and mum, Elly Taylor has become an internationally known parenthood preparation and perinatal relationship expert and the award-winning author of Becoming Us. Elly’s passion is preparing parents for a happy and healthy family—at any stage in their parenthood journey, and especially in a challenging world. Her Becoming Us approach includes fathers and partners in all aspects of pregnancy, birth and beyond, harnesses the attachment bond between couples to stabilise them through the life changes and challenges of parenthood and links both parents into community services to support the mental, emotional and relational wellbeing of the whole family.

Elly has served as an advisor for numerous university research projects and her ground-breaking Becoming Us developmental framework has now become a comprehensive multi-disciplinary education and professional training and courses for parents. In a full circle moment, Elly recently trained midwives, allied health and therapy professionals in her local community and now Becoming Us Nest Building Sessions are preparing expectant parents in the hospitals where her children were born. Elly lives in Sydney, Australia with her firefighter husband, their three kidults and an abundance of pets.

Australia Elly Taylor, DIP, Arts
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The “transition” into parenthood is culturally a time of great joy, excitement and celebration. But our “Bon Voyage” attitude to parenthood appears to be setting families up to fail. Research tells us new parents are struggling: currently 1 in 3 mothers and 1 in 5 fathers suffer from anxiety or depression during the perinatal period. Added to this, a whopping 92% of couples report increased conflict and 67% a decline in relationship satisfaction in the first few years of family. So, what’s going on here? Is there a better way? And what can perinatal professionals do about it?

In this presentation, we’ll first bust some unhelpful myths of parenthood. Next, participants will learn that while parents may expect having a baby is the destination, it’s just the beginning. Parenthood is like travelling deeper and deeper into foreign territory: every new stage has it’s own surprises, joys, challenges and unexpected rewards. And the journey never ends.

We’ll explore ways to prepare parents for the stages of early parenthood (even long after their baby has joined them) in ways that support the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of mothers, fathers and parents, so their whole family can thrive.

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Presentations: 8  |  Hours / CE Credits: 8  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI

Janice Banther has been a pioneer leader among birth professionals in advocating for pregnant women who are incarcerated. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Birth Behind Bars (BBB). BBB began providing childbirth and parenting classes and labor support services to inmates in 2001. Prior to 2001 Janice focused her childbirth work primarily with at risk mothers; homeless, addicted and abused. This body of work has earned Janice the highest certifications. She is a certified CAPPA Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, Happiest Baby on the Block, Infant Massage Instructor, Trainer and Bereavement Counselor with RTS. BBB expanded its training of birth professionals to work with inmates in 2015 with the release of Birth Behind Bars Certification program; an online and manual based program equipping childbirth educators and birth professionals to work in a jail or prison environment in the United States and Internationally.

USA Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI
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This presentation will cover the history and background of how the incarcerated pregnant woman experiences birth. And it will demonstrate the current trends in educating and equipping the inmate for a birth experience that will; reduce the need for medical intervention, increase bonding between new born and mother, prepare the inmate for parenting from jail or prison and reducing the likelihood that the mother will be reincarcerated.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 19.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, LCCE, FACCE

Dr. Robin Elise Weiss is a childbirth educator, doula, and author of more than 10 books on pregnancy and parenting. She is the past President of Lamaze International and currently serving on the Board of Directors. She also runs one of the oldest pregnancy websites, pregnancy.about.com. Robin and her husband, Kevin, are raising their eight children in Louisville, KY, USA.

USA Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, LCCE, FACCE
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Take a tour of the Lamaze International’s six Healthy Birth Practices to see what people can do to make their birth safer and healthier. These six simple steps can be employed in most birth settings with a minimal of change. Using a model of empowerment, the Lamaze International classes are designed to help women become informed and make choices that work towards safer, healthier births and babies.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United States Betsy Schwartz, CPD(DONA), MMHS, CTM

Betsy Schwartz is a pioneer and a visionary. She established Tenth Month Doula Services in 1994, the first of its kind in South Florida. She has trained hundreds of postpartum doulas. Betsy is a former CAPPA and DONA International Postpartum Doula trainer, and is an active member of both. She now offers online courses at BirthElearning. Betsy’s most recent accomplishment is the creation of Down the Canal –The Game of Birth. Betsy continues to pioneer in Citrus County Florida as a committee member of the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative. Betsy holds a master’s degree in management of human services. She is also a Reiki Master and a yoga enthusiast.

United States Betsy Schwartz, CPD(DONA), MMHS, CTM
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The purpose of this workshop is for participants to gain an understanding of the value of play for maximum retention of information. Participants will stimulate their happy chemicals, explore the brain on fun, engage in play, and discover their own learning style. There will be an opportunity to share ideas for games and activities for childbirth education, and to ask questions.

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Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).

Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor.

Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.

Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola.

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Penny will explore trends in childbirth education over the past quarter century when childbirth education became marginalized with fewer than half of first time north American childbearing families taking any childbirth classes. Reasons and implications of a poorly informed childbearing public will be discussed. Penny will discuss her perceptions of what is missing in childbirth education today, and will suggest some solutions. She will review knowledge essential for families to make choices in maternity care. Penny calls for more skill building in classes relating to comfort measures and improving labor progress.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Shelly Lopez-Gray, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC

Shelly Lopez Gray is a registered nurse behind the blog Adventures of a Labor Nurse: the Highs and Lows of Labor and Delivery. She writes about the secret (good) work of nurses and provides information for women before, during and after their pregnancy as well as resources for nurses for professional growth and development. She works at the Houston Medical Center. Shelly volunteers teaching prenatal classes to women at a pregnancy crisis center and provides breastfeeding information to mothers at a teen clinic. Shelly is dedicated to the health of moms and babies and genuinely believes that every nurse has the potential for greatness.

USA Shelly Lopez-Gray, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
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Technology has become a staple of American lifestyle. The majority of healthcare providers and patients utilize social media on a daily basis. Information is now readily available and easily accessible online and through a variety of social media outlets. Healthcare providers and patients both independently search for information related to care or practice. Online information is abundant, instantaneous, and often incomplete. Media tools are capable of engaging and educating patients and providers. These outlets maximize exposure of information and provide focused information to specific populations. Assessing a need for complete, current, evidence-based information relevant to the bedside nurse and the clients in their care resulted in the creation of a website dedicated to patient and provider education. Articles providing education aimed at particular populations or topics are published weekly and promoted through social media outlets. Analytics are reviewed to evaluate engagement and compared to national organizations, revealing consistently high engagement.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.