NEXT TRAINING BEGINS Spring 2018
NOTE: Intro to Childbirth Education Class is strongly recommended for prospective trainees. Be sure to join our mailing list to receive information about the next time it will be offered.
- Do you think of yourself as an advocate for women and families?
- Are you fascinated by birth and breastfeeding?
- Do you want to learn how to effectively teach a childbirth education curriculum?
- Are you currently teaching and would like to re-energize your classes?
APPLY TODAY and begin working on the prerequisites
The Pathway to becoming a BACE Certified Childbirth Educator!
The BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program is the first step to certification. This course will provide you with the skills, confidence, knowledge and curriculum you will need to teach, inspire and support childbearing families.
Founded in 1953, BACE has built a solid reputation for training highly skilled childbirth educators.
BACE Certified Educators are currently teaching in hospitals, health centers, maternity and parenting centers and other professional locations, as well as independently.
Kathleen Beans, RN, BSN, LCCE
Lorenza Holt, MPH, BCCE, BDT(DONA)
Shari McBurney, BCCE, BD(TOLABOR)
The BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program is different from other programs because it offers:
- 36+ hours of classroom time with experienced and dynamic faculty members and other educators and experts in the fields of maternal health and obstetrics/midwifery.
- Individual mentoring and support during and after the program.
- Practice and skill-building activities to increase confidence and readiness to teach. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to teach material in dynamic and engaging ways and have developed a BACE class curriculum complete with teaching activities and learner objectives.
- The opportunity for a solid understanding of the material. Throughout the course, our training staff will assess each trainee’s understanding of the course content. The results will be used to define the student’s study goals and a plan for successful completion of the course.
- A unique opportunity for those who have a strong background in birth-related knowledge and are already trained as childbirth educators, to increase their confidence, strengthen their teaching skills and revitalize their own courses! Contact us for more details on individualizing a program to fit your goals.
- Formal coursework consists of 36+ hours of class time over the period of 3 months. (Download the 2017 Course Schedule).
- The curriculum includes 4 hours of instruction on teaching and engaging adult learners. This experiential portion of the course is fundamental to learning how to design a curriculum, planning and organizing childbirth classes, acquiring teaching strategies and understanding key principles of adult education.
- The heart of the course consists of 7 weekly four – hour evening seminars. At each seminar, specific content of the curriculum will be reviewed in detail, learning objectives will be defined and how to present/teach the specific topics will be covered.
- By completing each of the evening seminars, the student will gain exposure and experience with the primary elements of a comprehensive childbirth education curriculum. This will allow students to design, step by step, their own complete childbirth class series. At the end of the course, students will work individually with one of our faculty to finalize their curriculum outline with specific teaching methods and class activities for each section.
- A seminar introducing the basics of breastfeeding. This seminar is for childbirth educators and doulas in training. Please note that those wishing to teach breastfeeding classes will require additional training.
Trainees who would like to be recommended for certification as BACE Childbirth Educators must successfully complete the following:
- Completion of the BACE Training Course
- Observation of a 12+ hour childbirth education course (Additional observations are recommended).
- Completion of all learning assessments.
- Interviews with both a mother and a midwife. (Guidelines will be provided).
- A birth observation with a written report describing the birth and your learning experience.
- Completion of a 12 hour course outline approved by the BACE training team.
- Trial Series. Teaching a comprehensive CBE course to pregnant couples in your community of choice. This series will be observed by a member of the training team and must begin within 18 months of completing the training program. It is the trainee’s responsibility to find a teaching location and class participants. Class series must have a minimum of 2 couples and be at least 12 hours long.
- Completion of 10 valid continuing education credits.
Credits can be earned from 12 months prior to enrollment in the childbirth educator training program through the completion of the trial series.Acceptable conferences or workshops include: Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, BACE workshops or conferences, NMC breastfeeding conferences, or other maternal child health related educational events. The latter are subject to specific approval by the training faculty. Certificates of attendance must be submitted.
Cost of the Program and More Information
See our (FAQ’s) frequently asked questions for more information about the BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program and path to BACE Certification