Childbirth Educator Program
The Douglas College Childbirth Educator Training Program provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to prepare families to give birth in Canada. With an emphasis on evidence based information, students will learn a wide variety of activities and teaching strategies to make their prenatal classes informative and memorable .
The Childbirth Educator Program requirements for completion include:
1. Online Theory Modules
Students will complete learning activities and tests online and receive personal one-on-one feedback from their instructor. Given two years to complete twenty-two modules and it covers all aspects of the childbearing year from pre-conception to early parenting. Beyond learning about each topic, the "You, the Educator" sections in every module apply the academic information to real-life teaching situations.
When students have completed all the modules, they will also have prepared learning activities and created lesson plans so that they will feel prepared and ready for their teaching practicum. The self-reflective questions after each module and the midterm exam will give students a better idea of how they are progressing in the program and what to expect in the final exam. The final exam can be written when the modules have been completed and students are ready. Students have two years to complete all the requirements for the program. Course Outline and Completion Requirements
2. Birth Observations: Arrange to observe three births.
3. Prenatal Class Observations: Observe a prenatal 12 hours series or equivalent. Observing an experienced educator lead the class will help to prepare you for your teaching practicum. Ideally, you would observe the instructor who would later be your mentor for your teaching practicum.
4. Teaching Skills Workshop (required with separate fee)
The two-day Teaching Skills workshop will give students the hands-on skills and techniques to become excellent, engaging childbirth educators.
With the goal of creating classes that decrease fear and encourage confidence this workshop will give you the tools and activities to present even the most challenging topics in a reassuring, evidence based way.
The in person workshop provides many opportunities for discovering and practicing new ways to teach with a view to designing classes that actively engage with the adult learner. You will learn many tools to help you reduce lecturing and increase active participation in your classes. View the course outline
The teaching practicum will allow students to gain confidence as they co-teach with an experienced instructor and receive helpful feedback on their teaching,
Upon successful completion of all the program requirements, students will receive an official certificate and transcript from Douglas College.
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Fee(s): 2023 CBEP Theory Modules $780.00 & eventually the Teaching Skills Workshop $468.00 - It is recommend you register for this workshop when you have completed most of the modules.
For further information about the program and application process please contact:
Perinatal Program Coordinator
Program offered through online learning. Start anytime!