The Madriella Childbirth educator program prepares our members to teach classes to families expecting babies. This course will help you to prepare women for childbirth and to better comprehend the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. Our Childbirth educators are a resource for families providing information they may not receive from their healthcare provider alone. The also help new parents to develop valuable strategies for managing pregnancy and childbirth.

This course is reserved for Professional members only.

Course Prerequisite: Madriella Birth and Postpartum Doula Certification Courses, Professional Development Course.

Course Requirements:
Textbook for course (see reading list)
A working Internet connection
A computer or mobile device capable of:
a) Accessing the Internet
b) Uploading a written assignment/digital photo
c) Posting/reading messages in the forum


Module 1 Examining Birth Choices and Goals
Unit 1 Elements of a great Childbirth Education Class
Unit 2 Parental Expectations
Unit 3 Learning Objectives
Unit 4 Knowledge verbs for learning objectives
Unit 5 The Syllabus and Lesson Plan
Unit 6 Introducing the Peripheral Benefits of Childbirth Education
Unit 7 Peripheral Benefits of Childbirth Education
Unit 8 How to make your Class fun
Unit 9 Add some games and activities to your lessons
Unit 10 Peripheral Benefits Review
Unit 11 Shared Decision Making
Unit 12 Informed Consent
Unit 13 Working with the Caregiver
Unit 14 Where will they give birth
Unit 15 What type of provider?
Unit 16 Models of Care
Unit 17 Very Important Decisions
Unit 18 Textbook Assignment: Your Birth Worldview
Module 2 Prenatal Wellness and the New Parents
Unit 1 Prenatal Tests, Screenings
Unit 2 Prenatal Visits
Unit 3 The tests themselves
Unit 4 Warning Signs of Pregnancy Complications
Unit 5 When to call the Doctor or Midwife
Unit 6 Reducing Stress during Pregnancy
Unit 7 The physiological effects of stress
Unit 8 Healthy stress management for new mothers
Unit 9 Dealing with Illness & Discomforts
Unit 10 Medications and Hazardous Substances
Unit 11 Traveling while pregnant
Unit 12 Staying Fit in Pregnancy
Unit 13 Textbook Assignment: Prenatal Fitness Resources
Module 3 Preparing for Labor and Birth
Unit 1 Review of Birth Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 2 Getting Ready
Unit 3 The Stages of Labor
Unit 4 Textbook assignment: The Stages of Labor
Module 4 Teaching Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth
Unit 1 Dealing with Labor Pain
Unit 2 Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress
Unit 3 Pain Medications used in Childbirth
Unit 4 The Physiological Stages of Birth
Unit 5 Complications
Unit 6 Cesarean Birth
Unit 7 Textbook assignment: Finding Comfort in Birth
Module 5 Postpartum Care
Unit 1 Recovering from birth
Unit 2 Postpartum care
Unit 3 Baby’s First Day
Unit 4 Bringing Baby Home
Unit 5 Medical Care for the Baby
Unit 6 Getting Pregnant Again
Unit 7 Textbook assignment: Following the Birth
Module 6 Teaching Strategies for Groups and Couples
Unit 1 Running the Class
Unit 2 Material Considerations