When is a Governing Body, not a Governing Body?

Did you know the only official governing body for the world of birth is actually the RCM? The rest, some great and some not so great, are just private companies.

It is interesting to see the varying standards required to register or become a member of these companies. Let’s look at three aspects – inspection of classes, CPD requirements of those leading the training, and course content – and of course, why this is important.

The RCM and DoulaUK inspect any childbirth education training registered with them. Whereas the body of antenatal educators does not.

Without inspection by knowledgeable persons, classes can run with highly dangerous information. For example, “ask for an episiotomy, its better than tearing” and the “you can turn your induction drip up and down”. Both these ‘wonderful’ tips are given by an educator of parents and educator of student teachers. And their courses are registered with the body of antenatal educators. And yes I did hear this directly from the “horse’s mouth”.

(Now for those that don’t know episiotomy has a high incidence of infection, does not prevent tearing, and can lead to a life-threatening hemorrhage. As for the induction drip – this drug is controlled, meaning it’s very securely locked up. Additionally, the drug can cause heart rate difficulties in the baby, hyperstimulation of the uterus, hemorrhage etc etc…. see how dangerous and life-threatening this misinformation can be?)

The RCM and DoualUK require proof of CPD from all its members. The antenatal governing body does not.

In maternity, research is being constantly undertaken and evaluated. This means that our knowledge base can change over time. If an educator does not keep up to date with evidence, or their skills this can lead to out of date information and ultimately impact on parents.

When submitting a course to any of the above providers for certification, certain standards need to be met. For example, DoulaUK requires the course content to cover 35 topics, the antenatal governing body requires 20. Because the RCM inspects each course individually and in person, they do not have a “course content” requirement as they cover so many varying types.

In conclusion, when choosing an education provider – being “certified” is not all it’s cracked up to be. So unless they are RCM certified, ask around n the birth world about any certifications they profess to have- are the tutors known, what qualifications and skills do they have? Is there a free trial?, is there a money-back guarantee?

Dont just go by certification – look at the course.

Antenatal Training UK are pleased to announce that we are expecting our registration from RCM to be approved very shortly, and hope that when DoulaUK reopens for submission our course will also be accepted with them!!