Can you send me more information?
Sure we can, but please be specific about what you are looking for. We have made the website as comprehensive as we can. In terms of the course, the content, the team running it, the workshops, qualifications, payment and how the course works….. it's all on here already!
Do I need experience or prior qualifications?
No, everything you need to become an Antenatal Childbirth Educator and a successful business person is all included within the course. If you are a Midwife or Doula we recognise your prior learning and as such offer discounts. Please note you will need to send us your evidence for the discount to apply.
How quickly can I complete the course?
We expect most students to be able to complete the Diploma in Antenatal Education and Teaching in 6 months, and the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching in around 9 months. However, you can work through the material at a speed that suits you, and there is no time limit. If you are paying in instalments, a maximum of 2 modules can be completed per instalment paid*. If you have paid in full then you may work through the course at your own pace with no delay. Modules need to be completed in order and you can only move onto the next, when the current module is completed and passed.
*Labour and birth, Hypnobirthing and Mental Health are classed as “2 modules” for the purposes of instalment payments.
How do I know this is the course for me?
Well we can’t really tell you that. Everyone has individual requirements. However, we do have some tips to help you compare courses you may be considering:
- Take a look at the course content, is there a full breakdown of all the modules and units?
- Do you know exactly what each unit will teach you?
- What about the marketing and business side? Is there a module on actually making money, and support after qualification?
- How about the assessments? Do you need to wait for grading or is it automatic?
- How long do you have to complete the course?
- What is the cost of the course and does the course offer instalment payments?
- How about a workshop?
- Is the course written and led by recognised industry experts ?
Do I work for myself or for you?
That depends. With the Diploma in Antenatal Education and Teaching and the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching you can work for yourself. If you want to teach for us you must complete the EXTENDED Diploma. However you can still work independently alongside working for us as well. In short the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching has more options and more ability to earn money.
How do I work for you? What are the benefits? How much do I get paid?
Ok, so when you complete the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching you are able to set up a profile with our sister company Birth+. We handle the marketing and bookings for you, so all you need to do is teach!
- You will receive £110 per couple attending your course and can take up to 8 couples per class.
- You can decide on where to teach, what days, hours etc. Each course will last for 12 hours.
- There will not be another educator within a 15 mile radius of you.
- You can run as many courses as you want, and you can teach your own courses as well.
- You will be given teaching plans and expected to stick to those plans. This is because Birth+ is a research project as such we need to ensure that parents who come to us get a standardised course to ensure the research is as watertight as we can make it. We do review the teaching plans in line with feedback from our teachers, so please be assured you are a valued part of this project.
- You will need to pay for the venue hire fee, refreshments, your insurance (which is around £60 a year), materials and equipment. We provide the parents with a gift bag.
Where can I teach?
In short anywhere you want providing it is suitable. Some teach in their own homes, some use the clients homes. Community halls and Leisure centres are also places to consider. One tip. If you teach for Birth+ ask for charity rates, or offer a place free of charge in your own classes, as often this gives you a big discount on the hire fee.
How does the course work and how will I learn?
Upon signing up you will get a login which opens the course. Each course comprises of modules and units. Each module will have a guide with a reading list, learning outcomes and assessment. The units will help you work your way through the module, learning outcomes and assesment in a structured easy manner. Once you have worked your way through each module and passed the assessment you will get automatic access to the next module.*
The units contain a mix of videos, blogs and links to articles. Assessments are a mix of multiple choice questions, reflections, creation of posters and materials for parents etc. We also encourage active and applied learning through our private facebook group where you can access discussion prompts, supporting material and live sessions with the tutors.
Depending on the course you choose, on completion of the modules you can then book onto a workshop.
Do you offer discounts for existing Doulas, Midwives etc?
Yes we do. We recognise prior learning. When you sign up to the course some of the modules won’t appear for you as you will have already covered this in your prior training. Essentially you are put on a shortened pathway. Evidence of your qualification must be submitted for the discount to apply.
Other Breastfeeding Counsellor courses require me to have breastfed for 6 months, but I don’t see this requirement from you. Do I have to have breastfed for 6 months to be able to do this course?
No. You will find that other breastfeeding Counsellor courses require you to have breastfeed your own children to 6 months to be eligible to support others. Personally, we feel this is little more than judgement. Do Midwifery, Antenatal Educators or Doula courses say you have to have had given birth a certain way before supporting others? no? then why make this suggestion for breastfeeding? Everyone’s journey is different, be it birth breastfeeding or parenting, so your journey cannot and should not be compared to those you may be supporting. Besides, how on earth do you enforce this?
I don’t understand the pricing differences of breastfeeding courses, some are £100 others are £6500. Why is yours £600?
The short answer is that traditionally breastfeeding counsellors, support workers, or whatever other titles you come across, work for free. You undertake very basic training then volunteer through a phone helpline or in person class for the organisation you trained with. In terms of the £6500 course, you do get paid, around £10 per hour for a breastfeeding class.
As for our course? well firstly we want you to be able to charge for your expertise should you wish, so we don’t expect you to volunteer your time. Your training needs to reflect this, but neither does it need to run into the £1000’s. Once you completed the course you would expect to charge around £30 – £60 an hour supporting parents or run paid breastfeeding classes where you can earn around £400 for a 3 hour class.
Is the Breastfeeding course suitable preparation for the IBLCE exam / Will I be a Lactation Consultant after the Breastfeeding course?
No, you will not be a lactation consultant, however, the Breastfeeding course meets and exceeds the IBLCE exam requirements, which is the exam needed to become a Lactation Consultant. The highest qualification in breastfeeding. Typically, with this qualification you can earn around £75 per hour supporting families or turn this into a full time employed profession within the NHS. To be able to take the IBLCE exam (which is multiple choice, so nothing too scary!), you will need a full training transcript (which we can provide) and further practice hours. We also recommend our workshop and practice exam with out IBLCE Tutor, Shelley Wilson.