Childbirth Education Essentials workshops in November

“Childbirth Education Essentials,” a one-day workshop for experienced childbirth professionals and enthusiastic newcomers, will be offered twice next month: in Northampton, MA on Sunday, November 2, and in Jamaica Plain, MA on Sunday, November 16. The workshop runs from 9am to 6 pm.

It’s a practical and inspiring introduction to teaching about birth in any setting. The material is global and local, a mix of art, science, business, and joy.

Instructor Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD has worked with pregnant people for 32 years, including teaching community classes, working with incarcerated moms, training childbirth educators nationwide, and offering labor support in many settings. Her award-winning film, Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing, is popular worldwide.

In the interest of making high-quality childbirth education accessible to every pregnant person, the workshop costs only $150, including a workbook full of ideas, articles, and handouts, and a DVD of Vicki’s film. The optional childbirth educator certification process (online or by mail) is only an additional $100. Details at Click on “For Birth Professionals/ Students.”

To enroll, email with your name, phone number, email, and a note describing what you want to get out of the workshop. Payment is due on the day of the workshop.

Please bring your lunch, snacks, and beverages (sharing is encouraged). If you’re new to the world of childbirth, please read Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin and/or Our Bodies Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth before the workshop. Quiet sleepy little babies are welcome, but since we’ll want to stay focused, older children should have other arrangements.

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