Childbirth Education Essentials


Vicki Elson offers a fascinating, compact, and unique one-day workshop. DONA members receive 8 CEU’s. It’s a free-standing event, but it’s also one component of her inexpensive and accessible certification program for childbirth educators.

Tuition is $150 per participant, plus a share of the instructor’s travel expenses from Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.  Tuition includes a DVD of Vicki’s hilarious and enlightening film, Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing, and other teaching tools. Transportation, meals, and lodging are not included but can be arranged communally.  The local coordinator receives free tuition.  Contact us

PLUS: Wherever Vicki travels, she likes to offer a free public screening and discussion of her film as a fundraiser and awareness-raiser for local birth organizations.


  • Cultural and media influences on birth practices and choices
  • What’s essential to teach about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, parenting
  • How to make classes fun, experiential, memorable, and never ever boring
  • What REALLY works for labor
  • What parents REALLY need to know to make informed decisions
  • What birth experiences mean to mothers for the rest of their lives
  • Fear-busting, baby-bonding, raising healthy happy kids


  • Tailoring your classes to general, specific, and underserved populations
  • Cultural diversity, competency, and sensitivity
  • Activism: educating new parents AND transforming institutions
  • Counseling skills, facilitating discussion
  • Networking, community-building, continuing education, avoiding burnout
  • Designing and marketing your classes to serve your community


Summer 2013 Northampton, Massachusetts (date TBA)
Vicki has been a doula and childbirth educator in her diverse community for 28 years. For the past 19 years, she has been training childbirth educators for ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators), Seattle Midwifery School, the Prison Birth Project, and the Massachusetts Midwives’ Alliance.

She is concerned about overuse of obstetrical interventions in some places, and about lack of access to needed interventions in others.  She is enthusiastic about distributing useful and accurate information AND easing information overload.  Her mission is to prevent trauma, cultivate love, and have more fun.


  1. Your CBE class sounds wonderful! Where will you be holding it in N. California in Feb?… and what are the dates? I’d love to attend…and will likely know others locally who would attend as well. ~ Janine Maitri, Sierra Childbirth Institute

  2. nema phillips

    Good evening. When and where more specifically is the CEE workshop in January 2012?

    Nema Phillips

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