Natural Childbirth Directory

Certification and Training

The following organizations provide education and/or certification for a variety of childbirth professions. Check the conference calendar for additional educational opportunities.

Abounding Health Now
Offers training and certification as a vaccine educator as well as Christian based childbirth education and doula training.

Academy of Certified Birth Educators and Labor Support Professionals
Provides training and certification for doulas and childbirth educators.

Acubirth
Training in accupressure for natural childbirth.

Active Birth Center
Offers training in Active Birth to childbirth professionals. Those not currently professionals are able to become Active Birth Yoga Instructors.

American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth
Training and affiliation for childbirth educators with the Bradley Method ®

American Aquanatal
Training and certification to be a prenatal water fitness instructor.

Apple Tree Family Ministries
Provides training and certification in Christian childbirth education.

Australian Doula College
Training and certification for doula and childbirth education.

Aware Parenting Institute
Offers workshops for instructors of the Aware Parenting philosophy.

Baby's First Massage
Training for instructors of infant massage.

Bellydance for Birth
Training is available for practitioners.

Blissborn
Training for childbirth educators is available.

Birth Arts International
Trains doulas, childbirth educators, midwife assistants and breastfeeding educators.

Birth Works
Training and certification for childbirth educators and doulas.

Birthing From Within
Training and certification for mentors and doulas.

Birthlight
Training and certification in prenatal, postnatal and baby yoga.

Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd
Online articles about teaching breastfeeding. Review classes for lactation consultants.

British Doulas
Doula training in the UK.

Cascade Christian Childbirth Association
Provides training and certification as Christian childbirth educator or doula.

Charis Childbirth
Training and certification for Christian doulas, childbirth educators and midwives.

Childbirth Connection
Offers a series of webinars on Transforming Maternity Care and a resource directory for evidence based midwifery.

Childbirth International
Training and certification for doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding educator.

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
Training and certification for doula, childbirth educator, breastfeeding educator and teen educator.

College of the Rockies: Birth Doula Studies Online
Online training and certification for doulas.

Couple to Couple League
Training to teach natural family planning.

CycleBeads
Online training available for the standard days method of family planning.

Doulas of North America (DONA)
Training and certification for doulas.

The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Childbirth and Pregnancy
Debra Betts has provided an education resource with references. Online classes with CEUs are available.

FertilityCare Centers of America
Education programs to teach the Creighton Model FertilityCare system.

Foundation for Infant Massage and Family Bonding
Training as infant massage bonding educator.

Golden Bridge
Offers training and certification in prenatal yoga instruction.

The Happiest Baby Education Association
Certifies educators in the parenting techniques of Happiest Baby on the Block.

Healthy Teen Network
Provides evidence based resources and training for workign with teens.

The House of La Matrona
Provides holistic doula training and certification.

H.U.G. Your Baby
Offers certification for teaching the H.U.G. program.

HypnoBirthing®
Training in hypnobirthing for all birth professionals. Certification for fertility consultant, infant massage and labor support.

Hypnobabies Network
Training and certification for instructors.

Infant Massage USA®
Certification as Educator of Infant Massage.

International Birth and Wellness Project
Provides training as childbirth educator or midwife.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Training and certification for doulas.

International Childbirth Education Association
Training and certification for childbirth educator, perinatal fitness educator and doula.

International Institute of Infant Massage
Offers training for infant massage instructors.

International Lactation Consultant Association
Training and certification for lactation consultants.

International Maternity Institute
Offering a variety of courses such as baby planner, child safety instructor and GreenBirth Educator.

La Leche League
Offers education for healthcare professionals and training as peer support.

Lamaze International
Training and certification for childbirth educators.

Mamaste Yoga
Certification in prenatal yoga instruction.

Master Travel
Escorted study tours to china, including a 15 day midiwifery study tour.

Naturally Healthy
Certification and training in herbs.

Natural Family Planning International, Inc.
Instruction to teach natural family planning.

Nurturing Birth
Training and certification for doulas

Nurturing Parenting
Training in parenting skills for at-risk families and infant massage.

Optimum Birth
Training for doulas.

Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS)
Training and certification for doulas.

Paramana Doula
Training for doulas in the UK.

Prenatal Plus - Yoga
Training and certification for instructors of prenatal yoga.

Prenatal Yoga Center
Training in prenatal yoga.

Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc.
Certification for breastfeeding counselor, childbirth educator, prenatal fitness instructor, infant massage and labor doula.

Spinning Babies
Provides workshops on belly mapping and optimum fetal positioning.

toLabor
Provides training and certification for doulas.

Uganda Christian University
Offers a course of study in public health titled Saving Mothers and Babies.

Urban Yoga
Prenatal yoga teacher training & certification for Conscious Birthing.

The Village
Doula training in South Africa

Waterbirth International
Certification in waterbirth techniques for all childbirth professionals.

Whole Birth Resources
Training in Whole Birth Yoga and Whole Birth counseling.

World Institute for Nurturing Communication
Offers training for infant massage instructors.

Yoga Birth
Training and certification as YogaBirth teacher.