Discerning Childbirth™ Teacher Training
Our childbirth educator training program is a two-tiered program. If you would like to register for any of our upcoming teacher training seminars click here for registration form- after filling out the form, please mail it to us.
Tier One is designed for those who are already a birth educator you may attend just the first two classes of the teacher training workshop about faith, connection to Christ and integration of faith with the childbirth classes. You will also need to show us proof of your previous training and/or certifications. If you have been an independent teacher, and cannot provide us with proof of training/certification you may test out on the basic birth information, and provide 5 letters from people who have attended your classes. In this tier of training we will cover the following topics:
The registration fee for this tier only is $150 (recommended additional donation $175)
Tier Two is for those who are new to teaching birth classes. You would attend all 4 days of the workshop. In addition to what is covered above in Tier One, we will cover the following topics in days 3 & 4:
The registration for this track is $275 (includes both Tier One and Tier Two). (The recommended donation for this track is an additional $350).
Teacher Training Requirements
Outline of teacher training requirements
Details of teacher training requirements
Tier One Reading List
Lord of the Birth (Jennifer Vanderlaan)
Tier Two Reading List
Expecting Trouble (Thomas Strong, Jr., M.D.)
Read Preparation for a Discerning Childbirth™ and submit your teaching outlines to the Center.
Once we have received and approved all of your work, you will receive a certificate of completion, and be posted on our web site as a teacher of Discerning Childbirth™.
You will a maximum of 12 months from the time you attend the workshop to complete all of the requirements for Tier One, and 24 months to complete all the requirements for Tier One and Tier Two.
Some people take the teacher training with the idea that they would like to teach birth classes in a Dunamas™ Center. If that is your desire, than you should contact the Dunamas™ Center in your area and make arrangements to meet with them before you take the teacher training. We cannot guarantee that by taking the training you will automatically be eligible to teach in a Dunamas™ Center. We have procedures for having anyone work in a center and you would have to meet all of the Center requirements.
Everyone one who works in a Dunamas™ Center is also required to go through a 5 day marriage, or singles, intensive counseling with a Dunamas™ Center counselor. For more information about the counseling click here.
Additional Workshop Information
Things to Bring
Include relaxed, informal clothing and a Bible. There will be a lot of sitting on the floor and exercise movements. You will probably want to have a sweater with you no matter what time of year because we don’t always have control over the heat and air. If possible, bring a couple of pillows and a blanket to sit on. We also suggest you bring paper and pens for additional note taking. A watch with a second will also come in handy.
Husbands are welcome to attend for no additional charge. However, it is important to let us know ahead of time if they will be with you, as again, space is limited. We think husbands should attend if possible as we find expectant couples enjoy having a husband and wife team who are informed about Christ centered, heart connected, marriage focused childbirth.
Babies and nursing mothers are encouraged to attend. There are no facilities for bottle feeding babies. You know your baby best, so if your baby will have difficulty sitting quietly for long periods of time please have a dad or babysitter available to take the baby out of the sessions when not nursing.
Teacher Training Requirements
In order to use our teaching materials you will have to complete all teacher training requirements. These is the list of basic requirements, and they are explained in detail below:
Once you have completed the workshop you will be listed on our website as a “provisional” teacher. Once you have completed all the materials the provisional standing well be removed.
Purchasing Teaching Material
You will be allowed to purchase teaching materials to use in your provisional classes at the bulk rates unless you go past the 12 or 24 month deadlines without completing all your requirements. You will need to then maintain good standing with the Dunamas™ Center in order to continue purchasing our teaching materials.
Good Standing With the Dunamas™ Center
It is our desire that you will create a birth education ministry in your area. Because ministry doesn’t often carry large financial gain, we will not require a yearly fee to maintain standing. However, your reputation as a Discerning Childbirth™ educator is important. Therefore on a yearly basis we will ask for evaluations from your students, including how you are using the materials in your classes and seminars. These evaluations will begin 1 year following the completion of your teacher training requirements. Complaints will be dealt with as they come.
Upcoming Teacher Training Seminars