What does an Antenatal or Childbirth Educator earn?

Take a look at the variables in a childbirth educators salary and see how to maximise your potential earnings. 

Why the variability in a Childbirth Educator wage?

I suppose it’s a bit like asking ‘how long is the proverbial piece of string’? You have probably looked around and not really seen any answers.  A simple google will bring up the NCT pay of £18ph for a 12–16-hour course – after paying £12,500 for two years of training, and absolutely nothing else. Yet it is an important question, as the answers will help you decide which pathway and training route, is the right fit for you.

If you have a look around your local area you will find many different types of birth classes, led by many different people (more on the people part in a moment). One thing you will perhaps notice is that Childbirth Classes tend to be cheaper than Hypnobirthing classes and tend to form a “course” of X number of hours or weeks. Yoga and movement-based classes can sometimes be done ‘ad hock’ on a weekly basis and tend to be cheaper still. But curiously some classes are double, if not triple the cost of others? 

So, let us start by looking at why this variability exists.  

look at the variables in a childbirth educators salary and see how to maximise potential earnings. 

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Antenatal Teachers Salary vs Hypnobirthing Teacher Salary

Before Antenatal Training UK was born I regularly ran what I termed “Very Important Pregnancy” Birth Classes. (I still do, just not as often – as sometimes I was running 3 fully booked classes each month). This included a full course on Childbirth AND Hypnobirthing content. I also offered a Birth Bliss Bag full of treats and spoilt my parents with strawberries chocolate and non-alcoholic bubbles on arrival – I made it into a treat for them. I used to teach these classes in Leicester and get bookings from parents living as far away as Oxford, even London. They traveled to me for two reasons – the course content being one of them. The Educator is the other.

Earnings wise a full standard childbirth class costs around £65, Hypnobirthing is upwards of £150, so combine these together and you can expect to charge upwards of £200. That means earning potential of £1600 per 14-hour course (based on 8 couples per group).

Take Away: To maximize your earnings start by maximizing your course content. 

Take Away: To maximise your earnings start by maximising your course content. 

How does "The Person" influence a Childbirth Teachers Salary?

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Another important element to the charging / income query is that of the educator running the course. Take for example a well-known Doula, she charges £2,000 for a standard package. A simple package from a not so well know Doula would probably be around the £850-£1000 mark. So why the difference? It has nothing to do with experience and everything to do with how you position or present yourself in the marketplace, and your business model.

This is more than “marketing”, this is about understanding and presenting your unique offerings, your expertise. Your story. There are many elements which go into this, but ultimately get it right and you can charge a premium as well as have a fully booked class with clients coming from further afield to get to you. Did you know that I never did any advertising? I still do not for my birth classes – every client comes to me through word of mouth. I do not even have a facebook page.

Now you may not know anything about positioning, and that’s fine. Social Media has lots of course options for you, you may find a free group to help you understand what it is about – it won’t help you actually do it, but it’s a great place to start. Or sign up for our Advanced Marketing Course – or get this module free within the Extended Childbirth and Hypnobirthing Diploma.

Take Away: How to present yourself to potential clients will impact a huge amount on what you can charge.

What does Childbirth Educator get paid in a Franchise?

This is the other option. Some training providers offer you the chance to work under their banner. Some will be free when you’ve done their training, some will charge you an absolute fortune!

The advantage of joining a franchise is that they do the marketing for you, they have the website, the social media, the experience, etc. This is a very viable option if you’re not that interested in marketing, don’t have the time to do it, or perhaps you want to get started straight away with classes, but would like to slowly build your own brand on the side. NCT and BirthWorld are two such examples.

Only you do need to be careful with this option as many companies don’t have great marketing, leaving you without any real income, so, check this out before you commit. 

The other consideration is do you get paid per hour or per parent?

As we previously identified, the NCT work on a per hour basis, and following a 2 years university course costing £12,500 – they pay around £18ph. This works out to be around £ 216 – £250 depending on what course you are facilitating. However, if there are not enough parents booked they do cancel classes.

BirthWorld does it the other way round, they pay you based on a per parent basis. This works out to be around £960  for a full course, payable form the moment you qualify – not after 5 years, and if you have at least one client booked, we do not cancel classes. This means even with just one parent booked you are still earning the living hourly wage and you won’t have wasted your time setting up a course, for someone else to cancel it. 

I do not know enough about other brands to comment on exactly what or how they pay, but a simple email to enquire about any you are interested in will help you with this.

Take Away: Finding the right brand to work with can help maximise your earnings.

So can you make a real living on a Antenatal Educators’ salary?

Yes!! Absolutely. If you get the right training and the right positioning and business model, you can reasonably expect to earn a very comfortable wage working part time and an above average wage working full time.

The crucial thing to get to this point is to understand you are running a business, so you  you owe it to yourself to get the best training you can find, as a start. Then build it up from there.

Good Luck !!!

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