Frequently Asked Questions

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Sure we can, but please be specific about what you are looking for. We have made the website as comprehensive as we can. In terms of the course, the content, the team running it, the workshops, qualifications, payment and how the course works…it’s all on here already! If you have any specific questions please fill out the contact form below.

No, everything you need to become an Antenatal Childbirth Educator and a successful business person is all included within the course. If you are a Midwife or Doula we recognise your prior learning and as such offer discounts. Please note you will need to send us your evidence for the discount to apply.

We expect most students to be able to complete the Diploma in Antenatal Education and Teaching in 6 months, and the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education in around 9 months. However, you can work through the material at a speed that suits you, and there is no time limit. If you are paying in instalments, a maximum of 2 modules can be completed per instalment paid*. If you have paid in full then you may work through the course at your own pace with no delay. Modules need to be completed in order and you can only move onto the next, when the current module is completed and passed.

*Labour and birth, Hypnobirthing and Mental Health are classed as “2 modules” for the purposes of instalment payments.

Well we can’t really tell you that. Everyone has individual requirements. However, we do have some tips to help you compare courses you may be considering:

  • Take a look at the course content, is there a full breakdown of all the modules and units?
  • Do you know exactly what each unit will teach you?
  • What about the marketing and business side? Is there a module on actually making money, and support after qualification?
  • What does this marketing module go into? is it just websites and posters or does it include copywriting, funnels, automation? Believe me posters wont get you very far!
  • How about the assessments? Do you need to wait for grading or is it automatic?
  • How long do you have to complete the course?
  • What is the cost of the course and does the course offer instalment payments?
  • How about a workshop?
  • Is the course written and led by recognised industry experts?

That depends. With the Diploma in Antenatal Education and Teaching and the EXTENDED+ Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching you can work for yourself. If you want to teach for us you must complete the EXTENDED Diploma. However you can still work independently alongside working for us as well. In short the EXTENDED Diploma in Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching has more options and more ability to earn money. 

Ok, so when you complete the EXTENDED Diploma in  Antenatal, Hypnobirthing Education and Teaching  or the ADVANCED Diploma in Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Education with Breastfeeding Counsellor,  you are able to set up a profile with our sister company BirthWorld. We handle the marketing and bookings for you, so all you need to do is teach!

  • You will receive up to £160 per couple attending your course and can take up to 8 couples per class. 
  • You can decide on where to teach, what days, hours etc. 
  • There will not be another educator within a 10 mile radius of you (Outside of London). 
  • You can run as many courses as you want, and you can teach your own courses independently as well.
  • You will be given course and teaching plans and expected to stick to those plans. This is because BirthWorld is a research project as such we need to ensure that parents who come to us get a standardised course to ensure the research is as watertight as we can make it. We do review the teaching plans in line with feedback from our teachers, so please be assured you are a valued part of this project. Of course with your own courses you can dictate the content.
  • You will need to pay for the venue hire fee, refreshments, your insurance (which is around £60 a year). You will be provided with a full Teaching Kit so you wont have start up costs to worry about either!
  • We provide the parents with a luxury gift bag.  

The quick answer is no.

The longer answer is that FEDANT are not a legally recognised governing or regulatory body. It is NOT a requirement to be FEDANT registered to practice, gain insurance or employment in this field, and it will not affect your chances of gaining employment or creating a successful career, if you are not registered with FEDANT. 

Just think of it this way – the NHS choose us to train their staff, Sure Start choose us to train their staff, the DWP choose as as their training provider…… if these national, government organisations don’t care about FEDANT, that tells you something about FEDANT, but more importantly it tells you something about us! Many of our students now work for various government bodies – clearly demonstrating the high quality and trustworthiness of our courses.

Instead, we chose to have our courses inspected and approved through CPD  certification that the NHS approve their courses through.

We are also in the process of gaining OCN accreditation. You may recognise these guys, because they probably awarded your High School qualifications!

OCN and the CPD both have a lengthy rigorous and expensive (!) inspection process. This is to ensure a very high quality in both teaching and content. 

We do feel very strongly that this level of inspection is vital, as unfortunately Lizzie has had personal experience of FEDANT course delivering dangerous information, to the point of potentially causing the death of a mother or baby.

Although we do support the regulation of Childbirth Educators, FEDANT standards are not something that we feel we can align our self with. This of course may change in time.  

The other reason we have not gone down this route – and this is an easy one of you to look up. FEDANT don’t actually market themselves to parents! They have a website – no social media at all, no advertising, no blogs, no nothing. If they were genuinely serious about promoting high quality education, why are they not telling parents about it? 

However, If you are keen on completing a FEDANT course, we would recommend the NCT course. This will ensure a good quality and safe course, and of course we wish you all the very best in your new career. 

In short anywhere you want providing it is suitable. Some teach in their own homes, some use the clients homes. Community halls and Leisure centres are also places to consider. One tip. If you teach for BirthWorld ask for charity rates, or offer a place free of charge in your own classes, as often this gives you a big discount on the hire fee. 

Antenatal Traning UK has a 3 step approach to learning – this allows you to Mix N Match your training to suit your individual needs.

Step 1:

Upon signing up you will get a login which opens the online course. Within the online are reading lists, learning outcomes and assessment. The active learning environment contains a mix of videos, blogs and links to articles. Assessments are a mix of multiple choice questions, group discussions,  reflections, creation of posters and materials for parents etc.

Once you have worked through the online content you are officially qualified. This is ideal for those with experience that need a quick and easy way to get a “red stamp”. 

Step 2:  

Sitting alongside the online learning, are live tutorials with the various experts. This will help you apply your learning through activities like case studies, discussion prompts, supporting materials, and general support. 

Step 3: 

Depending on the course you choose, on completion of the modules, you can then book a workshop. This will help you to practice your teaching and communication skills.

Yes we do. We recognise prior learning. When you sign up to the course some of the modules won’t appear for you as you will have already covered this in your prior training. Essentially you are put on a shortened pathway. Evidence of your qualification must be submitted for the discount to apply.

No. You will find that other breastfeeding Counsellor courses require you to have breastfeed your own children to 6 months to be eligible to support others. Do Midwifery, Antenatal Educators or Doula courses say you have to have had given birth a certain way before supporting others? no? then why make this suggestion for breastfeeding? Everyone’s journey is different, be it birth breastfeeding or parenting, so your journey cannot and should not be compared to those you may be supporting. Besides, how on earth do you enforce this?

The short answer is that traditionally breastfeeding counsellors, support workers, or whatever other titles you come across, work for free. You undertake very basic training then volunteer through a phone helpline or in person class for the organisation you trained with. In terms of the £6500 course, you do get paid, around £10 per hour for a breastfeeding class.

As for our course? well firstly we want you to be able to charge for your expertise should you wish, so we don’t expect you to volunteer your time. Your training needs to reflect this, but neither does it need to run into the £1000’s. Once you completed the course you would expect to charge around £30 – £60 an hour supporting parents or run paid breastfeeding classes where you can earn around £400 for a 3 hour class.

No, you will not be a lactation consultant, however, the Breastfeeding course meets and exceeds the IBCLC exam requirements, which is the exam needed to become a Lactation Consultant. The highest qualification in breastfeeding. Typically, with this qualification you can earn around £75 per hour supporting families or turn this into a full time employed profession within the NHS. To be able to take the IBCLC exam (which is multiple choice, so nothing too scary!), you will need a full training transcript (which we can provide) and further practice hours. We also recommend our workshop and practice exam with out IBCLC Tutor, Shelley Wilson.

"Really valuable course. We learnt lots and feel we have techniques to put straight into practice. Thank you Liz."

Aiesha Jackson & Holly Kinsta

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