Diploma in Antenatal Education

Our Diploma in Antenatal Education is one of the most comprehensive qualifications,  written by a full panel of expert tutors.

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course description

Diploma in Antenatal Education is designed to help you reach entrepreneurial bliss as a Childbirth Educator

By the end of the course, you will have gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence to successfully run your own business and teach in any setting, including running your own classes, working for the local NHS or private medical establishment.

You do not need any prior experience, skills, or qualifications.

Module 1 | Research & Informed Choice

STUDY HOURS 3

TUTORIAL HOURS 2

They said “No”….

Research is a fundamental part of antenatal education practice and underpins the information we pass onto women and their partners for them to make invidualised decisions.  Do we set parents up to fail when we empower them with choice, then send them off to birth within the NHS, where their choices might be “removed”?

This controversial and ethical-based module takes an in-depth look at what informed choice really means, how we can enable parents to achieve effective support from caregivers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Be able to critique research in order to identify quality sources for your teaching.
  • Describe evidenced-based care, and understand why this is not every Parents’ experience.  
  • Describe the external impacts on informed choice, such as the landscape of the NHS, burnout etc
  • Use MINI BARR to support parents to  make full informed decisions.

Module 2 | Reflection

STUDY HOURS 3

TUTORIAL HOURS 1

Reflective practice ensures your awareness of the impact that past experiences, your own beliefs, and values have on behaviour, current and future thoughts, and decision making.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand what reflection is and why it is important
  • Demonstrate ways in which to reduce the impact of your influence.
  • Using evidence to inform reflection
  • Reflection cycles and barriers

Module 3 | Labour & Birth

STUDY HOURS 27

TUTORIAL HOURS 8

This module will guide you through natural birth, interventions and common issues that parents might face.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Build your knowledge on labour and birth for both natural and medicated births.
  • Deliver a balanced supportive class for every type of birth and parent.
  • Learn about the pain gate theory, the 15 different types of pain reliefe, hormones, inductions, breech and fetal positioning, interventions, optimal positioning for labour, pelvic floor, and lots more!

Module 4 | Partners' Matter

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 3

This module will explore the unintended censorship that Partners face and how this impacts on informed choice. Effectively guide partners through the process of birth, developing their confidence and understanding and identifying the impact birth has on them.  

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Discover how to place the Partner as a central pillar to positively impact on the birthing parents’ mental health.
  • Develop your understanding of the various roles that partners fulfil and how this can affect them.
  • Understand the difference and importance between active and passive support that the partner can give through pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.
  • Learn how to reinforce the importance of mental health for partners, why and how this is absolutely vital for them, and how they can directly and positively impact on their relationship to enhance and protect this on their journey.
  • Learn about the hormonal changes that males undergo during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. 

Want to know more? Click here for a detailed breakdown of Partners’ Matter 

Module 5 | Newborn Health & Wellbeing

STUDY HOURS 4

TUTORIAL HOURS 2

You will learn all about the newborn needs, from the first hour of life to the 6th week. Newborn illnesses are included in this module, as research shows, that the lives of babies could be saved if this was covered in childbirth classes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand how a baby develops
  • Newborn illnesses
  • General care
  • Feeding decisions

Module 6 | The 4th Trimester

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 3

Focusing on the parents this module covers the transitional journey from birth to around 3 months old. Sometimes tricky to navigate and usually full of anxiety.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand and discuss the transition to parenthood and their new identities with your parents.
  • Managing emotions, visitors and expressing needs.
  • Conflict resolution and compassion within the partnership.
  • Managing expectations
  • The importance of Self Care.

Module 7 | Breastfeeding

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 4

Breastfeeding is something that the majority of mothers wish to do, but many “fail” at.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • How to get breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Understand and address common paternal issues and concerns.
  • Biological and dorsal feeding positions and reflexes
  • Common issues
  • How to effectively run a Breastfeeding session within class or as stand alone session
    (Please note this module is not designed for the IBCLC exam. If you wish to become a breastfeeding counsellor or IBCLC we can “bolt on” extra modules for you. Please contact us for details)

Module 6 | The 4th Trimester

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 3

Focusing on the parents this module covers the transitional journey from birth to around 3 months old. Sometimes tricky to navigate and usually full of anxiety.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand and discuss the transition to parenthood and their new identities with your parents.
  • Managing emotions, visitors and expressing needs.
  • Conflict resolution and compassion within the partnership.
  • Managing expectations
  • The importance of Self Care.

Module 8 | Teaching, Facilitating and Coaching Skills

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 3

This module will help you develop your communication skills, confidence and knowledge to help you guide groups of expectant parents through pregnancy and into parenthood.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Explore the pycology adult of learning and the theories.
  • Learn about the differences in teaching, coaching, and facilitating groups.
  • Learn how to make your classes engaging whilst integrating learning aims and outcomes, evaluation, active and layered learning
  • Role and resposbiilities, evelautiong 
  • Apply principles of managing group dynamics.
  • Design, evaluate and conduct courses

Module 9 | Business and Marketing Skills

STUDY HOURS 10

TUTORIAL HOURS 3

This module will help you launch your dream job!

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Explore your local community to identify where your business fits into current services.
  • Understand basic marketing skills such as social media, websites and SEO, copywriting, blogging, business plans and why you need to know what car your target audience drives!
  • Identify potential funding sources

Course Details

TIMEFRAME

6-8 months

COURSE investment

Option 1: Single Payment of £780

Option 2: 6 Monthly Instalments of £130

"I've had four kids, and no one has told me this stuff before."

Sara Crofts

go one step further!

This course covers the same 9 foundation modules in the Antenatal Educator Diploma,

PLUS qualifies you as an Hypnobirthing Practitioner,

PLUS includes additional modules in Perinatal Mental Health, LGBTQ+ & Vulnerable communities and Advanced Marketing.

Oh and did you know with the Extended Diploma you can also teach for BirthWorld?

Perfect if you want to be part of a brand, don’t have the time for marketing or don’t want to bother with it. 

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Our Approach

Step 1

Learn
Work your way through our online, interactive, and active learning environment. Complete the modules at your own pace, in your own time. At the end of these modules you will be qualified! Ideal for those students with experience who just need a "rubber stamp".

Step 2

Apply
Live tutorials with the tutors will help you understand the content the modules and then apply it. Using scenarios, case studies and discussions you will take your knowledge to the next level!

Step 3

Practise
Our workshops are designed to help you practice your teaching and communication skills. Workshops are optional for this course. Details are sent out towards the end of your training inviting you to consider attending.

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