Welcome to the Birthing Wisdom training section
You will find here information on courses for women who want to practice as Birth and Postnatal Doulas/Companions or Childbirth Educators during the very special time of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
Birthing Wisdom offers the most in-depth and comprehensive Holistic Birth practitioner courses in the UK. It doesn’t just impart up-to date essential knowledge and skills: for many women the course is also a journey of self-discovery, of delving deeply into the feminine and into ‘Presence,’ developing the necessary qualities to successfully support women and couple through the journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Read our student’s words for a flavour of the experience.
Birthing Wisdom is more than a set of tools or skills, it is an approach to Birth and to Life. Read more about our approach here and the course overview here.
The circumstances of birth play an important role in creating a disposition to violence and self-destructive tendencies or to loving behaviour and healthy interpersonal relationships; thus changing birth practices to kinder and gentler ones would have a huge impact on the degree of violence acted out in the world.
Stanislav Grof, M.D
The first step to enrolling on the Birthing Wisdom training is to attend the Introduction to Birth work day. It gives us all a chance to see if the Doula fundamentals course is suitable for you and if we feel comfortable with each other and the way we teach before committing yourself to a fairly involved training. For more info or to apply for a place on Intro day click here.
Here is the schedule, fees and a brief outline for the courses offered in Devon and Liverpool in 2018:
• Introduction to Birth Work: a one day workshop for women who want to explore the calling to support and educate women or couples during the pregnancy, birth and/or postnatal period.
Sunday 4th of February 2018, 10- 5pm in Liverpool or
Sunday 25th of February 2018, 10- 5pm near Totnes Devon
• The Fundamentals: A slow and soulful journey…
Open to all. A stand alone course for those wanting to work as birth and postnatal doulas.The entry point for those wanting those wishing to do the childbirth educator training.
• 6 Distance Modules and 6 weekends in Liverpool or
• 6 Distance modules and 10 days (2×4 days and 1 weekend) near Totnes in Devon. Residential option available.
The first module will be sent out in March 2018 and the first live workshop will be the 14th/15th of April 2018.
Apply for this course early as, to ensure a quality of teaching and supervision, there are only 8 places available on each of the courses, including one assisted place.
Fees: In full: £990 Early booking discount: – £70
If there is a financial need: Non-returnable deposit of £300 and 6 instalments of £125.
” To be in alignment with ‘what is” means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be…Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness.”
• The Childbirth Educator Training:
2 contact sessions and 3 distance modules followed by a reflection module and open book exam. Open to all who have completed the Fundamentals or previously trained with Birthing Wisdom. If you have previous experience in the field of Pregnancy and Birth and wish to be considered for this training please get in touch with Olivia on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dates for 2018 contact sessions will be confirmed on application:
All sessions start at 9am on Thursday and end at 4.30pm on Sunday.
Apply for this course early as places are limited to 6 to ensure quality of teaching and supervision.
Fees: In full: £690 Early booking discount: – £50
If there is a financial need:
Non returnable deposit of £400 and 2x instalments of £150.
• Fundamentals and Educator training : £1590.
Early booking discount: – £100
Non returnable deposit of £300.
Instalments can be arranged if there is a financial need.
“Because women have always been the guardians of life’s wholesome practices, when we strengthen our health and spiritual power, we also strengthen the health and wisdom of the men, children and communities around us. Women are the staff-holders of sacred life and nurturance”
The Path of Practice