Train the Trainer

The Train the Trainer African American Childbirth Educators Training Program: 

The Train the Trainer African American Childbirth Educators Training Program was developed by the ICTC in order to address the lack of a diverse workforce in childbirth education and increase opportunities for African American women and their families to access childbirth education that is conducive to their learning and community needs.

The ICTC is dedicated to increasing the number of African American childbirth educators in Oregon to give African American families more options to attend childbirth education classes or workshops in their community.

The program is focused on the midwifery model of care to improve birth outcomes. The Childbirth Educator is a trained professional who can provide current information to mothers and their families. The training is focused on the childbearing experience as a normal and healthy process along with a unique cultural component that honors the African American midwife’s public health practice. The training includes an overview of the history of childbirth education in the United States, an overview of infant and maternal mortality, patient rights, and traditional and current birth practices. The training also covers the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, nutrition during the childbearing years, and breastfeeding. The ICTC Childbirth Educators Training Program is a pilot project designed to certify a cohort of African American trainees who will gain the education, skills, confidence and resources necessary to provide women and their families with culturally competent perinatal education. ICTC hopes to empower pregnant women to understand the process of labor and birth allowing them to make informed choices during her perinatal period.

This unique program will give trainees the opportunity to learn and share in a group setting within an environment of community, respect and trust, designed to support a transformational learning experience. The training is designed to increase health awareness, business savvy, and personal development.

Training Outcomes

The ICTC childbirth train the trainer program teaches cultural awareness and sensitivity; birth terminology (anatomy and physiology of preconception, conception and pregnancy);  nutritional needs for the childbearing year and infant feeding; the psychosocial/emotional changes in pregnancy; the stages and signs of labor and birth; labor and delivery support and coping skills; pros- and cons- of obstetrical tests and procedures; cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); postpartum and new born care; prematurity, low-birth weight and infant mortality prevention; traditional birth practices; breastfeeding technique; empowerment and advocacy;  adult learning strategies and effective teaching skills; professionalism and business skills; and much more.

The Childbirth Educator’s Role:

An ICTC Childbirth Educator’s role is to create trust in the birth process and empower women to trust their bodies, make informed decision, and understand the collective experience of Black women’s birthing experience. Through lecture, personal interaction and resources educators will employ positive group dynamics, respect each family’s uniqueness, and offer current information on the mechanisms and techniques of a healthy birth.

ICTC Childbirth Educators Provide Information On:

Signs of labor and comfort measures

Cesarean section prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

Pain medication options

Advantages of natural child birth

The role of the partner during labor and recovery

The role of a Doula

The newborn and bonding

Patient rights

Creating a birth plan

Places of birth

Applicant Criteria

The application process includes two letters of recommendation and a two-hundred and fifty word essay, written in a 12 font, times roman of the applicant’s goals and objectives for becoming a childbirth educator.  For those who speak other languages or are challenged in other ways, may tape their essays or have an oral interview by phone. Applicants must have the minimum of a high school diploma or GED, however, a two year associates degree or other continuing education certification is preferred. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Childbirth Educator Certification Requirements

A provisional certificate is earned by those who successfully complete the 40hr training.

To complete the certification process, provisional childbirth educators must also complete the following: complete self-directed study (3 books and book reports) observe one childbirth education series (conducted by a certified childbirth educator), participate in a peer breastfeeding training, conduct 12+ hours of student teaching through externship, observe one births, and pass the CB-Ed final examination.

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