Active Birth Professional Training


I heard about Janet’s training as I researched my options to become a childbirth educator in the U.K. I found several training organisations but none that I believed in as much as the Active Birth approach which I feel really fits with my philosophy around birth already. I asked some Facebook groups for advice and got lots of positive feedback from previous trainees. My choice was made!

Our 2019 course will take place from 20th – 27th November with a day of rest on the 25th .

Principal tutors: Janet Balaskas and Jill Benjoya Miller

Assistant senior teachers: Lynn Murphy and Lola Alcarez Perez

The course starts with a preliminary day  led by senior active birth teacher Dominique Sakoilsky, author of the book ‘Seven Secrets of a Joyful Birth.’

Using her incisive ‘Seven Secrets’ method, she will take us all on a personal journey of emotional exploration and self reflection for ourselves as birth professionals, helping women and their partners prepare for birth and parenting. This is a wonderful and inspirational introduction to teaching Active Birth and a way to prepare for a deeper learning experience and to integrate together as a group.

This will be followed by Teaching Active Birth: Part 1 (5 days). There will be a day of rest and self -practice before part 2 commences with a Practice Day where we will help you to prepare for your Assessment and Completion the following day (2 days). 

Plenty of teaching practice and preparation for the assessment will be included throughout the course with additional support after the course for anyone who needs it to complete.

Please register your interest to

About our Active Birth Training for Professionals 

The phrase ‘Active Birth’ was coined by Janet Balaskas in the 1980’s and is now a generic term that is recognised worldwide; it underlies all effective methods of birth preparation and is intrinsic to all physiological births. Our centre in London is the heart of Active Birth and a centre of excellence for professional training, with courses created and run by Janet and her experienced colleagues. The training is revised and updated every year to include the latest cutting edge discoveries about birth physiology every birth professional should know.

Active Birth calls for women to take an ‘active’ rather than ‘passive’ role in their birth experience. This has a transformative effect, not only for them and their babies, but also for maternity practice: it supports and affirms best midwifery practice and prenatal education. Our training is an effective agent for change and for ‘normalising’ birth in maternity units.

My partner and I found the Active Birth Workshop to be the most useful thing we did. I had the birth I never dreamed was possible for me. I would do it again tomorrow!

What does the training involve?

To become a Janet Balaskas Active Birth Workshop © Teacher  (RCM and FEDANT accredited) you will need to attend the all the days of training as detailed above  and pass the assessment. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course. There will be opportunities after the training to repeat or resit any part of the assessment if required either by appointment or on Skype – so we expect that everyone will pass! Once certified, teachers are listed on this website.

Further details and bookings by email to

We are proud to be accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Federation of Antenatal Teachers (FEDANT).



Course starts with ‘Seven Secrets’ – Preliminary Day on Wed 20th November

Teaching Active Birth – Part 1:  Thurs 21st – Sun 24th November

Day of Rest and Self Practice: Mon 25th November

Teaching Active Birth – Part 2:  Tues 26th & Wed 27th November 

This training runs once a year in London. Timing: from 9.30am – 5.30pm with registration starting from 9.00am.

Venue: Active Birth Centre, London

Important: Training falls within the conditions of our Active Birth Professional Training Agreement (see link below). You will be required to sign this prior to receiving your certificate. There is also an agreement to sign about using the logo before you certify and you will need to give us proof of insurance before we can add your name to the certified teachers list on this website. We do have an insurance scheme you can join if required. For those teaching abroad, for an NHS trust or other organisation where the workshop is funded,  the agreement can be amended appropriately. 

View  the Certification Agreement.

View the logo agreement

Please note: Amendments to these conditions can be made in countries where they are not applicable, for those teaching within an institution or NHS trust where the classes are funded, by application to Janet Balaskas through

Find out more about training and costs.

Click here for details on How to Book

“Many of us are familiar with the concept of Active Birth. To midwives it often conjours up images of women adopting upright positions for labour and Birth. To the women giving birth the concept may spill out beyond the physical, and the implication of being active in the mind takes on new meaning …  I could have given birth over and over I had enjoyed it so much … Instead I decided to train as an Active Birth teacher with Janet Balaskas”

Judy Cameron –  Midwife and Pregnancy Yoga Trainer with British Wheel of Yoga and YogaBirth.

Our current training programme has been created specifically to fulfil the needs of today.  It is the format of a workshop which is focused on normal birth physiology, taught in an experiential, easy- to-learn style. This quickly and effectively communicates the essential philosophy and practical ‘know how’ of Active Birth to parents-to-be. This is an excellent complement to other birth preparation courses and also stands alone as a truly empowering course for couples, in which they often find the key to a natural birth and all the benefits it brings to them and their baby.

Who is the training for?
Active Birth Professional Training is for all professionals working with women in pregnancy and/or during birth who would like to empower them by offering this brilliant workshop as a stand alone, or in addition to what they already do. This includes birth educators, NCT teachers, hypnobirthing practitioners, midwives, doulas, pregnancy yoga or pilates teachers and therapists. Midwives attending this training will also find it very useful in the labour room. Offering the workshop in your unit or birth centre can transform outcomes, reducing the need for interventions and increasing the number of natural births.  Students and knowledgeable mothers may also apply.

Why train to teach Active Birth?
Whether you wish to teach the Janet Balaskas Active Birth Workshop © or incorporate what you learn from us in your current work, the training will help you to inspire confidence and make a real difference to the mothers and families you are working with. This is rewarding work: you’ll be doing something you are passionate about while helping to change the world for the better. For many this training is personally life-changing.

Janet has trained hundreds of Active Birth teachers who are now spreading the word about the benefits of Active Birth around the world. However it is clear that there is still a long way to go. Despite conclusive evidence of the benefits of Active Birth, most women are still labouring and giving birth on their backs and intervention rates continue to soar all over the developed world.

If this is true in your locality, then pregnant women and their partners and the midwives attending them need to learn about Active Birth.

We are proud that this training programme has been accredited by the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT).


Find Us

Active Birth Centre
25 Bickerton Road, (Left Gate)
N19 5JT
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More details in 'Contact'

Booking details vary
Go to the relevant page or click on the calendar event to find the booking details

General Information
Tel: 020 7281 6760

Regional teachers lists:
Pregnancy Yoga
Janet Balaskas Active Birth Workshop©


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