Active Birth Professional Training Online Autumn 2021



Wherever you are!


The next online training begins  in Sept/Oct 2021 

Sun 26th Sept, Sun 3rd Oct, Sun 10th Oct, Thurs pm 14th Oct,

Sun 17th Oct

 Timings Sundays 10.00am – 16.15pm

Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm  


(Some concessionary places are available. email:

The most powerful training course I have ever undertaken as a midwife.

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How to Apply and Book


Having discovered the value of offering this training online during the pandemic, making it more accessible and less expensive, this course will be taught online via zoom live streaming.  We will be including everything you see in the photos taken during the last live course with the same wonderful teaching team. We have tried it and it works!

We will be preparing you to teach an Active Birth Workshop to pregnant women and their partners whether solo, as a couple or in a group. This will include giving them an overview and understanding of the physiology of the birth process, the rationale of an Active Birth, as well as the opportunity to learn experientially about upright positions for labour and birth and why they are so beneficial. This will include what women can experience and expect in a physiological birth, breathing, movement, touch and other essential topics.

This training does not include teaching about interventions in birth – however there may be references to ways in which elements of an Active Birth can also be applied when interventions are necessary and managing expectations when plans have to change.


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 or workplace, then pregnant women, their partners and the midwives attending them need to learn about Active Birth.

If you are an antenatal teacher, hypnobirthing practitioner, pregnancy yoga teacher or work with pregnant women, what you learn here will inspire you and enhance your skills. It is a fundamental part of any style of birth education or birth-preparation including hospital classes, NCT Courses, HypnoBirthing Courses, Prenatal Yoga and Pilates.
If you are a midwife, doula or student, this course will help you to prepare couples for birth and deepen your understanding of how to facilitate physiological birthing in the labour room. You will learn to enable instinctual behaviour and avoid disturbing the finely tuned physiology of the birth process.

Students and knowledgeable mothers may also apply.

“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.

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 training is revised and updated every year to include the latest cutting edge discoveries about birth physiology that every birth professional should know.

Active Birth calls for women to take an ‘active’ rather than a ‘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.


Janet Balaskas and  Jill Benjoya Miller

Assisted by Lola Alcarez-Perez 

We have taught this course as a team for many years, training hundreds of teachers,  midwives, doulas and other birth professionals. We are excited to explore the medium of live streaming to passing on our expertise. Having become zoom experts in recent months, we feel confident that we can bring a very focused attention to the topics with plenty of breaks in-between. While not the same as a face-to-face training, we have discovered that there are many benefits to this way of teaching at professional level, not least that we can save you the expense of travel and accommodation.


(Some concessionary places are available email:


Complete scan and submit the application form and please attach a recent photo of yourself for identification purposes. Email to We will respond and let you know if your application has been accepted. Any recent photo, clearly showing your face will do, with or without other people.

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Once your application has been accepted it will be time to book and pay to confirm your place. We will advise you how to do this.


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 and her team have trained hundreds of Active Birth teachers who are now spreading the word about the benefits of Active Birth around the world. However, there is still a long way to go.

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


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