Course Content and Outline ©

This is a birth educator training unlike any other – offering you unique practical skills to help awaken the instincts for birthing that all women have. It is primarily about birthing with the body and learning how to empower parents to trust in their innate ability to do this though experiential group work.

Included in this is a convincing, research based and eye-opening way of teaching the birth process.  As parents learn about the wonderful physiology of birth, you will see fear and anxiety turn to confidence. You will discover new ways  of demonstrating the baby’s journey through the bones of the pelvis and the involuntary functions of the uterus. Learn about cutting edge topics such as the hormonal and microbial physiology and the value of the placental transfusion and how these can be taught to parents in simple, engaging ways.

Isn’t the human body marvellous! Now I know how it works and how I can support my partner I’m really looking forward to being there. I can’t wait to be a father and to see my baby! 


The course content includes a complete overview of the physiology of the birth process and learning to teach this to parents in the format of a practical Active Birth Workshop. This can be taught as a one day workshop or in separate sessions. Between sessions you will be planning content of your workshops with our guidance so that you have a template to work from, by the end of the training.

It is also possible to use what you learn to fit into an existing programme of antenatal classes, to be taught as individual sessions or as a CPD for midwives and doulas to update yourself and to convey this information to parents before or during the birth.

You will be learning to work with couples or women attending solo. Partners usually find this workshop very interesting and  inspiring. Learning about the physiology can be an eye-opener for them, and they often comment that it was most effective preparation they did.


On each full day of the course, during the morning sessions we teach you the topics you will be learning to teach yourself.

The afternoons will be all about supervised teaching practise where you will be divided into small tutor groups and have a chance to experiment with teaching the material to each other, with the guidance of an experienced tutor.

If you wish to and are able to have a partner (ie a friend or relative) with you for the afternoon sessions, that will be helpful to you as you will have someone to ‘teach’ and demonstrate with. There is no additional charge for the partner.

We will be providing you with a template of the topics we want you to cover when you teach an Active Birth Workshop with suggestions as to how you can organise the material in different ways to suit your intentions, for example as a one-day workshop, or over two or more shorter sessions.


There will be mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks , a lunch break and also ‘as needed’ mini breaks through all of the days.


In between the four course days we will ask you to prepare succinct and brief teaching notes for your workshop of the topics covered, in bullet points on cards you can easily refer to while teaching. You will also be expected to practise the skills you have learnt as you prepare these notes. We anticipate that this may take up to one hour for 5 days, allowing 1 rest day. After the final day, we will ask you to submit these class plans to us as part of your assessment.

The agenda for the 4 study days is outlined below. We reserve the right to change this as needed according to the dynamic of the group.


Day 1

How to teach:

  • Ways people learn
  • An overview of the phases the of birth process
  • The anatomy of the female pelvis
  • The baby’s journey through the pelvis
  • The comparative benefits of an Active Birth
  • Teaching practise of the above
  • Relaxation and breathing

Day 2

How to teach:

  • Birth as a hormonal process – understanding the main hormone systems and how to simplify when teaching couples.
  • The physiology of the uterus – its structure and actions. What stimulates and helps and what hinders these actions.
  • How labour starts
  • Teaching practise of the above
  • Relaxation and breathing

Day 3

How to teach:

  • Formative and experiential learning with the body – labour
  • Experiencing labour positions and movements with breathing and touch
  • The role of the partner and other labour supporters
  • The nature and journey of labour
  • Meeting, releasing and transcending pain
  • Transitioning to birth
  • Teaching practise of the above
  • Relaxation and breathing

Day 4

How to teach:

  • Formative and experiential learning with the body – birth
  • Role play birthing positions on land and in water.
  • The role of the mother, the uterus, the baby, the midwife and the partner during birth
  • The first hour after birth
  • Options for birthing the placenta
  • Options for cutting the cord



Please complete an application form by clicking here. Please attach a recent photo of yourself for identification purposes. Once you have submitted the form we will receive your responses automatically. 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.

Email to jb@activebirthcentre.com.

Once your application has been accepted it will be time to book and pay to confirm your place. 

Please note: Due to the uncertainty of the times, we reserve the right to alter the content or cancel the course. In the unlikely eventuality of a cancellation of the course on our part, full refunds will apply.




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