Students from outside the UK




Are women still birthing on their backs where you are? We can help you to show women how to transform their experience from medicalised to physiological.

Sign up for our new online course and help us to spread Active Birth all over the world! This year with the course being taught through live streaming online, it is much easier to do the course without  having to travel or find accommodation!

In recent  years participants came from Brussels, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Portugal, USA, Switzerland, Brazil, Kuwait, Dubai, Germany, Ireland, Brazil, Portugal, Madeira, Mexico, Austria, Norway, Dubai, Ireland as well as from all over the UK. We would love to welcome you and train you to empower more women and their partners in your country to enjoy a natural  Active Birth!


Why do we need Active Birth? Caesarean section rates are escalating at an alarming pace all over the world – in many countries the numbers have risen up to or over 50% of all births. This has huge implications for the future health of the babies born this way and also for society at large  – we lose connection with nature at our peril! 

Active Birth is a practical and effective way to bridge the gap and the huge disconnect in current maternity practices with the physiological processes that offer protection and safety to babies. This is the way forward to encourage more mothers to give birth naturally to empower midwives and doulas and to lower intervention and CS rates,

Having seen how transformative Active Birth is in the UK, we are keen to support the spread of Active Birth in other countries and welcome professional trainees from abroad.

Read what teachers from around the world say about training with us:

I am Pierra Maghella – founder of Active Birth in Italy. I am still an Active Birth Teacher. And I will forever grateful to your teaching. You have been a great inspiration and Maestra. In the last years I have been mainly doing workshops for professionals but I am still running couples classes. This year, in October, it will be 30 years that I have been back to Italy after 10 years in London when I trained with you and it will be 30 years of the foundation of MIPA: the Italian Active Birth Movement!”

My name is Talia Gevaerd de Souza. I have studied Active Birth with Janet and afterwards returned to Brazil, my home country. While I was a student in London, I have learned just so much about birth and birth preparation. Janet´s style of teaching is so clear and inspiring that it is easy and interesting to learn just about anything from her! We have founded Instituto Parto Ativo Brasil’  aiming to inform and educate professionals about Active Birth. Janet  comes to Brazil regularly and we promote a series of events for both professionals and pregnant couples.
These are always fully booked! Janet´s work has been recognized in Brazil for more than 20 years, and now that she visits us regularly people just love to attend to our events. Her contribution to improving the birth scene in our country is invaluable. We currently have the world´s highest rate in C-sections. Active Birth in the hands of Janet Balaskas, who is absolutely competent and dedicated to the wisdom of this cause , makes all the difference to us here. Herself and her lifelong work with birth are one of the huge forces we have to improve maternal and baby health for the Brazilian people!

Kine BruskasKine Bruksås, founder of MamaYoga, the largest yogastudio for prenatal and postnatal yoga in Norway: “I started the Active Birth training to deepen my knowledge on birth and birth preparation. The training has made me feel much more confident in my teachings. At my studio we have birth preparation as part of our yoga course for pregnant women in the 3. Trimester.

This course is very popular (we have about 600 women participating on this particular course every year) and we use the Active Birth principles together with yoga as the foundation of our teachings. I feel that yoga and Active Birth go together really well!

The training that Janet has developed is thorough and at the same time very accessible. For me it has also been great to feel that I am part of an international network for people who work on improving the conditions under which women of today and in the future give birth.  I feel empowered in my work and I feel strongly that what I now teach empowers women to birth with better confidence in their body and in the process of birth.

If we empower women and their partners to more actively influence the birth of their baby I greatly feel that is the best way to really make changes happen.  Janet and the other teachers at The Active Birth Centre are so resourceful and give away their knowledge with such commitment –  I feel strongly inspired by their work every day!”

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


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