Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this course for? Do I need to have prior training or qualifications?
Anyone who has a passion for wanting to learn the art of providing birth trauma support, no matter where you are in the world or what your background is. You don't need to have trained in any field of birth work or counselling/psychology to do this course, although having a good base understanding of one or both of those fields of work will certainly be advantageous. If you have no background in either of these fields, I would highly recommend you read 'Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage' by Rachel Reed and/or 'The Body Keeps the Score' by Bessel van der Kolk, before commencing this course. The only course prerequisite that you must do is my free 'Understanding Birth Trauma Basics' course. This involves watching around 5 hours of recordings. Click here to be taken to this course.
Is there any follow-up supervision or other ongoing support after the course is completed?
You will be part of a closed Facebook group of other Healing Birth practitioners. This is a space to support one another, ask questions, share thoughts, experiences and resources, and plan group debrief sessions via Zoom. If you wish to have one-on-one supervision with me, this can be arranged at a cost of $110 per hour.
How much of a time commitment is this study?
Although you are not expected to attend all of the twice weekly Zoom sessions (each 1.5 hours long), it is a requirement for you to at least attend the majority of interactive Zoom sessions (Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9pm NZT). All Zooms are recorded and are required watching if you cannot attend them live. On top of the 3 hours of Zooming, there is a weekly homework task that will take an average of 1 hour to do. So, you will need to be able to commit to around 4-5 hours per week for 8 weeks.
I'm a NZ midwife. Does this course count towards my continuing midwifery education hours?
Yes, the Healing Birth Practitioner Training course has been approved for 24 hours of continuing midwifery education by the Midwifery Council. You will be given the requisite certification on completion of the course.
What if I fall behind with the Zoom recordings and homework tasks?
Attending or watching all the Zooms is a course requirement, as is completing and handing in all the homework tasks. If these are not completed within 2 months of the course end date, you will not have met the criteria for certification. This means that you will not receive a certificate of course completion, nor be given a digital 'certified Healing Birth practitioner' badge, nor be added to my website list of Certified Healing Birth Practitioners. Exceptions may be made in discussion with me when extenuating circumstances apply, but this will need to be raised with her before the end of the course.
What are my payment options?
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your place on the course. You will be prompted to pay this when you register to do the course. The rest of the course fee can be paid as a lump sum or via a payment plan ($90 - $100 per fortnight for 10 months, or $180 - $200 per fortnight for 5 months - depends on whether you are under the early bird price or not).
Do we learn what to do if a client comes to us whose support needs are beyond our scope of practice?
I have found that typically people won’t come to me in this role (birth trauma healing) if their situation is ‘beyond my scope’ ie. they don’t expect ‘that’ sort of support from me given they are made well aware of the limitations of my expertise before we meet (we cover this in the course programme). However, there have been many times where I have suggested that additional support for PTSD is likely a good idea. We talk about this on the course.
I live outside of New Zealand. Can I still do the course? Will my different time zone be problematic?
If you're in Australia, then no, there shouldn't be any issues. In fact, if we get enough Australians interested in doing the course, we will hold a separate training that fits better with your time zone. If you're from another part of the world, please contact me on email@example.com to discuss how we could make this work for you.
I'm still recovering from my own experience of birth trauma. Is this course appropriate for me?
A lot of people want to do this training because they have experienced birth trauma themselves and wish there had been better support available to them. They want to become that support for others. On the course we talk about the importance of healing our own birth trauma and working through our own biases in order to be able to be fully present with our clients as they work through their trauma. Although we learn self care strategies and tools for healing during the course, I highly recommend having an 'Unravelling Your Trauma' session with me, or another Healing Birth practitioner, before you commence doing this course. This is particularly important if you don't have excellent support systems in place already.