Childbirth Educator Training

Mentoring from within: Birth as a heroic Journey™ Heart-Centered education for the Childbearing Year


This program is for those who...

  • Hunger for a deeper level of birth exploration and preparation.
  • Believe that birth is more than a medical event, and that parents need more than “information” and “techniques” to prepare for the unpredictability and depth of birth.
  • Long to return to our collective roots, to the lineage of those who followed the ancient ways of birth.
  • Wish to be uplifted and inspired within a caring community of birth professionals who are devoted to shared growth and learning.

become a Birthing from Within childbirth educator

For more than 20 years, Birthing From Within has been training childbirth educators to prepare parents for birth by awakening their inner knowing, releasing attachment to outcomes, and helping to prevent birth trauma. Our childbirth educator training program is an interactive, nine-module online training that takes traditional “childbirth education” to a whole new level by offering a modern approach that activates ancient, inner knowing in conjunction with evidence-based, scientific knowing.

We want you to help us spread the magic by learning how to prepare parents in this expansive, heart-centered way.

Begin by Crossing the Threshold

...into personal inquiry and transformation.

Whether you are an experienced birth professional or just getting started, your first step into Birthing From Within is to attend Crossing the Threshold, our unique in-person retreat. This two-and-a-half day workshop immerses you in the ancient maps that can guide the modern birth experience and enable you to approach your work from a new perspective.

path to childbirth educator certification

The path of Mentoring From Within: Birth as a Heroic Journey™ will lead you to certification as a childbirth educator. This interactive course consists of nine modules over the course of nine months, each including a live group call, readings, audio and video tutorials, and journaling. Course content is an in-depth inquiry into birth as a heroic journey, and includes instruction in myth/storytelling and visualization; birth art; pain-coping practices; evidence-based understandings of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum; and inspiration for ritual and ceremony in the childbearing year. The cost of the Mentoring From Within program is $697. Register for this course in conjunction with Crossing the Threshold and save $200! See our Upcoming Trainings page for package discounts.

The final certification process involves the submission of assignments and videos to a Birthing From Within facilitator, who will give you individualized support, mentoring, and feedback. There is a $150 certification fee.


in our childbirth educator training you will learn:

  • The ancient maps that guide the modern birth warrior and birth professional, and how the childbearing year parallels the heroic journey
  • The modern medical map that is integral to birth today, and how to teach the evidence-based physiology of birth
  • Pain coping practices that build confidence, enhance relaxation, and reduce suffering
  • A solution-focused teaching style to motivate change
  • How to support birth partners to stay present and emotionally connected in birth
  • Methods to prevent or reduce emotional birth trauma

upcoming workshops

To join our childbirth educator certification program, start by Crossing the Threshold.

In 2019, join our our Mentoring From Within™ childbirth educator certification program in January or June!


"In the birth arena, this is the best money, time, and energy you will EVER spend! It is a commitment, but the rewards of truly mentoring are so amazing that you would be foolish not to do it. You won't get this anywhere else on the planet!"


"Birthing From Within has begun to fill and heal a cavern in my soul that was growing wider as the years went by. I was a busy labor and delivery nurse trying to protect and save parents from themselves, the medical establishment, and our cultural expectations. It was a lot of work and wore me down. I was busy saving fish from drowning—an impossible task that not only frustrates the fisherwoman, but also kills the fish! With this new perspective and my personal growth as a result of my trainings and work towards certification, I am beginning to realize it's not my job to go around 'saving' parents and getting them to see things 'my' way. I am there for them as they discover amazing insights on their own. And I learn at least as much as they do!"


"The BFW Childbirth Mentoring program has changed me as a human being and as a midwife. It is more than just childbirth education, it is life education. Pam England's commitment to see truth and beauty in everything is inspiring. She inspires me to dig deeper, listen deeper and become a profound mentor to those who cross my path."


Birthing From Within workshops are designed for aspiring and experienced birth professionals who work with expectant parents in a variety of settings, birth classes being just one of them. Birth professionals who attend and benefit from our workshops and trainings include, but are not limited to, OBGYNs, midwives, nurses, doulas, IBCLCs, therapists, massage therapists, midwifery/nursing professors, yoga and fitness instructors, and parent support group leaders.

"This ancient map - the map of the Birth Warrior - is not a simplistic road map to achieving a perfect birth or any other specific outcome. Instead, it guides you across countless inner thresholds, over unforeseen hurdles, beyond your edge, and into the unknown and uncharted territory. This map shows you ways to keep going - and to find your way 'home' again."