Birth specialist consultant training
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Help parents understand birth and make their own choices?
Pregnancy and birth specialist consultants have a width and breadth of knowledge about pregnancy, birth and babies before birth, that is completely unrivalled with any training I have ever found.
You will be able to support and educate parents on birth from a thorough understanding of the biological, physiological, neurological, and psychological perspectives You will learn about the history of birth, the politics of birth and will be taken through all the research around all the possible choices that can be made. We learn how to support parents through more complex experiences and those who have previously experienced these. We offer a full toolkit of birth management and calming techniques and provide solid foundations for having calmer relationships during pregnancy and birth and as a family in the future. You can read a full outline below.
You will have access to our frameworks that ensure that parents are given the tools to make individual choices for their family now and in the future. We are educators, consultants and specialists, but not experts. Parents are the experts in their own children.
The training process
You will study modules online, covering:
Anyone who joins CalmFamily as a leader at any level must first study our 10 core modules providing them with a basic understanding of human beings, and our approach to working with families, and leading for change. Once complete, specialist modules in one or more areas can be studied alongside our interactive training events. If you have studied the core modules before, you can choose whether to revisit them, or just study the new specialist modules for the specialism you are adding to your repertoire. You will also be given an optional literature review section for each specialism that you do. We have a number of accessible ways of undertaking this, or you can choose not to if this is not your preferred way of learning.
Core CalmFamily modules
A relatively quick module that takes you through the history, structure, values, approach and programmes within CalmFamily, including information about our projects in development.
In this module you will gain understanding of the social, legal, political, historical and anthropological concepts surrounding child-bearing, childhood and family life. You will also consider the complexity of the concept of family in our modern society and how this impacts practice.
A brief introduction to the body systems forming a basic understanding needed for other modules that involve discussion of things such as hormones and digestion.
A brief introduction to developmental neuroscience, the evolutionary process that created the human brain and factors influencing the development of the brain, and how motivation works.
This module provides the basic theories of developmental and social psychology including attachment, human needs, motivation and resilience.
In this module we look in depth at the science of the senses, looking at the most up-to-date concepts of the 5 external senses, the 3 internal senses and the balance of regulation.
In this module you will study the neurological and physiological processes of sleep, what is normal for humans and the issues society faces in this regard.
We will also look at the science of the different states of relaxation according to various schools of thought and research.
In this module we examine the basics of nutritional biology, human infant feeding, introducing solid foods, how humans intuitively eat, and the science of taste.
This module covers the fundamental principles of the CalmFamily frameworks for:
- Calmer relationships
- Trouble-shooting human needs
- Mental regulation
- Sensory regulation
- Emotional regulation
- Repairing relationship ruptures
- Learning and development
Everyone who joins CalmFamily to educate and support for a calmer future is a leader. In this module we explore what this means, how to do this authentically for you, and what bravery really means, especially when you rarely feel brave. We also talk about some important business stuff that is practically very helpful.
Birth specialist modules
This module will cover:
- Human development from conception to birth
- The biological and physiological process of pregnancy
- Experiencing pregnancy
- The psychological transition to being a parent
In this module we explore the culture of birth in modern society. how it is discussed, where that came from and how birth and care of birthing people has developed through history. We also consider the impact of the language we use, as a society, has on our personal experience.
This in-depth module will ensure that you understand birth from every possible scientific angle to give us the foundations to support parents to have an informed experience. We cover birth physiology, its many biological processes, and the neuroscience and psychology involved in the birth experience.
In this module we look in depth at each possible option for managing birth, including all medical and natural options, including complimentary therapies. We look at the science behind each tool, when it might be useful, and the pros and cons.
The choices that parents are faced with when preparing for birth are quite overwhelming. In this module we look at the main types of birth, where these could happen, and what impact birth place can make on our choices. We look at those circumstances that could impact parents’ experience and choices within pregnancy and birth, and we then consider what the science tells us about them. Lastly, we talk about how to support parents to make their own informed choices before and during the birth.
With the underpinning understanding from previous modules, we will explore how we approach having a calmer birth and supporting calmer relationships with our birthing team, our body and our baby.
Our frameworks support:
- Ensuring our human needs are met
- Calming our senses
- Physical tools to manage birth
- Mind tools to manage birth
- Making choices before and during birth
- Supporting the birthing person
In this module we take a quick look at some important information and options around the remaining basic practical baby care activities, including:
- Changing and elimination
We know parents love their babies even before they arrive and so we learn here about how to support parents to understand and connect with their baby during pregnancy, during birth and immediately after. We cover a slightly more brief look at the first few months, to prepare them for normal infant behaviour.
In this module we also cover those first weeks of being a parent including post-birth recovery. Supporting parents to understand what to expect during this time is important.
One of the things a birth specialist needs to educate and support parents with, is deciding on other education they might want to experience. For this reason we take some time to look at what else is on offer in birth preparation:
- National Childbirth Trust
- Hypnobirthing programmes
- Active birth and yoga for birth
- NHS Classes
- Doula and independent midwife education
This final module, alongside your face-to-face training days, will prepare you for being a birth specialist consultant. You will gain a good understanding of the BirthCalm programme, of our principles and approach to facilitating learning for families, and you will have the chance to re-visit material covered in the face to face training.
Following completion of the modules (not including the literature review), and your training days, you will receive a certificate of basic training and will be bale to work as a consultant. You then have the choice as to whether you follow our mentoring pathway.
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