Welcome! On this website, you’ll find my blog on childbirth education topics, activities for birth preparation classes, handouts for students / clients and sample lesson plan outlines to support your curriculum planning.
Also check out the Transition to Parenthood podcast, a series of 10 twenty-minute episodes that cover all the key information for expectant parents on labor, birth, breastfeeding, baby care and the early weeks of parenting. It can serve a helpful resource for you to share with doula clients, or to use with birth classes to supplement what you’re able to cover in class, giving you more time for hands-on skill practice. My Labor Comfort Techniques PDF is a handy brochure summarizing all the key info about coping techniques from the podcast.
All content on this site was written by Janelle Durham, MSW, LCCE, ICCE. I am a childbirth educator, doula, mom, and co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide. Learn more about me here.
If you’re interested in becoming a childbirth educator, I also train childbirth educators through the Great Starts program of Parent Trust, in Seattle, WA. Our training helps prepare you for certification by ICEA – the International Childbirth Education Association. My co-trainers are Penny Simkin, Kim James, and Tracy McPhillips.