Monday, October 26, 2015

Developing strength as a childbirth educator: pursuing a global view – Part 5

This is the final installment in this series.  I hope you have benefited from it!

All too often, birth professionals go through their careers with blinders on – blinders to the global view of birth and how that might impact their practice in their small little corner of the world.

There is a big birthing world out there, with rich history and a variety of cultural differences surrounding the birth experience.  Learning about these differences can enrich the classes and lives reached by your classes.  Plus, learning about differences within the US, North America and then outward, you can breathe new life into your classes, career and add strength!
Read a variety of articles. Begin here:
 ( – this 2015 article in the Huffington Post explores birthing traditions around the world in 11 countries.

Attend a variety of birth-related conferences.  Spread your wings and move from inside your comfort zone of your own certifying organization to a conference held by another organization!  For an ongoing and frequently updated calendar of professional conferences in 2016, click here:

For a view of birth with evidence-based statistical data, subscribe in YouTube to “Birth by the Numbers”, hosted by Boston University professor Eugene Declercq.  View the latest video here:

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