Birth & Bereavement Training
Through stillbirthday, you can become a real, certified doula, or, you can strengthen the skills you have acquired through other doula organizations. You also have an opportunity to earn 30 nursing contact hours.
This is an entirely online course, that is easily accessible to any SBD student. Through stillbirthday, you can earn globally respected credentials in birth & bereavement support. We provide 2 sessions per year, based on class registration, and we accept applications year round.
Our next class will begin Monday, August 5, 2013
Experts from multiple disciplines in birth and bereavement care have found the SBD training to be the best, the most comprehensive training on all subjects within birth and bereavement.
This is an 8 consecutive week online classroom program, where you will engage in online dialogue with fellow students, read provided class materials, and submit an open book exam each weekend.
Once your registration is complete, you’ll receive our welcome letter. At the start of class, you’ll receive an email which will contain the first four weeks of training materials, including reading materials, videos, and the first four exams. Each week requires approximately 3 hours of reading, reviewing and responding. Once you have successfully completed the first semester, you will receive the second in the same manner.
In addition to the training materials, you’ll receive instruction to access our private online classroom. Each week, the instructors pose questions and the students have opportunity to engage with one another.
After completing the 8 weeks of online training, you will complete two book reviews (one in a Reflection Guide format which is provided to you), and a community assessment project. The community project is a multiple page investigative project to determine what resources are available for pregnant and/or bereaved families in your community. Your exams are designed to help with this.
Once you have completed all of the training requirements and have successfully earned the stillbirthday certification, you are awarded the SBD credentials and will receive a wonderful graduation packet. In addition, stillbirthday believes that education does not cease, and we want to award you for continuing to grow. The SBD training materials are updated regularly, but you will never have to recertify. You will always have exclusive access to the most up-to-date comprehensive training materials. It is our way to say “thank you” for your service to families.
You can register for the next training at any time. Scheduled dates for sessions are published and updated here.
Click to view or print the Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula Training promotional material, for yourself, or to give to any of your medical providers:
Who should take this class:
This class has been endorsed by the most well known natural childbirth advocates and by obstetricians alike. Providing the most information in the most learnable format at the most affordable price, the stillbirthday birth and bereavement doula training program is right for:
- any prospective doula
- any bereaved mother wanting to provide support to others experiencing childbirth including loss
- any birth professional including OB/GYN, ER staff, EMT, ultrasound technician, nurse, midwife, monitrice, doula, who is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of how to provide comprehensive care to patients prior to, during and after pregnancy/infant loss (print the promotional materials for any medical provider you have)
- any professional specializing in palliative or bereavement care including chaplains, social workers, and funeral staff
Click here to learn the history, the value and the role of a stillbirthday birth and bereavement doula.
What you will learn:
The class itself is interactive, with weekly reading materials and group participation. Your fellow classmates will challenge you, the course will educate you, and the fellowship will inspire you. You will remain a part of an online interactive group of your peers, long after your class is over, with fellow SBD students and professionals.
You will gain a solid understanding of pregnancy, birth, birth emergencies and pregnancy and infant loss. The SBD birth and bereavement training draws from the best tools available in birth education, positive birth outcomes, birth emergencies, thanatology, palliative care, application of skills, and professional development and support, to equip you in understanding why and how these broad subjects are intricately connected.
- detailed physical process of conception, gestation, birth and breastfeeding
- emotional, spiritual and cultural perspectives of birth
- medically assisted conception and other paths to parenthood
- bonding during pregnancy
- the importance of dad
- emotional, spiritual, and cultural perspectives of pregnancy and infant loss
- differences and similarities of birth in any trimester
- medical support during birth: benefits, risks, ways to limit, ways to work with
- natural approaches and alternatives to common concerns, ailments or issues in pregnancy or birth
- keepsakes and practical support prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy or infant loss
- navigating the NICU: the physical and emotional experiences
- responding to blame
- professional bereavement support
- including loved ones in birth and in bereavement support
- adult and infant CPR training
- adoption support
- setting up your business as a doula / integrating knowledge gained into already established professional role
What you will do:
- establish relationship with your local birth and bereavement professionals
- craft projects
- attend local support group
- watch videos
- engage in emotionally difficult activities
- learn from families
- participate in group phone conference
- identify and establish important connections and programs in your local community
- connect and communicate with your classmates weekly in our virtual classroom
SBD Student Support!
There is just so many wonderful things to say about what our birth and bereavement training brings to you. If you are thinking about enrolling in a training for any aspect of birth and bereavement, I strongly encourage you to read about our SBD Student Support, which outlines our commitment to you, our refund policy and our high standards of professionalism. You can also read more about the benefits of training with stillbirthday.
As an SBD Graduate:
Earning the SBD credentials:
- means you will be prepared to provide support to families experiencing any birth outcome and provide support for birth in any trimester.
- means you’ll be certified as a “real doula” who has far superior knowledge in the most subjects pertaining to pregnancy, birth, postpartum and bereavement.
- makes birth and bereavement support training accessible and inviting to medical and birth professionals.
- makes birth and bereavement support training accessible to mothers who simply want to support their peers.
- means you are a part of a professional, reputable resource and team dedicated to providing support to families.
- means your listing at the site will be in a highly noticeable location complete with profile photo (optional) and a short description of yourself.
- places you within our online group that encourages fellowship, continued education, and ongoing social, professional and educational benefits.
- means that you can access professional mentorship through the duration of your career.
- provides exclusive discounts on valuable supplies as a birth & bereavement doula.
- provides a platform for advancement as an SBD Regional Representative, SBD Chaplain, a member of our SBD Diversity Team or becoming an authorized stillbirthday workshop presenter. Email email@example.com for details.
- Again, visit this link to see even more reasons to join SBD!
Who teaches this class:
Heidi Faith and Angie Chelton teach this class. You can learn about the class trainers in the SBD executive team.
Enjoy competetive pricing!
The price for this certifying, credentialing training course is only $250.00 USD
Scholarships & Discounts:
A.) Please view our Scholarship opportunities.
C.) Host an SBD workshop and you can take our training for free!
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Missouri Nurses Association,
an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A list of participants, including addresses and contact hours, will be forwarded to the MONA office upon completion of the training. Please click here to learn about our itemized contact hours and pricing.
Submit Your Interest
Begin by submitting your interest. Simply let us know why you are interested in supporting a mother during birth in any trimester, what your experience with pregnancy and with loss is, and what you plan on using your SBD credentials for.
Step Two: Complete Payment
If you are waiting on scholarship approval, please wait to confirm on the status of your scholarship application before submitting payment. Otherwise, click here to be taken to the Stillbirthday Shopping page, where you can complete your registration purchase.
The site creator reserves the right at any time to refuse admittance into the program for any reason – please view our SBD Student Support. You will receive an email confirming your completed application has been accepted, which will include our welcome letter.
If you are applying for contact hours, please visit our contact hour page to submit payment.
See how you can support a family as a Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula: