Workshop Policies

Schedule

What are the hours of the workshop?

The majority of the workshops follow an 8 am to 5 pm schedule.  If the format has been changed, it will be noted in the description and on the registration tool.  We customize some workshops like the Topsail Beach course to allow for beach time.  Sometimes the local host requests the workshop start late on Day One.  

Registration

When is it too late to register?

Typically, people sign up for their CNA Practice Testing several weeks in advance and begin completing some of the online tasks.  Some register right before the workshop begins and complete the online portion after the workshop.  However, many workshops fill up and people have been disappointed when there is no space.  We ship materials a couple weeks before and plan food and it’s helpful to know how many will be there. We try to include a couple extra goodie bags and workbooks for late registrants.  If you just heard about the workshop and it starts in a day or two, please sign up and come.

Attendance

Can I attend just one day?

Sorry, but you need to attend the whole workshop.  We can’t award partial contact hours and it’s difficult on group dynamics to have people come and go. We also spiral our content and build on what’s been covered earlier.

What if I miss part because I’m at a birth or have a family emergency or become ill?

We often get asked this as we have had many doulas complete our workshop. We will try to work with you if you miss an hour or two.  You are always welcome to come to another workshop if you get called out or miss a significant amount of time. This is a case by case situation and we always hope those babies wait and that a family crisis simply does not happen.

I’m already an LCCE, can I still come to a PfB workshop?

Certainly!  We offer a small reduction in the workshop fees for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE.) Contact Teri regarding the reduced registration code.  

I took a PfB workshop a long time ago, can I come again?

Certainly. Contact Teri regarding the reduced registration code.

Cancellation Policies

Do you ever cancel a workshop?

PfB HATES to cancel a workshop.  We work very hard when we select sites to make sure we are not in that position.  The host/local organizer promises to do everything in her power to spread the word and make sure there are at least 8 to 15 people excited about coming! However, if only 2 or 3 people and the host register, we will have to cancel.  It’s not only a financial issue but there is not enough “group” for group dynamics, learning from each other and interactive activities.  If your workshop is canceled, you will be offered a refund and receive a discount of  $100 off another workshop. It is recommended before you book non-refundable airline tickets that you check with PfB to see how registrations are going.If weather or illness or family emergency impacts the workshop’s Learning Facilitator, PfB will work hard to substitute another facilitator or delay the start (weather) but try hard not to cancel.  Obviously, these things will be handled case-by-case.

Babies

Is is ok if I bring my newborn with me?

PfB loves babies BUT we have learned that it works best for the baby’s parent, other participants, and the facilitator if someone is brought along to take care of the baby during the workshop and bring the baby in for nursing as needed.  We use all sorts of facilities so the arrangements/space can vary.  There is a big difference between a young baby in arms and one who is in the vocal or active movement stage.  So talk with Teri or the host/facilitator before you register.    

Contact Hours

Are there any contact hours awarded for the workshop?

YES!!

For the face-to-face workshop: Lamaze International has awarded 21 hours of CNE credit for successful completion of this activity.  Lamaze International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity has been approved by Lamaze International for 21 Lamaze contact hours.  This activity is accepted by ICEA for 21 contact hours.  Lamaze International is also a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

For the web-based portion, an additional 4.9 contact hours/CNE is awarded.

The additional recommended steps:

How can I find a childbirth class to observe?

Find the very best childbirth educator in your area and ask if you can observe their classes.  Hopefully, that “very best” person will be Lamaze certified but if there are no Lamaze educators actively teaching or others who are more highly recommended, observe them! There is very little benefit to watching a poor educator or one who is not evidenced based.   

To find a Lamaze educator in your area, go to lamaze.org and go to the find a Lamaze class.

When observing classes, remember you are an observer.  Try to soak in as much as you can.  Don’t be disruptive.  Volunteer to help set up/take down and/or bring snacks.  Some educators allow you to observe for free, others have limited space and would have to turn down a paying enrollment to make room for you.  Clarify if there is a fee before you observe a class series.

Even if you took classes when you were pregnant, you should watch another class.  You will benefit in different ways than when you were personally facing birth and trying to clarify all that information, skills, etc.

PfB has helpful forms to guide your observations. 

How can I observe births?

There are a couple ways to make the connections to do this.

  • The easiest way is if you are able to attend friends’ and family members’ births.
  • The next possibility is to offer support to members of a childbirth class you observe. They will know you and may appreciate the extra support.
  • You can volunteer at a teen program or crisis pregnancy center at the hospital.
  • Talk to your midwife and/or OB/GYN to see if they can help you. You can also talk to area hospitals to see if they will allow the observation.

There are now strict confidentiality rules that you will abide by, called HIPAA. You can get a special letter from PfB verifying your enrollment in the childbirth educator training program and your agreement to follow the hospital’s confidentiality protocols. 

Can I create a course design and get feedback?

Yes.  Usually, it works best to work with your workshop facilitator.  There is a small fee and online sharing through Google documents is the preferred method.  

Keep in mind that PfB equips you with self-check tools that almost guarantee that your plan is interactive and dynamic!  

How can I get experience teaching with a mentor?

Be creative! By now you have surveyed your community and know where the teaching opportunities may be. Connect with an LCCE and see if you can make arrangements to have them observe a class series you have organized or if they would consider allowing you to team-teach a session in their class under their supervision. Some experienced educators will volunteer to do this, others expect payment. Clarify these issues before you start to teach. Also remind them if they are an LCCE that they can claim alternate credit towards their re-certification for observing you! If there is no LCCE available in your community, you can select someone whose feedback would be helpful to be the observer/mentor.

You can also design and teach a shorter program – like an early pregnancy class or a refresher class for second-time parents or a special review class for hands-on labor support techniques.  Feedback from an experienced educator can be very valuable.

Are there additional books I should read?

In addition to the Lamaze Learning Guide, Lamaze has the chosen the following books as the Core Recommended Reading:

  1. Goer, Henci & Romano, Amy. (2012). Optimal care in childbirth. Seattle, WA: Classic Day.
  2. Lothian, Judith & DeVries, Charlotte. (2010, second edition). The Official Lamaze Guide – Giving birth with confidence. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press.
  3. Simkin, Penny, Bolding, April, Keppler, Ann, Durham, Janelle, & Whalley, Janet. (2016, fifth edition). Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press.

One of the following breastfeeding books:

  1. La Leche League. (2010). Womanly art of breastfeeding. Schaumburg, IL: La Leche League.
  2. Mohrbacher, N. & Kendall-Tacket, K. (2010). Breastfeeding made simple. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  3. Newman, J. & Pitman, T. (2014). Jack Newman’s Guide to breastfeeding. London, UK: Pinter & Martin.

Lamaze Membership

How do we get our complimentary Lamaze membership?

After you have completed the workshop, the group will be sent an online evaluation to complete.  When everyone has completed that, the workshop paperwork will be submitted to Lamaze.  Once they have processed that, you will receive information about obtaining the benefits for the rest of the calendar year.  This is an online membership which means you’ll access the Journal of Perinatal Education on the Lamaze website versus receiving a hard copy.  

Money:

Refund Policies

What happens if I register for a workshop and have to cancel?

The $100 deposit/registration fee paid to hold your space is NOT refundable.  It is transferable if requested at least 30 days in advance.

The balance of workshop fees are not refundable but are transferable.  However, if you cancel late (within 21 days of the workshop), there is an additional $100 fee to transfer your workshop fee.

All requests for transfer/cancellation must be emailed to teri@passionforbirth.com

Financial Support Options

I really want to attend a PfB workshop but can’t afford to make the investment at this point.  Are there options?

Unfortunately, we do not have a financial aid program at this point.  Workshop fees are reduced if you host the workshop or serve as a “worker bee.”  

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, PfB accepts installment payments through Paypal.  

Lamaze Membership

How do we get our complimentary Lamaze membership?

After you have completed the workshop, the group will be sent an online evaluation to complete.  When everyone has completed that, the workshop paperwork will be submitted to Lamaze.  Once they have processed that, you will receive information about obtaining the benefits for the rest of the calendar year.  This is an online membership which means you’ll access the Journal of Perinatal Education on the Lamaze website versus receiving a hard copy.  

After the Workshop

Please see: Pathways to Certification

I lost my certificate from the workshop.  Can I get another one?

Yes, however, there is a fee.

$5 for a pdf file sent by email for workshops after 2012.

$10 for a scanned pdf document for workshops prior to 2012.

$15 for a mailed duplicate certificate.

Facebook Groups

Your PfB workshop facilitator will set up a Facebook group.  After you have completed your workshop, you can ask to join the PfB Facilitators and Alumni group.

Blended Learning Component

What’s involved with the “blended learning” part of the program?

There is never enough time in a workshop.  We have added an online component to better utilize our face to face time.  We have put a few tasks online that you can easily complete in the comfort of your own home. This includes watching video clips, searching research sources like the Cochrane Library, reviewing popular birth and baby blogs, learning important terms and vocabulary. You also have a chance to meet the other participants before the workshop in our Learning Management System.  You will be awarded 4.9 contact hours for the online part and should plan on spending about 5 hours completing the tasks.  You have to complete the entire online portion and the face to face workshop to receive your official certificate and the contact hours. We prefer that you finish the online tasks BEFORE the workshop but in case you register late, you have up to two weeks after the workshop to complete the work.  

NOTE: For those who are brand new to pregnancy, birth and postpartum, we provide worksheets to fill in as you supplement your learning.  These will help as you completed the Lamaze Core reading books.  We also give you guidance worksheets for observing childbirth classes, births, and creating a course design.