Prenatal Bonding Facilitators Online Course
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This is an ONLINE Course. The course initiates when you register and you have one year to complete the certification course or 6 months to complete the contact hour course. The course is entirely self-paced and all work is completed online.
This course will prepare childbirth and perinatal professionals to teach classes to families during the pre-conception and early prenatal period to encourage a healthy pregnancy, baby, mother and family. This course is based on the foundations of perinatal psychology, epigenetics, mindfulness techniques and the latest scientific evidence surrounding the prenatal period. Once course is successfully completed, educators will be certified as Certified Perinatal Bonding Facilitator with a credential of CPBF.
Once credentialed, CPBFs can offer a variety of perinatal bonding classes, and support groups. This online course includes in-depth discussion of the concepts or “keys” found in each section of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever, as well as the foundational science. The Greatest Pregnancy Ever was designed to encourage the motherbaby B-O-N-D. Part One covers the concept of the “B” in B-O-N-D. “B” stands for Be-ing and is ideally designed for use from pre-conception through the first weeks of pregnancy (though can be utilized at any time). “O” is the concept of Observing, Part Two, and relates to the first trimester of pregnancy. “N” is the concept of Nourishing, Part Three, and focuses on the second trimester of pregnancy. “D” is about Deciding, Part Four, and covers the third trimester of pregnancy. The Greatest Pregnancy Ever is often referred to as GPE in this guide.
The course includes the following:
- Understanding Being
- The Science of the MotherBaby Bond
- What Perinatal Professionals Need to Know
- The Case for Early Prenatal Classes
- Understanding Observing
- Bridging the Nutrition Gap
- The Challenges of Prenatal Parenting (Barbara Decker's Presentation)
- Understanding Nourishing
- Understanding Deciding
- Marketing To Today's Families
A Facilitator Guide which includes suggested curriculum/activities for classes.
Students who are seeking certification will be required to watch all presentations, complete the reading list, watch all required videos (most available on you tube or inexpensively streamed online), complete assignments/activities for in depth understanding of activities to be offered during prenatal bonding classes, and successfully pass module exams. Students will have one year to complete the course. Course cost is $400. The required reading and videos are not included in the enrollment fee.
Students who are seeking ONLY contact hours will be required to watch all presentations, watch all required videos (most available on you tube or inexpensively streamed online), and successfully pass module exams. Students will have six months to complete the course. Course cost is $250. The suggested reading and videos are not included in the enrollment fee.
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You will find the following tools in the Facilitator's Guide:
- Notes From the Authors
- Why Teach These Classes
- Instructions for Completing the Certification Program
- Module One - Be-ing
- Module Two- Observing
- Module Three - Nourishing
- Module Four - Deciding
- Curriculum Options for Teaching to the Public
- The Beginning
Objectives for the Course:
- Define be-ing as it relates to pregnancy.
- Identify at least 2 reasons developing a positive mental attitude for pregnancy is beneficial for the mother and the baby.
- List and describe the three Rs for breaking the habit of negative thinking.
- Suggest at least 3 local places facilitators/parents can access to help relieve trauma and develop a positive mental attitude.
- List at least three benefits of meditation.
- Lead a client through a guided visualization.
- Identify the four steps to conscious agreement and explain them.
- Explain the differences between informed consent and conscious agreement.
- Identify why your relationship to self is the most important relationship of all.
- Define what the sacred circle of support is.
- List one important way having gratitude within your relationships positively impacts pregnancy and the baby.
- Define the term observing as it relates to the prenatal period.
- List at least three key developmental milestones occurring in the baby from gestational weeks 1-3, 3-10 and 10-12.
- Identify at least 5 physical changes typically occurring in the mother during the first trimester.
- Identify at least 10 ways that reducing stress in pregnancy positively impacts the pregnancy, mother and/or baby.
- Describe at least two differences between fight and flight and tend or befriend.
- List the four A’s of stress reduction and give a specific real life example of each one.
- Demonstrate the following breathing techniques - Cleansing Breath, Belly Breathing, Diaphragmatic Breath with Sigh, Three Part Breathing and Body Scan with Deep Breathing.
- List at least 2 benefits of smiling and yawning for pregnant women.
- List at least two unique characteristics of heart intelligence. Additionally you will be able to identify the key reason heart intelligence is so important to the developing baby.
- Identify the 6 keystones of positive prenatal nutrition. Additionally you will be able to describe two key elements of each keystone.
- Define and describe at least four holistic ways to treat the following first trimester physical changes: Morning Sickness, Fatigue and Insomnia, Frequent Urination, Skin Changes, Sinus Congestion and Nosebleed.
- Describe the four key concepts to remember when dealing with family members during pregnancy.
- Specify how the relationships a mother has during her pregnancy can impact her baby; such as those with family, friends, community, co-worker, spiritual support and healthcare team.
- Give a description of the following healthcare providers: Obstetrician/Gynecologist, High Risk OB/Specialty OB/Perinatologist, Family Practice Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Midwife CM, Certified Nurse Midwife CNM, Certified Professional Midwife, CPM, Direct Entry Midwife, DM, Lay Midwife, Naturopathic Obstetrician, Antepartum Doula, Birth/Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Nutritionist/Dietician, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist.
- For the medical tests below, you will be able to define the following: when given, how administered, why it is used, and conscious agreement considerations. (Alphafetaprotein AFP, Amniocentesis, Blood Draw, Blood Pressure, Chorionic Villus Sampling CVS, External Fetal Heart Monitoring, Nuchal Translucency Screening, Urine Test, Transvaginal Scan, Ultrasound, and Urine Test)
- Define nourishing as it relates to pregnancy.
- List at least three key developmental milestones occurring in the baby from gestational weeks 13-16, 16-20, 20-24, and 24-27.
- Identify at least 5 physical changes typically occurring to the mother during the second trimester.
- List the primary function of the following regions of the fetal brain - amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, limbic system and dopamine circuit. Additionally, you will be able to describe the main reason healthy development in these brain regions in utero is so important.
- Identify why having a healthy EQ is more important to the longterm happiness of a human than high IQ.
- Define the following hormones and their importance during pregnancy - oxytocin, progesterone, prolactin, vasopressin, beta endorphins and estrogen.
- Explain how a baby in utero begins to develop a relationship with the significant people in the mother’s life. Explain why this makes the relationship between the mother and her primary partner so critical to longterm family health.
- Identify the main reason why feeling gratitude for one’s partner creates a healthier pregnancy.
- List six common concerns that fathers have during pregnancy (according to The Greatest Pregnancy Ever). Facilitate a discussion about the normalcy of these concerns.
- Suggest two strategies for positive partner communication.
- List at least three reasons why adequate sleep is critical to healthy pregnancy.
- List the four cues that a nap is needed.
- List at least two ways to increase slow wave sleep cycles that are so beneficial for pregnancy.
- Give at least two guidelines to follow when using music to enhance the motherbaby bond.
- Facilitate a discussion on healthy pregnancy and common unhealthy habits, as well as not so obvious habits.
- Suggest at least one strategy for changing unhealthy habits.
- You will be able to define and describe at least four holistic ways to treat the following first trimester physical changes: constipation, cramps, headache, varicose veins, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatic pain.
- Define deciding as it relates to pregnancy.
- List at least three key developmental milestones occurring in the baby from gestational weeks 28-32, 32-36 and 36-42.
- Identify at least 5 physical changes typically occurring to the mother during the second trimester.
- Facilitate the creation of a birth vision board.
- Identify the five myths of labor pain and facilitate a discussion to dispel the myths.
- Identify at least four elements of successful optimal fetal positions and facilitate a demo return demo of four common Optimal Fetal Position exercises. (Distinct OFP Curriculum)
- Identify the eight ways to prepare for labor comfort prenatally and ten ways to increase comfort during labor and birth.
- Identify two key reasons why creating a “labor nest” can help with the labor process.
- List four pros and cons of the use of birth plans
- List four suggestions for families to achieve the birth experience they want.
- Lead a non-biased discussion based on the conscious agreement concept around the following choices parents will have to make about parenting their newborn:Breastfeeding, Skin to Skin, Newborn Medical Procedures, Circumcision, Vaccines and Immunizations, Choosing a Pediatrician, Unexpected Events
- Lead a discussion with the focus on ways to concretely prepare for the following postpartum situations:Nourishment, Seclusion/Babymoon, Communicating Your Boundaries, Housework, The Ideal Nest, Postpartum Help, Siblings, Pets, Sex
- Define Baby Friendly.
- Define Mother Friendly.
- Lead a discussion regarding considerations parents must make about choosing a place of birth involving the following topics:Safety, Comfort, Attendants, Nourishment/Hydration, Privacy, Medical Procedures, Recording Your Birth, Cost
- Identify three ways hiring a doula can benefit a family.
- Define and describe at least four holistic way to treat the following first trimester physical changes: fluid retention, heartburn, restless legs and stretch marks.
- Identify at least 6 factors that increase the risk of preterm labor.
- Identify at least 6 signs of possible preterm labor
- Identify what a pregnant woman should do if she experiences signs of preterm labor.
- Define PMAD-postpartum mood and anxiety disorder and describe how it relates to pregnancy.
- List at least four of each of the following:Physical risk factors of PMAD and Emotional risk factors of PMAD
- List at least four local resources available to mothers experiencing PMAD (can include practitioners, books, and therapy options).
- Describe the role of seratonin in relation to the baby’s development and how prenatal nutrition plays a key factor.
- Describe why eating a “rainbow” of foods and exposure to a variety of flavors is so important to the baby’s health in the last trimester.
- Describe baby’s brain growth in the last trimester and why DHA is crucial to healthy development in the brain.
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Finally, here is a book written by real pregnancy experts that provides keys to unlocking the secrets of having the greatest pregnancy ever! Extraordinary scientific findings shared in this book will forever change the way you view pregnancy and your growing baby.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever offers advice for creating a peaceful, joyful, and positive beginning for your family. This book offers insights and tips for addressing fears and anxieties, managing stress, increasing comfort during pregnancy, and creating a way of life that will transform you, your baby, and ultimately the world you live in.
Authors and pregnancy experts Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters know that parents do not need to read volumes of encyclopedic detail on pregnancy in order to learn what is important. Instead, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever offers real-life solutions to the emotional and physical issues pregnant women face.
This book is designed around four keys that can unlock the secrets to having the greatest pregnancy ever. The keys relate to specific time periods and concepts during pregnancy. When parents focus on incorporating these keys into their lifestyle, it positively influences the behavior and personality of their child. No longer should the information given to pregnant women focus primarily on the aches and pains of pregnancy; what is needed today is an understanding of how important the motherbaby bond is and how this bond forever impacts the family dynamic. The Greatest Pregnancy Ever is the only book that meets this need.
This book shares little known facts that can change the entire experience of pregnancy and parenting for families. For example:
· Chronic stress in pregnancy can lead to a baby who cries more, sleeps less, and is anxious.
· A mother’s thoughts and feelings create chemical signals that literally form her baby’s brain and develop into emotional intelligence.
· Only during pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life can parents truly influence who their child will become, both emotionally and physically.
All moms want to do whatever they can to positively impact the development of their child. They want to have the greatest pregnancy ever, and luckily it is possible with the information and practices in this book.
The keys relate to the concept of being able to B.O.N.D. This connection is imperative to the baby, the mother, and the partner for overall health and wellness. Many parents find with their busy, overscheduled, and stressful lives that seeking connection is just one more item on their to-do list. The Greatest Pregnancy Ever solves this dilemma by providing very simple tools, techniques, and tips for parents to use. They not only make connection possible, but ease stress and improve parents’ daily lives and their relationships.
The book is organized into four parts:
B.O.N.D. - Keys to Bonding
· B-Be-ing - Conception, The Beginning
· O-Observing - The First Trimester
· N-Nourishing - The Second Trimester
· D-Deciding - The Third Trimester
There is no time more important than right now to introduce these concepts to expectant parents. With cesarean rates approaching 40 percent, preterm births steadily on the rise, and the increased stress levels of mothers, this information is vital to protecting future generations. The primary factors that increase the risk to pregnancy and the infant is chronic stress and disconnection between mother and baby. Babies are constantly tuned in to their mother throughout pregnancy and early childhood. Their mother’s thoughts, feelings, and actions lay the groundwork for how the baby perceives the world by molding the child’s brain, organ systems, and emotional development.
Start today by embracing motherhood in an entirely new way—start by having the greatest pregnancy ever!