We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2016 Evidence Based Birth® Instructor program!
Who is eligible to become an Instructor?
We are looking for approximately 50 birth professionals and health care professionals who would like to teach official Evidence Based Birth® curriculum in their communities, including curriculum you can teach to clients AND continuing education classes you can teach to other professionals.
You can apply if you are a licensed nurse, midwife, or physician, or if you hold current certification as either a childbirth educator or doula. Professionals should have at least one year of experience (if not more), as well references who can speak to your teaching skills, professionalism, reputation, and dedication to evidence based care.
We require certification or licensure because of the responsibilities and high profile of the Instructors. Instructors will be teaching continuing education classes approved for nursing and midwifery contact hours, thus they need these credentials on their bio or resume in order to be approved to teach these courses in their community.
What do I get by becoming an Instructor?
Instructors will join an elite group of professionals who are educating clients and other professionals around the world with official Evidence Based Birth® curriculum materials.
By enrolling, you will gain access to:
- A comprehensive 12 week training program for Instructors that includes CEUs for nurses, midwives (both CPMs and CNMs), doulas, childbirth educators. We have also applied for CEUs for physicians from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Curriculum to teach 5 live continuing education classes or workshops to professionals in your community. You will be able to offer nursing contact hours, ACNM CEUs for nurse midwives, hours towards the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate for CPMs, and physician CMEs to the professionals who attend your live classes. You will be granted a legal license to teach these classes and charge for attendance at your workshops and seminars– and keep the proceeds for yourself.
- Premier resources that Instructors can use with their clients include: partial childbirth educator curriculum (used to supplement pre-existing curriculum taught by certified childbirth educators), 2-part prenatal visit curriculum for doulas, 3-hour Savvy Birth Workshop curriculum to teach to your clients, and complimentary access to the Evidence Based Birth® online course for all of your clients.
- A private community just for Evidence Based Birth® Instructors– both a private Facebook group and private forums in the Evidence Based Birth® training academy
- Complimentary access to the Evidence Based Birth® Professional CEU membership for as long as you remain an active Instructor in the program… this means access to every CEU course and live training webinar that EBB has to offer. Contact hours in the professional membership are good towards nursing, doula, and childbirth educator certifications, the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate for CPMs, CEUs from the American College of Nurse Midwives, and we have applied for CMEs from the American Academy of Family Physicians. There is some overlap between lessons in the Instructor training program and the professional membership. If you are an Instructor and a professional member, you will end up with access to approximately 20 hours available by the end of 2016. The professional CEU membership– provided for free for Instructors– is currently valued at $347 per year.
What is the cost of the program?
The enrollment fee is $897 (including all the training, curriculum, the right to sell classes and workshops, CEUs to offer to professionals who attend your live classes, and all the other benefits listed above), and you can pay this fee in one lump sum or in three monthly payment installments of $327.
If you’d like additional coaching in how to implement the curriculum and sell tickets to your events, as well as a live Skype Q & A with Rebecca at one of your live classes (perfect for marketing to local professionals), you can choose the VIP enrollment fee and gain access to regularly scheduled group coaching calls and a 20-minute guest Skype appearance from Rebecca at one of your live workshops or classes. The cost of the VIP enrollment fee is $1197 if paid in one lump sum or you can make three monthly payment installments of $427.
If you have already joined the Evidence Based Birth® professional membership before July 2016, you will be given 20% off the cost of the Instructor program.
Is there an annual renewal fee?
After enrollment, you will remain an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor through December 31st, 2017. You can renew your Instructor status each year for an annual renewal fee of $399. Any required renewal training will be provided at no cost to you. Also, as a member of the incoming 2016 cohort, you will be locked into your renewal rate, with no price increases, and you will continue to receive all of the benefits of an EBB Instructor, including complimentary access to the professional CEU membership (valued at $347 per year, with the price increasing later this fall).
Are there any scholarship opportunities?
This year we are providing 6 full scholarships to professionals who meet the criteria already listed above, plus meet one of the following additional criteria:
- You are a person of color and primarily serve families of color (2 full scholarships available)
- You are a professional who works primarily with a non-profit or charitable organization that serves birthing families (2 full scholarships available)
- You are a professional who works in a low-income country and primarily serves low-income families in that country (2 full scholarships available)
To apply for the scholarship, click here. There is a scholarship application fee of $20 which covers the costs of our time in reviewing the scholarship applications.
How do I apply?
You can apply by paying the non-refundable application fee here and submitting your application materials by August 17, 2016.
The application includes essay questions, your resume, and 4 reference letters (2 letters from clients and 2 letters from peers or colleagues in the maternity care world). Applications will be reviewed by a panel of 3-4 experts, and the top candidates will be extended invitations to join the program in September 2016 through December 2017, with the option to renew for additional years.
We anticipate offering spots to approximately 50 new Instructors and 5 scholarship Instructors.
You can apply at this link here.
If you want to apply, do not delay! The application will take some time to fill out, and it will take time to get reference letters from your clients and colleagues. We strongly recommend that you go ahead and pay the application fee as soon as possible, so that you can review the application essay questions in detail and get started on the process.
Why is there a non-refundable application fee for everyone who applies?
A team of 3 to 5 people review each application. We each spend about 30-60 minutes reviewing each person’s application, and then hold a separate enrollment meeting to discuss and rank your application. The application fee covers the time and administrative costs of this process.
What if I don’t submit my application on time?
If you don’t meet the deadline of August 17, you can pay an additional late fee and we will provide you with a password to complete the application. The absolute last day to submit your application under the deadline-extension will be August 24.
When will I know if I am accepted?
We will plan to make admission decisions and send out notices to applicants by September 9.
What if I have any other questions?
- You can watch the replay of the live Q & A with Rebecca about the program here.
- Or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org