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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, CEU certificates 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, in three monthly payment installments of $327, or nine monthly payments of $119.
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, or nine monthly payments of $149.
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. This effectively allows you to apply most of your payment for the professional membership towards the Instructor program instead. After you become an Instructor, we will cancel your regular professional membership payments because your membership is included in the Instructor fee.
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. Should you choose to renew at the end of 2017, 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).
Is there a group discount?
I am offering an enrollment discount for people who join in pairs or teams! It’s so much easier to complete the training and teach the curriculum if you have someone who can be your accountability partner and co-teach the seminars or workshops with you. As such, I will provide a $100 discount to Instructors if they live within 60 miles of another Instructor applicant and intend to teach at least some of the EBB workshops or continuing education classes together.
To apply for the group discount, the applicants need to submit an email to EBB (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating their intent to be accountability partners and teach continuing education classes or workshops together. Both members of the team need to submit separate, full applications and be accepted into the Instructor program in order to receive the team discount. This team or group discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
If you’re interested in the group discount and have further questions, please let us know! I’m excited about this opportunity to get Instructors from the same home towns working together!
How do I apply?
Applications are now closed.
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 6 scholarship Instructors.
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)
Scholarship applications are now closed.
There is a scholarship application fee of $20 which covers the costs of our time in reviewing the scholarship applications and ensures that you are committed to being fully engaged as an Instructor.
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.
When will I know if I am accepted?
We will plan to make admission decisions and send out notices to applicants by September 9, 2016.