Perinatal mentor training begins the moment you have a passion about families and choices. If you're here, it has already begun.
As of now, childbirth education and doula support are not regulated fields in the US nor most places across the world. With quality information sharing, we shouldn't ever expect that to be required - and "certification" is just a thing that makes businesses look official and keep receiving money from their members. That's right... all of the Lamaze Educators, Bradley Method Educators, Birth Boot Camp Educators, DONA Certified Doulas, and every other "certifying agency" is not a requirement to start supporting or teaching about the childbearing years. This isn't a bad thing - its just a little misunderstanding and not exactly necessary or always desired.
And that's the question, is it necessary or desired?
Answering this will require a little soul searching and possibly a lot of research to develop your personal birth philosophy and mentoring goals. Do you want to expand your CV and teach in the biggest hospitals? Do you want to change the way women feel and believe about birth? Do you want birth to continue as it is with more regulation? Do you want dads to have the confidence they need to express their biological ability to support their family? Do you want to volunteer for families? Do you want to be a part of a doula co-op, doula agency, or run a perinatal services business? Answering these questions may help you to further decide the path you want to take.
Being a mentor to families is in our DNA. We were designed to grow, experience, and share with the younger generations and those seeking the skills necessary for biological functions. Just as birth is biologically normal, so is mentoring. Occasionally, however, it takes a little extra research to navigate the modern birth industry and cultural influences, including running a business - and that is where Esali Birth Perinatal Mentor Training for Childbirth Educators, Doulas, and Breastfeeding Counselors comes into play.
We do provide certificates of completion for any class our mentors complete. We provide extensive information, like no other organization, and the materials to get you started with in-depth classes. We offer resources and tools for seasoned mentors that only want to add to their repertoire. We teach you how to research and develop your own business to grow in this culture while keeping a holistic perspective. Learning with Esali Birth can be a stepping stone - rather, a leap - to a life-time of opportunities or an enrichment to any other path you are currently enjoying. One of the great things about learning with Esali Birth is that you will truly be independent. You will not need to re-certify, pay hundreds of dollars in CEU fees and membership fees, or stress about location constraints during training or for required workshops. Those continuing education opportunities will come naturally desired to you as you continue this journey - but not as a financial restriction for making your business the best it can be no matter where you find yourself in life.
The more back-to-basics we make training, the more attainable we make the possibility that childbearing wisdom should be accessible to all as an innate understanding because of the wisdom freely shared between casual conversation and loving support. The marketer in me desires that big-organization awareness... but the spirit in me urges for a slower lifestyle and I would imagine you feel the same. Ready to explore together?