The bebo mia inc Maternal Support Practitioner Certification is not just a doula training, it’s a community. Together we will change the climate in which we learn about birth, give birth, and raise our babies. We will take up space, use our voice, and live our purpose.
We are committed to creating a brave space, a space where we discuss body positivity and health at every size, racialized maternal health, access for people living with visible and invisible disabilities, gender-neutral language for trans-birth and gender non conforming folx, the modern family, and so much more.
This 4 month program will not only cover the full spectrum of care, from fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, it will be a catalyst for healing and growth in our own lives. We do not just teach you the skills needed to be an awesome Maternal Support Practitioner (aka doula), we guide and support you every step of the way, and that includes business support!
This training is for you if you want to build a serious doula business. At the end of the certification process you will be certified as a fertility, birth and postpartum doula. We believe that each stage, from pre-conception all the way through to the first 6 months of life, are so interconnected that they should be taught together.
We have a private Facebook community with peer & instructor support that is there for you 24/7.
Our team of instructors are diverse, interesting, committed to social justice & super funny.
At the end of the certification process you will be certified as a fertility, birth and postpartum doula! We believe that each stage, from pre-conception all the way through to the first 6 months of life, are so interconnected that they should be taught together.
You can login and catch the class broadcasted live on Thursday nights or you can watch the recordings from your private desktop whenever you have time to fit it in. Yes, that means no childcare costs and you can do the whole course in your PJs! You will have lifetime access to the training, so you can complete it as it fits into your life.
Next session starts March 28th, 2019
We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. There are small financing fees if you choose to go this route. Completing your payment plan is required.
We are so excited to support you while you invest in yourself, your education and your career!
Each session bebo mia creates the opportunity for no & low income women* to register for the Maternal Support Practitioner Training through the scholarship program. The Fall 2017 program had two additional sponsors which meant two more women received full scholarships in addition to the four awarded by bebo mia. Hip Mommies & Sleep Belt generously donated tuitions for the Fall session! The Spring 2018 session had two additional scholarships generously provided by Olivia Scobie Counseling as well as Stages Doula & Birth Photography. Olivia Scobie will be a Fall 2018 scholarship sponsor again and we are so excited! This year we will also be offering a Community Scholarship (check out the link if you want to donate any denomination). Want to learn about our recipients? You can check out some of the winners on our blog if you search the term ‘scholarship‘. Want to be a sponsor so that you can create the possibility for continuing education and a career for a low income woman? Check out the application here.
Check out our MSP Scholarship Application Guide HERE.
Submit your application HERE.
Learn about our MSP Scholarship Themes HERE.
Week 1: What is support and why are we here?
Week 2: Fertility – Issues, etiquette, tests and treatments
Week 3: Fertility, Loss & Abortion, The Modern Family
Week 4: Anatomy & physiology of pregnancy
Week 5: Tests & Procedures
Week 6: Comfort measures
Week 7: Comfort measures & the epidural
Week 8: Optimal fetal positioning. Fitness & Pelvic Floor Health
Week 9: C-Section birth & special circumstances
Week 10: The Doula’s Role + Immediate Postpartum & Newborn Assessment
Week 11: Postpartum Care & baby wearing
Week 12: The postpartum period & breastfeeding
Week 13: Science of Infant Sleep & Mental Wellness
Week 14: Setting you up for success as a doula
Week 15: All about YOUR business
Week 16: BONUS BUSINESS WEEK: TBA
Great question! Yes, you can definitely work this training into your busy life. How? It is all online and the live sessions are recorded so that you can watch them at your convenience. No babysitter needed, not travel time to account for, just you at home, your PJs, and your computer.
We record everything for you so you sit back, relax, and watch the classes at your own pace. Of course we love to have a full group of people in the live classes to ask questions, you can always ask your questions via email or on our private online community.
Well, we did that too! And back in the day we took all the trainings they offered! We created our training to ‘fill the void’ that we were left with after our weekend training. We had no support, no community, and no business knowledge. We have created our program to ensure you feel taken care of every step of the way. Not only that, but our training is the most comprehensive out there. It goes from fertility through to the postnatal period, so that you can work in any area of maternal health!
Yes, of course! We offer so much support for you as you start doing your client care. We are on the private Facebook group, we are available via email, and we have created a community of dozens of bebo mia trained doulas that are there for peer support. Bonus: we liaise with many social agencies that need student doula support, so we will even try to help you get your first clients!
Well, there are so many perks to doing it online! While lessons stream live every Thursday for the 16-week course duration, they are also recorded and made available to you at any time that best suits your schedule. This means you can go at your own pace, without feeling rushed or stressed out with deadlines. As busy women ourselves, we understand that we all have so much on our plate, and we are proud to offer this type of unique flexibility.
And let’s not forget the convenience of online training. No transportation costs, no expensive books to buy, just an intensive and comprehensive training program lovingly taught by knowledgeable, experienced professionals. We have crafted a live, interactive program that brings you all the information, strategies and skills you need to become an amazing doula. Our open-door policy creates intimate, communicative relationships with each of our trainees. Our availability and thorough approach make for an innovative experience that combines technology with up-close and personal, guided learning.
We have 3 payment plans to make it really affordable! We also offer a special circumstance payment plan with proof of income. Please contact our lovely administrator Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if you qualify.
It is, but for good reason. When you train with us, you get certified as a fertility doula, birth doula AND a postpartum doula, plus you get training in starting your business. In the end it works out to be less than the other guys (and that is before you work in added costs of gas and babysitters!).
You can check out our full outline in the Course Timetable section above to find out just how much we pack into your 16 week training.
WooHoo! This one is easy. Just the payment buttons on this page to register! Welcome to the Class of 2019!
↣ Must be 18 years of age
↣ Complete bebo mia’s 15-week (+ 1 bonus class) Maternal Support Practitioner (aka doula) training.
↣ Complete the requirements within 24 months of the course starting *special permission required for exceptions
↣ Read all books on bebo mia’s Mandatory Reading book list.
↣ Choose 5 books to read from the Optional Reading List and provide a book review of 2.
↣ Must hold current CPR certification (infant, child and adult) and re-certify bi-annually (every 2 years) from any First Aid & CPR training provider.
↣ We recommend you attend a breastfeeding basics workshop (20 hours) OR the 20-hour WHO course – bebo mia also provides the Breastfeeding Educator Certification that will meet this recommendation. This is not a requirement.
↣ Read and sign the bebo mia Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
↣ For those with a focus on Postnatal support – Requirements:
↣ For those with a focus on Pregnancy & Birth support – Requirements:
↣ For those with a focus on Fertility support – Requirements:
↣ Complete bebo mia final examination with minimum 85% grade for passing from all cumulative marks.
We are the only training organization that does not require you to pay a re-certification fee. We feel that this fee should be a part of your tuition. We do have a re-certification process though. Our re-certification is required every 24 months from the date of certification, not course completion.
↣ We request a brief reflection and analysis essay (min. 750 words) based on your previous 2 years of practice. We are looking for you to highlight challenges, successes and areas for development. Please reflect upon previous re-certification essays, if applicable, when writing your reflection piece.
↣ The re-certification fee is included in the cost of the course.
↣ We suggest that you update any changes you may have for your *FREE* alumni directory listing as well.
↣ We recommend that you join our monthly membership for ongoing business and doula support.
↣ You must ensure that your CPR certification remains up-to-date.
Whom This Code Applies To:
The MSP is someone who has met all the requirements for certification as outlined by bebo mia inc. and has agreed to practice in accordance within the guidelines set out in the bebo mia inc.
MSP code of ethics
The MSP code of ethics describes the context for practice and the ethical principles that are expected to be adhered to. The code of ethics includes a description of the relationship between the MSP the person or persons who are being supported as well as other members, formal and informal, of the support team, the scope of MSP practice and the values that the MSP demonstrates in her/his daily practice.
Principle Guidelines for MSP Practice
The MSP practice is built upon four basic principle for providing support; accountability, integrity, respect and community. At the core of these is the ability of the MSP to establish a collaborative relationship with the person or persons who are being supported, regardless of the length of time in the relationship. In order to best facilitate this, the relationship must therefore be built upon these guiding principles.
The MSP also recognizes and respects the importance of other individuals in the life of the person who is being supported.
The MSP is an independent contractor as well as a member of the bebo mia inc. brand. The MSP has completed the necessary academic requirements for certification and is committed to maintaining their professional development through continuing education, affiliation with relevant organizations and inter‐professional associations.
The MSP recognises that they are not called upon to make healthcare decisions as a function of providing support. They understand and accept that their scope of practice is restricted and limited to providing non‐therapeutic physical, emotional and educational support. The MSP may only support clients who are also under the care of a health care provider, such as an OB/GYN, GP or midwife. They may not support unassisted deliveries.
Advocacy is an important element of support but within the MSP scope of practice this is limited to advocacy for access to the essentials that the person/s being supported requires in order to make informed decisions. The MSP therefore does not advocate on behalf of the person/s being supported but rather supports that individuals ability to advocate for themselves. This advocacy support is achieved through the use of but not limited to; conversations around the wishes and expectations of the person/s being supported, creation of a birthing plan, relevant childbirth education and access to evidence based research and/or resources.
It is never in the scope of practice for a MSP to speak on behalf of the person/s they are supporting. The MSP does not provide or participate in any medical activities. The MSP does not perform or prescribe any therapeutic treatments or remedies. The MSP also does not criticize or demean the other members of the support team (formal or informal) who are involved with person/s whom they are supporting. Nor does the MSP question the veracity or validity of a procedure or treatment recommended by the other members of the support team (formal and informal) who are also involved with the person/s they are supporting.
The MSP at all times acts in the best interests of the person/s who is being supported.
The MSP provides support within a framework of shared accountability and recognises that their actions impact not only upon the person/s being supported but also upon the profession as a whole.
The MSP does not misrepresent themselves either in their actions or their situation. They do not behave in a manner which misleads others or deliberately provokes misunderstanding. They maintain respectful and professional behaviour towards other members, both formal and informal, of the support team.
The MSP recognises and accepts that they are ultimately responsible for their own actions and refrain from indulging in any real or potential conflict of interest.
The MSP acknowledges responsibility for confidentiality regarding the information which the intimate nature of their work exposes them to. The MSP respects the rights of the person/s being supported and does not share personal and/or private information about them. The MSP also respects the privacy of the other members, both formal and informal members of the support team.
The MSP supports the choices made by the person/s whom they are supporting. This support includes ensuring that the person/s receiving support, have access to the most up to date, evidence based resources. The MSP does not impose their own beliefs or judgment on the choices made by the person/s who are being supported. Neither does the MSP allow their own beliefs and/or perspectives to interfere with the quality of support they provide.
In recognition of the diverse nature of person/s who request support, the MSP supports and
promotes awareness of diversity of needs and how these needs can be met. The MSP also practices and supports acceptance for diversity in lifestyle and perspectives.
The MSP endeavours to ensure that whenever and wherever possible, the person/s being supported, receives information and resources which are appropriate to their level of comprehension and in the language of their choice.
The MSP recognises and supports the roles of other members, both informal and formal, of the support and health care team. The MSP works in adjunct to others providing professional support within their scope of practice. The MSP practices and promotes safe working habits which meet or exceed the highest industry standards. The MSP ensures that their own actions reflect current best practices and do not put anyone, including themselves, at risk.
The MSP maintains a commitment to professional development and regularly participates in activities which enhance skill level, knowledge and proficiency within the scope of practice.
I, _____________ (name of applicant) have read the bebo mia inc. MSP Code of Ethics and verify that I understand the principles included in it.
I hereby commit to practicing in accordance with this Code of Ethics. _______________(signature)____________(date)
bebo mia inc inc. committed to training high quality doulas and we recognize that there is conflict between doulas and their clients and community members and in order to protect our maternal support practitioners (MSP) as well as the families and community they serve we can created a bebo mia Grievance Board and complaints process.
Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to article bebo mia’s position on client grievances and outline the procedures for the complaints process.
Scope: This policy applies to all clients or community members in a paid, contractual relationship with a bebo mia certified Maternal Support Practitioner graduate.
Filing a Complaint
Please email the Head of the Committee Olivia Scobie at Oscobie@gmail.com