So you know you have been called to work with expectant families, you know the role you want to perform. The next step is deciding on a training for that role.
Very few of the women I have spoken to thoroughly researched their training program before paying for the training materials. I often hear the decision was made because it was the closest training or that someone they knew went through the organization. Other common reasons are the amount of time it takes to be trained or the cost of the training. While these may be factors you want to consider, I would never recommend these be the deciding factors for any training program. Instead, I recommend this:
- Review an extensive list of training programs. I have one for you at the main website here: Learn & Certify. Some will only serve a particular area, others will be world wide. Make a list of all the programs that are available to you.
- Read the scope of practice for each of the training programs you could use. Compare what you will be trained to do, and what you will be restricted from doing. Cross off your list any that do not offer the full training you would like.
- Compare the reading lists and training programs for each program, and find out if they have any policies or statements of philosophy you can read. Determine which would be the most thorough. Decide if any might not align with your birth philosophy. Cross off any programs that don’t match what you are looking for.
- Explore the certification requirements. Does this training program offer certification? What additional work must be completed to certify. How long does the certification last? What will you need to do to renew your certification? Cross off any programs whose requirements you don’t care to meet.
- List out all the costs associated with the program. Include travel to and from training sessions, books and other materials, certification fees, training module fees, application fees. Add these fees for each organization that remains on your list. Rewrite your list, stating total cost and name for each program.
- Get a blank calendar. Honestly work through how much time you would need to complete each program. Take the time to look up training dates available and any conflicts in your schedule. Be sure to recognize how long it really takes you to read a book, especially if you have young children. Add your estimates to the rewritten list.
You now have a list of programs that would train you for the role you desire, their cost and an accurate estimate of how long it will take you to complete the program. Post this list somewhere you can see it often, but don’t make any decisions yet. Tomorrow we will take the next step towards choosing a program.