Birth Institute

newborn healthBirth Institute is a private occupational school that promotes leadership in maternal and newborn health. Through rigorous academics, community engagement and personal reflection, Birth Institute students gain an understanding of themselves and their professional fields, ensuring that the next generation of midwives, doulas and public health activists are equipped with the vision and tools required to transform the state of healthcare for childbearing women worldwide.

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Latest Posts

Ditch the Birth Plan!

When women are able to experience self-determination, rather than control or a perfect plan, they will succeed at having a birth that is aligned with their vision. The key, shares Nicole Deggins of Sista Midwife Productions, is that mamas tap into their intuition and develop a birth philosophy. In this pieces, she offers the key…

Herbs for Labor XVI: Birthroot

Isabelle Wilson is an internationally renowned medicine woman and herbalist who is known for her work, the Wise Woman Way. In this edition of the series called “Herbs for Labor” written for Birth Institute, she shares how birthroots spread and meander, like life, like childbirth, and how Trillium would be used to support women throughout the…

Meditations for Pregnancy, Birth and Bonding

Meditation is an ancient practice that supports well-being, and it is a tool that can help parents and their baby both physically and spiritually. In this piece, Sienna Long, author of Enlightened Pregnancy, provides a guided meditation exercise that you may use to support your clients’ minds, giving them spiritual guidance and support for baby. Learn to support…

Herbs for Labor XV: Cotton Root

Isabelle Wilson is an internationally renowned medicine woman and herbalist who is known for her work, the Wise Woman Way. In this edition of the series called “Herbs for Labor” written for Birth Institute, she eloquently shares how cotton root bark is beneficial for kick-starting uterine contractions, bringing on the placenta, and relieves symptoms of endometriosis. Take…

Supporting Women in Ecstatic Birth

The difference between a birth that feels traumatic as opposed to ecstatic is rarely in the specific details, but in how a birthing mom processes the experience, and we as practitioners have an opportunity to help ensure it’s positive. In this piece, Ella Browne Hay of Ecstatic Birth shares a few essential factors and ways…

Five simple exercises to set mamas on a journey of self­-acceptance

Mindful awareness of physical and emotional attachment is the first step in both radical self-­acceptance and in creating a pregnancy, birth and mamahood narrative that is both healed and empowering. In this piece, yoga teacher and pregnancy coach Sandra Maurer provides us with five simple exercises we can use to support our clients on their journeys….

Play this game to teach your clients about informed consent

When it comes to the birth process, parents shouldn’t simply be told their rights, they must be shown how to apply them. In this piece, childbirth educator and postpartum doula Nicole Wheeler shares her unique tool for teaching parents about informed consent: a rousing game of BINGO. Do you feel called to support women to have…

Healthy Emotional Boundaries: Best Practices for Birth Workers

When we take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, we are better able to set healthy boundaries with our clients, which in turn allows us to serve them with the attention and compassion that they deserve. In this piece, Morgan Burgess explores the importance of creating healthy emotional boundaries with our clients, and shares a…

You are what you think – why mom’s beliefs about birth matter

A mother’s mental and emotional state plays a huge role in how the birth plays out: whether she experiences it as painful, what kinds of interventions take place, and how she shares about the experience with her community. In this piece, childbirth educator Esther Croft shares why the emotional state is so important, and how…