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Austere & Disaster Birth Worker Course – 2023

Registration Ends June 9, 2022
$200 – 250
Start Date: May 26
End Date: Jun 28
Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

This is an online course. You can participate from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Would you be prepared for an emergency birth situation whether post-disaster, en-route to the hospital or even at home?  Would you be prepared to help your community in an emergency?

Join Katia LeMone, a licensed, herbal midwife with experience in over 600 births – many in completely remote, 4th world environments around the world – as she steps you through the processes involved in having a safe, healthy birth no matter what the situation around you might be.

This course will give you the basics of what to do, and often more importantly, what not to do during an emergency birth. The care of pregnant, birthing and postpartum women is covered, including common problems and emergencies during the childbearing year.  Emergency birth skills are outlined and discussed.  Whether you are enhancing your own practical, emergency or medical knowledge or you simply want to be more prepared for a birth and simply want to be able to help yourself, family, friends or anyone in a post-disaster situation, this 4-week online course is an amazing introduction to the skills and information you need.

The course is also specifically designed to prepare participants as Emergency Birth Workers who can assist during a disaster or austere situation.  The class culminates with a project designing a prenatal clinic or a breastfeeding friendly site during a disaster scenario.

Herbs for Midwives, Doulas and Birth Workers and the 5-week Austere and Disaster Birth Worker Course are a requirement of both the Family Herbalist and Earthwise Doula Certification programs.


Austere and Disaster Birth Worker Course consists of 5 weeks of pre-recorded online instruction with 3 to 4 lectures per week. This course also includes numerous downloads and documents.  All PowerPoint presentation slides and supporting documentation is available in an online-classroom setting.

The classroom includes a forum where videos of the PowerPoint presentation, the slides and numerous downloads and documents can be accessed.  Every week there is a live question and answer session where discussion on the week’s topics can be explored.   All you need is an internet connection and a browser.

The curriculum of this course is packed with information, to include:

  •  Instruction and resources on Basic Pregnancy/Birth/Postpartum Care in austere and disaster situations
  •  Worldwide view of Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum during Disaster Situations
  • The basics for Prenatal Care, Emergency Childbirth and Postpartum Care in disaster situations
  • The most common problems/complaints/complications of pregnancy for each trimester with Lifestyle and nutritional recommendations
  •  Preparation and basics for emergency birth in austere or low-resource settings
  • Prenatal Clinic or Mother/Baby Friendly site scenario that allows you and your classmates to plan for and successfully negotiate a real-world post-disaster scenario online
  • Please note: There is an additional three day hands-on course covering skills in the Doula course and the Austere and Disaster Birth Workers Course.

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Dates:  This is a 5 week online course beginning May 26th, 2023.

Live classes will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7pm Central Time, and will be recorded.

The first live class is May 31st, 2023.

Registration will remain open until June 9th, 2023.

There is a 4-week grace period after the last class week, to allow ample time for downloading content and finishing the course test. Access to the online classroom will close on July 31st, 2023.

Regular Tuition: $250  (Online processing fees apply)

Check/Money Order/E-invoice Discount: $250 (No processing fees)

Program Discounts: Please contact us via email for information on the full Family Herbalist or Doula Certification bundled tuition discounts.