What is a Birth Sister?
A Birth Sister is a professional birth worker who provides non-medical support to mothers and families. A Birth Sister provides non bias information, techniques, support and resources to help a family through pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. They also provide tools to help the mother advocate for herself and her baby. It is important to note that a Birth Sister does not offer any medical advice. She is not a medical professional. For more information about the Sista Midwife Productions Birth Sister Training, access one of the courses here.
What does an SMP Birth Sister Training course cover?
The SMP Birth Sister Training gives you the information you need to support families during pregnancy, during labor and in the postpartum period. Our training is commonly referred to as a “full spectrum” training. Please refer to one of our LIVE Birth Sister Training pages for details on the topics that will be covered.
How do I sign up for a course?
To enroll in a course, visit our Birth Sister training course page. Choose your date, city and a payment option and follow the instructions to set up your student profile. Once you have enrolled you must complete your registration form by logging into your course profile. The registration form is an important part of our application process and gives us an opportunity to learn more about our students and their learning goals before class begins. It includes two (2), 50 - 200-word essays. If you choose a payment plan please note that a payment plan admin fee will be added increasing the overall investment for the course.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. In some instances, we also accept cash, check or money order. Please inquire about these payment options.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are available. Depending on the course, we offer 2, 4, and 6-month automatic payment plans. Access to enroll in payment plans do expire. For example, the 6-month payment plan for training in October is no longer available after the third week of April. Please note that the use of a 4 or 6- month payment plan will incur a payment plan processing fee; which will increase the overall investment for the course.
How much is the investment?
The investment for training held at the SMP home-base, New Orleans, is $650.00 USD. For training held away from home-base the investment is at $750.00 USD.
How does your payment plan work?
All payment plans offered will bill your account automatically every month. The date of your initial payment (the date you sign up) will be the billing date for all future payments. For example, if you make your 1st payment on March 15th your next payment with automatically be charged on April 15th.
If I am not able to attend the training do you offer refunds?
Yes, we do offer partial refunds. The first $100 of your registration is considered a non-refundable deposit. You can transfer that deposit to another course within one year of your initial training date. If you cancel more than 30 days before the training, the remainder of your payments are refunded at 50%. Example: You have paid a total of $550, and cancel 2 months before class, you will receive a refund of $250. If you cancel within 30 days of the training the remainder of your payments are refunded at 25%. Example: You have paid a total of $550. You would receive a refund of $112.50. If you cancel within a week of training your registration is completely non-refundable.
What if my automatic payment is declined?
In the event of a decline, the system will automatically make three (3) additional attempts for successful charge. If all attempts are declined the student will be disenrolled from the course and the payment plan. If you are disenrolled from the course due to insufficient funds and/or declined payment(s) you will not be eligible for a refund and your space in the class will no longer be guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the billed party (the student) to monitor their accounts and reach out if any enrollment or payment issues should arise. If you have been disenrolled due to a declined payment and would like to re-enroll please contact us immediately at email@example.com. While your payment plan cannot be reinstated we will provide you with an opportunity to re-enroll. We will send you an invoice for the remaining balance. This invoice will be marked as due upon receipt and must be paid in full at least two (2) weeks before day one (1) of training. Your space in the class will not be guaranteed until the invoice has been paid.
Is this training DONA?
No. Sista Midwife Productions is not affiliated with DONA.
Does Sista Midwife Productions certify Midwives or Lactation consultants?
No. Sista Midwife Productions does not certify midwives or lactation consultants. We train Birth Sisters (doulas) and certify them after they have successfully completed the certification requirements.
Do I need to have prior experience?
No. Prior experience is not needed to complete training. Our training model provides a full spectrum of learning experience. Those without experience take away all the informational tools they need to get started as a birth worker. Those with experience receive new insights, motivation and inspiration to carry on in the work.
Can I bring my child to training?
If you have an infant in arms, older infant or young toddler still breastfeeding intensively you are welcome to bring them along.
Do you offer a certification? / Will I be certified after this training?
At the completion of this training, providing you have attended all 6 days, you will receive a certificate of attendance. You will then be eligible to get certified. Our certification process is designed to take new Birth Sisters approximately one year to complete. Please note that there are currently no state or national regulations for the certification of Birth Sisters or doulas.
How long does certification take?
After your training course is finished, you will have up to TWO years to complete your certification requirements and submit them for review. Previous students have completed their certification requirements 6 months to one year and on average it takes one year.
What happens if you miss a day of training?
Currently we do not have make up opportunities. If an emergency or a conflict does come up before or during training, please be communicative with the Sista Midwife Team and we will work with you accordingly. Please note the 1st requirement for completing Birth Sister certification is to complete all 40 hours of training. If you miss a day you will not be eligible for certification.
Where is your training held?
Training takes place at a private home in the vicinity of the host city. The training specific location is typically shared within a month of the training dates and is only shared with individuals who complete enrollment and paid registration.
Can you come to my city?
We usually travel to at least 2 cities each year. Various factors impact which cities we choose including interest from potential students. If you are interested in helping to host a training in your area let us know via our firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you with details if your city becomes a possible training site.
Do you offer one-on-one or private Birth Sister training?
One of our main goals is to train as many Birth Sisters as possible to support black women and families. One-on-one training does not align with these efforts. We are open to train private groups of 10 or more students. If you are interested in hosting a training for your sorority sisters, ladies in your congregation, or community please email us at email@example.com.
Are meals provided during training?
Light refreshments are provided each Friday evening and a continental breakfast is provided on each Sat/Sun of the training. Lunch is discussed and coordinated with attendees during the first day of class.
Do I have to provide birth services for free after this class?
No, you do not have to offer pro-bono birth services for certification. After training, you will have all the resources you need to support women pre-conceptually, during pregnancy, during birth as well as during the postpartum period. Becoming a Birth Sister is an entrepreneurial endeavor. With their certificate of completion, (even before becoming certified) we encourage Sista Midwife trained Birth Sisters to begin taking paying clients immediately. We do discuss ideas about when and how to provide pro-bono services during the business portion of our course.
What should I read to prepare?
There are no absolute prerequisites for our training. We do recommend that students read the book PUSHED by Jennifer Block. PUSHED is one of the books required for future certification with us.
Where can I find recommended birth books?
We find that your local library; your favorite web search engine; and major book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders are all great places to search for these titles.