Birth Story Listening (BSL) Distance Course Information and Details

This very popular distance course helps anyone listen to and understand birth stories more deeply. The course is divided into two parts: Part 1 is a prerequisite to Part 2; Part 2 is optional and by invitation only, based on quality of work done in Part 1. 

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Please carefully read this entire page for all the information you need to understand and sign-up for this course.



Course Syllabus (subject to change)

PART 1: New ways to think about, listen to, and tell birth stories

PART 2: Offering Birth Story Medicine®

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Cancellation Info

A $50 admin fee will be accessed for those canceling more than 48 hours prior to the start of the course. Starting at 48 hours before the course begins, no credits or refunds will be given for cancellation.

Registration is limited to allow for personal attention. 

Enrollment in Part 2 is by application and invitation based on participation and completion of work in Part 1. The decision to move ahead to Part 2 will be made one week prior to the start of Part 2. If you decide to enroll in Part 2, your payment is due before the start of Part 2. If you pay in full for both parts prior to Part 1 (in order to ensure there is space for you), and, at least one week before the start of Part 2, you are either not accepted into Part 2 or decide not to continue before the start of Part 2, then that portion ($250) will be refunded. Space in Part 2 is limited due to more intensive work, support, and feedback; priority is given to those who have paid in full for both parts before Part 1 begins. If there isn't enough space for you, you will be at the top of the list for the next Part 2. We understand that this is a little complex, so email us if you have further questions.


Part 1: $200Part 2: $250Both parts: $450   You can pay for just Part 1, or you can pay for both parts together. 

Active BFW Mentors receive add'l 10% discount: remember to use your discount code when you register! 

Read: Birthing From Within, by Pam England 
Read: Pam's 12 blog posts about the Nine Birth Story Gates here > 
Listen to: Audio recordings of Pam England (2 hours) speaking about her journey, about mentoring, and about Birthing From Within's unique approach to preventing and healing birth trauma. Can be streamed or downloaded (link is emailed to participants a week before start of course). 

Required Reading (to be completed before or during Part 1):
Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions, by Insoo Kim Berg and Peter Szabo and/or Coaching Plain and Simple, by Peter Szabo

Labyrinth of Birth, by Pam England

Everything Toltec Wisdom Book, by Allan Hardman and/or  Four Agreements, by Miguel Ruiz

Narrative Medicine, by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Optional, Recommended for Part 2:
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, by Peter Levine
The Body Remembers, by Babette Rothschild

Participants will need access to the following:

This course is approved for contact hours through the CA Board of RN, provider #12800. Part 1: 8 contact hours. Part 2: 12 contact hours. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements (attending all calls and completing all assignments) will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Students will complete weekly readings and assignments (e.g., journaling, reading, leading and recording Birth Story sessions, etc.). Each week begins with a 75-90 minute group phone call (which will be recorded so you can listen again for review or if you missed the live call). Students receive individual written feedback on assignments from course facilitators.