Frequently Asked Questions

About the New Pathway to Mentor Certification 

 

Two pathways to Level I: The former and the new “Birthy Dozen”

If you attended a Level One Introduction to Mentoring workshop anytime before the end of 2017, you can enroll in the new pathway to certification. This pathway, called the “Birthy Dozen,” begins on January 30, 2018. It consists of a series of six consecutive monthly pre-recorded webinar-lessons on topics offered in a sequence that builds momentum, logic, skills, and confidence. Webinars will cover topics such as Whetting a Mother’s Appetite for Prenatal Nutrition in 15 minutes; the Feminine, Ferocious & Healing Path of Mentoring; and Enhancing Your Motivational Teaching, among others.

     Following each webinar-lesson—using the Zoom platform—you will participate in a 90-minute live interactive meeting with me or a certified mentor/BFW advisor. The Zoom platform allows us to see one another during discussions and demonstrations, which enhances the learning process. You can practice your mentoring skills, complete your reading, and earn your Level One certification in just six months. All webinars and live-meetings will be recorded. Should circumstances prevent you from attending a webinar or a live call, you can still listen to the webinar-lesson(s) you missed at your earliest convenience, then join the next live meeting—and keep going. The maximum time limit to complete all six calls will be eight months.

   Upon completion of Level One, you are eligible to take any of the advanced mentor courses, webinars, or workshops; these will be announced in future newsletters.

 

Two pathways to Level II Certification:

                       The former and the new “Sweet Sixteen”

If you attended a Level Two Advanced Mentoring Retreat before the end of 2017, you can choose to follow the former certification requirements or enroll in the new pathway to certification. The new pathway is called the “Sweet Sixteen.” It begins on January 31, 2018, and consists of a series of eight consecutive monthly pre-recorded webinar-lessons on topics offered in a sequence that builds momentum, logic, skills, and confidence. Following each webinar-lesson—using the Zoom platform—you will participate in a live meeting with me or a certified mentor/BFW advisor. Practice your new mentoring skills, complete your reading, submit one audio-recording of your live mentoring, and earn your BFW Mentor Certification in just eight months. Should circumstances prevent you from attending a live meeting, you can still listen to the recorded webinar-lesson(s) at your earliest convenience, then join the next live meeting for advanced mentors. The maximum time limit to complete all eight calls will be ten months.

 What are new requirements to Recertification?

In addition to filling out a simple form to help us track what our mentors are doing, you can meet recertification requirements by simply attending one of the special, advanced mentor workshops offered by BFW, or by attending another birth-related conference/workshop of equivalent learning value.

 

 

 

There will be two new fee schedules:

 Level One certification fees

  • Those of you who enrolled in the certification program for $325 or $350, which included your Level One packet and review by your Advisor. Again, if you are close to finishing, send your packet to your Advisor by February 1, 2018.
  • If you experiencing packet dystocia, let us augment your labors. Enroll in the “Birthy Dozen,” which consists of 6 webinar-lessons and 6 live interactive 90- minute meetings for only $120 if you register by November 15, 2017.
  • If you are enrolling in the certification program for the first time now, your Level One enrollment fee toward certification is $200, and your required pathway will be the “Birthy Dozen”—you are done in six months. There is no packet review!

 

Level Two certification fees

  • If you completed an advanced mentor training before the end of 2017, you may complete the current requirements and submit your packet to your Advisor for review. The fee for the review is $150. If you are close to finishing your packet, send your packet and recordings to your Advisor by February 1, 2018—or set a deadline with your Advisor—and wrap it up!

 

  • If you attended an advanced retreat before the end of 2017, you can enroll in the supported new pathway called the “Sweet Sixteen. This may be especially appealing if you are experiencing a “prolonged certification process”, and want to augment your labors. The “Sweet Sixteen” consists of 8 webinar-lessons and 8 live, interactive 90-minute meetings for only $120 if you register by December 1, 2017. The Sweet Sixteen will begin in February. You will submit just one recording of yourself mentoring a parent to your Advisor with the $150 fee. More information You will be certified painlessly in eight months.

 

The conventional certification process established years ago is called Level One Home Study & Practice on the website (https://www.birthingfromwithin.com/pages/mentor-program-info. Virginia, at your recent workshop, described this pathway to you. In order to attend an advanced mentor training, you must complete the Home Study packet of paperwork (which involves notes on required books, summaries of four births you attended per year, teaching a childbirth class, leading a birth art session, and submitting an audio-recording of yourself leading a process), and submit the packet to a certified mentor for constructive feedback.

 

     There are many ways to learn, and to assess learning. Over the years I have noticed that the conventional pathway requires a certain level of self-motivation and organization that does not come naturally to many students, therefore they do not (and cannot) pursue advanced training in a timely manner. To remedy this problem, I am developing another pathway to prepare for advanced training, and therefore certification.

 

     The new pathway to certification is under thoughtful construction. I don’t want to provide partial details until all the details have been worked out. I can say that it will be simpler, and it will appeal to a different kind of learner. Please be patient for the details, which should be worked out before November 1.

 

  • What other costs are involved with the Program?
After completing the Level One HomeStudy, you must attend an Advanced Mentor Retreat. This workshop is a 5-7 day residential retreat for Mentors only; the tuition is $850-950, plus room and board (about $750-900) and travel. This fee covers your complete Advanced HomeStudy packet, Advisor support, and continuation of all the

Is there a time limit for enrolling?

Yes! If you want to be certified in 2018,  enrollment begins  December 1, 2017 and will close on December 31, 2017. 
Who will my Advisor be? What can I expect from my Advisor?
Advisors are certified mentors who support the certification process by evaluating advanced students' recording and following up with a personal call. You may choose your Advisor if you happen to meet her on a webinar or at a workshop and you feel rapport. If this doesn't happen, an Advisor will be assigned to you.

What is the deadline for completing the new certification program?

If unforeseen circumstances interfere with your certification process (either the six consecutive months to complete Level One's "Birthy Dozen" or the eight-month "Sweet Sixteen" to complete Advanced mentor training, you have an additional three months in either series to get caught up and finish. We found that allowing three years to complete fostered stagnation and procrastination. If mentoring is your calling, commit to it and complete. If circumstances interrupt your progress for longer than three months, speak with the Director of your program to make a plan.