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Nervous System Informed Training For Birth Workers

Level I: Foundations Course

Hey Birth Worker

Lots has changed since I first started attending births nearly 20 years ago...

The competition is high amongst birth workers these days. With so many of you trying to sell an extra special ingredient to bring into the birthing space, Having the 'old fashioned' skill set of supporting a family in birth is no longer enough. You need to be massage therapists, counsellors, acupuncturists, energy worker etc. to stand out amongst the competition.

I want you to stand out as a birth worker, not because you have another special 'thing' to offer but because you bring a presence to the space that is unlike anyone in the room can bring. 

Path To Certification

Learning How to Apply and Embrace NSI Skills Starts Here!

The NSI birth worker certification training program is both a trauma and nervous system informed approach to birth care. It is divided into three levels of learning. Each level furthers you towards certification and assists you in applying the material learned. I am committed to providing you with a learning atmosphere that builds your confidence and competency to integrate nervous system informed care and embody a nervous system skill set into your practice.

Level I: Foundations to Nervous System Informed Care Course

Level I is a stand alone course providing you with foundational knowledge about nervous system informed care and polyvagal theory, birth trauma, maternal mental health, and recovery

Level II: Integration and Skill Building Course

Level II assists you in integrating, embodying, and preparing to apply the knowledge learned in Level I. Together, we dive deeper into the concepts presented in Level I.

Level III: Application and Certification Course

Level III focuses on application and hands on mentorship to ensure you can embody the concepts with success. Once completed, you will be granted certification as a Nervous System Informed Doula.

Course Content


Course Orientation

•  Welcome Message

•  Course Overview

•  Community Guidelines

•  Activity: Course Intentions

•  Reflective Questions

•  Module Checklist


Module 1: An Intro to Trauma and Nervous System Informed Birth Care

•  Module 1: Learning Objectives

•  NSI + Trauma Informed Birth Care

•  Presentation Slides

•  Journal Exercise

•  Module Assignment

•  Module One Quiz


Module 2: Trauma Stewardship and The Birth Keeper

•  Module 2: Learning Objectives

•  Trauma Stewardship Introduction

•  Presentation Slides

•  Trauma Stewardship: Risks and Benefits

•  Signs and Symptoms of Burnout - Handout

•  Reflective Questions

•  Module Assignment


Module 3: Neurobiology 101

Module 3: Learning Objectives

The Triune Brain Explained

Polyvagal Theory Explained

An Overview of Nervous System Informed Care

Guiding a Mapping Session

Profile Map Explained

Reflective Questions

Module Quiz


Module 4: What is Trauma?

Module 4: Learning Objectives

Trauma Defined

Trauma and Three Systems of Knowing

Coherence As a State of Health

Befriending Your Wild Animal

Reflective Questions

Module Assignment

Module Quiz


Module 5: Childbirth Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

Module 5: Learning Objectives

Birth Trauma Explained

Three Contributing Factors

Maternal Mental Health + NSI Lens

PPMD Symptoms + NSI Lens

Reflective Questions

Module Assignment

Module Quiz


Module 6: A Healing Road Map for Recovery

Module 6: Learning Objectives

The Therapy Map Explained

Supporting in the Postpartum

Reflective Questions

Module Assignment

Module Quiz


Module 7: Grief As Medicine

Module 7: Learning Objectives

Grief as Medicine

Posttraumatic Growth

Reflective Questions

Module Assignments

Module Quiz

Hello, nice to meet you...

Over the past 20+ years, I have worn multiple hats within the birth culture. It all started with my first pregnancy, after which I co-owned a cutting edge natural parenting and pregnancy store, taught childbirth classes and prenatal yoga (before it was a certification thing), certified as a holistic doula, studied traditional direct-entry midwifery, attended two internships, wrote two books, and now, specialize in perinatal mental health as a clinical counsellor and founder of ASK Therapy for Moms.

So, let's just say, I know something about working within the childbirth industry. Lots has changed, and some things, not so much. I know what it is like to think that you have failed a family because you couldn't help them experience the birth they had hoped for. Birth trauma is in on the rise, and I recently read t that we are in a maternal mental health crisis. 

Feelings of insecurity or inadequacy can get in the way of offering exceptional care during high stakes moments during the birth and postpartum.

I knew that there was something I was missing as a birth worker. It wasn't until I learned about trauma and healing through a nervous system lens that it clicked - this was what was missing throughout the birth space. 


I want to help you learn how to embody these the skills of nervous system anchoring so you can feel confident and competent as a birth worker, especially when the stakes are high or risky. I want you to feel competent in helping your families have the best birth experience possible, despite unexpected outcomes, and know how to support them emotionally and mentally in the postpartum.

What You Can Expect

When you join the Level I: Foundations course you are embarking on a journey of

personal and professional development

Seven postsecondary level modules released every two weeks

A private forum moderated by Jennifer for deeper inquiry and case consultation

Course activities to facilitate integration of the content and build confidence

Access to Jennifer's calendar for 1:1 mentorship sessions

Completion of Level I grants you access to Level II

Words of Affirmation

Words from previous participants who have attended similar training

Jennifer goes deep into the topic and helps us understand concepts from bottom to top. Her own clarity and the immense research/hard work that she has put into this field reflects through the delivery of her lectures and the way she has organized the course - guiding the learner seamlessly from one idea to the next.

NSI Doula Training Member


Ready to Join the Growing Tribe of Nervous System Informed
Birth Keepers?

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