for the last few years red tent has been busy building an army of birthkeepers to support women and their families through the childbearing year. we believe all women have the right to have an incredible, loving, safe and healthy experience when they birth their babies and we believe good support is key to that. good support should include a good educator. a group to explore information, feelings, choices and ritual as they transition from maiden to mother or from mother of one to many.
we’ve welcomed our first two cohorts in edinburgh and london who’ve been busy falling in love with each other and bringing together some real kick ass education.
we want you to spend four long weekends learning how to deliver your own syllabus whilst learning about the complex needs of adult learners, group dynamics, women’s lives, ritual, support and love. we have designed this course to be affordable and thorough.
we welcome all women to join us in our mission especially those that have found no home before. all educational, religious, class, culture and ability backgrounds. we really do believe we can change the world one woman at a time.
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get in touch to book here
we will meet for four long weekends to inspire each other in circle. each weekend will include teaching practice, business skills, anatomy and physiology, ritual, adult learning theory, activism and physical skills including rebozo to share in groups. there is preparation for the weekends and reading for home study.
on completion you facilitate and evaluate your first group feeding back and being supported. during this one to one feedback session you have an opportunity to spend time with your facilitator who is an experienced qualified adult/birth educator.
get in touch to register here.
nicola goodall has been running womens circles for over 25 years beginning in her local muslim community in south london. she completed a dip ed in adult education with the nct over ten years ago alongside the scottish birth teachers association qualification taken over two years exploring the less conventional side of birth education such as yoga, birth art and activism. she has been running groups ever since forming the red tent doulas alongside hannah winbolt-lewis some years ago. she is completely dedicated to promoting self-care and womens wellness in all its forms.
who should take this course?
this course is suitable for any adult woman learner who would like to prepare to be an independent educator in her local community. there are no educational requirements. we have many women taking the course who are already educators hoping to supplement or move on from their current organisations.
each weekend will see one or two guest teachers joining us either in person or via the internet. we have mark harris joining us to share his work around understanding and preparing partners for birth. joy horner (independent midwife) will be taking us through variations of normal in midwifery focusing on breech. Ibu robin lim (midwife) will join us via Skype to infuse us with the love of an experienced authentic birthkeeper. mars lord (doula) to teach us cultural competency and inform us about reproductive justice. ramiro romero (traditional midwife) from the muisca peoples of colombia will be sharing his peoples traditions which will blow your mind. renee mcbride (doula and hypnotherapist) will be taking you through the principals of hypnobirthing and sharing a few skills. giuditta tornetta (doula) is giving us a session around marketing. clare loprinzi (traditional midwife and activist) will be setting fire to your pants with her energy about activism. we will also have other special guest teachers who will join us when they are in town.
we will have a london group and an edinburgh group each calendar year. a condensed 7 day intensive version is available for bringing to you in your area or country. if you are interested in hosting this please be in touch. find dates here.
to truly work safely and healthily with women you need your red tent. somewhere to share and be supported, nourished and loved. time is incorporated over the weekend to spend time growing the group. you form a smaller support circle for each other within the bigger circle of our always growing international red tent network. on registration you will be added to our closed facebook group with women from all over the world in all different disciplines of womens wellness so you can connect further out. we meet together every so often for a free or low cost gathering to nurture your soul. on completion you will be added to our red tent directory as one of our educators for no charge.
the certification investment is £1800 – which is available on a 12 monthly payment plan of £150- a month if necessary.
Rifat Nafisa Peggie Brown scholarship
my greatest teacher and my midwife mama Rifat passed away a while ago. I wanted to honour her in every way I can find and when I was writing this course I knew this would be the way. Rifat was committed to loving each family she supported with due care and diligence and learned much from the granny midwives. she was a birthkeeper of the original kind supporting many women to have the gentle births they wanted. she was a champion of giving ALL women the love and care they deserve.
each group has one scholarship place for a woman of colour in her honour. we must all stand shoulder to shoulder to lift each other up.get in touch to apply here.