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AABC Certificate Birth Assistant Training


AABC's Certificate Birth Assistant Training establishes a standard for quality birth assistants.  Successful completion of the course ensures employers and birth center clients that the birth assistant has ample knowledge and training to assist with labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.

The AABC Certificate Birth Assistant Training is comprehensive and robust, consisting of modules of presented content, demonstration videos, HIPAA and OSHA compliance training, an in-person skills assessment, and observation at out-of-hospital births.  The following are required elements of the course:

  • 15 Modules of presented content
  • Skills and drills videos
  • HIPAA and OSHA compliance training
  • Proof of NRP and CPR certifications
  • Skills and drills assessment
  • Attendance at 4 out-of-hospital births*

*Challenge course students attend 2 out-of-hospital births

evidence-based Curriculum

The course draws from numerous philosophies and modalities to create a recognized standard for quality birth assistants trained to support the midwife and family during labor, birth, and the postpartum period.  The curriculum was designed to train birth assistants in the midwifery model of care in the out-of-hospital setting.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Mother
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Baby
  • Vital Signs
  • Communication
  • Cultural and Health Literacy at Birth
  • Process of Labor and Birth - Stages 1 and 2
  • Postpartum and Beyond - Stages 3 and 4
  • Emotional Aspects of Birth
  • Medicines
  • Breastfeeding
  • Risk Assessment
  • Minor Deviations from Normal
  • Major Complications of Labor
  • Professional and Legal Issues

SKills drills and assessment

After completing the didactic portion of the course, students will arrange an skills assessment with one of AABC's approved birth center sites.  AABC has skills faculty in the following areas:

  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Berwyn, IL
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX

These locations are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed.  AABC continues to train skills assessment faculty and is working toward having at least one in each state that has a birth center.

Attendance at births

Students are required to observe 4* out-of-hospital births and submit case study reports on each of the births to a trained AABC mentor.  The student will debrief with their mentor after each birth and as needed during this period of attending births.

The site for case study births must be licensed, if not accredited, and an AABC member birth center, whenever possible.

*Challenge courses students are required to attend 2 out-of-hospital births.


AABC's Certificate Birth Assistant Training includes one year of complimentary membership at the Associate level.


Contact AABC by email or by phone at (215) 234-8068 or toll-free 866-54-BIRTH.

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