Simkin Center strives to provide a learning environment free from institutionalized racism and oppression, and is dedicated to health and race equity and cultural awareness in supporting maternal, infant and family health.
Birth Doula Training
Doulas provide physical, emotional and informational support to birthing people and families during and after childbirth. Classes are available in online, weekend, and weekday formats.
Postpartum Doula Training
The workshop prepares you to serve newly postpartum families and covers many aspects of postpartum care, including lactation and parent and newborn care.
Lactation Educator Training
Breastfeeding can be a challenging experience for some families. Learn breastfeeding basics, the benefits of breastfeeding, medications used for lactation, and more. This course serves as a beginner course for those interested in pursuing their IBCLC credentials.
Childbirth Educator Training
Birthing people need evidence-based, qualified, and unbiased instructors to help them decide their birthing preferences. Childbirth Educator Training is a comprehensive and engaging educational experience preparing you to be an excellent prenatal educator.
When Survivors Give Birth
This course provides practical advice for improving trust and communication between a birth professional and a survivor of trauma, as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse-related distress.
You may register online or over the phone at 425-602-3378 or by mail. Full payment in U.S. dollars must accompany your registration. Please make checks payable to "The Simkin Center" or "Bastyr University."
There will be no refund for cancellation requests made less than 30 calendars days before the start of class. The deadline to request refund or transfer is 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop for which you are registered. We must receive your request via email. A $100 processing fee is charged on all cancellation, transfers or refunds. Only one transfer per calendar year is permitted. Returned checks will be assessed a $28 fee. No refunds are made for any missed portions of a course, and student will not receive a certificate of completion. It may be possible to make up missed portions of a course for an additional fee of $75/day. Contact us to explore that option. Simkin Center reserves the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be granted. You may initiate dropping a course through Canvas Catalog, however please note policies regarding cancellations, transfers and refunds. If you have questions regarding our registration policies, you must contact us at email@example.com or call us at 425-602-3378.
Certificates of Completion: In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must attend all workshop sessions (in-person or virtual) and complete all online learning modules before the end of the workshop. A duplicate digital copy of a certificate of completion can be provided. You will need to call our office to initiate request for a duplicate certificate. Please call us at 425-602-3378.
Cancellation requests made prior to the release of the online modules are eligible for a full refund minus a $100 processing fee.
Once the online modules are open and students are given access, any cancellations made 30 days before the start of class are eligible for a 50% refund.
Once the online modules are open and students are given access, any cancellations made less than 30 days before the start of class are NOT eligible for a refund.
You may initiate dropping a course through Canvas Catalog, however there are specific policies regarding cancellations, transfers and refunds specific to Childbirth Educator Training. If you have questions regarding our registration policies, you must contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 425-602-3378.
Transfer requests made prior to the release of the online modules are eligible for a transfer with the addition of a $100 processing fee.
Once the modules are open and students are given access, any transfer requests made 30 days BEFORE the start of class are eligible for a transfer with the addition of a $325 fee ($100 processing fee plus $75 per missed day).
Once the modules are open and students are given access, any transfer requests made less than 30 days before the start of class are eligible for a transfer, with the addition of a $425 fee ($200 processing fee plus $75 per missed day).
Please contact our office if you are interested in one of the following discounts before you register: You can email us at email@example.com or call us at 425-602-3378. If a discount is awarded you will receive a discount code to use during registration. Discounts may not be combined or used in conjunction with Simkin Center Leadership Fund awards.
- Institutional Discounts: Two or more employees of an organization who register at same time are eligible to receive $50 tuition discount per registrant.
- Bundle discounts: New registrations for any two or more Simkin Center in-person workshops receive 10% off each registration price. Payment and registration must be made at the same time.
- Bastyr discount: Bastyr University faculty, staff, students and alumni are eligible for a 20% discount off Simkin Center courses. The discount is available on one course per year. Eligible faculty must be teaching one or more classes per academic year. Alumni refers to graduates of Bastyr academic programs and students in Bastyr University academic programs must be in good standing.
- Course Assistant Discount: Each workshop has a Course Assistant who arrives early, stays late and helps with basic classroom or virtual meeting tasks in exchange for a $100 tuition discount. This position is offered on first come, first served basis to anyone that is currently registered for the class.
- PALS Doulas Discount: Current and supporting members of PALS Doulas are eligible to receive a 10% discount off Simkin Center workshops.
- Military Discount: Active military members, Reserve, and Veterans are eligible for a 20% discount off Simkin Center courses. The discount is available on one course per year.
In the event of snowy or other inclement weather, visit Flashalert.net to find out if the campus is closed.Up to the minute campus closure information is also available by phone, call the main line: 425-602-3000. Be safe – if you don’t feel comfortable driving, don’t. Please note: Class days missed due to University closure will be rescheduled or made up at later date. Class days missed by a student when the University is open may be made up at another course for a fee of $75/day.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
You are welcome to bring your infant aged 0-4 months as long as you also bring a caregiver. We ask that your caregiver care for your baby outside of the classroom. Nursing is always welcome in the classroom, and your baby can visit you during class for this purpose. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing your baby and caregiver. If you are lactating we can accommodate your needs to nurse, pump or generally care for yourself in the very best way.
Simkin Center Faculty
Simkin Center Faculty are world-class birth professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to classroom. They are here to guide you in your journey of reaching your birth professional goals and help you thrive beyond the classroom. Most of our trainings provide guest speakers who share their areas of expertise and bring a wealth of diversity and wisdom to our learning communities. We are proud our guest speakers include a roster of actively working birth professionals who share their pathways to success.
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The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations offers students tuition assistance through scholarships intended to support future leaders in the allied birth vocations.