Waterbirth Credentialing for Birth Providers
Waterbirth International has been working non-stop for several decades providing education and training programs for parents and practitioners alike. Those programs have helped meet our mission goals of making waterbirth an available option for all women and to change the way we welcome babies into the world.
Credentialing through Waterbirth International is done in these simple steps:
- Completion of the Waterbirth Certification Workshop. The workshop covers current research, recognizing and preventing emergencies in waterbirth, pool set up, infection control, establishing a research protocol and much more.
- Submission of attendance at five (5) waterbirths and evaluation of outcomes through your role as a provider. We accept the narrative form of the births as documentation of birth attendance.
All Credentialing candidates agree to continue ongoing data reporting. The goal with both the Credentialing and the collection of on going data is to create a vibrant research and referral database.
Some hospitals in the US require their providers to be credentialed.
Our first program was approved by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and taught to 110 participants in a pre-conference at the Gentle Birth World Congress in September of 2007. Since then several dozen midwives and physicians have completed all requirements and maintain a credential in Waterbirth.