Are you an aspiring Black midwife looking for a pathway to work with community midwives attending births in out-of-hospital settings? If so, you're in the right place.
Black Sisters Birth Academy®
Black Sisters Birth Academy® (BSBA) trains aspiring Black midwives to become certified birth assistants to community midwives in out-of-hospital settings through an online curriculum-based program intentionally designed with you in mind.
Why Black Sisters Birth Academy®
The truth is, a growing number of aspiring Black midwives who choose to work outside the hospital setting are looking for Black-led midwifery trainings that will teach them how to work with community midwives and our birthing families.
They are looking to reconnect and reclaim the natural birthing experience for themselves and for our people.
They are looking for a place to call HOME.
Black Sisters Birth Academy® was created for you, the aspiring Black midwife, to have a safe place to call home as you learn to work side-by-side with community midwives as a birth assistant.
Birth assisting is a natural first step into being who you are called to be:
If you feel called to join this movement and return Back to Birth
Apply Now at Black Sisters Birth Academy®.
This work is my mission.
Hi, I'm Christina Jemine, a licensed, Certified Professional Midwife on a mission to train YOU, the aspiring Black midwife, through the art of birth assisting.
I was where you were once, excited about becoming a midwife and searching for the best pathway to become one. I never heard about a career as a birth assistant until I was in midwifery school. It was not a profession openly advertised and to be honest neither was midwifery but soon I learnt that a birth assistant is a vital member within the birth team. I wish I knew about birth assisting when I discovered midwifery as a teenager, 22 years ago. I would have ran towards an opportunity to be nurtured by a Black midwife and work with her as her assistant. I have learnt now why that option was not widely accessible to me then and for others now.
Currently, there are only a few Black midwives scattered across the United States due to years of institutionalized racism in this country and within the profession of midwifery that was intentionally designed for our demise. It is my mission to amplify your ancestral gift as a birth assistant through this comprehensive program as you unearth your skills to help our community midwives and birthing families.
This program works and it is a natural first step into apprenticeship before you transition into who you are called to be: A Midwife. If you are not committed to doing the work you are called to do, do not apply. For those who are committed to doing the work, welcome home sis. Let's Get To Work.
MISSION, VISION & MOTTO
Mission: To train aspiring Black midwives to become certified birth assistants to community midwives in out-of-hospital settings through an online curriculum-based program.
Vision: To increase the amount of professionally trained Black birth assistants nationwide to work with community midwives to promote safer births for Black families outside of the hospital setting.
Motto: BIRTH: It's what we DO.
HEAR WHAT OUR PHENOMENAL GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
"Christina's birth assistant training was so valuable. I learned so much in a loving and nurturing environment. Without a doubt if you are thinking of her training, do yourself a favor and take it! Such an amazing experience!"
- OLIVIA HARPER
Birth Assistant, Student Midwife, Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor & Birth Justice Advocate
"Participating in this training solidified for me the necessity of safe spaces and for competent trainers. Midwife Christina exemplified professionalism. Her organization of the materials and activities was unmatched. Her passion for her students was evident from the moment we met. I am totally grateful for my time in the Black Sisters Birth Assistant training."
- ALTHEA HURD
Birth Assistant, Childbirth Educator
Who is this Program for?
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF:
You are a committed independent learner, self-motivated and a task-oriented leader. This program is built to teach you how to become a birth assistant. Put in the work. Get YOUR RESULTS.
You feel that high quality learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom and have done online learning before.
You believe birth is a social event, a normal part of a woman's life and it is the work of the woman and her family.
You know what a homebirth or community midwife is and you have seen what a vaginal birth looks like. (Yes, seeing it on the internet counts too.)
You are able to be on-call for births including nights when scheduled.
You chose to take action right NOW and are ready to become a birth assistant working with community midwives, this program is for YOU.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
You complain about independent learning and you want to be coddled. This program is not one where we will build a co-dependent relationship.
You feel that high quality learning can only take place in a traditional classroom.
You believe childbirth is a potential disease process and it is the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, birth assistants, and other experts.
You think babies are only born safely in hospitals and that a doctor is in charge of their birth.
You have other responsibilities at this time and being on-call for births including nights will not work for your life at this moment.
You have a track record of failure to implement and you love to consume information more than doing the work, this program is NOT for you.
PROGRAM DESIGNED WITH
YOU in mind.
Your Road Map To Success
Your Step-By-Step Guide On How To Complete Your Birth Assistant Program.
This Program is Designed into TWO PHASES.
The following components are REQUIRED to complete this program:
Students In Training
Student Birth Assistants Called To Be Future Midwives For Our People
Are you ready to do the work you are called to do?
Join us now at Black Sisters Birth Academy®
You have up to SIX MONTHS to complete PHASE ONE and you have up to ONE YEAR from the date of enrollment to complete this program.
American Heart Association: This certification is designed in two parts.
Part 1: Complete the Heartsaver CPR AED Online: eLearning Portion - Heartsaver CPR AED Blended Learning Course. Part 2: Find a certified CPR instructor to complete the hand-on skills portion. Proof of CPR certification must be submitted prior to starting PHASE TWO of the program.
(This is an external course.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics: This certification is designed in two parts.
Part 1: Complete the 8th Edition Online NRP Test (Pathway: ESSENTIALS).
Part 2: Find a certified NRP instructor to complete the hand-on skills portion. Proof of NRP certification must be submitted prior to starting PHASE TWO of the program.
(This is an external course.)
Phlebotomy, Venipuncture, and IV Techniques Certification
This course and certification is provided by Future Doctor Academy. Phlebotomy, Venipuncture, and IV Techniques Certification.
You MUST successfully complete this course within 12 weeks from the date of your enrollment into it. Proof of certification must be submitted prior to starting PHASE TWO of the program.(Possible Exemption For Healthcare workers. See FAQ for more details.)
(This is an external course.)
HEAR WHAT OUR INCREDIBLE GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
Black Sisters Birth Academy has filled a gap in my education as a Black community birth worker with aspirations of becoming a midwife. It not only allowed me to learn the skills needed to assist in births alongside a midwife but it also gave me the confidence to do so.
I definitely feel like I stumbled upon a gem when I ran into Christina's program...We had genuine help throughout the process...I am able to help a few midwives as suppose to just one and I do see that I am a value to a potential birth team long term.
BENEFITS OF BLACK SISTERS BIRTH ACADEMY®
A 15-week online Birth Assistant Course designed with a structured curriculum and a downloadable Birth Assistant manual. A Resource Library is included within this course with additional learning materials.
Weekly virtual module reviews for six month in a group session covering the main objectives of several modules within your online course. A time for you to ask your questions and get your answers. Attendance at eight module reviews are required for program certification.
Monthly virtual skill days for six month in a group session for skill development. A time for you to ask your questions and get your answers. Attendance at four skill days are required for program certification.
Students will have access to our Community Membership group within the program in addition to our private Facebook group for shared support. Continuing education and professional development related resources are shared in both groups.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? I HAVE ANSWERS.
HEAR WHAT OUR AMAZING GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
AFTER THIS PROGRAM YOU CAN...
Gain employment as a certified birth assistant with community midwives
Take vital signs of mother and baby
Check fetal heart tones
Assist with medical documentation
Set up birth related equipment
Keep the birth space clean and organized
Provide assistance in emergencies
Assist with breastfeeding and other essential birth assistant duties
I promise you will leave feeling confident, feeling trusting in your skills, in your education and your ability most of all to be a birth assistant.
Firstly, it was catered to me...I feel like I was completely armed with all of the tools that I needed to effectively help my midwife and to be there for the mothers who are having their babies.
YOU ARE WORTH INVESTING IN
CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT PLAN
Pay in Full or Payment Plan Option Available
6-Month Online Course Access
Downloadable Birth Assistant Manual
Access to Our Resource Library
Weekly LIVE Group Module Reviews
Monthly LIVE Group Skill Days
Access to Our Community Membership Group
Access to Our Private Facebook Group
Listed on BSBA Birth Assistant Directory
Customer Service Through Thinikfic
OUR GOAL GETTERS ARE MOVING MOUNTAINS
Black Sisters Birth Academy Birth Assistant training was the solution...The training was absolutely phenomenal...My results were A1. I was able to break all the barriers...It is one of the trainings I can say today Black Birth Workers Rock.
It was important for me to take a Birth Assistant training with women that looked like me...Since taking the training I have completed all my requirements in order to sit for NARM...and becoming a CPM by the end of the year.