Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Program

Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Program is an online curriculum-based birth assistant program designed for aspiring Black midwives and aspiring Black birth assistants that need a predictable program to get them working competently and confidently as a birth assistant within 6 months or less. This program will teach you the standard qualifications of a birth assistant and it will equip you with the tools and resources necessary so you can have hands-on training with midwives in your area or neighboring communities and / or states. 6 Months Access For Program Completion (180 Days) from the date of your enrollment. This program includes:

  • A 10-Week Online Birth Assistant Course

  • LIVE Virtual Group Coaching Sessions (Module Reviews and Skill Days)

  • External Assignments with Community Midwives & Birthing Families

  • Job Search Preparation & Assistance with Finding a Midwifery Preceptor

  • A Certification of Completion

  • PLUS: Two Additional Certification of Completion For Bloodborne Pathogens & OSHA, and HIPAA

  • Downloadable Birth Assistant Manual

  • Access to Our Resource Library

  • Access to Our Facebook & Community Membership Group

  • Placement on Birth Assistant Directory after your program completion

Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Program

Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Program

Video

Program Benefits

Designed to enhance your learning and refine your skills.

  • Module Reviews

    Weekly Virtual Module Reviews for 6 months in a group session to review the modules covered within your online course. A time for you to ask your questions and get them answered.

  • Skills Days

    Monthly Virtual Skills Days for 6 months in a group session for skill development. A time for you to ask your questions and get them answered.

  • Support Group

    Students will have access to our Thinkific Community Membership group while in the program in addition to our private Facebook group for ongoing support for 6 months.

Looking For In-Person Training?

Black Sisters Birth Academy® offers a 2-Day In-Person Birth Assistant Skills Training Session twice a year (Spring & Fall) in Central Florida exclusive to enrolled students in our Online Birth Assistant program and alumnae only. This training is designed to provide you with an in-person hands-on experience that will help you to gain the essential skill refinement and guidance needed to be career ready to work. This session also serves as a refresher skills training for our alumnae as well. NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) Hands-On Skills Session certification is offered by request during each training. Both sessions are offered at an additional fee. The in-person training includes:

  • Group Skill Drills & 1:1 Coaching

  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) Hands-On Skills Session

  • Hardcopy Birth Assistant Manual

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Black Sisters Birth Academy® Tote Bag

  • Academy T-Shirt: BIRTH It's What We Do

  • Breakfast & Lunch provided during trainings

Testimonials From Sisters With Purpose.

We Are Changing Lives One Birth At A Time!

Alexa Hughes

Keyah Haywood

Melody Cunningham-Lopez


A Promised Midwife For the Most High

Ama Lundy, BA

Black Sisters Birth Academy® provides students opportunities to work side-by-side with community midwives.

A Chosen Midwife with Deep Roots

Leslie Mcfarlene, BA

Black Sisters Birth Academy® creates a pathway for students to learn with birthing families as they cultivate their skills.

Phenomenal Midwife in the Making for Her People

Jocequelene Pressley, SM

Black Sisters Birth Academy® helps future midwives pursue their goal of midwifery with excellence.

Instructor(s)

Christina Jemine LM, CPM

Founder & CEO of Black Sisters Birth Academy®

Christina Jemine LM, CPM

Christina Jemine is a mother, midwife, motivational speaker, teacher and a children's book author. Before becoming a midwife and starting her practice at Black Sisters Midwifery Services, Christina served in the field of maternal-child health for over 10 years and has worked as a Mother-Baby and Pediatric nurse for 6 years at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY (her hometown). Christina loves teaching others about the beauty of birth and gets great joy from sharing her gift of learning with others. She is a graduate from The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, Florida; a 3-Year Direct Entry Midwifery Program. Christina is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Sisters Birth Academy® formerly known as Black Sisters Birth Assistant Workshop; a course designed to train Black women in becoming birth assistants also known as a midwife's assistant. Her aim through these empowering trainings is to have our families well-supported, healthy and thriving during birth, by increasing the amount of Black birth assistants who are richly-rooted in the conscious remembrance that BIRTH: It's what we DO.

FAQ- Frequently Ask Questions

  • What is the difference between a Birth Assistant and a Birth Doula?

    A Birth Assistant (also known as a Midwife's Assistant) is a trained professional who provides assistance to a midwife with births in out-of-hospital settings (home &/ free-standing birth center settings). A Birth Assistant performs several duties under the supervision of the Midwife including taking maternal and fetal vital signs, charting, setting up equipment, keeping the birth space clean and organized, providing assistance in emergency situations and more. A Birth Doula is a non-medical professional who provides physical and emotional support to a pregnant woman and her family during their pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Do I need a degree or a medical background to become a Birth Assistant?

    No, you do not need a degree or a medical background to become a Birth Assistant. There is no national accrediting body that governs who can become one. Do your due diligence and know what your state's laws and regulations are in regards to working as a birth/ midwife's assistant.

  • Will I receive a certification after completing the program?

    Yes, Black Sisters Birth Academy® will issue you a Certificate of Completion after your have completed your program.

  • What are the requirements for certification?

    The Online Birth Assistant Program is designed in Two Phases. PHASE ONE: • Completion of the Online Birth Assistant Course • Completion of the Phlebotomy, Venipuncture, and IV Techniques Certification (External Course). • Proof of NRP and CPR Certification (External Courses). ​PLEASE NOTE: You will be instructed in detail on which external courses are required for this program's completion once enrolled. PHASE TWO: Clinical Experience with your community midwife(s). Attendance at 3 prenatal visits (at 36 weeks +) and 3 out-of-hospital births. Completion of Phase One and Two are required for program completion for the Online Program.

  • How is the online course structured in PHASE ONE?

    Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Course is a 10-week online curriculum-based course. The online course is pre-recorded modules with external assignments to be completed within the course. You will receive a certificate of completion for the online course after all assignments are completed and after you have successfully passed your exit exam with an 80% or higher.

  • How long do I have to complete the program?

    You have 180 days to complete this program from the date of your enrollment. ONLINE PROGRAM COMPLETION TIMEFRAME (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED): Complete PHASE ONE within 90 days from the date of your enrollment. Complete PHASE TWO at any time within 180 days from the date of your enrollment AFTER completion of PHASE ONE. Completion of PHASE ONE is MANDATORY before entering PHASE TWO.

  • What if I don't understand the work or have a question about something in the online course & / program?

    If you have any questions while working on your online course & / program you can place your questions within our Facebook group or our Thinkific Community Membership group. Questions within the groups are answered M-F, between 11 AM and 5PM EST. If you have any customer support questions (login access, in-person skills training, etc.) email [email protected].

  • What is the tuition cost for the Online Birth Assistant Program?

    The tuition cost for the Online Birth Assistant Program: $3,000 USD. The program's tuition fee includes the an Online Birth Assistant course, LIVE virtual group coaching sessions (Weekly Module Reviews & Monthly Skills Days), downloadable Birth Assistant Manual, access to our resource library and private Facebook group, three certifications of completions (1. Birth Assistant Certification, 2. Bloodborne Pathogen & OSHA Certification and 3. HIPPA Certification) and a listing on our Birth Assistant directory after program completion. You will need to set aside an additional $250-$350 to purchase your Birth Assistant equipment, supplies, CPR and NRP courses. PAYMENT OPTIONS: Single or installment payment options available through BNPL (Buy Now, Pay Later) products: Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal, and Klarna. BNPL products provide short-term financing that allows consumers to make purchases and pay for them in installments. REFUND POLICY: Enrolling into Black Sisters Birth Academy® is non-refundable. If you are not at a level where you are financially capable to invest at this level, please do not apply!

  • Can I work as a Birth Assistant after the completion of this program?

    After you have received your program certification you can seek employment as a Birth Assistant dependent upon your state law. Please note that each state law, midwife or institution such as a free-standing birth center determines what their requirements are prior to hiring or working as a Birth Assistant.

We Have The POWER To Change Our World One Birth At A Time.

Is Birth Assisting Calling You? Come & Join Me For a FREE LIVE Training On 3 Things YOU Need To Know Before Becoming A Birth Assistant.