Birth Cartographer Online Training

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Discover the ways of The Birth Cartographer, and develop practical tools to create an environment that leads to informed, supported and confident birthing.

This revolutionary approach to birth preparation is so stunningly simply to implement, and yet extraordinarily powerful. 

Are you ready to boldly go where no birth plan has gone before?

The Birth Map is the creation of Catherine Bell – a Mother of four, with a masters of Science Communication, who trained as a doula and breastfeeding educator in order to reclaim the knowledge that is our birth right. In observing that standard maternity care means women’s reasonable expectations are considered unrealistic, she sought to bridge the gap. The birth plan, a tool intended to give agency and aid communication, was falling short. Catherine developed a new tool, building on the intent of the birth plan, working within the context of standard care to help women to unleash the power they hold within by giving them the means to take responsibility. From here, she saw that maternity care providers were just as eager to see this gap closed: and Birth Cartography evolved. Birth Cartography gives care providers the foundation to build relationships based in respectful maternity care , with effective communication in order to create an environment for informed decision making.

This course includes access to all the content needed to become a Birth Cartographer with optional zoom chats each month and forum style interactions though out to provide an engaging, community building environment.

This self paced course is self-paced, and could be completed over 4 weeks (estimated at 2 – 3 hours per week). At the end of each module there are tasks to be completed using the closed forum.

Once a month an optional live and interactive 1 hr zoom session enhances the course. Different times are available for these sessions, in order to accommodate the global nature of this course. You are encouraged to attend as many as you need to as you move through the modules. They are a relaxed format, with opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics. We also play the game. These zoom chats help us to build a community. If you are keen, there is The Birth Map facebook group. This will evolve as our community grows, and your feedback and interaction is encouraged to help it grow.

You will have access for one year, with an option to renew annually for $50.

In addition to the course content and zoom chats, registration to the online course gives you:

  • a PDF copy of The Birth Map (see material tab)
  • discounted access to face to face training and zoom training (see materials tab for codes)
  • Member Access, which includes a flipbook version of The Birth Map, the digital version of The Game of Birth and other resources.

Birth Cartographer® Online Training with Catherine Bell

Participants can join anytime, and work through at the speed that suits them, the live zooms will be scheduled for the fourth week of every month.  You will be awarded your certificate of completion once you have completed all the modules.  You are invited to maintain your access and interaction in the group, and are welcome to attend as many lives as you enjoy, as we build our networks and this online community for birth cartography.  Access can be renewed annually.

Topic titleTopic duration (mins)Learning Outcomes to be coveredOpportunities for interactivitySuggested TasksOpportunities for feedback
The trouble with consent

Benefits of Birth Cartography
90min plus 1 live hourUnderstand consumer perspective of consent, risk and choice. Understand the concept of birth cartography and its key elements and benefits.Game of Birth Activity
Live 1 hr zoom chat
Attend live zoom, forum interaction, create a meme or blog postVia forum and email
Informed Decision Making

The Fast Birth Pathway

The Partner Perspective
90minUnderstand decision making from a consumer perspective Understand the concept of the fast birth pathway, and how it benefits birth preparation.  Apply this to your practice.  Understand the partner perspective and analyse the impact this has on outcomes.  Evaluate decision making, and begin to create a birth map.forumForum interaction, meme or blog postVia forum and email
General Considerations

The Vaginal and Caesarean Pathway
90minUnderstand the pathways from a consumer perspective, apply this into practise by analysing wholistic appreciation of individual care and evaluating circumstances to support consumers in the creation of an individual birth map for use during labour.  Create communication tools to enhance practice, creating effective and efficient appointments.forumForum interaction, meme or blog postVia forum and email
Beyond the Birth30minUnderstand the wholistic and varied nature of the newborn phase, Understand matrescence and applying education antenatally to support this phase.  Create new methods and networks particular to own practice to enhance education and support within own community.forumForum interaction, meme or blog postVia forum and email
Putting it into Practice60min plus 1 live hourCreating a landscape overview particular to your practice, within the context of individualised birth.  Consolidates all the sessions, provides opportunity to clarify or grow conceptsGame of Birth Activity
Live 1 hr zoom chat
map, forum interaction, attend live Via forum and email

The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has gone before

download your copy

The Game of Birth digital

If you are based in Australia and would like a print copy of the book order from me here or at wholesale from the link below.

If you are not in Australia, would like to buy bulk copies, order here at wholesale

If you would like the tabletop version of the game, order here - if your country is not listed in the postage options, contact me.

If you would like to bundle the resources and save - order The Birth Mapping Kit, which contains the game and the book.

Register for a 1 hr zoom session

Sometimes it is hard to complete self-paced learning, so I have created discount code options if you want to join a Zoom or face-to-face training session.  These are a one-day intensive to go through the content, with plenty of discussion time to help you integrate the concept into your practice.  Register for face-to-face training  or Zoom training, using one of the codes below at the checkout:

to receive resources use code: TRAINKIT 

If you already have the resources, use code: TRAINONLY 

Member Access, for the flipbook version of The Birth Map, the digital version of The Game of Birth and other resources.

The Birth Map Study 

The data collection phase is complete. Data analysis is underway.

Publications: email

Bell, C. H., Muggleton, S., & Davis, D. L. (2022). Birth plans: A systematic, integrative review into their purpose, process, and impact. Midwifery, 111, 103388.


Bell, C. H., Dahlen, H. G., & Davis, D. (2023). Finding a way forward for the birth plan and maternal decision making: A discussion paper. Midwifery, 126, 103806.