Birth Cartographer Training – in person intensive

(4 customer reviews)


This comprehensive training is for those birth workers looking to enhance and support the decision making process with their clients in birth and beyond.

During the intensive we will explore the importance of language, discover The Game of Birth and develop new skills to facilitate communication and informed decision making in maternity care.

Catherine Bell is a Mother of four, trained doula, trained breastfeeding councillors and educator, consumer advocate and Science Communicator undertaking a PhD in Birth Cartography.  She sits on the Boards of Maternal Health Matters and Tender Funerals Canberra Regions, is the ACT President for Maternity Choices Australia and an active community member in her home town of Braidwood.

Registering includes:

  • a copy of The Birth Map
  • The Game of Birth
  • access to the online training space with forum and monthly zoom group
  • Morning and afternoon tea 
  • (and for some venues lunch)

informed. supported. confident.


if you are keen to arrange an in-person training near you – see below for details.

The next opportunity for live training, is via zoom during October by module.  This offering is timed to suit UK, Europe and North American participants.  Split into 4 sessions of 2 hours each, a week apart, this less intensive approach allows time to absorb and reflect on your learning.

The next Zoom one day intensive is November 10th

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You can contact Catherine if you’d like to arrange an intensive near you.  A minimum fee of $1200 plus travel costs will apply for up to 6 participants, with an additional fee of $70pp  there after.

FURTHER DETAILS for Birth Cartographer® in-person training with Catherine Bell

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 simple to implement 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 to reclaim the knowledge that is our birthright. 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 on respectful maternity care, with effective communication to create an environment for informed decision-making.

Registering for in person training also includes 12 months access to the online space, where all the content needed to become a Birth Cartographer with optional zoom chats each month to provide an engaging, community-building environment.

You will be awarded a certificate of completion, which will be emailed to you after the training day, along with details of how you can make the most of your training.  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 to the online space can be renewed annually.


Session One – 8:30 – welcome 10 minutes, icebreaker
9am – 10:30 – The Trouble with Consent and the Benefits of Birth Cartography
Understand consumer perspective of consent, risk and choice. Understand the concept of birth cartography and its key elements and benefits.

30 minute break

session two – 11 – 12:30 –Informed Decision Making, General Considerations, The Partner Perspective and The Fast Birth Pathway
Understand decision making from a consumer perspective, 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.

45 minute lunch break

session three – 1:15pm – 2:45 – The Vaginal and Caesarean Pathway and Beyond the Birth
Understand the pathways from a consumer perspective, and apply this by analysing a holistic appreciation of individual care and evaluating circumstances to support consumers in creating an individual birth map for use during labour.  Create communication tools to enhance practice, creating effective and efficient appointments.  Understand the varied nature of the newborn phase and matrescence and how to apply education antenatally, create new methods and networks particular to own practice to enhance education and support within own community.

30 minute break

session four – 3:15pm – 5pm – Putting it into Practice
learn how to play The Game of Birth and create a landscape overview particular to your practice within the context of individualised birth. We will Consolidate all the sessions, and take the opportunity to clarify or grow concepts.

I am very excited about the potential of this course, and I look forward to meeting you there!


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BOOK Newcastle June 3, EOI Perth September, EOI Adelaide September, EOI Melbourne Aug?, EOI Sydney November

4 reviews for Birth Cartographer Training – in person intensive

  1. AMY

    Catherine provides a warm, welcoming environment to learn the ins and outs of birth cartography. Her explanations were animated, engaging and clear. I cannot wait to use this with my clients!

  2. Marian Piper

    Catherine provides a different approach to birth preparation through the Birth Map. As a midwife I recommend the learning program Catherine offers to empower, engage and facilitate women during their pregnancy and birth. Thank you for a wonderful day of sharing knowledge and exploring The Birth Map to enhance my practice and benefit women in their birthing journey.

  3. Lily

    Catherine!! I just wanted to send a huge thank you for your wonderful training. I have gotten so much out of your work, and so much more confidence in helping families plan for their birth, their way. It’s completely transformed my doula sessions.

    AND the fast Birth pathway… wow it works. The beautiful young couple that I had started working with just as I did your training, the ones I mentioned whose ‘eyes started to light up’ about decision making and ‘ doing it differently’ to the stories they heard, they LOVED birth mapping. And guess what, they had a precipitous birth with their FIRST baby!! Baby born under 3 hours of first ‘ niggle’ I even MISSED IT. No typical flow of labour, and all I could think of was your “ wow it’s a nice day to have a baby” story 😂 They were absolutely thrilled with their experience, and said it was the best experience ever “ holy shit… FAST BIRTH PATHWAY” the dad said.

  4. Meredith

    I did the full day online birth mapping course and it was run really well by Catherine. She weaves interesting and thought provoking analogies throughout the training that helped me connect the dots. Some fascinating elements that I wouldn’t have thought of in the birth world and overall a really helpful training to be able to offer to my clients

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