Apprenticeship for Perinatal Professionals

Tending Your Heart, Head and Hands

with Britta Bushnell, PhD

Do you work with families during their transition into parenthood?

I bet you want to be the very best professional you can be. In order to be that, you need support. The problem is that most trainings only last a weekend, which can make you feel lonely, adrift, and uninspired. Burnout is high. Everyone should have support and community. But finding an aligned community and the right mentor can be difficult.

I created this Apprenticeship Program so that you get the mentorship you deserve and the community you long for.

Birth work is soul work.

For you to do your soul work, you deserve support that goes beyond a weekend workshop and delves deeper than instruction on how to do a double hip squeeze.



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"This was such a high-value, high-impact experience. It was what I wanted and so much more. It's truly a masterpiece of a creation." ~Anna (apprentice 3rd cohort)

By the end of this six-month, group, online, level-one apprenticeship you will:

  • Bring greater creativity and inspiration to your work with families
  • Reduce burnout and overwhelm
  • Have new skills in your repertoire
  • See your clients, your role in their lives, and your own inner experience of birth work through the reflective lenses of transformation, rites of passage, metaphor, and story

During this apprenticeship you will receive:

  • Find a community of special perinatal professionals to be part of your support network on-going
  • Accountability for your personal development and growth as a birth professional
  • Access to Britta and the Transformed by Birth framework to learn and apply new approaches that support your clients (and yourself) through periods of great transformation
  • Support for the growth of your business in a heart-centered & values-aligned way
  • Feel held in a sacred space to integrate personal and professional growth

"Twas Fabulous. It came at such a perfect time for me, I couldn't have dreamed up such an opportunity. ... I'm grateful for it all." ~Brandon (apprentice 4th cohort)

Heart, Head, and Hands

We center and ground each month around a specific theme and explore the month's theme from the perspectives of the heart (your personal growth), head (your business success), and hands (tactical, practical application of new skills).

Themes include: Transformation and rites of passage • values identification, alignment and inclusion • resilience-building • storytelling, myth, and metaphor • inspiring growth and change • ritual and ceremony

In addition to our live online anchor sessions, you will have access to:

Case Study/Practice sessions once a month for hot seat mentoring regarding business building, skill development, or personal enrichment exercises

• Specially created small group cohorts to support deeper exploration

• Monthly Business-Building session specifically designed to help you with your business

Opportunity to observe Britta facilitate a childbirth class with parents (January 11-12, 2025 for cohort #5)

• A private online group for apprentices only

Direct access to Britta

• A special discount for private mentoring sessions with Britta

Listing on Britta's Apprenticeship Directory and use of the Apprenticeship logo on your website


"I cannot recommend [this] apprenticeship enough!

One of the most deeply nourishing and transformative experiences I’ve had both personally and professionally. Being with Britta is a masterclass in space holding, myth and storytelling, ceremony, question asking… business development - so so much!" ~Nicky (apprentice 3rd cohort)

This course IS for you if:

  • You work with parents as a doula, childbirth educator, midwife, OB, L&D nurse, chiropractor, acupuncturist, therapist, bodyworker, lactation specialist, or yoga teacher
  • You recognize that birth work and personal growth are intertwined
  • You're looking for skillful guidance to help take your business to the next level
  • You love what you do but may feel some overwhelm, burnout, or doubt
  • You want to hone your skills for guiding parents through the transformative journey of birth and new parenthood
  • You crave a professional community of fellow growth-seekers

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You believe birth work and personal life can be compartmentalized
  • Your business is as impactful and successful as you desire
  • You avoid situations that require you to stretch and grow
  • You believe conversations and exploration about anti-racism, LGBTQIA inclusion, and intersectionality have no role in your work
  • You think birth work is only knowing data and information
  • Personal growth is not your thing

"Being a part of Britta's apprenticeship was an experience that will last a lifetime" ~Stephanie (apprentice 3rd cohort)

Here's how it works:

Registration will open in August.

The next round:

October 2024-March 2025

Circle opens Oct. 1st. First live session is Wednesday, Oct. 9th

This is a six-month online apprenticeship.

  • Three Anchor Sessions per month (2 hours Wednesdays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 5, 12, 19, Feb. 8, 15, 22, & March 5, 12, 19 + Closing Ceremony  March 26)
  • Monthly Business Building sessions with Britta (90 minutes, one Monday/month: 10/21, 11/18, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10)
  • Case Study/Practice Session w/ Britta (90 minutes, last (except where noted*) Monday/month: 10/28, 11/25, 12/18*, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24*)
  • Resilience Building with Mikaela (90 minutes, fourth Wednesday: 10/30, 11/27, 1/29, 2/26)
  • Gathering with your specially created smaller cohort (60-90 minutes, first Monday/month beginning in November: 11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3)
  • Meetings gather at Apprenticeship Hour: 10am PT/1pm ET
  • Observe (online)or assist (in person) Britta's childbirth preparation weekend immersion courses (Jan. 11 & 12, 2025) • Optional
  • Holiday recess: 12/20-1/5

"It's been an extraordinary journey, and I'm grateful for every moment of it." ~Michelle (apprentice 4th cohort)


The next cohort begins October 2024.

Early bird registration will open in August and closes 9/15/24

Regular registration closes 10/1/24





Pay-in-Full Early Bird (before 9/20/24)




For six months early bird (before 9/20/24)

Some partial scholarships are available. Apply here. Decisions will be made in late September and applicants notified by email.

"I can confidently say it was the best investment I ever made in terms of my business and career. It was worth every penny." ~Olivia (apprentice 3rd cohort)

Wondering if the Apprentice program is right for you?

Join Britta for a free one-hour workshop where we will explore simple and actionable steps to better help your clients find their parenting style and truth, returning the center of power and agency to the parents.

You'll be able to start practicing with your clients right away.

Centering Your Client:

The Expert in Their Own Life

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If someone really wants to make birthwork SOUL work, this is where they should start.

Britta crafted something so unique in that there was value for seasoned veterans and baby doulas. Everyone can come to the table as they are and take what speaks to them; the value is just before you for the taking. 

— Whitney


I have grown so much as a human, as a woman, as a partner, and as a birthworker throughout our time together.

I believe that this apprenticeship guided me toward the tools I have to harvest the lessons of transformative moments of my life in a way that I did not access or know before. I feel confident in the woman I am becoming and I know this journey contributed greatly to that.

— Stella


I've gained a new ability to personally and professionally find the strength to keep going with practical tools to support me along the way.

To the question, "is the investment worth it?" I would say this feels similar to explaining to someone before they've given birth why a doula is valuable. Everything Britta did throughout my time in the apprenticeship felt like a warm, welcoming invitation to go deeper.

— Bridget


The weekly anchoring sessions and they helped me establish a healthier rhythm in my personal/professional life.

I have gained some really insightful perspectives as a result of this experience and feel recharged and motivated to keep engaging in birth work with some really helpful tools to help when I feel overwhelmed by it!

— B.


This course helped me clarify my values and my mission in not just my professional, but in my personal life.

It was an amazing group of people who supported, challenged, and uplifted one another, which has continued even after the program. It helped me to better identify how I want to show up for myself, my family, my clients, and my work in the world. I am so grateful.

— Amanda


I’m not easily impressed, but Britta sinks her hooks deeply in the soul and helps give birth to different versions of yourself you never imagined.

She continuously breathes new life into new and old spaces. She speaks my native tongue communicating in this unique language of personal evolution of which my work deeply resides while connecting to the most obscure and obvious places of me that speak so loudly to my heart. She holds space that feels sacred within me to discover parts that are joyful, scary, and incomplete and softly encourages me to show up in the most authentic version of myself which helps balance the learning curves with the passion and love I have for birth work.

— Sherry


This program really benefited both my business and my personal life.

I am so grateful to have been able to participate. It has really helped me with my boundaries and how I show up with my clients. I feel I can part ways with clients at appropriate times now and without any hard feelings. I am much more clear on my role and my values.

— Sarah


Even as someone who has been in the business of childbirth support for many years, Britta’s teachings were filled with valuable insights.

My experience of Britta’s mentorship program was a journey of self-enrichment. She gave us unique concepts and exciting ways of engaging with expectant families.

— Wenonah


This apprenticeship has given me the skills and confidence to work with my clients in a much more profound and meaningful way.

As Britta is fond of saying, birth work is soul work, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity for deep reflection and new learning that will guide my work for years to come.

— Mary


The experience was transformational and so supportive. It was a space to learn not only from you and ourselves but also to learn from each other.

AI feel like I am waking out of this apprenticeship with an accepting and invaluable support system.

— Natalia

"Watching Britta engage during the birth class was magical. ... It has really shifted how I engage clients/patients with the every day guidance. " ~Shani (apprentice 4th cohort)

About Britta

Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife and mother, author of Transformed by Birth, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. For over 20 years, Britta has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents and professionals has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of and senior facilitator for Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of the Solution-Focused approach to mentoring, storytelling, and workshop facilitation.

Britta's work focuses on the transformational journey of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Using a grounded, honest, and profound as well as playful approach, she helps birth professionals navigate the intersections of birth work and personal transformation with strength, confidence, and depth.

Read more about Britta here


Who is this apprenticeship for? Is this just for newer doulas? Is this just for more experienced doulas? What about postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, chiropractors, massage therapist, and yoga teachers?

This is for anyone who works with families during the childbearing period. Intimate programs, like this, are uniquely set up to support folks from a variety of skill sets and experiences. The topics we will cover will support and enhance your professional and personal lives regardless of what your business card says about what you do for families. Everyone who participates in this program will come away personally enriched and professionally deepened. Additionally, the larger cohort will be divided into smaller cohorts according to factors such as experience level, type of work, and overall goals so that you also get the benefits of working with others navigating similar paths.

How much time should I plan to devote to this program?

To get the most out of this program, expect to spend between 15-25 hours a month. There will be three live anchor sessions a month (90-120 minutes each), one business-building session (90 mins), one case study session (90 mins), one resilience building session, and your private meeting with your smaller cohort (60-90 mins). That's about twelve hours a month committed to group session time. Attending these sessions live is highly encouraged.

There is also an optional opportunity to observe (online - 16 hours) or assist (in person - 18 hours) one of Britta's childbirth preparation immersion weekends (a highly valued part of the program).

Outside of those scheduled sessions, there will be recommended exploration, practice, and exercises to do at your own pace. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. This program will give you a lot of support and accountability is an apprenticeship. It is designed to connect with and weave into many aspects of your life and work. Only you can know if now is the time for you to commit to this program. It's a good idea to explore what will enrich and support you rather than add stress. It is the intention for this apprenticeship to enrich, enliven, and engage rather than drain you! Oftentimes, surface exploration can be draining whereas deep work brings energy. The time spent in this apprenticeship will be of the "deep work" variety.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Britta is committed to offering 10%-25% of spots to those in need of a scholarship. Apply for a scholarship here.

Can I pay slowly over time rather than all at once?

Yes. There is a payment plan option that allows you to pay in monthly installments (6 payments) with the first payment due upon enrollment.

What if I have more questions?

Schedule a free 15-minute call with Britta to talk more personally and explore together if this program is right for you.

Ready to begin?

"I loved our business building classes. Really saw proof very quickly once I applied what I've learned.  It made my mind think in a different way" ~Candace (apprentice 4th cohort)