The microbiome - made easy to understand!

Evidence-based continuing education for health professionals and educators

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"I learned so much about the infant microbiome and the impact of HMOs on the infants overall health from Microbiome Courses. The course presented the material in a clear and engaging way. The videos were very professionally done. I have already recommended the course to several colleagues!"

Kristina Chamberlain, CNM, ARNP, IBCLC,
Clinical Director and Lead Faculty UC San Diego Extension Lactation Program


✔️ Help you understand CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE

✔️ Upskill your knowledge - from leading UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS

✔️ Enable you to better empower parents with full INFORMED CHOICE

✔️ Help you stay up-to-date with EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH






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Our CPD Approved Courses are perfect if you are a:

✅ Midwife

✅ Childbirth educator

✅ Doula

✅ Lactation expert

✅ Informed parent


Learn from some of the world's

top University professors and experts

In our courses, you will be learning from:

Professor Martin Blaser - Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Professor Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello - Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiome and Health

Professor Rodney Dietert - Professor Emeritus, Immunotoxicology, Cornell University

Professor Gregor Reid - Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Western University, and Scientist in Human Microbiome and Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute

Professor Sue Carter - Director of The Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University.

Professor Aleeca Bell - Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Professor Anita Kozrskyj - Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

Professor Philip Steer - Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Imperial College London

Professor Hannah Dahlen - Professor of Midwifery, University of Western Sydney

Professor Jacquelyn Taylor - Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Research on People of Color at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Professor Lesley Page - Visiting Professor of Midwifery, Kings College London

Professor Lars Bode - Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

Professor Meghan Azad - Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Professor Bruce German - Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Professor David Mills - Professor in the Departments of Food Science & Technology and Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis


What do people think of our courses?

“I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for Toni's free courses.

The passion is palpable and the science makes sense. My background is hospital-based, and this research is not taught. My private practice is enriched having discovered the Microbiome courses. Plus, the presentations are fun and captivating! They stick with you! I never pass them up!”

Kristan Zylka, BSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC, Oh Eve Motherhood Lactation Education and Consulting.

“Wow. I learned so many more amazing things about breastmilk.

The best thing about the course is that it is easy to follow, and has so many experts featured. There is just enough reiteration of previous modules to reinforce the learning.

The course gave me a deeper understanding about why each mother's breastmilk is the food designed for her baby, and a reminder that formula will never compare no matter what they add to it.”

Betsy Schwartz, CLC, MMHS, Postpartum Doula/Mentor/Reiki Master

Postpartum doula /trainer and mentor for 25 + years.


Why does the microbiome REALLY matter?

"If we miss the window at birth, then the immune system never matures correctly.

If you upset this process in early life, then we may have consequences later.

That can lead to production of disease later in life."

- Prof. Rodney Dietert, Professor Emeritus of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University

The microbiome explained in 60 seconds!

Watch this short video to find out more.



Hey - I'm Toni Harman

When I was pregnant, I wanted a home birth

and I wanted to exclusively breastfeed.

Like many mothers, I had an emergency C-section

and struggled to breastfeed.

After the birth, I was left with many questions.

As a filmmaker, I went looking for answers.

I have interviewed over 100 top scientists and experts.

I made the award-winning documentary MICROBIRTH

which has had over 1,000+ public screenings around the world.

Now I want to share what I have learned with YOU,

so you can better support parents with informed choice.


The science of the microbiome STRONGLY supports

✅Vaginal birth (when possible)

✅Immediate skin-to-skin contact

✅Exclusive breastfeeding.

But if vaginal birth, skin-to-skin or exclusive breastfeeding

is not possible (for whatever reason), there are still many things

parents CAN DO to support the development of their baby's microbiome.

If YOU understand the science by taking our courses,

YOU can better support parents with informed choices

for all situations for optimal long-term health.

I hope you enjoy learning about the microbiome.

Toni Harman, Founder,

Microbiome Courses (Microbirth School)


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