Infant Microbiome & Epigenetics Online Course - For members of Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

Microbirth Online Course. Evidence-based on infant microbiome & epigenetics. 9 CPD HOURS (ACM), 9 CERPs (IBLCE) & 0.9 CEUs (MEAC) & 9 Contact Hours (ACNM)

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For Australian College of Midwives

Helping YOU feel more confident about the infant microbiome.

Helping YOU support parents with full informed choice.

Helping YOU understand the science that strongly supports:

- vaginal birth

- immediate skin-to-skin contact

- exclusive breastfeeding

For the optimal development of the infant immune system for best possible lifelong health

Evidence-based with up-to-date references

Easy-to-understand & easy-to-digest

Go-at-your-own pace online learning so you can take days, months or up to 3 years to complete!

Learn from 11 leading professors and 2 lactation experts

Approved for 9 CPD HOURS / CE credits & 9 CERPS (4L & 5R) # 320017K

Downloadable handouts & Certificate of Completion

Covers the developing infant microbiome and epigenetics during conception, pregnancy, vaginal birth, C-section, breastfeeding & formula feeding

Course Features

The course content is divided into 9 sesions of 60 mins.

Each session is split into bite-sized 5-10 minute lessons featuring:

  • PDF presentations
  • high-quality short videos featuring 11 world-leading professors
  • online graded tests
  • downloadable study handouts including scientific references
  • student evaluations
  • moderated discussion forums

Lifetime access means you can go at your own pace, and return to the course content again and again.

The course content will be regularly updated ensuring you are kept up-to-date with the very latest research!

On completion of the whole course, a print-ready Certificate of Completion is available to download for continuing education credits.

Course Contents

The 9 x 60 mins sessions are:

  1. Introduction to the microbiome
  2. Microbiome and pregnancy
  3. Microbiome and vaginal birth
  4. Microbiome and C-section
  5. Microbiome and breastfeeding
  6. Epigenetics and pregnancy
  7. Epigenetics and vaginal birth
  8. Epigenetics and breastfeeding
  9. Science of oxytocin


Key Benefits

* Learn the science from 11 world-leading professors & 2 lactation experts

* You will feel much more confident when asked questions by parents.

* You will be up to date with the latest evidence-based research.

* You will understand the role of the infant microbiome and epigenetics during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early infancy.

* You will be in a better position to empower parents with full informed choice.

Approved for 9 Continuing Education credits:

If you are a midwife (LM, CPM, CM, CNM), lactation consultant, nurse, doula, childbirth educator, breastfeeding professional or other health professional, the following CE credits are accepted by many midwifery, nursing, doula, childbirth education orgnanizations including: IBLCE, AMCB for CMP, ACM, CCI, ICEA, DONA International, CAPPA and as CE Credits by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators.

  • 9 CPD HOURS - Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

  • 9 CONTACT HOURS - American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) #2019/012

  • 9 HOURS / 0.9 CEUs - Midwifery Educational Accreditation Council (MEAC) Program No #M1819-62-0621DE

  • 9 CERPs (4 L-CERPs & 5 R-CERPs) - International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) CERPS Registry No. 320017K

  • 9.0 LAMAZE CONTACT HOURS - Lamaze International LIN 18-20. These hours may be applied towards recertification as an LCCE educator under the learning competencies 1, 3, 5 and 6.

  • 9.0 CONTACT HOURS - accepted by International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) LIN 18-20

  • 9 HOURS of continuing education approved by the Midwifery Council (for midwives of New Zealand). This course has been approved as continuing midwifery education by the Midwifery Council (New Zealand) for 9 hours. Alto Films Ltd Approval Number: 2018CME038E

  • This course can be used as 9 HOURS CPD for revalidation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

  • The 9 CONTACT HOURS approved by Lamaze International are accepted as 9 Contact Hours by CAPPA, DONA International and other doula / childbirth education organisations (please check with your own organisation).

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is an approved provider of nursing CNEs. This means 9 Contact Hours approved by ACNM can be used as 9 nursing CNEs, but please check with your state board / provider.

  • Approved for 9 HOURS / 0.9 Midwifery CEU credits by the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council ( Program No #M1819-62-0621DE). These 9 HOURS / 0.9 Midwifery CEUs are applicable for Certified Professional Midwives recertifying through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).

  • Accepted as 5 HOURS for CLC recertification purposes by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

How do Continuing Education credits apply to you?

- This course is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Activity and has been approved for 9 CPD Hours.

- Australian Midwives and Nurses are required to collect 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year, so this course will provide 9 CPD Hours out of those 20 CPD Hours. If required for auditing, the course certificate will provide date and number of CPD Hours. If required for auditing, a brief description of objectives are listed at the start of each course session.

- 9 Contact Hours (ACNM) are applicable to Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Registered Nurses, doulas and childbirth education providers.

- ACNM is an approved provider of nursing CNEs, so 9 Contact Hours approved by ACNM are accepted as Contact Hours by many state boards for nursing CNEs (please check with your own state board/provider)

- 9 Contact Hours (ACNM) are accepted by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) for CNOR recertification and CRNFA recertification.

- 9 Contact Hours (ACNM) are accepted as part of Certificate Maintenance Program (CMP) by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). The AMCB operates on a 5-year certification cycle. That means that if you initially pass in 2017, you will have five years until 2022 to fulfil the certification cycle requirements, which includes completion of 20 Contact Hours (2.0 CEUs)

- 9 HOURS / 0.9 Midwifery CEU's (MEAC) can be applied to Certified Professional Midwives registered with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and can also be used for recertification and general career development by midwives and other healthcare providers.

- 9 CERPs (4 L-CERPs and 5 R-CERPs) can be used for recertification for Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). Five years after most recently passing the IBLCE certification exam, IBCLCs may renew their certification by demonstrating completion of 75 hours of continuing education that has been approved for CERPs. Of these, at least 50 must be L-CERPs. IBCLCs recertifying by CERPs may use up to 20 R-CERPs to complete recertification requirements.

- Accepted as 5 HOURS for CLC recertification purposes by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

On completion of the Infant Microbiome & Epigenetics (Microbirth Online Cours ), you will receive your own Certificate of Completion listing the above Continuing Education credits.


Overall Opinion Of Microbirth Online Course

"Absolutely fascinating subject. Thank you so much for putting this together"

"A brilliant resource for midwives"

"I found it really interesting. It was easy to understand and the videos were really engaging"

"Very insightful information that is critical to pass on to both healthcare professionals as well as to pregnant moms and dads"

"As a midwife and IBCLC, I found the info on the microbiome and the Lactobacilli in the bowel and vagina fascinating. I aim to share it with colleagues and with women and families for whom I provide care and reinforce the issues around skin to skin and breastfeeding esp. breastfeeding being more than a food"

"I just wish we could ensure that all medical students and nursing students had access to this as part of their early training"

"It was very educational, and informative. It certainly will help me strive towards even better care"

"Very happy with the value for the price and excited about the information. Scientifically ground breaking, but not difficult to understand and teach"

Opinion About Course Content

"Providing theory to really back up the change in practice to empower midwives to educate women and their partners in maximising opportunities to colonise their baby's microbiome"

"The emerging research explains things we have known for a long time. It will help me communicate information about the importance of vaginal birth, breastfeeding and skin to skin both to women and their significant others and to other professionals"

"Educationally, I appreciate how the content is repeated in the video and PDF to integrate many learning styles into the program"

"I like how the line up evolved from beginning to end. It really made sense to me"

"The videos and the slideshows were all extremely informative and linked together well"

"It was very logical and easy to follow. It was an interesting perspective of the importance of birth and breastfeeding in creating our individual microbiome, equipping our immune system and preparing us to survive and thrive in the environment we are born into. The sobering consequences of not respecting this process are also presented"



Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Translational Medicine, Director Human Microbiome Program, New York University Langone Medical Center and author Missing Microbes


Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiome and Health, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, and of Anthropology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Emeritus Professor of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University and author The Human Superorganism


Professor & Executive Director, Kinsey Institute


Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Alberta


Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Imperial College London


Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago


Visiting Professor of Midwifery, Kings College London


Professor of Midwifery, Western Sydney University


Vernice D Ferguson Professor in Heath Equity, New York University


Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Surgery, University of Western Ontario



International breastfeeding speaker

Co-author of bestselling books: The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and The Attachment Pregnancy


Author of Milk Matters: Infant Feeding and Immune Disorders

Group Discounts & Institutional Use

Discounts for groups?

  • Yes, of course! The more the merrier.
  • Everyone in the group will receive their own login and password to the course.
  • Everyone in the group can complete the course at their own pace and will have lifetime access.
  • Everyone in the group will be able to download all the handouts, the Certificate of Completion and receive the Continuing Education credits.

For a personalised group discount quote, please get in touch with the course creators via the Contact Us link below.

Institutional use?

If you would like the course materials for institutional use (larg organisations, schools, colleges, universities), please use the Contact Us link below for a personalised quote.

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Your Instructor

Toni Harman
Toni Harman

Toni Harman is the co-producer/director of the of the multi award-winning documentary MICROBIRTH and co-author of the books, THE MICROBIOME EFFECT (UK & World) & YOUR BABY'S MICROBIOME (US/Canada). Toni is the founder and course leader of MICROBIRTH SCHOOL (MICROBIOME COURSES).

Toni has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Toni has written blog-post articles for Scientific American and the Huffington Post. Toni has also been keynote speaker at several international scientific, midwifery and breastfeeding conferences.

You can contact Toni Harman via the contact form HERE.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Purchase gives you access to the course content for 3 years. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You can take days, weeks, months or even up to 3 years to complete the course. CPD / CE credits can be claimed whenever you finish the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 3 years - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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