Microbirth Online Course (9x 60 mins) for members of Australian College of Midwives

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

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Course Description

Accredited continuing education on the infant microbiome and epigenetics aimed at healthcare professionals.

Science is showing the microscopic events happening during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding can impact the lifelong health of a child. As such, knowledge and understanding of this critical science can help you better support parents.

This interactive online course is designed to make the latest evidence-based science very easy-to-understand and accessible-to-all.

The course features 11 world-leading professors from top universities including NYU, Cornell, Yale, King's College London and Imperial College London plus two lactation experts.

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

**To preview the first 5 lessons of the first session, scroll down to the bottom of this page**

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

Continuing Education

For midwives, nurses, doulas & birth educators

9 Contact Hours approved by the American College of Nurse-Midwive (ACNM)

Approved by ACNM Program #2017/002 for 9 Contact Hours

9 ACNM CONTACT HOURS are accepted by many midwifery, nurse, doula & birth educator organisations (please check with your continuing education provider): American Midwifery Certification Board for CMP, American College of Nurse-Midwives, CCI, ICEA, DONA International, CAPPA and Lamaze International.

9 Contact Hours (ACNM) Approved!

9 HOURS / 0.9 CEUs Approved by Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC)

MEAC Midwifery CEU's - MEAC ID #M1617-83-0801DE

CEU's offered by Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (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.

0.9 MEAC CEU's Approved!

9 CPD HOURS approved by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

This activity as an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Course for 9 CPD HOURS.

9 CPD Hours ACM Approved!

For lactation consultants

9 CERPs (Continuing Education Recognition Points) approved by the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners (IBLCE)

4 L-CERPS (Lactation) and 5 R-CERPs (Related) have been approved by IBLCE

CERPs Registry Number: 317023K

CERPs are accepted for certification / recertification for lactation consultants (IBCLC). IBCLCs recertifying by CERPs must demonstrate that they have accumulated at least 50 L-CERPs in the 5 years since they last passed the exam.

9 CERPS (4 L-CERPs and 5 R-CERPs) Approved!

What do students think of the course?


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"



Professor & Director of the Human Microbiome Project, New York University

Author of Missing Microbes


Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, New York University


Professor of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University

Author of The Human Superorganism


Professor & Executive Director, Kinsey Institute


Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Alberta


Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Imperial College London


Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago


Visiting Professor of Midwifery, Kings College London


Professor of Midwifery, Western Sydney University


Associate Professor, Yale 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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch using this link - messages drop straight into our inbox. We'll do our best to respond within 48 hours.

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 creator and course leader of MICROBIRTH ONLINE COURSE.

Toni has been featured as a guest on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and also she has 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.

Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - 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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