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Why a program for educators in pre- and perinatal psychology?

APPPAH's Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE) Certificate course is for professionals, paraprofessionals, birthworkers, bodyworkers, parents/parents-to-be and anyone else who wants to learn about and understand the impact of prenatal and perinatal psychology on each of us and the future of humanity as a whole. As Dr. David Chamberlain, a famous psychotherapist states,  "I am especially aware of the need to create babies that are mentally and physically healthy in order to have a world that is healthy and peaceful" (Windows to the Womb, 2013).  Among other things this includes new technology and an emerging emphasis on human development, neuroscience and epigenetics.  For example, science has now proven that the period of time from before conception and through pregnancy, birth and early parenting lays the blueprint upon which that human being will experience health and emotionally act out his/her life.  APPPAH has been studying, conducting research on and writing about prenatal awareness for over 35 years and a wealth of information may be found in our professional journals and on our website.  All professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals and parents will benefit from the research APPPAH has gathered and its positive application to life, as well as get the tools needed to help mothers, fathers and couples become aware of the dynamic changes in focus concerning babies and the future of humanity.  Studying APPPAH's prenatal and perinatal psychology curriculum provides this knowledge and awareness as well as much more.

What are the elements of the program?

  • 11 modules that include required/recommended readings and videos followed by core competency comprehension quizzes and assessment projects.
  • Weekly Monday LIVE lectures/classes featuring professionals in the field (FULL course purchases include Monday LIVE, otherwise may be purchased separately). 
  • Subscription to Touch the Future Academy (TTF) (FULL course purchases include TTF, otherwise may be purchased separately). 
  • One-on-one mentor support, including how to utilize/apply information.

How much does the program cost?  Students can enroll in the FULL Course or enroll 'By Module' (Note the FULL Course option is less expensive and offers more benefits).

Full Course is $895 for the new upgraded classroom includes:

  • All 11 Modules with assessments
  • One (1) year APPPAH student membership
  • One (1) year membership in the Touch The Future Academy (TTF)
  • Monday LIVE calls
  • One-on-one mentoring

Individual Modules

A PPNE ‘By Module’ subscription is required before students can purchase individual modules.  The cost of this subscription is $80 and includes a:

Once the ‘By Module’ subscription has been purchased, students may then enroll in individual modules on a pay-as-you-go basis.  The cost of each individual Module is $90.00 and includes:

  • Monthly student check in call
  • Mentor support

Note that this enrollment option does NOT include the weekly Monday LIVE classroom hour.

Are there additional costs?
There are extra costs in materials.  Here is a comprehensive reading and viewing list.

How long can I take to complete the full course?
You have one (1) year to complete the Full program if you intend to get a certificate.  
You can purchase one (1) year extensions for $190.
However, continuation in the program is at the sole discretion of APPPAH.

Can I take just one module at a time and pay for that?
Yes, but fees are different. The most cost effective is to pay for the 11 modules at once.

What are Monday LIVE Calls?
The PPNE program invites students to participate in live calls each Monday at 9 am PT, noon ET, 4 pm GMT.  These calls will be with a live facilitator, mostly the Director of Education and guests. 

  • First Monday:  Orientation, technical questions, program functions, module and quiz issues.  Answering questions such as how does this work anyway?
  • Second and Third Mondays:  Content on the Module of the Month, powerpoints, guest speakers, content oriented question and answer
  • Fourth Monday:  Process oriented questions, student check in, embodiment practices, student presentations.
  • If there is a Fifth Monday in the month, we pause and relax.

You can see the Call and Topic schedule here

What is Touch the Future Academy?
APPPAH is pleased to announce a nonprofit, educational partnership with The Academy(link is external), a new outreach project created by Touch The Future.  The Academy's resources are featured in APPPAH's new Classwomb, a Pre-Natal and Peri-Natal Educator (PPNE) Certificate Program

This rare and valuable resource for birth and postpartum professionals is a unique, dynamic platform that instantly filters and sorts hundreds of hours of in-depth personal interview focusing in on the themes and issues that are most important to professional education and presentation tools.  APPPAH’s 11 module program already features films from this great collection. Now educators will have access to hundreds more films along with insights and resources.  You will be able to search by author, presenter or theme in the collection at the Academy.  For more information, see https://ttfuture.org/academy/introduction.

Your purchase of the Full Course or your first module will give access to the Academy.

I paid for the course now what?
You will instantly receive a welcome email when you purchase the course online.

If you don't receive an email, then the conditions for your password are probably incorrect.
Look for the file attachment containing course instructions including how to access your course and a link to the required Questionnaire.
Please fill out and submit the questionnaire as soon as possible.

There are videos in how to create an account in the Classwomb, which is http://classroom.birthpsychology.com here

What is involved in having a mentor?
You have the option of choosing a mentor. Once you register, the administrator will ask you if you want to choose one; it is an option not required.  Your student questionnaire will help the mentor more fully meet your needs.  It will be forwarded to the mentor after you have selected him or her. The mentors are trained PPN professionals or graudates of the program who can be available on an on-call basis. They can provide regular contact with you via email, telephone or skype. You can work out with your mentor what your level of support needs to be, and this may change and evolve over time.  Benefits of choosing a mentor are:

  • Guidance during difficult times
  • Increased comprehension of the material
  • Expertise in PPN
  • Reflection for greater integration of the material

Can I study at my own pace and is there ever an expiration date?
Yes, you can study at your own pace because the classwomb is all online (24/7 access). The time limit is one (1) year to complete the Full Course.  

How do I access course materials?All material can be found at http://classroom.birthpsychology.com.  You will need a username and password that is separate from the birthpsychology.com website.  There are free offerings, you can try out a module there now if you wish.  With your student membership in
APPPAH you will have access to MP3 files off the APPPAH website.  You will be led to YouTube videos and other videos scheduled on the syllabus.  Books can be ordered through Amazon.com or other bookstores.  Students may borrow books from friends and often libraries.

Will there be forums so I can ask questions and get support? 
Yes, there are forums for each module and you will always have access to your mentor via email.  We offer student check-ins via teleconference technology via telephone and via computer.  The calls are on the last Monday of the month.

There is also a place in the classroom called Study Groups where there are chat rooms and forums by topic.  As you student you can ask for topic to be placed there if you wish.  You can make the program more dynamic.  We invite your input.

Our community meets in Facebook, too, in a closed group page for students of the certificate program.

What are the videos we can watch, and may I use them for my own educational purposes?
These are videos from Touch the Future on Birth and Bonding and are available through the classroom website.

How am I evaluated during the program? At the end of every module you will have core competency test questions so you can evaluate yourself concerning how you think you have absorbed the material from that area.  There are also six (6) different assessment options at the end of each module for students to demonstrate their knowledge and integrate the materials.  Remember that you will also have a personal mentor that you can consult with and you will have access to the chat rooms and forums. 

Note that APPPAH is very interested in getting the information about pre and perinatal psychology out to parents so every effort will be made to help students succeed in this training.

Is there a final exam?

Is there followup required?
No, this is a certificate program.  No continuing education or renewal is needed.

What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel within 7 days you receive a full refund minus a $75.00 administrative fee.  If you cancels after 7 days and before 90 days, you receive 50 percent of the registration fee minus an administrative fee of $75.00 and $55.00 for each module completed. If you withdraw from the program after 90 days you receive no refund.

NO refund will be given for non – attendance or incomplete document submissions.

Professional license number[s] and State[s] of licensure MUST be provided

PARTICIPANTS are responsible to make sure all requested information is provided

NO CE’s  will be awarded with incomplete documentation
If you have any questions contact APPPAH CE Coordinator:    ceservices@birthpsychology.com

Continuing Education Credits

The following CE providers are being negotiated with to co-provide  Continuing  Education Credits for APPPAH CLASSWOMB education programs:  CES  [Commonwealth Education Services]  for Mental / Behavioral Health [Psychologists / Social Workers / Marriage & Family Therapy / Licensed Mental Health Counselors - Professional Mental Health Counselors] and Nursing [RN / CNM],  and ICEA for ChildBirth Educators and Doulas.   

APPPAH is an approved provider [# 934] with  NCBTMB  [National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & BodyWork]  for Massage Therapists and Body Workers,  and  with  IMUSA {Infant Massage USA}.   

There are plans for negotiations in the future with ACOG for offering CME’s for Physicians, and thereby Nurses and Midwives.   Until then, Nurses and CNM’s will be covered by CES.

CESCommonwealth Education Service
Continuing Education (CE) credits for  Mental / Behavioral Health Professionals  and NURSES [including midwives whose organizations accept these credits]  are offered for the following professions:  

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive up to 27.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB approval period: 10/5/15 – 10/5/18.   Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive up to 27.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Marriage & Family Therapists:  Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program.   Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive up to 27.5 CE hours of credit.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors  / Licensed Professional Counselors:  Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LMHCs / LPCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY.  CES maintains responsibility for this program.   LMHCs / LPCs completing the program will receive up to 27.5 continuing education hours of credit.

Nurses:   As an APA approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).   These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC.

Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

ICEA:    International  ChildBirth  Education  Association

Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for  CBE’s and DOULA’s  CE Credit under an assigned program number  .




Association for Pre & Perinatal Psychology & Health (APPPAH) is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education  Approved Provider  #934  for Massage Therapists & Body Workers.  

IMUSA:  Infant  Massage  USA

Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for  Infant Massage Therapists  for  CE Credit.


APPPAH maintains primary responsibility for the program and

adheres to all guidelines for providing CE credit.

Fees for CE Credits are as follows per licensure* or Board for which you want Credits:

                                                Full / partial series     $   128.00

                                            * additional  licenses      $     50.00

** If you are dually licensed/certified under different CE providers and want CE Credits for each, there is a fee for each license / certification [ie: mental / behavioral health / cbe / doula  -  nursing / mental-behavioral health  -  nursing / massage  -  nursing / cbe  -  massage / mental-behavioral health  -  massage / cbe] **   Check with CE Coordinator for Doula Exceptions.