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I am Connie Bach Jeckell, founder of BirthMatters, International.  I have been a childbirth educator and birth doula for over thirty years.  Since 2003, one of my greatest passions has been training childbirth educators and birth doulas for certification with the International Childbirth Education Association (icea.org).  I served on the ICEA Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and received the Doris Haire Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. I have taught across the United States as well as internationally, primarily working in Guatemala and Romania.

In the beginning, after years of serving childbearing families, I realized I had found my “gifting” and enrolled in nursing school.  I envisioned myself graduating and working in an alternative birth setting.  However, upon graduation, I found myself working almost fifteen years at the regional teaching hospital as a labor and delivery nurse and as Coordinator of Childbirth Education and the Joyful Beginnings Doula Program.  I now realize my journey had taken me where I was most needed.  Joyful Beginnings was the first hospital-based doula program in the State of Tennessee … serving families long before doulas became widely recognized.  My experience has enabled me to walk both sides of the fence…medical and non-medical…giving me an insight to better prepare doulas and childbirth educators.

I founded BirthMatters, International, in 2005 to provide quality, evidence-based education to professionals and parents.  The mission is to equip educators with adult teaching strategies that enable parents to retain information, empowering them to make decisions regarding their own health care.

BirthMatters, International, is situated in a secluded, uniquely peaceful setting just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Private and group classes are tailored to meet specific needs.  Private two-day professional workshops are offered as an all-inclusive, boutique experience.  This is not professional education as usual.  It is so much more.

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ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator Training

Specially designed for new and experienced childbirth educators, doulas, maternity nurses, midwives, and others working with the childbearing family. This in-person, sixteen-hour workshop is offered in a group setting as well as in a more personal, uniquely individualized experience...your needs, your schedule.
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ICEA Professional Doula and Labor Support Training

Specially designed for laypersons, childbirth educators, massage therapists and nurses who wish to provide non-pharmacologic labor support. Participants should be familiar with the process of normal labor and have a passionate heart to make a difference in the lives of women and their families. This in-person, sixteen-hour workshop is offered in a group format or as a personalized, one-to-one experience.
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Advanced Labor Support

This four-hour class is for those wanting to learn specific skills needed to provide effective labor support. The class is not intended to replace traditional childbirth classes.  Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of normal labor and birth when class begins. Class content includes strategic labor positions, massage techniques, creating a labor “tool kit,” working with essential oils, labor coping skills and a labor rehearsal. Class size is limited. This class is also offered one-to-one at your convenience.
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Private Childbirth Education

If attending traditional childbirth education classes doesn’t work with your schedule, consider private childbirth education. Customized education enables you to be more selective about topics, class times and location.
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I loved the peaceful home environment. A retreat close to home. I appreciate that we could customize our topics to cover things I needed most. It’s been fun!
- Rachel B.
Connie pours her heart into her work, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to experience her workshop. What a blessing. I loved everything about it. I feel prepared and excited for my CBE journey. The atmosphere was perfect!
- Kristen Y.
Highly energetic and passionate instructor; beautiful site; great info in binder; well organized.
- Terri M.
I loved all the ideas, tips, tricks, and hands-on learning techniques! It’s helpful to learn about group facilitation and adult learning! Thank you for modifying the workshop to include all of this!
- Ashley C.

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