I received this e-mail, and I'm not sure whether the source is legitimate. However, the questions are worth asking, even if it is a fishing expedition, so I've chosen to publish it here:
To make a long story short I am a volunteer lactation support volunteer with a local midwifery center that I am doing doula training with. They have never heard of Brio Birth, but are only vaguely familiar with Birth Professionals International, who I only heard of through Brio Birth. I was toying with the idea of becoming a Birth Educator of some form in addition to DONA certification since my husband thinks I spend enough time blogging for free I should make money out of it. I think the idea of paying for training makes sense, when I became a CNA I paid 350 bucks to take a two week course and it got me a job in hospital instead of a nursing home, I did the same with phlebotomy training before applying at a dialysis clinic, and when I wanted to keep my distaster repsonse certification up I paid for CPR/First Aid through the Red Cross. So is there something I am missing about Brio Birth? Or did they steal an education program from someone else?
What do I need to know?
A bit of poking around on the internet shows the only occurrence of the sender's name or e-mail address being a random question on a Nurturing Hearts blog post a little over a year ago. That does indicate that the owner of this address might at least be in the birth world, but I still am not feeling a great deal of trust in it. If this person spends so much time "blogging for free", she must do it under a pseudonym. I could further dissect the sender, but instead I'll focus on the questions. Is there something she is missing about Brio Birth? Quite probably. Did they steal an education program from someone else? In a word, yes. Their "amazing, beautiful materials!" were put together by educators who were never compensated for their contributions, and had to fight to even get credit in the book. I wonder if that credits page still appears in the electronic copies that they distribute. Their childbirth class curriculum and their instructor training program were put together, again, by others who were never paid or even credited for their work, despite expectations presented when they were "hired" and verbal contracts. What does she need to know?
Well, she had my e-mail address. Therefore, she must have read at least something on this blog. This blog is a decent start on what she needs to know. She should check out the Files section, where she can find some very revealing audio files and documents.
What else do you think she needs to know? Fire away!