welcome to BABY'S BREATH

Professionals and students providing the midwifery model of care believe that birth is an everyday miracle to be respected and valued.  We are invited to this powerful rite of passage by families that trust us to be experts in physiologic birth and holistic neonatal transition. While most babies will take their first breath on their own and in their own time, some do not.  In these circumstances, every newborn deserves highly skilled birth attendants, able to provide necessary life-saving skills in a timely and safe manner.  This course was developed from my personal passion to help birth professionals in the community setting feel confident in their neonatal skills.  We have grown in 10 years and now have additional instructors to ensure Instructor-led events remain small for adequate one-one skill training.  Thank you for choosing our program for your continued professional training. It is our privilege to support you in this rich learning environment as you become an expert in Baby’s Breath.  


With respect and caring,




Baby’s Breath is a unique one-day workshop developed from Michele’s almost 30 years of experience caring for women, newborns, and growing families - as a mother, midwife, nurse, and yoga instructor.  It blends the values of these disciplines into a course that empowers midwives and their assistants to consider the importance of both mystery and mastery in holistic neonatal transition.  Through facilitated discussion, hands-on skills, scenarios, and debriefing, a holistic neonatal transition model is presented that values our midwifery traditions, while also incorporating individual instruction of all skills included in the 8th edition NRP algorithm (Self-inflating BVM, T-piece & CPAP,  O2 & Medicalized Air, LMA, Compressions, UVC - IV fluids/Meds).  Individual instruction of skills is presented in the morning followed by group scenarios - with birth teams and equipment well suited for the home and /or birth center setting - in the afternoon. You will leave the course with the renewed confidence and sharp assessment skills necessary to calmly hold the space for the mother-baby dyad to unfold as you critically determine if additional assistance is needed.  


Most AAP/AHA NRP classes utilize equipment, staffing, and philosophy ideal for providers practicing the medical model of care in the hospital setting.  Baby’s Breath was designed for providers practicing within the midwifery model of care in the community setting.  While it values and integrates the 8th edition NRP algorithm into the course, Baby’s Breath believes midwives are the experts in physiologic birth and holistic neonatal transition.  This expertise can only develop with didactic and skill training specific to our model of care and setting.   Home and Birth Center clients are low risk and therefore midwives in this setting do not routinely care for compromised newborns.  We must respect this knowledge gap and adopt training that supports our learning needs.  Practice should be much more frequent and knowledge tested in scenarios unique to our staffing and possible transport plans. Unlike hospital-based courses, Baby’s Breath incorporates our midwifery values into the scenarios that we practice.  Care is provided in a manner that respects explicitly the connection and need of mother and baby to remain together during this highly sensitized post-birth period.  We review the importance of the intimate interplay of hormones, placental circulation, skin-skin contact, mother’s voice, touch, and intuition on the neonate’s transition.  We discuss the importance of our energy as providers and how we can most effectively hold the space and communicate when we are waiting for each new Baby’s Breath.   Baby’s Breath is an invaluable course for midwives and those assisting midwives during care provided in the community setting. 




Prior to the


If you are taking Baby's Breath to also obtain your AAP NRP Card/Provider Training,  you will take the "NRP Provider" course.  The 8th edition AAP NRP Provider Course is in 2 parts.  Part one (Advanced is recommended) is completed online with AAP ($45 fee paid  to AAP) and Part 2 is the Instructor-Led Event (Completed within Baby's Breath Workshop).  AAP has a new learning management system with RQI Partners for the 8th edition called The NRP Learning Platform.  You will register for their course on this platform, complete Part 1, and return to the platform to obtain your card after the workshop.

*Scroll down on the above link to the section - Learners & Individuals

To  obtain

skill mastery

 Course content is provided online prior to the class to allow for more one-one instruction and group scenarios (COVID -19 restrictions permitting).   Your review of this information prior to the workshop will allow us to focus on true integration -  gaining advanced skills together as a group - in a low-stress environment.

After  the


Upon completion of the workshop (Instructor-Led Event), you will return to The NRP Learning Platform to complete an evaluation with AAP.  Your card will then be available online with AAP for 2 years until it is renewed. If you have issues with the above steps, please contact AAP for more information.  

ceu's for the


There are a total of 16 Contact Hours available for CEU - depending on the license that you hold.

5 - 8 CEUs (dependent on workshop length) are provided for completion of the Baby's Breath Workshop.  These CEUs/CME are provided by the CA BD RN and the Utah Office of EMS and Preparedness (NARM CEU Cat 1). CEU Certificates will be emailed within 48 hours following the workshop.

There are also up 11 CEUs available from AAP for everyone that completes the AAP Provider course.  However, some licensing and certification agencies limit the amount or prohibit the use of AAP NRP CEUs for licensure/renewal.  



1.  Review AAP NRP and Baby's Breath (The Nest) material prior to the workshop.

2.  Bring your 8th Edition Book, download an online version, or set up a share with a partner

3.  Bring water or your personal choice of beverage/snack/lunch for the day

4.  ***REMEMBER YOUR MASK - all participants will be asked to comply with local COVID-19 guidelines for social gathering.