Our History


The vision for BirthWorks began in 1981 with Cathy Daub. At that time, pregnant women in the US were told “once a cesarean, always a cesarean,” even though research showed a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) was usually safer. Cathy believed deeply that women should birth in the least risky way, so she developed childbirth education classes to help women have faith that knowledge of how to birth is already within them. These classes were a small seed planted, for much more!

In 1982, BirthWorks joined The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). Cathy served as Chairperson of their Education Committee, developing BirthWorks into a Certification Program, and in 1988 the first workshop was held. In 1994, BirthWorks became its own incorporated non-profit, non-governmental organization, with support of a strong Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.

Since 1988, BirthWorks has certified ChildBirth Educators and offered Childbirth Education for parents in varied locations. In 2002, Cathy co-founded BirthWorks International Doula Certification Training program, which now certifies both Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas internationally, in-person and online. The heart and work of BirthWorks culminated in Cathy’s book: Birthing In The Spirit, Doulas of Love: A Guidebook for Doulas and Expectant Parents. BirthWorks International is supported by a network of top people in the childbirth field, including our fantastic Mentors, Board of Directors, and a global Board of Advisors.