Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification

Are you passionate about supporting mothers?

Are you a health professional, coach, educator, social worker, doula, or aspiring business owner who wants to make a difference in the lives of mothers?

We know the importance and value of mothers feeling supported, empowered, and well.

But in order to elevate our support of mothers, we need to go beyond the focus on mothers individually.

We need to bring in the social and cultural.

As a Sociologist who has been researching Motherhood for almost 10 years, I know that there is potential that is yet to be unlocked in our work with mothers.

There is an abundance of maternal scholarship, theory, and research that has been developed over the past three decades.

But most motherhood-practitioners have no knowledge of these resources, because they have largely been left out of professional and tertiary trainings.

This needs to change.

This certification has been developed to redress this gap and equip you with these critical understandings.

  • 10 weeks
  • 8 Modules of Motherhood Studies
  • Weekly Zoom calls
  • Evidence-based, expert-selected, research-dense
  • Ongoing membership of exclusive online community of Motherhood-Study practitioners
  • Relevant reading material for deeper engagement
  • 6 months course content access
  • Ongoing quarterly training workshops
  • Certificate of completion in Motherhood Studies & personal endorsement to use in your work

As somebody who works with mothers, or aspires to, YOU are at the intersection of where the research, evidence, and scholarship, meets the every-day-Mother.

This is a powerful place to be.

You can create life-changing and society-shifting transformations through your work in supporting Mothers.

This certification disseminates maternal scholarship and research to skilled, driven, passionate, empathetic leaders, change-makers, and professionals who perform the on-the-ground work of supporting mothers.

What a 10 weeks it has been… absolutely life changing, and I mean it. This course has changed my whole being, entirely. I will never view the world the same again.”

Amy Ewens, Australia.

The Academic Field of Motherhood Studies

Motherhood is different to mothering.

Mothers do their mothering within the context of Motherhood.

The social rules around Motherhood are the ones mothers live their lives within, and this forms the foundation of Motherhood Studies.

We are missing half the story if our work supporting mothers does not recognise, integrate, and respond to the ways that mothers’ lives are shaped by the social context of institutionalized Motherhood.

I have spent 10 years researching Motherhood, and have developed a ground-breaking theory for understanding how mothers’ lives are shaped by the social and cultural construct of Motherhood.

This certification trains you in my theory, along with many more from foundational maternal thinkers and scholars, in addition to summaries of the very latest in motherhood research.

I feel like my inner world has been blown apart the last 2 months. I feel like I’m seeing in colour.

I embarked on this course months ago to benefit my practice, better service my clients & to grow my offerings. Honestly? I’ve come away with SO much more. It’s felt life changing.

The impact of this course for me on a personal level was completely worth the time and money alone. It is hands down the best training I’ve ever undertaken.

I have so much unpacking and processing to do before I’m ready to explore integrating this more fully or definitively into my practice but I am so here for that. If you’re thinking of doing anything in 2021, make it this.

Fern Bishop, UK.

Adrienne Rich first made the distinction between Motherhood as an Institution and Mothering as a practice, and Professor Andrea O’Reilly coined Motherhood Studies as the academic home for maternal research and scholarship, founding Demeter Press.

There is an incredible abundance of maternal scholarship and research that is continuously growing and needs to be disseminated far beyond Universities and into the public sphere.

“This course you’re doing Sophie is so important and so amazing, it really is. I just wish everybody would take it – and not just mothers. Social workers, doctors, nurses. I wish everyone would take a 10 week mandatory course on motherhood, because I think everyone would think – wow I had never realized that, I never thought about that, how different my perceptions are now than they were 10 weeks ago. So it is an intervention into the master narrative – what you are doing.”

Prof Andrea O’Reilly, world’s leading Motherhood Studies expert

This Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification responds to this desperate need, and offers a one-of-a-kind online course providing the foundation of maternal theory and scholarship.

The sociological knowledge taught in this certification will serve you regardless of if you are just starting out or have been working in your field for decades.

You will not find this information synthesized and delivered in this way, anywhere else in the world.

These paradigm-shifting teachings will not only allow you to confidently navigate conversations about Motherhood, but will enable you to offer an elevated capacity of support for the mothers you work with.

In this certification you will develop a deep and thorough understanding of maternal scholarship, research, and theory.

You then alchemize this knowledge into your own unique wisdom and teachings.

This is about personal transformation as much as it is about professional development.

“This course has healed me in so many ways. I have made contacts with amazing women. Most importantly though, I have felt more like me! Time to think, reflect, process. It has helped me to cope with one of the most difficult periods of my life. I cannot thank you enough.”

Julia D’Orazio, Australia.

This is not just about the individual mother.

This goes beyond your individual client.

This certification course gives you the tools to bridge the gap between the individual and broader social patterns that shape how mothers live.

As professionals working with mothers, and as cultural creators and change-makers, I believe we have a responsibility to go beyond our individualist understandings of the mothers we work with.

Let’s recognise the structural issues mothers face, and then go one step further than this and resource ourselves with the strategies, tools, and understandings to navigate these issues, and support our clients in doing the same.

This course is truly the missing piece I was searching for.

Amy O’Brien, Australia.

What is included in the Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification?

Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification Program of Study

  • 12th April: Module 1 Sociological Foundations
  • 19th April: Module 2 – Power and Performance
  • 26th April: Module 3 – Situating Mothers Socioeconomically
  • 3rd May: WEEK BREAK
  • 10th May: Module 4 – Locating the Individual within the Social
  • 17th May: Module 5 – Mothers and Others
  • 24th May: Module 6 – Social Systems and Emotions
  • 31st May: WEEK BREAK
  • 7th June: Module 7 – Empowered Mothering Practices
  • 14th June: Module 8 – Integrating Reflective Practice

View full program content breakdown here

Sophie’s knowledge and articulation of deep, broad, varied and diverse topics, concepts, histories, intersections and contexts is phenomenal. As is her access to leading motherhood scholars and academic material. This certification includes a lot of content, nuance and complexity, distilled in a uniquely digestible way. My perspectives of myself, my children, the people around me, other mothers and the broader society in which we mother has shifted and evolved – thanks to Sophie and the other women in this course.

Kristy Oliver, Australia.


How long does the course go for?

10 weeks including 2 weeks break to catch up on content. We begin April 12th, 2021.

What if I can’t keep up with the weekly content?

Not a problem at all. You have 6 months access to all course content to complete anytime.

What is the time commitment required?

There is approximately 1.5 hrs of lecture (video) content each week, plus a Zoom call.

Additional reading and journalling reflection questions are there for you to complete at your own pace.

The only compulsory part of this course required for you to complete in order to gain certification is the lecture content.

What do you mean by ‘practitioners’ – who is the course for?

Social workers, counsellors, doulas, midwives, coaches, occupational therapists, psychologists, GPs, lactation consults, breastfeeding counsellors, activists, writers, and any others who are passionate about maternal advocacy.

The training is also appropriate for those considering university research and study, seeking to gain foundational understanding of maternal scholarship that complements interdisciplinary fields of education, social work, psychology, sociology, midwifery, nursing, and media & communications, among others.

I’m not a practitioner or business owner, is this still for me?

Yes, this is a foundational course in maternal theory. It will serve you regardless of what stage you are at in your business or career. The course is also appropriate as complementary to postgraduate study.

How is course content delivered, and how do I access it?

Primarily lecture-style videos. These are accompanied by dot point summary notes, reflection questions (optional) and additional readings where relevant.

Content is held on an online learning platform, New Zenler. I will email you login details and instructions on how to access content shortly before the course begins.

You will similarly be added to the private Facebook community discussion group shortly before the course begins.

Are Zoom calls recorded? When will they be?

Yes Zoom calls are recorded and available to watch as a replay. Zoom calls will be scheduled in advanced at a mix of various times throughout the working week, weekend, day, and evening, to ensure all course participants have similar opportunity to engage in calls regardless of their global context and circumstances.

How long do I have access to the online community?

The online community is a closed Facebook group. Ongoing access is included in your certification. You will have access for as long as the group is open.

When will I receive my certification?

At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to fill out a short survey response with a mix of multiple choice and short-answer questions. These will be simple questions to answer, but to ensure that you have engaged with module content in order to be certified.

Upon assessing your results I will then email you with your certification and ‘Motherhood Studies Certified’ logo to use in your branding/advertising (if you wish to).

Are there scholarships available?

There are a number of scholarship positions available (3x in 2021) for the Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification to support accessibility for those who otherwise would not be able to join this course because of socioeconomic disadvantage/inequality/marginalisation.

Click here to fill out a scholarship application.

Does the course count towards professional development points?

This depends on your professional association.

Previous students of the course have claimed CPD hours at approx 22hrs.

Check in with your professional association regarding their guidelines.

If you would like more information and/or support in submitting an application to your company/workplace/agency for funding to complete this course, download the information sheet below.

This program is not just about knowledge acquisition.

You are entering a paradigm-shifting container.

With your engagement, this will transform you intellectually, personally, and professionally.

Working with Sophie was an amazing experience. She has an awe-inspiring depth and command of this knowledge. The course both centered and enlightened me. I felt the concepts that were discussed and their applicability to my own motherhood journey so deeply and appreciated their universality. I look forward to the potential to bring motherhood studies further out in the world, with Sophie and my fellow practitioners. Every mother or person who works with mothers should know this!

Dr Haya Zedan, Saudi Arabia.


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Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification


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