As many of you know, I posted several months ago about becoming a childbirth educator through Brio Birth, a company which I thought I’d love joining. I had been scouring the website for months, waiting for a date in Denver to arrive for a workshop.
In July, before a Denver date appeared, I made the leap and put a $600 deposit down. A deal had been posted and my eager, yet naive, eyes (or heart), could not let that one slip through the cracks. For nearly two years now, all I’ve wanted to do was somehow work my way into the child-birthing community, one which I was certain was exactly where I belonged. Never before has my heart been so happy and passionate about one thing. I was elated to find a deal with Brio Birth and continued to wait for that special date.
A month later the date was posted for November. I jumped for joy! Finally, my dreams were slowly coming true. I had just started this blog and realized my even bigger dream of becoming a midwife. All along, I’ve believed in the more experience and education, the better. I want to get my hands wet where ever I’m able be it as a childbirth educator, doula, nurse and midwife. I wrote THIS post and quickly received many emails and comments warning me of Brio Birth. My heart sank. Where were all these warnings in my searches for the last 8 months?? Why NOW, after I’d already made my deposit, was I just finding all this out?!
I felt cheated. Embarrassed. Betrayed. After 8 months of regular correspondence with Naomi, the owner/creator, I never would have guessed what had been going on and now, what has become a part of our family. Thankfully, this has not stopped me from pursuing my dreams. It has only helped me become more aware about business and people and doing even more research before I invest in it.
As of today, after I requested a refund in September, I have yet to see that $600 and at this point, I don’t think I will. There are rumors swirling around that they may declare bankruptcy and such and honestly, I don’t care. If that happens then I will most definitely not be seeing that money again. The timing was terrible. Only a few weeks prior to my request one of our dogs had a terrible accident and before I learned about the issues with Brio Birth we had been talking about me not going through with the workshop and requesting a refund anyway. It was heartbreaking, all at once, to learn that financially it was not going to work out and dealing with a tragedy.
So the lesson learned is to fully educate yourself BEFORE you invest in anything, especially if it’s a newer, less-known business (or whatever it is). Regardless, I WILL become a childbirth educator, most likely through Bradley Method (which I KNOW is legit) in September and start a few pre-rec classes in the fall for nursing.