ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine how providing childbirth education teachers with supplementary communication training would affect parents' reports of their birth. The teachers were randomly assigned to either a control group or a treatment group which received communication skills training. Questionnaires describing the birth experience were received from 79 new parents. Data were analyzed with a series of two-by-two analyses of variance, with groups (training versus control) and time (pre- versus post-workshop) as the factors. New parents whose teachers had received communication skills training reported significantly more pain during the active phase of labor than did other new parents. It is likely that more open communication resulted from the communication training of childbirth educators which allowed parents in the treatment group to report negative feelings and experiences more freely.