Our Mission

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

ICEA supports the World Health Organization’s Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes.

ICEA’s goals are to provide:
* Training and continuing education programs
* Quality educational resources
* Professional certification programs

  • Is Distracted Parenting a Problem?
    by awinterimi on April 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    By Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC A relatively new phenomenon is occurring with some possibly serious implications for infants and children. Concerns are being expressed related to “distracted parenting”. These concerns center around parents whose attention toward their children is now directed to electronic devices, especially cell phones. In a study in the … Continue reading Is Distracted Parenting a Problem? […]

  • For Decades, Research Has Verified the Benefits of Doula Care
    by awinterimi on March 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The word “doula” first used in an article published in 1969 by Dr. Dana Raphael, a medical anthropologist who believed in the need for female companions to guide mothers through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In the midst of their research on maternal-infant bonding, Drs. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell verified the benefit of labor support.  … Continue reading For Decades, Research Has Verified the Benefits of Doula Car […]

  • Infant Nutrition, Best Practice and the Mom/Baby Dyad: Statement on “Fed Is Best”
    by awinterimi on March 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Recently, the Fed is Best (FIB) Foundation blog blasted social media with a story about an infant named Landon who died at 19 days of age from hypernatremia dehydration. All of us who work in medical and allied medical professions are saddened when such events occur. We question our practice; not wanting it to happen … Continue reading Infant Nutrition, Best Practice and the Mom/Baby Dyad: Statement on “Fed Is Best&rdquo […]

  • The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative
    by awinterimi on March 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    By Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative was developed by IBFAN (the International Baby Food Action Network) to provide assessment of policy and programs that impact infant and young child feeding, identify gaps and provide recommendations to countries around the world. In the United States the Initiative was sponsored … Continue reading The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiativ […]

  • Remembering Connie Livingston
    by awinterimi on January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    By Michal Klau-Stevens I was shocked to learn, on December 29, 2016 when I scrolled through my Facebook feed, that ICEA President Connie Livingston had died suddenly. The post from Barbara Harper caught me off-guard, and left me grappling with the discomfort of processing the loss of a person whom I liked, respected, and felt … Continue reading Remembering Connie Livingston […]

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Congratulations to our new certificants! Help us give them a warm welcome.
Cynthia Billiar, ICCE
Huang Fufang, ICCE
Susan Grant, ICCE
Juan Liang, ICD
Wang Ling, ICCE
Madeline Mortensen, ICCE
Erin Savery, ICCE
Shuning Yun, ICD
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National Perinatal Taskforce

ICEA is joining with the National Perinatal Task Force to reduce racial disparities and inequities in maternal/child health care.  The Board of Directors encourages all ICEA members to explore the new ICEA/National Perinatal Task Force FAQ (add hyperlink), learn about Materno-Toxic Areas,  how to become a Perinatal Safe Spot as well as an Ambassador.  Let us all join together as one voice to be a part of the change in maternity care and improve outcomes.  The maternal/infant morbidity/mortality statistics in the United States are inexcusable.  Join this grassroots movement now and join the National Perinatal Task Force! (https://nationalperinataltaskforce.wordpress.com)

“We can no longer stand by and claim that we can’t fix this mess.  Let’s start the conversation, let’s lead the revolution, let’s DO something – NOW!” ~ Jennie Joseph LM, founder of the National Perinatal Task Force.