General Certification Information

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) unites people who support family-centered maternity care and believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in childbirth. ICEA emphasizes education and preparation for childbearing and breastfeeding, increases public awareness of the scientific findings relating to childbirth which recognize the rights and responsibilities of all involved and encourages individualized care with minimal medical intervention. The ICEA Certification Programs require that the ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and Postpartum Doula also advocate these goals.

ICEA believes that a certification program which verifies the acquisition of knowledge and skill will maintain the autonomy of the individual instructor, thus ensuring the continuation of effective local parent education programs. The creative and diverse modes through which members prepare expectant parents for childbirth lend strength to ICEA’s philosophy of “freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives.”

There are no refunds for any certification program fees. This includes application fee, examination fee and recertification fee.

Certification Programs

ICEA offers many certifications and advanced skills programs.  These include:

Online Certification Programs

In order to continue to further our mission and to make certification programs more easily accessible, ICEA has created online versions of certain certification programs. These versions are ideal for anyone who is unable to attend one of our certification workshops in person or is on a tight deadline to complete certification.

International Scope

ICEA offers international participation in its certification programs and invites direct involvement and guidance from its international members in order to make certification relevant within each country.