General Certification Information

ICEA’s vision is to create a nurtured world through professionals trained in family-centered maternity and newborn care. We believe the best way to achieve this vision is by educating, certifying, and supporting the birth professional who believes in the freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives.

Since its inception, ICEA and its certification programs have always supported educators and health care professionals. We pride ourselves on the ability to offer the program that is most widely and easily available to educators around the world.

Are you passionate about family-centered maternity care? Do you believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives? Our certification programs will give you the knowledge and experience you need to make a difference in the lives of pregnant women and their families.

ICEA offers three maternal-child health certifications at affordable prices.

ICEA Childbirth Educator Certification (ICCE)

The ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator Certification Program verifies that childbirth educators have the necessary education and skills to enable them to facilitate expectant parents’ mental and physical preparation for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenthood. The program promotes the concept of the childbirth educator as an advocate of the natural process of childbirth and the right of the expectant parent to make informed decisions based on knowledge of alternatives.

ICEA Birth Doula Certification (ICD)

ICEA Certified Birth Doulas are trained professionals who recognize birth as a key life experience. They attend and support the physical, emotional, and social needs of women in labor. In addition, they offer guidance and referrals to community resources regarding maternal self-care, lactation, and other issues pertinent to healthy parenting through the first six weeks postpartum.

ICEA Postpartum Doula Certification (ICPD)

ICEA Certified Postpartum Doulas are trained professionals who understand the individualized needs of today’s families. They provide families with culturally appropriate emotional support to assist with the transitions of the postpartum period and having a new baby.  ICEA Certified Postpartum Doulas also respect the parenting style of the family, provides opportunities for the mother to ask questions or express concerns, and provides encouragement. They also demonstrate newborn care, assist with breastfeeding, provide care to older children, and more.


ICEA looks forward to partnering with you on your certification journey and improving birth outcomes for all families in the international community together.

For answers to all your certification questions, please visit our FAQ page.