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

  • What is the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative?
    by awinterimi on 2018-08-07 at 1:00 PM

    by Donna Walls, RN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative was developed and implemented by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991.  These organizations recognized the importance of breastfeeding to the health of infants and babies as well as the influence the formula industry marketing on parents making the decision of how to … Continue reading What is the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative? […]

  • What is the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes?
    by awinterimi on 2018-07-26 at 2:00 PM

    Do you know what the “International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes” is? Have you heard the verbiage “WHO Code compliant”? Did you know that the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes was written by the World Health Organization (WHO)? The International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes was developed by WHO to “level the playing field” … Continue reading What is the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes? […]

  • Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER)
    by awinterimi on 2018-07-16 at 3:27 PM

    by Cynthia Billiar, BSN, RN, IBCLC, ANLC,  ICBD, ICCE D-MER is described as a wave of negative emotion that occurs just prior to the milk release of a breastfeeding mother during breastfeeding, pumping, and even with a spontaneous release. I recently had the privilege of attending a conference where Alia Macrina Heise spoke and described her … Continue reading Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) […]

  • A Party for Penny
    by awinterimi on 2018-06-26 at 1:00 PM

    By Vonda Gates 6 June 2018 was a day to party with Penny Simkin. There was much to celebrate: 30 years of training doulas, 50 years of teaching childbirth classes, 60 years of marriage, and 80 years of life. The day of teaching included Simkin family musicians, insightful speakers, friends and peers, Penny’s favorite candy … Continue reading A Party for Penny […]

  • Mentor Program Announced
    by awinterimi on 2018-06-13 at 1:30 PM

    We know that completing a certification program and diving into the world of family-centered maternity care can be intimidating. That’s why we’re excited to announce the newest ICEA benefit, our Mentor Program! If you have a passion for supporting others, or if you need a little guidance on your journey to becoming a Childbirth Educator, … Continue reading Mentor Program Announced […]

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