Blog – ICEA
The International Childbirth Education Association
Sarah and Daniel were excited to become first time parents. They took all the birthing classes, had a beautiful space set up for their new baby, and their friends put together a meal train for them. They felt prepared. Fast forward to three months after the birth, where Sarah is deciding if she’ll reenter the workforce, the house is a mess, the baby is getting over colic, Daniel feels like he doesn’t know how to soothe the baby, and everyone is exhausted. What happened?
Posted: November 8, 2022, 5:26 pm
Many, probably most new mothers are looking for information and answers to their concerns on the internet. The internet is often the first source they turn to when wondering how often a baby nurses or what the red lump in their breast could be. But are the answers they find correct? Is the information going to be helpful or could it be incorrect or even possibly cause harm? I decided to do some investigating, looking into some frequently used sources of breastfeeding support on the internet. I was saddened to find so much “misguided” or downright incorrect information.
Posted: September 29, 2022, 4:39 pm
Providing pregnant women with counseling to promote healthy oral health behaviors may reduce the transmission of bacteria from mothers to infants and young children, thereby delaying or preventing the onset of caries.
Posted: September 2, 2022, 1:32 pm
The Family Counselor Program Certification: A Collaboration Between ICEA and the Healthy Children Project
This collaboration grew out of discussions over many years between Dr. Abla Al Alfy’s team, an Egyptian pediatrician with the Ministry of Health and Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, and the Healthy Children Project’s team.
Posted: August 5, 2022, 3:25 pm
Using a TENS unit during labor offers a drug free option to pain relief. The word TENS is short for transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation which involves the use of low current electrical currents to treat pain.
Posted: June 30, 2022, 8:00 am
It may take time to see the fruits of your labor, but when you do, it makes the work worth the effort. Look around. Do you see any open doors?
Posted: June 23, 2022, 2:37 pm
As with maternal deaths, many cases of maternal morbidity can be avoided. How can we, as Childbirth Educators and Doulas, address this issue and provide the best care to clients and their families? The answer is two-fold: education and follow-up.
Posted: May 31, 2022, 7:38 pm
I am the current ICEA Board Treasurer. It’s hard to believe but this is my fourth and final year in this role. It’s been a blast. That said, I was an unlikely candidate. When I started my first term, I had never been on a board, and I was a new ICCE. To quote one of my favorite songs, “How did I get here?”
Posted: May 10, 2022, 5:14 pm
Cultural differences may seem to divide us, but the underlying care and concern for our families is one of those universal considerations that draws us together.
Posted: April 29, 2022, 2:09 pm
Everyone has a unique microbiome. This is a microscopic ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that live on and in us. The vast majority of these microorganisms are either harmless or actually beneficial to human health.
Posted: February 23, 2022, 2:24 pm