The International Childbirth Education Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1960, is an autonomous certifying body governed by an elected volunteer board of directors. ICEA certified professionals are trained to provide family-centered perinatal care and to promote the freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in childbirth.
A world where perinatal professionals are recognized and valued in the healthcare community for their specific skills and training to prepare and support all families.
These professionals create a culture where expectant families are safe, respected, and able to make informed decisions based on best evidence.
To educate, certify and create a community of professionals who work to increase global access to safe, and culturally respectful, family-centered perinatal care.
COMPASSION: We believe respectful, compassionate care improves birth and health outcomes for all.
COLLABORATION: We practice a culture of collaboration, serve as an integral part of the health care team, and provide essential support in the perinatal period.
CHOICE: We support freedom of choice based on knowledge of evidence-based alternatives and encourage active participation in health care decisions.