Save Babies with Us: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide on Talking to Expectant Parents about Count the Kicks and Fetal Monitoring

By taking this 90-minute training, participants will learn about this evidence-based program and how to talk to expectant parents on the importance of tracking fetal movement.

Some African Cultural Birthing Challenges

I would love to hear from other childbirth educators and their cultural experiences! Please send us an email at info@icea.org. 

Learning to Trust My Body’s Birth & Breastfeeding Powers

I never thought I would breastfeed my baby because I was not breastfed. I also never believed I could face birth. After all, pain as tiny as a paper cut drives me crazy! But all those assumptions began to change when a family friend who is a former La Leche League Leader gifted to me The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding when I was pregnant.

GALS involved in Birth Support

Every day our ICEA community shows strong support to pregnant and birthing women as educators, birth doulas, post-partum doulas and in other related roles. I offer up this blog post as an example of the power of birth support and how a community came together in a unique way to provide that support.

What is the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative?

The WHO and UNICEF administer the BFHI program internationally and work with the national authority in each country which confers the Baby-Friendly® designation in their nation. More than 20,000 maternity facilities in 150 countries around the world have earned the Baby-Friendly designation.

The Safe Use of Essential Oils

The essential oils are literally the plant oils distilled from aromatic plants. This concentrated oil can be used in many ways, but like the plants, must be used respectfully. Essential oils produce an aroma, most often pleasant, and thought of as medicinally benign.

Words Are Important: Informed Decision-Making

Words are important. They frame concepts and shape our ideas. How we think is often influenced by the words we use. With that in mind I would like to consider two overlapping concepts often used in healthcare.

Is It Time for a Paradigm Shift? Re-Thinking the Work of Birth Doulas

In our movement to make sure that there is “a doula for everyone,” have we forgotten our roots? Have we forgotten what is sustainable?

Implicit Bias

Implicit bias can be defined as “attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.” What is means is that we act or make decisions/assumptions without conscious thoughts.