Your expertise has changed lives. The compassion you demonstrate to your families has improved birth outcomes for all. So, we’re inviting you to submit a nomination for the ICEA Board of Directors. Come share your knowledge and expertise.
I want to thank you for your dedication, compassion, and support. Creating a family is a life changing event and having the support and education are so important for best outcomes and bonding.
We all need to recognize that we have been through a very difficult time. Everyone has been impacted in some way or another from the stress of this event. It is important that you take some time and really reflect on what you experienced and how it impacted you.
Breastfeeding improves maternal sleep, lowers the risk of depression, lessens anger and irritability, and even attenuates the negative effects of past sexual assault. When it comes to overcoming adversity and stopping the intergenerational cycle of violence, breastfeeding makes all the difference.
For some women, becoming a mom is one of the most cherished events of their life. Some moms come into parenthood reluctantly or unexpectedly. No matter what the situation, it is a transformational event that leaves a lasting impact on the person.
As an international organization, the Board of Directors frequently looks at language so that we can do our best to do the right thing for all our families. This is an evolving area and there will be changes. I, myself, and our Board of Directors are committed to hearing how we can support and educate all birthing families.
ICEA Certified Professionals and those working towards certification are now eligible for U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) benefits! The first benefit that will be accessible to any individual affiliated with ICEA International Childbirth Education Association will be a discounted registration to attend the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC).
ICEA recertification will now require 4 hours of education/training in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. This requirement will begin on January 1, 2022.
Anyone who has worked in this field long enough has experienced and understands that pregnancy, birth, and parenting do not usually play out exactly as planned, and sometimes even end up completely unexpected or tragic. But even in these times where the reality is not the expectation, hope can come into its own, opening us up to creative possibilities.
Our certification programs provide you with the information and skills you need to make a difference in the lives of pregnant women and their families. Those who are in financial need are encouraged to turn your passion into a career by applying for a scholarship.
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.