There is much room for improvement in the birth world, but please take time to appreciate the advances that have occurred. Progress may seem frustratingly slow, but we are moving forward. Education is essential for continued progress – and education is what ICEA is all about.
What are your gifts? Would you like to be a part of making a difference on a national and international level? Our Board of Directors would love to hear from you. Email us with suggestions. Volunteer your time and energy.
In response to a recent member survey, ICEA will be offering a series of webinars on the most requested topics including, teaching tips, maternal mental health, comfort measures, and diversity/inclusivity. You will hear from some who are experts in their field and from some of ICEA’s most experienced educators and doulas.
Thank you to everyone who applied for an ICEA scholarship during the most recent application period. We received so many incredible applications and are encouraged by your dedication to improving birth outcomes for all families.
As the Executive Director of ICEA, along with the Board of Directors, I hope to be an agent of change. I not only want to get the conversation started among the ICEA community, but also put plans in place that execute the mission of the organization and stand behind our statement on racial disparities.
We want the voices on our Board of Directors to represent all of our certified professionals. ICEA leadership needs your voice and unique perspective. Your expertise will benefit ICEA certified professionals, and your support will help them improve birth outcomes for all.
We don’t want to simply offer our words. We want to take concrete steps to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity. Though the board is in continued discussions regarding our efforts for change, we wanted to share the first three steps we’re taking to make this a reality.
ICEA’s vision of a nurtured world through professionals trained with these values requires persistent dedication. It is not enough to simply reiterate the words. We must continually demonstrate compassion.
In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, the ICEA Board of Directors and staff reaffirm our pledge to run an organization that has no tolerance for racism and seeks to support all families regardless of race, religion, color, creed, gender identity, sexual identity, national origin, or social class.
Midwives, nurses, doulas, and educators form a significant part of the circle of care that informs, supports, and cares for the family during the childbearing years. For some, ICEA certification is all that they need. For others, this training is a stepping stone to further education. We give our sincere appreciation to all who care for new families!
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.