Our fourth goal states that ICEA will “Promote evidence-based options in maternal child health through collaboration and networking.” In the past several months, we have been building relationships with other organizations so that we can offer additional benefits to our certified professionals.
I have seen many opinions lately on the certification of birth workers. Some understand the reasons certification is required and others rebel against the notion. So why certify?
Just last week, The New York Times published a commentary by Allison Yarrow entitled “One Hospital’s Plan to Reduce C-sections: Communicate.” The article describes the role communication plays in reducing the cesarean birth rate. Let’s talk about this concept of communication.
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.
All around the world change is needed in maternal-child health. In some places great strides have been made in improving outcomes, but much work remains to be done. How do we as birth workers facilitate change?
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.