ICEA and the ICEA Approved Trainer (IAT) agree that the birth of a baby represents the birth of a family. We believe that family-centered maternity care is based on the concept of a “Circle of Care” which centers on the pregnant woman, but also includes her family, healthcare providers, and community resources. Freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives is fundamental to a woman’s autonomy and should be respected by all in her circle of care. We believe that childbirth is a process that can safely take place in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. To provide optimal maternity care healthcare systems and facilities should be based solely on the needs of the mother, child, and family.
If you would like to learn more about becoming an ICEA Approved Trainer, please view the orientation video below or click a link to learn more about the Traditional and Experienced/Transfering Pathways.