Childbirth Educator (ICCE)

childbirth educator

Are you passionate about family-centered perinatal care? Do you believe in a person's freedom to make informed decisions based on knowledge of alternatives? Our childbirth educator certification program will give you the training and experience you need to make a difference in the lives of expecting families. Our ICEA Certified Childbirth Educators are trained professionals recognized by across the US and around the world. We equip parents with the knowledge they need to advocate for their best birth possible and to work well with their chosen birth team.

Overview

The ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator Certification Program verifies that childbirth educators have the necessary education and skills to enable them to facilitate expectant parents’ mental and physical preparation for pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood.

The program promotes the concept of the childbirth educator as an advocate of the natural process of childbirth and the right of the expectant parent to make informed decisions based on knowledge of alternatives. The program sets a common standard that improves the quality of teaching by individual childbirth educators, protects the consumer by ensuring minimum qualifications, and provides the basis for establishing childbirth education as a recognized profession. This program does not exclude an otherwise qualified person for reason of teaching method or educational or professional background. No qualified, presently certified instructor will be excluded from entering the ICEA Childbirth Educator Certification Program.

Curriculum

  1. Part I – Introduction into ICEA
  2. Part II – Reproduction and Healthy Lifestyles
  3. Part III – Labor and Birth
  4. Part IV – Comfort Measures
  5. Part V – Postpartum and Newborn Care
  6. Part VI – Teaching Skills
  7. Part VII – Business for the Birth Professional

The ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator is expected to further a wider understanding of ICEA’s mission and philosophy among health professionals and the public.

Traditional Pathway

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This pathway for certification is the right choice for you if you have little or no experience as a childbirth educator, and/or you hold no current childbirth certifications and haven’t for the last 2 years. You may even be a nurse or a doula who wants to expand your services.

Steps to Certification

Review the study guide and readings

Provided after enrollment

Complete an evaluated teaching series
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Complete an evaluated teaching series of at least six hours. Evaluations must be completed by an ICEA Certified Professional.
Observe one childbirth class and three births.
Congrats, you're certified!

Great work!

Experienced Pathway

Experienced pathway

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This pathway for certification is the right choice for you if you are currently certified or have been certified with another recognized childbirth educator organization, such as CAPPA, Lamaze or Bradley, and have been actively teaching for a minimum of two years.

If you have been certified as a childbirth educator within the last two years, but your certification has expired within the last two years, please apply.

 

Steps to Certification

The following steps must be completed within two years of enrolling in the program. Candidates must FIRST enroll in the certification program before completing the other steps.

Review the study guide and readings

Provided after enrollment

Study the Position Papers

Provided after enrollment

Submit proof of current or prior certification
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Submit proof of current or prior certification (no more than two years expired) with another recognized childbirth educator organization, such as DONA or CAPPA or Lamaze, along with the examination application form.
Congrats You're Certified!

Great work!

Recertification

ICEA is dedicated to maintaining a rigorous standard of excellence, and thus all ICEA certifications are valid for three years. At the completion of the three years, all ICEA Certified Childbirth Educators must apply for recertification.

ICEA believes that as teachers, certified childbirth educators are continually educating themselves and learning from their clients. Recertification validates commitment to the profession and ensures the continuation of receiving the benefits of ICEA affiliation.

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