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Are you passionate about family-centered perinatal care? Do you believe in the freedom to make informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of available options? Our combined Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula Certification Program will provide you with the comprehensive training and experience necessary to positively impact the lives of expecting families.

Childbirth Educator Certification Program

Our ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) Certified Childbirth Educator program trains professionals to educate and empower parents. Recognized across the US and around the world, our program equips you with the knowledge to help parents advocate for the best birth experience possible. As a certified childbirth educator, you will guide expecting families through the complexities of childbirth, ensuring they are well-prepared to work effectively with their chosen birth team.

Birth Doula Certification Program

The ICEA Certified Birth Doula program prepares you to support birthing individuals during one of the most significant experiences of their lives. As a trained birth doula, you will provide continuous physical, emotional, informational, and social support throughout labor. Additionally, you will offer advocacy, guidance, and referrals to community resources that cover a wide range of needs, including self-care, lactation, and healthy parenting.

Why Choose Our Combined Program?

By combining these two certifications, you will gain a understanding of the childbirth process, from education to hands-on support. This comprehensive approach ensures that you are well-prepared to meet the diverse needs of expecting families, fostering a supportive and informed birthing experience.

  • Comprehensive Training: Gain a deep and broad knowledge base, from prenatal education to labor support.
  • Professional Recognition: Earn certifications recognized across the US and internationally.
  • Advocacy and Support: Equip parents to advocate for themselves and provide them with essential community resources.

Join our combined certification program today and become a vital part of the journey to welcoming new life. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of expecting families through education, support, and advocacy.

Curriculum

  1. Part I: Introduction to ICEA/ Certification Program
  2. Part II: Meeting your clients
  3. Part III: Reproduction and healthy lifestyles
  4. Part IV: Labor (Process and Overview) and Birth
  5. Part V: Comfort Measures, Coping Skills, and Pain Relief
  6. Part VI: Family Integration
  7. Part VII: Postpartum and Newborn Care
  8. Part VIII: Teaching Skills
  9. Part IX: Coping with the Unusual
  10. Part X: Business Matters

Traditional Pathway

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This path is right for you if you hold no childbirth educator or birth doula certifications.

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 and attend a workshop before completing the other steps. Details for these steps can be found elsewhere in this packet.

Review the study guide and referenced 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 a minimum of three labors and/or births experiences
Congrats, you're certified!

Great work!

*For workshops there will only be the live one available.

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
Learn more
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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Start your path towards becoming a certified childbirth educator today.

Expand your skill set and gain your clients' and employers' trust with our industry-leading ICEA certification today.

ICEA Birth Doula

ICEA Certified Birth Doulas are trained professionals who recognize birth as a key life experience. They attend and support the physical, emotional, informational and social needs of women in labor. In addition, they offer advocacy, guidance and referrals to community resources regarding maternal self-care, lactation, and other issues pertinent to healthy parenting through the first six weeks postpartum.

Overview

The ICEA Birth Doula Certification Program verifies that birth doulas 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 birth doula 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.

Curriculum

  1. Introducing the Doula
  2. Meeting Your Clients
  3. Labor: An Overview
  4. Labor: The Process
  5. Comfort Measures, Coping Skills, and Pain Relief
  6. Family Integration
  7. Coping with the Unusual
  8. Business Matters

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

Traditional Pathway

Mother holding her baby

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We’re here to help determine what certification and path is right for you and answer any questions you have along the way.

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This pathway for certification is the right choice for you if you hold no current doula certifications.

Steps to Certification

Review the study guide and readings

Provided after enrollment

Observe one childbirth education series

*Only if not already an ICCE

Verify 3 labor support experiences

Of at least 6 hours each

Congrats You're Certified!

Great work!

Experienced Pathway

Experienced pathway

Have questions?

We’re here to help determine what certification and path is right for you and answer any questions you have along the way.

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This certification pathway is the right choice for you if:

  • You are currently certified with another recognized birth doula organization, such as DONA or CAPPA or Bradley, and have been actively practicing for a minimum of two years.
  • You have been certified as a birth doula within the last two years through ICEA or another recognized birth doula organization, such as DONA or CAPPA or Bradley, and actively practiced for a minimum of two years while certified, but your certification has expired within the last two years.

Steps to Certification

Review the study guide and readings

Provided after enrollment

Submit proof of current or prior certification
Learn more
Current or prior certification (no more than two years expired) with another recognized birth doula organization, such as DONA or CAPPA, along with the examination application form
Apply Now
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 Postpartum Doulas must apply for recertification.

ICEA believes that postpartum doulas 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.

PLACEHOLDER (NEED BD VERSION)

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Start your path towards becoming a certified birth doula today.

Expand your skillset and gain your clients' and employers' trust with our industry-leading ICEA certification today.

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