ICEA offers free experienced mentors to individuals who have enrolled in ICEA’s certification program and are working through the training and certification process. Mentors will be available via email to answer questions, offer guidance and be that direct link between the certification candidate and ICEA. Mentors will check in with each candidate at least once per month to help keep the candidate motivated, encouraged, and on the path to being an ICEA certified professional!
Learn more about our mentors below and visit this page to fill out the mentor request form.
Michelle has been working in the birth world since 2003 as a childbirth educator, birth doula, postpartum doula, and breastfeeding counselor. In 2010 she started a nonprofit organization in her community with the goal of improving maternal and perinatal outcomes. Through her organization she offers childbirth education, and lactation support on a sliding scale, and helps pair families with birth and postpartum doulas. Michelle has been offering doula and educator trainings since 2011, and in her spare time she mentors the next generation of birth professionals, offers business and other workshops, serves as a board member for ICEA, and is the chair of the postpartum and mentorship programs.
In addition to being a certified childbirth educator, birth doula, and postpartum doula Michelle also has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, is a licensed massage therapist with advanced training in perinatal and infant massage, and is a certified hypnotherapist.
Dena has been a childbirth educator for 26 years and has worked in Hospital, community and private settings. She authored The MotherSource Pregnancy Resource Directory, “Joy and Sleepfilled Nights” a promotional brochure for Schwarz Pharma, and was a contributing author for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012 editions of Expectant Mothers Guide.
Dena was originally certified in The Bradley Method, has a Level 1 Certification in “Birthing From Within”, and is currently certified by ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) and Lamaze. She has been certified as a MotherWell Pregnancy Fitness instructor and is a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She is a certified ICEA/ DONA Birth Doula, lactation support person, and is a Trainer for ICEA (teaching new childbirth educators their craft). She integrates all methods and adds zen meditation, affirmation, and deep relaxation techniques to re-frame fear about childbirth and instill confidence.
Mary graduated from nursing school in 1995 and began her perinatal career working on a hospital maternity unit in 1997. In the fall of 1999, she had the opportunity to teach a childbirth class and knew she found her true calling.
Mary completed childbirth certification with ICEA and is a certified lactation counselor who teaches Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding Preparation, and Baby Care and Development for over 20 years. In the past few years, she completed Yoga teacher training and has been providing weekly prenatal yoga classes. This winter, Mary added post-natal yoga/infant massage classes for moms and babies.
Mary has been honored to witness the work of hundreds of families as they journey toward parenthood. She gets to walk this path with them for a little while and helps them realize they already know what to do. Her teaching continues to evolve as she learns from so many insightful parents, the incredible experts in the field, and trusting in her own instincts and expertise.
Misty Warren, MS, ICCE has been a Childbirth Educator with ICEA for the past 20 years. She has taught classes in hospital, community, and in-home as well as working as a doula for a number of years. Currently, Misty is overseeing the prenatal education program at her local hospital as well as overseeing quality management of the unit.
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.