Expectant Parents

ICEA Certified Educators and Doulas are committed to family centered maternity care and freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives. Contact your local educator or doula.

Certification Process

ICEA is a long established childbirth education organization providing a comprehensive training program. Become certified and begin the journey to a rewarding career.

Certified Educators

ICEA is committed to offering continuing education and networking opportunities to our certified educators and doulas. Together we can promote family centered maternity care.

The ICEA Board Of Directors is proud to announce…The Military Mothers Initiative

To support our military families and military service personal, the ICEA takes pride in announcing the Military Mothers Initiative.

This Initiative includes:

For those seeking professional status with ICEA:

Cryo-Cell International & ICEA Partnership

ICEA is happy to announce a brand new partnership with Cryo-Cell International.

Founded in 1989, Cryo-Cell distinguished itself in 1992 as the world's first cord blood bank to separate and store stem cells.  Today, the company has over 275,000 clients from 87 countries.

The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth,

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. I had read so much about the actual book before I ever held it in my hands. There was quite a bit of controversy surrounding a NY Times review, so naturally I had to check it out.

Coming Soon For ALL ICEA Members:

Receive Healthy Mom&Baby for your Prenatal Classes ICEA members can request to receive AWHONN's Healthy Mom&Baby magazines for distribution at prenatal classes.

Book Review - BirthTouch®–Shiatsu & Acupressure for the Childbearing Year For Parents to Be, Safe Touch for a Joyful Pregnancy

Book Review "Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart - A Midwives Saga" by Carol Leonard


A free upcoming webinar will address the topic of Family-Centered Cesarean Birth.

Reintroducing Cytotec - What you need to know, By Connie Livingston

Preliminary data from a recent study, shows that a controlled-release misoprostol suppository is the newest and faster form of Cytotec to become available for labor induction.3

The study was sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

The trial included 1,358 women requiring cervical ripening and labor induction who were randomized to a vaginal insert of 200 μg misoprostol or 10 mg dinoprostone (Cervidil), left in place until the onset of active labor or up to 24 hours. Along with the primary efficacy benefit of shorter time to vaginal delivery, the novel agent was also associated with faster delivery of any type, vaginal or cesarean (median 18.3 hours versus 27.3 hours with dinoprostone, P<0.001). Other secondary outcome benefits were shorter time to active labor at 12.1 hours versus 18.6 hours, respectively (P<0.001), with substantially fewer women needing oxytocin prior to delivery (48% versus 74%, P<0.001).6

Ferring Pharmaceuticals is in pre-production of a new controlled release form of cytotec.

Breastfeeding Book Reviews

Pocket Guide for Lactation Management

2nd Edition

Karin Cadwell and Cindy Turner-Maffei

I suppose I am really easy to please but this book had me at the inside cover. There was an image titled “typical colors of stool of exclusively breast milk fed infants,” accompanied by text of course.

This book is a must have resource for anyone working with breastfeeding women. It addresses common issues and situations that can come up working with breastfeeding moms. It is literally a pocket-sized guide that can fit in any doula’s or educator’s bag. It is conveniently organized by issue and includes multiple reference charts. It is user-friendly and of course evidence-based. Both the authors are IBCLCs and they include their own approach to lactation consulting and come from a place that understands breastfeeding is normal but that some issues may arise.

The images included are excellent and compliment the text in a simple yet powerful way. Some of my favorite sections include the “ten steps for successful breastfeeding for hospitals and birth centers,” information on the WHO/UNICEF breastfeeding health initiative, and a section devoted to “community support.” Each issue includes a section on what to watch out for, what to do about it, the expected resolution and what else to consider. I can’t express enough how easy this book is to use and how invaluable it is to have at your fingertips. As if the information wasn’t enough the appendix is full of additional must have resources like a feeding observation chart, positions, storage information, contraindications and resources.

I have many breastfeeding books in my library but none that are as easy to use and so well designed for any practitioner working with breastfeeding women.


Interview with Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, author of Mindful Birthing

(see July eNews for a review of this book!)

Q: You are a CNM. How long have you been practicing and how did you become interested in mindfulness?

A: I began practicing as a CNM in 1982, so that's 30 years now. But I like to say that I've been paying attention to the birth process for about 45 years, since that's how long ago I was pregnant with my first son and was sitting in a childbirth preparation course in a woman's home in the Berkeley Hills. In those days it was a pretty radical thing to do, to become educated about childbirth-there weren't any classes being taught in hospitals or community settings. I was just so incredibly amazed and moved by what this woman was teaching us about our bodies and the birth process; I thought what a beautiful service this woman is doing. The classes were called psychoprophylaxis for pregnancy-which is what we now know as Lamaze.

About mindfulness, I'd been interested in the relationship between the mind and body, particularly around childbirth, for a very long time. I started out assisting laboring women at home and those women taught me so much. I would observe things during a woman's labor, something I or someone else said or did, that would affect the labor process itself, but I couldn't really understand how it happened. Meditation practice, which is a way to cultivate mindfulness, was a natural outgrowth of trying to understand - myself and others. I remember at one of the first meditation retreats I attended the teacher said "If you want to understand the mind, sit down and take a look at it." That seemed like good advice, and I've been doing that-sitting down and taking a look-ever since. It's been thirty years now since my first silent 10 day meditation retreat.