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.

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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.

Informal Milk Sharing

Informal Milk Sharing


Most resources involved in maternal-child health agree that breastfeeding is the best feeding choice for both mother and baby. But for some women breastfeeding can be difficult or impossible and they want to supply human milk to their infants, but how?

Happy 55th Anniversary ICEA from Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC

I joined ICEA in August of 2000.  I was hired to teach at the University of Utah Hospital but certification was required.  I looked at Lamaze, Bradley and ICEA as options.  I went with ICEA because the motto “Freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives” struck a chord with me.  I love when pregnancy, labor and birth can proceed with no/limited interventions, but I also knew from experience that sometimes choices have to change.  Having the knowledge and skills to cope with those changes is important.  After enrolling in the CBE prog

The Safe Use of Essential Oils by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC

On the heels of ICEA releasing a new policy statement on the use of essentials oils in pregnancy and after, here is a piece written by one of our board members, who also happens to be an herbalist and aromatherapist. If there's anyone we should listen to about the safety of essential oils, it is Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC.


The Code, Why Bother? Guest Post by J De Montaigne, IBFAN Portugal

IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, a global network of public interest groups founded in 1979, whose main aim is the full implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (Code) and subsequent World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions as an international minimal standard.  

The Guide to Perinatal Mental Illness and Compassionate Postpartum Planning For Childbirth Professionals, Part Three

In Part One, we looked at how childbirth educators, as influential allied health professionals, can help identify and refer a client who is experiencing a perinatal mood disorder. In Part Two, we looked more at technical facts and information about perinatal mental illness. In Part Three, we’ll talk about healing in the fourth trimester and providing resources.

Part Three: Positive Healing in the Fourth Trimester

Postpartum Mind-Body Healing

The Guide to Perinatal Mental Illness and Compassionate Postpartum Planning For Childbirth Professionals, Part Two

Note from the Blog Manager: Well. This series was supposed to be posted daily until finished, but then the full moon hit and ALL the babies decided to be born. Doula duties call! Better late than never, here is the second installation from Kathy Morelli, LPC.

Part Two:  Perinatal Mental Illness Mental Illness General Information

The Guide to Perinatal Mental Illness and Compassionate Postpartum Planning For Childbirth Professionals, Part One

This is no April Fool's joke; this week, we have a fantastic series from Kathy Morelli, LPC. Kathy is a Behavioral Medicine Clinician at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey and has a marriage and family counseling practice in Wayne, NJ. She is able to work with families during all phases of life. Kathy has a long-term interest in mindbody therapies and is trained in EMDR, Interactive Guided Imagery®, expressive art journaling, shiatsu, acupressure, Reiki and Aromatherapy.

Guest Blog: Black Women Do Breastfeed - Supporting Mothers Through Social Media by Angela Malloy

A note from the ICEA blog manager: In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to hear from one of my favorite Facebook pages. One of the biggest factors in breastfeeding longevity is support, and this is something a lot of Black mothers are lacking. Please read about Black Women Do Breastfeed, as written by one of their awesome moderators.

Best Flu Prevention: Motherly Advice

There is an ad running in North Carolina, cautioning everyone to get their annual flu shot because it is “the BEST prevention for the flu.” It’s been running several times a day on all of our channels since October. A couple of weeks ago, several news outlets reported that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine has an efficacy rate of 23%.  Maybe they need to pull that ad, as it’s not helping anyone’s anxiety about this year’s flu season.  People hear “23% effective” and think “WAIT!

Breastfeeding and Pain Relief by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICEA Director of Lactation

We’ve always known that babies love to be close to their mom. They also have lower stress levels and more stable vital signs when skin to skin. But now we also have research to support the pain reducing effects of breastfeeding and skin to skin care.