Urgent Call for Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants

Washington, DC -- The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.

Lamaze And ICEA Bring Together The Birthing Community

WASHINGTON, DC, December 03, 2009; 24-7 PressRelease

Lamaze International and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) are joining together in Milwaukee, Wis., September 30 - October 3, 2010, to celebrate their 50-year anniversaries. The 50th Anniversary Mega Conference, Celebrating Our Pasts, Uniting for the Future of Birth, will unify the birthing community in an unprecedented event that combines education, research, networking and social activities.



ICEA and Impact Media

Early in 2008, Impact Media Communications contacted ICEA and stated they would no longer be able to produce special issues of the New Parent Magazine for ICEA members that did not include formula advertising.

Since ICEA is in support of the WHO guidelines for breastfeeding and does not support advertising for formula, ICEA has severed its relationship with Impact Media.

If any ICEA educators are continuing to distribute the New Parent Magazine, please know that it does contain advertising for formula companies.

ICEA Announces Doula Insurance Reimbursement

The President of the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Jeanette Schwartz, announced October 21, 2009 that the National Uniform Claim Committee has approved a (new) billing code for doulas in the United States. The code will enable certified birth and certified postpartum doulas to obtain an NPI (National Provider Identification) number to submit reimbursement claims to Medicaid and third-party provider insurance companies.

Applying for your NPI number:


Barbara Harper at Convention

    Barbara Harper the author of Gentle Birth Choices and founder of Waterbirth International will be speaking at the October ICEA convention.  She is inspiring and empowering.  Her general session is not to be missed. 

    The ICEA convention will be a time to network with birth professionals, get energized, and learn how to continue to promote choices and alternatives in maternity care.  Register Today!

The Birth Survey

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services,CIMS,transparency in Maternity Care project has made progress. Consumer survey results rating health care providers and birth facilities are available More than 17,500 rating for providers and 6,500 ratingsfor facilities have been sumitted since national launch, August 2008. National averages of consumer feedback collected indicates that midwives were rated more highly than physicans. Website ratings pages also provide links for information to hospitals and birth centers. Information includes obstetric intervention rates and Cesarean Section rates for each facility.
"CIMS wants expectant parents toask questions of their provider and facilities and have access to more information about local options," said Elan McAllister, founder of Choices in Childbirth in New York City and Co-chair of the Birth Survey committee. In 2010, detailed information on patients' experiences with prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care will be added to the website as a searchable consummer report.
Encourage mothers to participate in The Birth Survey.(