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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!

Managing Pregnancy Stress

Quick Tips helping women cope with the stress of life and the changes of pregnancy.

Urgent Health Care Discussion

Health care is a top priority for President-elect Obama and for Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary-designate for Health and Human Services (HHS). They both are committed to health care reform that comes from the ground up -- that's why this holiday season, they're asking childbirth professionals to give the gift of your ideas and input.

Sign up to lead a Health Care Community Discussion at a birth center in your area, your home, or even a local coffee shop, anytime until December 31st.

Contest to Challenge View of Childbirth

National Advocates for Pregnant Women seeks entries written by law students addressing the question of what statutory, constitutional, and/or human rights arguments can be made to challenge the trend of banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC), among other controversial issues facing childbearing women today. The winner receives $1,000.

2009 Healthy Birth Guide

Choices in Childbirth has a free Healthy Birth booklet available to the public with valuable resources and evidence-based information. It includes articles that provide empowering tips preparing women for childbirth. Download the 2009 Healthy Birth guide and see the beautiful picture of two week old Olive with her mother Sara and read the poem next to her photo (page 23).

ICEA Posters on PowerPoint

The posters that the ICEA Bookcenter have traditionally sold are now available for use with PowerPoint. All ICEA members receive a discount. ICEA is committed to providing members with updated teaching materials. If you would like to serve on the Revision Committee email us at

December 2008 Journal

The Way I Teach, December 2008 issue, of the International Journal of Childbirth Education should be arriving to members before the holidays. From the ICEA website you can listen to the podcast Pleasure in Birth for contact hours, locate contact hours and workshops, download handouts, and print out the B.E.S.T. certificate honoring all you accomplished in 2008. Enjoy the holidays!

Pregnant in America

Pregnant in America is a thought provoking film, sure to stir controversy and emotionally touch the birthing community. The DVD is available for $20 if you pre-order before December 16th.

President-Elect Obama requests ideas to improve Maternity Care

Childbirth Professionals, advocates, and families have the opportunity to let our voices and opinions be heard. At you can share your ideas to improve the United States health care system. President-Elect Barack Obama reminds us of the power of the individual voice. Be part of the change you're looking for.

Teaching Evidence-Based Mother-Friendly Classes

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) has an assessment tool that childbirth educators can use to determine if their childbirth classes empower families to make informed decisions, and if their childbirth classes provide evidence-based information.

Download and take the assessment. Discuss what you learn among your peers.