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.

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).

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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 info@icea.org.

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.

New York Mamas Embrace Homebirth

There’s a buzz around homebirth these days. Ricki Lake’s "Business of Being Born" has inspired a slew of expectant New York mamas to consider homebirth to welcome their babies into the world. A recent New York Times article entitled, "Baby, You’re Home" examines this growing trend. Written by Julie Scelfo, the article chronicles the experiences of several women who opted for homebirths. "Baby, You’re Home" details some of the logistics surrounding homebirth and addresses the fears and concerns of expectant moms.

NY midwives are surprised by all of the calls they’ve been getting. Those who have home-birth-only practices say they have received so many requests in recent months that they’ve had to refer pregnant women to midwives in Rockland County, Long Island, and New Jersey. However, what is even more surprising to them is that the increasing numbers are not so much coming from the “dyed-in-the-wool back-to-nature types or typical religious fundamentalists, but from professionals like lawyers and bankers.”

This article is a great read!

- Deanna

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 Change.gov 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.

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