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.

Historic Birth Summit

ICEA was a participant in the historic Chicago Birth Summit held on November 8, 2008.

What Julie learned at 2008 Convention

Hi Ladies,

I've been busy ever since the conference but wanted to get this note out to you both. I found the conference invigorating as I always do - it's nice to be surrounded by like minded people. I've compiled a list of what I learned. Some was new, some I just needed to be reminded of. Here goes:

  • I should add HUGS to my Parenting the Newborn Class.
  • If you're a hammer - everything looks like a nail.
  • Press rather than push that baby out.
  • My daughters aren't afraid to dance.

ICEA on Facebook

Spread the word that ICEA has a Facebook page.

Join in the current discussion, "Where do you teach?" You will be surprised to find out how many other educators and doulas are on facebook. You are invited to be our "fan" and join other professionals at The ICEA Facebook page!

Celebrate Childbirth Professionals Slideshow

Classroom Handouts

ICEA classroom handouts can be reproduced and used in childbirth education.

Closing DVD for Research Update Session

Many of you have asked how to get a copy of the closing video that I used for the Research Update general session. The title of the DVD is Of Nature and Birth. Harriette Hartigan took the photographs and put them to the music of Imani. You can order the DVD directly from Harriette at www.harriettehartigan.com or from the Lamaze Bookstore at www.lamaze.org.

Have no fear...computers are here!?

Power Point Unplugged
Blogging is the most "high tech" that I get. That is, until today! Donyale gave an awesome breakout session on Power Point and how to use it in birth classes. I was so intimidated going into it as computers are not my forte`, but she really motivated me to take on this new approach. Our students are so comfortable with this form of learning system, shouldn't we be? She showed me that we can still keep the class engaged and interactive and that the slides don't replace instructors but assist us.

Websites, Brochures, Business Cards…Oh My!


I was not surprised to find myself laughing in this breakout section, but I was surprised to see how many educators in the room had been teaching for 15, 20 and even 30 years! As an instructor who uses humor as my staple way of teaching, my first thought was: Crap, I don’t have THAT much funny material! Rhonda encouraged us not to “try” and be funny, but to find the funny in reality and highlight it. To mix it up and not tell the same jokes each class.

2008 Convention B.E.S.T. Certificate

Birth Professionals every where work hard, and often without being acknowledged for the care they provide to families. Please know that ICEA honors and acknowledges you. We took the time at the 2008 ICEA Convention to Celebrate Childbirth Professionals for all that you do. Download the B.E.S.T. certificate for Birth Professionals that Empower, Serve, and Touch families everywhere. Keep it in view reminding yourself of the amazing work that you do.

Convention 2008: Day Two

Research Update with Debby Amis

I am sitting in this session and it is packed full of amazing new research studies from all around the world. So much new information is coming out to support normal birth and breastfeeding, this session has really opened re-energized my commitment to family centered maternity care. Download the materials for this session because she has given you all of her slides reviewing each study in easy to understand terms

Breakout Session One