The Childbirth Educator Program of Atlantic Canada

A Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program

 

The Childbirth Educator Program of Atlantic Canada, Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program strives to educate, empower, and prepare participants to deliver high quality, engaging childbirth education classes that meet Lamaze International’s high quality of standards, and support the six healthy birth practices.

 

The Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) credential is recognized everywhere,  because our LCCE educators practice all over the world. Whether you’re an educator in the United States, Canada, Mexico or Romania, the LCCE  credential is widely seen as the mark of a competent, highly qualified childbirth educator.

 

Forming the foundation of the organization are the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote,  protect and support natural, safe and healthy birth.

 

Seminar Fees

The cost of the seminar is $500 CAD, and includes 23 hours of classroom education, workshop manual, and snacks.

 

There are two payment options available:

1. Fee may be paid in full ($500) at the time of registration, OR

2. Half of the seminar fee ($250) may be paid at the time of registration, and the remaining amount may be paid in full ($250) no later than one month prior to the seminar date.

 

The costs of the Lamaze Learning Guide and Certification Exam are not included in the seminar fee.

 

Prerequisites

All participants are required to purchase the Lamaze Learning Guide prior to the Program start date (cost not included in the program fee). This can be purchased through the Lamaze International Website for $225 USD.
See below for additional requirements.

 

Participants are also required to read:

1. Lothian, Judith & DeVries, Charlotte. (2010, second edition.) The official Lamaze guide – Giving birth with confidence. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press.

 

2. Simkin, Penny, Bolding, April, Keppler, Ann, Durham, Janelle, & Whalley, Janet. (2016, fifth edition.) Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press.

 

3. One of the following breastfeeding books:

a. La Leche League. (2010). Womanly art of breastfeeding. Schaumburg, IL: La Leche League.

b. Mohrbacher, N. & Kendall-Tacket, K. (2010). Breastfeeding made simple. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

c. Newman, J. & Pitman, T. (2014). Jack Newman’s Guide to breastfeeding. London, UK: Pinter & Martin.

 

Registration

Visit the Program Calendar for details on upcoming training and registration.

 

All fields must be completed, and payment must be received at the time of registration in order to secure a spot.

 

Participants must prepare and teach a 15 minute segment during the seminar to other participants.

 

Upon registration, students must submit a written letter outlining their experience in the field, and be willing to work with the Program Director to achieve a base knowledge of information prior to the program start date.

 

Categories are as follows:

1. Those new to the childbirth field, with little or no experience, attendance at a childbirth preparation class and breastfeeding support group will be required, along with completion of the required reading list. The program director will offer a preparation class for those who require further education, or participants can source out their own classes to attend. As the availability of classes change within the community, participants are asked to confirm with the program director the class that they would like to attend to see if it will fit the criteria.

 

2. Those who have attended a childbirth education series in the past two years (please provide a certificate of attendance), or have attended an approved Birth or Postpartum Doula Workshop and are active in the field will be accepted into the program. Please note, the Childbirth Education Series must be at least six hours in length, and must cover the anatomy of birth, signs and stages of birth, comfort measures, emotional and physical changes in the mother, and basic breastfeeding information (frequency, duration, signs of a good latch & milk transfer).

 

Childbirth Educator Registration

 

 

 

 

FAQ

How can I use my Lamaze Childbirth Educator Certification?

Once you have become certified, you can begin teaching classes in any number of settings!  You may work independently or for a company/business (such as a parenting retail store or a Family Resource Centre).

 

How Do I Become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?

Step One – Determine Your Pathway Towards Certification.

There are three pathways to becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

Pathway one: New to the Childbirth Education Field

Pathway two: Experienced Childbirth Educators

Pathway three: Midwives or Midwifery Student

 

These are outlined in detail on the Lamaze website, which provides you with the necessary information to determine the pathway that is right for you. www.lamazeinternational.org/PathwaysToCertification

 

Step Two - Register and attend the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Course.

Visit the Program Calendar for details on upcoming training and registration.

 

Step Three - Take the Lamaze International Certification Exam

The childbirth educator certification exam application process begins after the candidate has successfully completed all criteria of one of the three pathways of Eligibility Requirements. The exam is offered twice per year.

 

Seminar attendees must take the Lamaze Certification Exam within three years of completing the seminar. Again, it is best to look on the Lamaze website for the most accurate, up to date information on the exam, including dates and fees: www.lamazeinternational.org/CertificationExam

 

Is Continuing Education Credit offered?

Attendance at The Childbirth Educator Program of Atlantic Canada is one step toward becoming certified with Lamaze International and provides you with the foundation of knowledge to assist you in successfully completing the certification exam, as well as guidance and information on how to create a Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program.

 

23.0 contact hours may be earned as CNE credit for attending the entire seminar and completing a participant evaluation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation approves Lamaze International as a provider of continuing nursing education.

 

23.0 Lamaze Contact Hours may be earned for attending the entire activity and completing a participant evaluation.

 

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15932 for 27.6 contact hours.

This program is recognized by ICEA for 23.0 contact hours.

 

Approved for CEU's with DONA International.

 

Partial credit is not awarded.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

In order to receive a refund (less a $50.00 administrative fee), cancellations must be received more than 30 days prior to the seminar start date.

 

Participants who cancel within 30 days of the seminar start date may apply the seminar fee to a future seminar within two years of the registration date.

 

What is the grievance and appeal policy?

If the student has any concerns or complaints, please contact the Program Director as a first step to resolve the issue. If the student is not satisfied with the initial outcome, he/she must submit a letter to the Program Director detailing the complaint and desired resolution within 14 days of the initial conversation. The Program Director will then consult with the Lamaze Administrative Office and Accreditation Council for guidance. Based on their recommendation and the participant’s request, the Program Director will provide a resolution within 30 days.

 

How do I register?

Visit the Program Calendar for details on upcoming training and registration.

 

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