Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE)

CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals.  As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Choosing an organization for your education is an important decision. CAPPA offers stability that you can be confident in as you invest in your education and career.

Training Options

Scope of Practice

CAPPA Childbirth Educators fill an important role in educating and supporting families and the community by providing comprehensive, evidence-based information. As respected professionals, CAPPA Childbirth Educators work in public-health clinics, hospitals, care-providers’ offices, and private settings throughout the world.

How CAPPA Childbirth Educators work with families

Childbirth Educators works with families during pregnancy, offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed.  Childbirth Educators can be found working in a variety of settings to offer their services to families. Families can find them working as public health educators, hospital/community educators, in care providers’ offices and in private practice as educators.

How CAPPA Childbirth Educators work within the healthcare system

Childbirth Educators are educators, not clinicians. Therefore Childbirth Educators work within the healthcare system by offering appropriate referrals when their observance uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.

Clinical Limitations of CAPPA Childbirth Educators

CAPPA Childbirth Educators are non-clinical professionals. CAPPA Childbirth Educators do not dispense medical advice, diagnose medical conditions, or prescribe/administer medications or treatments of any kind. Educators do not offer information that directs families to act against medical advice.

CAPPA Standards

CAPPA Childbirth Educators work within CAPPA’s standards of practice to uphold the following (available to read as individual documents): code of conduct, a grievance policy, mission statement, vision statement, organization philosophy, and social media policy. CAPPA Childbirth Educators use current evidence based information in their practice. They maintain their knowledge and skills through continuing education. They work within the legal framework of their individual community and region.

CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators:

  • Offer non-biased perinatal information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to families
  • Provide information on birth options and resources
  • Encourage informed decision making
  • Model and teach effective communication
  • Help families understand their rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statues
  • Work closely with the birthing woman and her family as she explores her values and needs surrounding birth
  • Provide the woman with non-medical comfort techniques for labor, such as positions and movement, comforting touch, visualization, breathing techniques, and affirmation
  • Provide support to the birthing woman’s partner or family
  • Provide culturally sensitive and adult based education
  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
  • Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the birth team

The CAPPA Childbirth Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:

  • Diagnose medical conditions
  • Prescribe or give dosages of herbal or over-the-counter medications
  • Administer treatment of medical conditions
  • Perform clinical procedures

Traditional (in-person) Course

This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training class.

Course Requirements

  • 2 years to complete your course from the date of your CAPPA in-person training class.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.  No person under 18 years of age may attend CAPPA training classes.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Traditional Course in CAPPA Academy.
  • Attend a CAPPA Childbirth Educator training class.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Breastfeeding BookUnderstanding Birth Book, and the Mother and Baby Care Book available in the CAPPA shop. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Complete a total of 1 student teaching hours with a certified instructor.  Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Observe two labors/births totaling at least 10 hours. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest.  A 100% passing grade is required.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Online Distance Learning Course

This course is designed for students who are unable to take the in-person training class.

Course Requirements

  • 2 years to complete your course once you enroll.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Online Distance Learning Course.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Breastfeeding BookUnderstanding Birth Book, and the Mother and Baby Care Book available in the CAPPA shop. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Complete a total of 1 student teaching hours with a certified instructor. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Observe two labors/births totaling at least 10 hours. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
  • Submit class outline and curriculum, including all handouts.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest.  A 100% passing grade is required.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Dual/Transfer Course

This course is designed for students who have already been certified or have trained with ICEA or Lamaze. (Documentation required.)

Course Requirements

  • 1 year to complete your course once you enroll.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Dual/Transfer Course in CAPPA Academy.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Birth Book available in the CAPPA shop. Receipt from CAPPA required. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents. A guide for creating this list is included within CAPPA Academy.
  • Submit a one-hour video of yourself teaching. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest.  A 100% passing grade is required.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Accelerated Course

This course is designed for students who are: an RN, CPM, or chiropractor with at least 1 year clinical experience; a certified labor doula with CAPPA or DONA; or an experienced childbirth educator able to document at least 36 hours of teaching. CAPPA members may apply for the Accelerated Course by sending proof of qualifications to info@cappa.net.

Course Requirements

  • 1 year to complete your course from the date of your CAPPA in-person training class.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age. No person under 18 years of age may attend CAPPA training classes.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Accelerated Course in CAPPA Academy.
  • Attend a CAPPA Childbirth Educator training class.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Birth Book available in the CAPPA shop. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
  • Complete a total of 1 student teaching hours with a certified instructor. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest.  A 100% passing grade is required.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Hospital Administrators

Is your hospital in need of Certified Childbirth Educators? CAPPA faculty can come to your hospital and train your staff or community members to become CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators.

The CCCE training program is designed to train and certify professionals to work with with families during pregnancy, offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed.  Childbirth Educators can be found working in a variety of settings to offer their services to families. Families can find them working as public health educators, hospital/community educators, in care providers’ offices and in private practice as educators.

CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Choosing an organization for your education is an important decision. CAPPA offers stability that you can be confident in as you invest in your education and career.

For more information, email info@cappa.net or call 770-965-9777.

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