Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE)

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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

Scope of Practice of the CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator

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

How CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators Work with Families

CCCEs work with families preparing for pregnancy and during pregnancy, offering non-biased support, encouragement, and evidence-based information as needed.  A childbirth educator’s primary goal is to equip families with the skills to evaluate all their options.  Educators work in a variety of settings, offering their services as public health educators, hospital/community educators, and in private practices.

How CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators Work Within the Healthcare System

While CCCEs are not clinicians, they are experts in the development and delivery of educational resources for families and members of the health care team.  When situations arise that require clinical attention, educators will direct families to seek support from their healthcare provider.

Clinical Limitations of CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators

CCCEs are non-clinical professionals.  As such, they do not offer medical advice, diagnose medical conditions, or perform clinical procedures/treatments of any kind.  They do not prescribe/administer any medication including herbal or over-the-counter medication.  CCCEs also do not advise families to act against medical advice.

CAPPA Standards

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

CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educators:

  • Offer non-biased perinatal information, support, encouragement, guidance, 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 statutes
  • Work closely with students and their families to explore and clarify their values and needs surrounding birth
  • Equip students with non-medical comfort techniques for labor such as movement, position changes, comforting touch, visualization, breathing techniques, affirmations, and more
  • Provide informational and practical support to partners and family members
  • Provide culturally sensitive and age-appropriate education
  • Direct students to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
  • Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive relationship with the healthcare team

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

  • Dispense medical advice
  • Diagnose medical conditions
  • Prescribe/administer herbal or over-the-counter medications
  • Perform clinical procedures or treatments of any kind
  • Advise families to act against medical advice

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.

Upcoming Training

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Debbie Hull)

September 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020, starting at 8:30 am CDT

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Debbie Hull)

October 4, 2020 - October 5, 2020, starting at 8:30 am CDT

Childbirth Educator Training: LIVE ONLINE (Nikki Wellensiek)

October 9, 2020 - October 10, 2020, starting at 8:30 am PDT

Childbirth Educator Training – Santa Clarita (Cali Judson)

October 17, 2020 - October 18, 2020, starting at 8:30 am PDT

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE, Ontario Canada (Teresa Maskery)

October 17, 2020 - October 18, 2020, starting at 8:30 am EDT

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Debbie Hull)

October 24, 2020 - October 25, 2020, starting at 8:30 am CDT

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Julie Brill)

October 27, 2020 - October 30, 2020, starting at 12:00 pm EDT

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Christy Jo Hendricks)

October 28, 2020 - October 30, 2020, starting at 5:00 pm PDT

Childbirth Educator Training – Atlanta, GA (Gwynne Knap)

November 6, 2020 - November 7, 2020, starting at 8:30 am EST

Childbirth Educator Training – Denver, CO (Nikki Wellensiek)

November 6, 2020 - November 7, 2020, starting at 8:30 am MST

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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