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.

Certification Course 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 Course ( For students who take an In-person or Virtual training )

Course Fees*

This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training class. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person classes are now available virtually!

Training Class $450.00 and up
Annual Membership $75.00
CAPPA Academy $175.00
Childbirth Educator Booklet Bundle $65.00
Starting Total Cost** $765.00 and up, not including cost of books
**Additional fees may apply, such as extensions, resubmissions, or rush result fees.
*All fees listed in USD.

Course Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Attend a CAPPA Childbirth Educator training class.
  • Read selected books from the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Required Reading List.
  • Read the CAPPA Labor Doula Training Manual (received at training).
  • Complete all requirements below within 2 years of the training class.
  • Become a Member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Traditional Course in CAPPA Academy and complete the items below.
    • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest. A 100% passing grade is required.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Birth Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Breastfeeding Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Mother & New Baby Care Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Student teach or submit a video of (1) 30-minute lesson OR (2) 15-minute lessons.  Hand in a detailed outline and curriculum for the presentations taught.
    • 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. A guide for creating this list is found in CAPPA Academy.
    • Sign and agree to the following:
      • Code of Conduct
      • Social Media Policy
      • Grievance Policy
      • CAPPA Mission
      • CAPPA Approach
      • CAPPA Vision
      • Scope of Practice
    • Pass the multiple-choice exam. A passing grade is 85% or higher. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
    • Pass the essay exam. The essay exam is graded on a pass-fail basis. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Last Updated 9/18/2020

Upcoming Training

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (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

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Julie Brill)

November 7, 2020 - November 15, 2020, starting at 12:00 pm EST

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Laura Speece)

November 13, 2020 - November 14, 2020, starting at 9:00 am EST

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Debbie Hull)

November 14, 2020 - November 15, 2020, starting at 8:30 am CST

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Amy Li)

November 17, 2020 - December 15, 2020, starting at 5:00 pm EST

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Christy Jo Hendricks)

December 17, 2020 - December 18, 2020, starting at 8:00 am PST

Childbirth Educator Training – Charlotte, NC (Laura Speece)

January 22, 2021 - January 23, 2021, starting at 8:30 am EST

Childbirth Educator Training -LIVE ONLINE (Julie Brill)

February 23, 2021 - February 26, 2021, starting at 12:00 pm EST

Childbirth Educator Training – LIVE ONLINE (Gwynne Knap)

February 25, 2021 - February 26, 2021, starting at 8:30 am EST

Online Distance Learning Course

Course Fees*

This course is designed for students who cannot attend a training.

Annual Membership $75.00
CAPPA Academy
(Students receive a hard copy of the Childbirth Educator Manual and 3 Scope of Practice cards.)
$600.00
Childbirth Educator Booklets Bundle $65.00
Starting Total Cost** $740.00 and up, not including cost of books
**Additional fees may apply, such as extensions, resubmissions, or rush result fees.
*All fees listed in USD.

Course Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Read selected books from the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Required Reading List.
  • Become a Member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Online/Distance Course in CAPPA Academy.
    • Complete all requirements below within 2 years of enrollment.
    • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Training Manual (mailed to students).
    • Watch all video/audio course content within CAPPA Academy.
    • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest. A 100% passing grade is required.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Birth Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Breastfeeding Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Mother & New Baby Care Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Student teach or submit a video of (1) 30-minute lesson OR (2) 15-minute lessons. Hand in a detailed outline and curriculum for the presentations taught.
    • 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. A guide for creating this list is found in CAPPA Academy.
    • Sign and agree to the following:
      • Code of Conduct
      • Social Media Policy
      • Grievance Policy
      • CAPPA Mission
      • CAPPA Approach
      • CAPPA Vision
      • Scope of Practice
    • Pass the multiple-choice exam. A passing grade is 85% or higher. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
    • Pass the essay exam. The essay exam is graded on a pass-fail basis. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Last Updated 9/18/2020

Dual/Transfer Course

Course Fees*

This course is designed for students who have already been certified or have trained with ICEA or Lamaze. (Email info@cappa.net with documentation of previous training or certification.)

Annual Membership $75.00
CAPPA Academy
(Students receive a hard copy of the Labor Doula Manual and 3 Labor Doula Scope of Practice cards.)
$225.00
Understanding Birth Booklet $25.00
Starting Total Cost** $325.00 and up, not including cost of books
**Additional fees may apply, such as extensions, resubmissions, or rush result fees.
*All fees listed in USD.

Course Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Read selected books from the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Required Reading List.
  • Become a Member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Dual/Transfer Course in CAPPA Academy.
    • Complete all requirements below within 1 year of enrollment.
    • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Training Manual (mailed to students).
    • Watch all video/audio course content within CAPPA Academy.
    • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest. A 100% passing grade is required.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Birth Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Student teach or submit a video of (1) 30-minute lesson OR (2) 15-minute lessons. Hand in a detailed outline and curriculum for the presentations taught.
    • Create a Resource List with information on local support for parents. A guide for creating this list is found in CAPPA Academy.
    • Sign and agree to the following:
      • Code of Conduct
      • Social Media Policy
      • Grievance Policy
      • CAPPA Mission
      • CAPPA Approach
      • CAPPA Vision
      • Scope of Practice
    • Pass the multiple-choice exam. A passing grade is 85% or higher. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
    • Pass the essay exam. The essay exam is graded on a pass-fail basis. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Last Updated 9/18/2020

Accelerated Course

Course Fees*

This course is designed for students who are:

  • an RN, CPM, or chiropractor with at least 1 year clinical experience
  • or 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.

Training Class $450.00 and up
Annual Membership $75.00
CAPPA Academy $175.00
Understanding Birth Booklet $25.00
Starting Total Cost** $725.00 and up, not including cost of books
**Additional fees may apply, such as extensions, resubmissions, or rush result fees.
*All fees listed in USD.

Course Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Attend a CAPPA Childbirth Educator training class.
  • Read selected books from the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Required Reading List.
  • Read the CAPPA Labor Doula Training Manual (received at training).
  • Complete all requirements below within 1 year of the training class.
  • Become a Member of CAPPA.
  • Enroll in the Childbirth Educator Accelerated Course in CAPPA Academy and complete the items below.
    • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest. A 100% passing grade is required.
    • Read and watch the video clips from the Understanding Birth Booklet. Download and complete the assignment from CAPPA Academy.
    • Complete a total of 1 student teaching hours with a certified instructor. 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 found in CAPPA Academy.
    • Sign and agree to the following:
      • Code of Conduct
      • Social Media Policy
      • Grievance Policy
      • CAPPA Mission
      • CAPPA Approach
      • CAPPA Vision
      • Scope of Practice
    • Pass the multiple-choice exam. A passing grade is 85% or higher. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
    • Pass the essay exam. The essay exam is graded on a pass-fail basis. If a student does fail an exam, resubmission fees may apply.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Last Updated 9/18/2020

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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