Certified New Parent Educator (CNPE)

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

How CAPPA New Parent Educators work with families

New Parent Educators work with families during pregnancy and postpartum; offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed. New Parent 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 New Parent Educators work within the healthcare system

New Parent Educators are educators, not clinicians. They therefore work with the healthcare system by encouraging and promoting excellent communication between the new family and the health care team, encouraging informed decision making and self-advocacy, supporting the choices of the new family, providing non-clinical care, and offering appropriate referrals when their observance uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.

Clinical Limitations of CAPPA New Parent Educators

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

CAPPA does not train its certified professionals to prescribe, perform, or provide complementary/alternative therapies including, but not limited to, essential oils, placenta medicine, herbal treatments, etc. CAPPA professionals do not prescribe, perform, or provide alternative/complementary therapies as part of their role as a CAPPA certified professional. Those who are trained, certified, licensed, or a recipient of a degree in these therapies are required to present these services as separate from their role as a CAPPA certified professional.

CAPPA Standards

CAPPA New Parent 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 New Parent 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 New Parent Educators:

  • Offer non-biased newborn and postpartum information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to families
  • Educate on newborn and postpartum care 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 the new family as they explore their values and needs surrounding the newborn and postpartum period
  • Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs
  • Provide education and support to all members of the new family
  • Provide culturally sensitive 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 care team

The CAPPA New Parent Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:

  • Diagnose medical conditions
  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
  • 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

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Complete the steps for certification within two (2) years from your in-person training class.
  • Read the CAPPA New Parent Educator Manual and at least (9) nine additional books from the Required Reading list.
  • Complete and submit a local resource list.
  • Order, read book and complete all online content from the Understanding Your Newborn Booklet. Must be purchased from CAPPA, proof of purchase is required.
  • Order, read book and complete all online content from the Understanding Breastfeeding Booklet. Must be purchased from CAPPA, proof of purchase is required.
  • Order, read book and complete all online content from the Understanding Mother & Baby Care Booklet. Must be purchased from CAPPA, proof of purchase is required.
  • Student teach a minimum of one (1) hour with an approved instructor (CAPPA, LAMAZE, ICEA) OR video tape yourself teaching a class for one hour.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a certified childbirth educator, certified labor doula, midwife, OB, pediatrician, certified lactation consultant, certified lactation educator or certified postpartum doula.
  • Complete the module assessment form.
  • Pass the Scope of Practice Pretest. A score of 100% is required.
  • Pass the multiple-choice exam within CAPPA Academy. An 85% or higher is considered passing.
  • Pass the essay exam within CAPPA Academy. This portion is pass/fail.
  • Read, agree to, and sign all CAPPA Policies and Philosophy Statements.  (Including, but not limited to:  Code of Conduct, CAPPA New Parent Educator Scope of Practice, CAPPA Vision, CAPPA Mission, CAPPA Approach, Grievance Policy, etc.)

The CNPE training program is designed to train and certify professionals to work with with families during pregnancy and the postpartum period, offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed.  New Parent 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.

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

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