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About the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Credential

For nearly 50 years, Lamaze International has been the leading provider of childbirth certification education programs that teach healthy birth practices and prepare educators to teach with skill and confidence. Certification by Lamaze International is the most respected and recognized credential in childbirth education certification. Your support should come from a childbirth educator program that continues to help you grow even after you’ve earned your certification.

The LCCE Credential: Internationally Recognized and Respected

Some childbirth educator certifications are only known in a single country—but 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.

The Only Childbirth Education Certification Accredited by the NCCA

The Lamaze childbirth education certification is the single childbirth educator program that has passed rigorous standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The program has been designed to meet the highest professional standards, with quality offerings that will help you develop as a skilled, trusted LCCE.

The Lamaze Competencies

The Lamaze Competencies represent a comprehensive set of values and skills that LCCEs foster and perform as childbirth educators.

Competency 1: Promotes the childbearing experience as a normal, natural, and healthy process which profoundly affects women and their families.

Competency 2: Assists women and their families to discover and to use strategies to facilitate normal, natural, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. 

Competency 3: Helps women and their families to understand how complications and interventions influence the normal course of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early postpartum.

Competency 4: Provides information and support that encourages attachment between babies and their families. 

Competency 5: Assists women and their families to make informed decisions for childbearing.

Competency 6: Acts as an advocate to promote, support, and protect natural, safe and healthy birth.

Competency 7: Designs, teaches, and evaluates a course in Lamaze preparation that increases a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth.