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    Choose Your Pathway to Lamaze Childbirth Educator Certification

    Lamaze offers three pathways toward Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) certification, based on your level of experience.

    Each pathway helps you gain the training and skills you need. To achieve your childbirth education certification, you must complete a pathway and pass the Certification Exam.

    Which Pathway is Right For Me?

    Unsure of which pathway to choose? Use the Lamaze Pathway Wizard for guidance.

    LCCE Pathway Wizard

    Pathway 1: New to the Childbirth Education Field

    If you’re new to the field, you have two options to develop your skills and prepare to take the Certification Exam. 

    Choose one of the following two options:

    Option 1:

    1. Self-study with the Lamaze Study Guide;
    2. Complete a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar (You must take the exam within three years of completing the Seminar);
    3. Complete and document childbirth education practice teaching with a mentor or observer. Practice teaching can include time approved by a Lamaze Program Director or another childbirth educator mentor.

    Option 2:

    1. Complete a formal course on teaching childbirth education; See below for a list of accepted formal courses.* 
    2. Complete 25 contact hours of continuing education in addition to the formal course. Continuing education must have been completed within the last three years and must relate directly to the Lamaze Childbirth Educator competencies; OR complete the four Lamaze Learning Modules;
    3. Complete and document childbirth education practice teaching with a mentor or observer. Practice teaching can include time approved by a Lamaze Program Director or another childbirth education mentor.  

    Pathway 2: Experienced Childbirth Educators

    If you’re an experienced childbirth educator, you can take the Lamaze Certification Exam if you:

    1. Are a licensed health professional (RN, PT, MD); OR hold a bachelor’s degree or higher; OR complete a formal course on teaching childbirth education; See below for a list of accepted formal courses.* 
    2. Complete 25 contact hours of continuing education within the past three years. Continuing education must have been completed within the last three years and must relate directly to the Lamaze Childbirth Educator competencies; OR complete the four Lamaze Learning Modules; OR complete a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar ;
    3. Show that you’ve completed 60 hours of formal childbirth education teaching experience within the past three years. Childbirth education teaching may include pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, sibling and postpartum classes.

    Pathway 3: Midwives or Midwifery Student

    If you’re a midwife or a midwifery student, you have two options that will prepare you to take the Lamaze Certification Exam:

    Choose one of the following two options:

    Option 1:

    1. Complete the Lamaze Fast Track for Midwives Seminar OR a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar. 

    Option 2:

    1. Complete a formal course on teaching childbirth education; See below for a list of accepted formal courses.* 
    2. Complete 25 contact hours of continuing education. Continuing education must have been completed within the last three years, be in addition to the formal course and directly relate to the Lamaze Childbirth Educator competencies; OR complete the four Lamaze Learning Modules.

    Helpful Tips:

    The Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminars are worth 20 contact hours of continuing education. Find a seminar near you.

    You can also earn contact hours through other Lamaze offerings (such as webinars, JPE homestudies, Lamaze Annual Conferences), or through approved providers of continuing education.

    Lamaze Childbirth Educator Competencies:

    • 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.

    Accepted Formal Courses*

    *Other formal courses may be accepted on an individual basis; contact the Lamaze Administrative Office. 









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