Volunteers are at the core of Lamaze International and there are many ways to be involved with promoting safe and healthy birth. Volunteer involvement will allow you to gain different forms of experience and can take as little or as much time as you have available. Your expertise, experience and leadership skills are an invaluable resource!
Board of Directors – Call for Applications
The Search Committee is currently seeking qualified, active, visionary leaders among our Lamaze members for election to the Lamaze International Board of Directors. Lamaze is your organization and your involvement is critical! If you feel passionate about the Lamaze mission to promote natural, safe and healthy birth, and are willing to volunteer your expertise and leadership skills, we strongly encourage you apply for consideration as a candidate for the Board of Directors. You are also encouraged to recommend respected colleagues. Interested candidates will need to submit the Board Candidate Questionnaire and other requested information by March 24, 2014.
If you have any questions or a candidate recommendation, please contact the Lamaze Administrative Office at email@example.com or at 202-367-1244.
Education Council Positions
The Education Council has recently been restructured to better align with strategic priorities and is seeking to fill a key position. We are seeking interested volunteers to serve as the Parent Education Committee Chair and as a member of the Education Council Governing Body, and members who would like to serve on one of the committees. Review the Education Council Policy for more information on the committees and qualifications. Interested members are invited to complete the Volunteer Interest Form and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A new Accreditation Council has been established as an independent accreditation function separate from the Education and Certification Councils. The Accreditation Council is charged with setting standards, guidelines and policy for the accreditation of Lamaze Childbirth Education Programs and to review and approve other childbirth educator courses and continuing education that prepare students for Lamaze certification or recertification. The Council is actively seeking volunteers a diverse representation of roles and work settings with interest and knowledge related to supporting Lamaze accreditation activities. Review the Accreditation Council Policy for more information or contact email@example.com with questions.
Social Media Networkers
Do you Twitter, Facebook or blog? Consider sharing some of your online time with Lamaze. We’re looking for help with regular updates to our Facebook Fan Page, increased tweets on our Twitter account and blog writers for our upcoming new consumer blog. Contact Tim Hendrickson at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out!
Lamaze also is searching for volunteers to translate our care practice papers and earn alternate credit toward recertification! The English versions were updated in 2009 and we are now seeking to update the Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Czech and Romanian versions. The Lamaze care practice papers are invaluable resources for expectant parents around the world—we would love to be able to offer them in many more languages. If you are fluent in a different language and would like to volunteer to translate, contact Jeanne Mendelson at email@example.com.
Contribute to Inside Childbirth Education
Lamaze is seeking content contributors for the monthly issues of Inside Childbirth Education, now with more targeted content, delivered in a new, more timely and user-friendly format. One issues per year will be “summary” issues that will reach both member and non-member audiences to update all Lamaze supporters on the latest research, educational opportunities, discussions in the news and general activities. Writing for Inside Childbirth Education is your chance to reach thousands of colleagues in the birth community with your tips and success stories!
If you would like to make a contribution to the next issue of Inside Childbirth Education, read more about Lamaze publications online. Please send submissions of 100 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certification Exam Item Writing
LCCE Educators interested in contributing to the exam writing process are welcome to submit items to the Certification Council for review. Educators who submit 10 questions can earn up to 10 alternate credit hours toward their recertification upon approval of submissions. Download printer-friendly instructions and the Item Writing Submission Form to get started. Submit your questions today!