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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 fostering healthy birth practices and preparing educators to teach with skill and confidence. Certification by Lamaze International is the most respected and recognized credential in childbirth education certification.

Keep reading to learn more about what makes Lamaze unique.

The Lamaze Competencies

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

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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.

The Only Childbirth Education Certification Accredited by the NCCA

NCCA Seal.jpgThe Lamaze childbirth education certification is the only childbirth educator program that has passed the 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.

As of the April 2017 LCCE Exam administration, there are currently 2,054 Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. This number changes throughout the year as educators recertify and each new exam is administered. Educators currently practicing and those who have opted to share their information publicly can be found through the find an educator tool. 

The LCCE Credential: Internationally Recognized and Respected

Some childbirth educator certifications are only known in a single country – the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) credential is recognized everywhere, because our LCCE educators practice all over the world. Whether you are an educator in the United States, Mexico, Kenya, or Romania, the LCCE credential is widely seen as the mark of a competent, highly qualified childbirth educator.