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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.


Learn more about the competencies with these resources: 

Lamaze Exam Blueprint

The Lamaze Exam Blueprint contains valuable information on the competencies assessed on the certification exam as well as their respective weights. Click here to download the blueprint.

Exam Prep Course

If you are preparing for the Lamaze Certification Exam, the online Exam Prep Course allows you to practice your test taking skills and try your hand at several questions similar to the ones you may find on the Lamaze exam. It also provides information regarding the seven competencies, how the exam is constructed, and helpful tips on how to study for the exam.