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Education: Standards of Practice for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators

Standards for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators
(LCCE educators)

The Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE educator) will:

Guidelines for Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes

Lamaze International encourages Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators to offer childbirth education in a variety of formats throughout the childbearing year that meet the specific needs of the community or group the educator is serving. This may include a series of classes with one group of students, several independent classes, or one-to-one teaching. Classes may be in-person or online. An educational offering may be identified as a “Lamaze” session, class, or class series if it meets the requirements below:

  • it is presented by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator,
  • it is consistent with the mission, vision, and fundamentals of Lamaze International,
  • it promotes the Six Healthy Birth Practices identified by Lamaze International,
  • it includes interaction between students and the educator,
  • it promotes shared decision-making,
  • it incorporates evidence-based information,
  • it utilizes strategies to incorporate the cultural values and beliefs of the participants,
  • the educator facilitates groups of no more than 12 pregnant women and their support teams. Four to eight pregnant women with their support teams is considered an ideal class size.

Lamaze International recommends that first-time parents receive a minimum of 12 hours of instruction in order to adequately address the topics included above.


    Approved: November 2015