The Lamaze Accreditation Council has been established as an independent decision-making body:
- To set standards, guidelines and policy for the accreditation of Lamaze Childbirth Education Programs and to recognize those childbirth education programs which meet or exceed the established standards;
- To grant formal approval to childbirth educator courses that contribute in part to the preparation of students who wish to enter the childbirth education profession, through a process of peer review;
- To grant formal approval to outside organizations seeking accreditation for offering Lamaze contact hours for an educational offering;
- To establish, maintain and promote communication with the Lamaze Education and Certification Councils, approved and accredited programs, programs seeking approval or accreditation, students enrolled in childbirth educator programs, prospective students seeking quality programs and organizations providing credentialing services for graduates of childbirth educator programs.
All Council policy decisions must be consistent with policies, budgetary and fiscal considerations established by the Board of Directors, and the philosophy, mission and goals of Lamaze International.
Governing Body Composition
The Accreditation Council Governing Body is composed of five to seven members. The Chair of the Accreditation Council is appointed by the President of the Lamaze International Board of Directors. Members of the Governing Body are proposed by the Chair of the Council and approved by the President of Lamaze International. It is the responsibility of the Governing Body to conduct business in their specialized area.
The Governing Body members will have a diverse representation of roles and work settings (i.e., independent educator, hospital or clinic, etc.) within the field. A single member may fulfill more than one of the roles identified. Composition of the Governing Body will strive to include the following representation of roles:
- LCCE educator engaged as faculty in higher education
- LCCE educator in active practice teaching childbirth classes
- LCCE educator initially certified within the past 3-5 years and a graduate of a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program
- LCCE educator initially certified 10-15 years and a graduate of a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program with extensive teaching experience
- An LCCE who was trained through another childbirth education training program
- Director of perinatal education in a hospital setting
The eligibility criteria shall include but not be limited to academic preparation, knowledge and experience in education, accreditation, the Lamaze organization. Members of the Accreditation Council shall be selected from the members of Lamaze International who demonstrate the required background and leadership qualities.
Accreditation Council Governing Body members are appointed for a three year term with a limit of two consecutive terms. Terms are based on the calendar year.
Position Description: Accreditation Council Chair
- Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
- Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of five years’ experience
- Knowledge of accreditation standards and practice
- Ability to lead and direct small groups
- Supervise and direct the affairs of the Accreditation Council and its committees in accordance with the established bylaws and policies
- Appoint committee chairs with the approval of the President; appoint Accreditation Council liaisons to other committees as needed
- Attend and preside at Accreditation Council Governing Body meetings; prepare agendas and approve minutes in collaboration with the Council staff liaison
- Make assignments for review of program accreditation applications, review annual program reports and student evaluations, and make recommendations for continuous improvement of program outcomes
- Oversee a grievance process for candidates who are unable to resolve grievances with their programs
- Oversee administration of accreditation process for outside organization applying for Lamaze contact hours for their educational offerings
- Facilitate communication with the Lamaze Education and Certification Councils, approved and accredited programs, programs seeking approval or accreditation, students enrolled in childbirth educator programs, prospective students seeking quality programs and organizations providing credentialing services for graduates of childbirth educator programs.
- Review the annual budget for Accreditation Council programs developed in collaboration with the staff liaison; present funding requests to the Lamaze Board of Directors
- Prepare a report of the Accreditation Council activities for the Lamaze International Annual Report and represent the Accreditation Council on all matters related to accreditation
- Attend Board of Directors meetings upon invitation to collaborate on items related to Accreditation Council activities
- Assume responsibilities as may be prescribed by the Accreditation Council Governing Body
- Prepare the next chair for the responsibilities of the position
Position Description: Accreditation Council Members
- Lamaze member who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
- Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience
- Knowledge of accreditation standards and practice
- Attend scheduled meetings of the Accreditation Council
- Assist chair in making recommendations regarding program accreditation standards and guidelines and evaluation
- Review program applications/reports as assigned by the Council Chair and submit application/report evaluation feedback in a timely manner
Approved: January 4, 2013