1. What is a CCE?
    Certified Childbirth Educator
  2. What is the role of a CCE?
    Most importantly, the childbirth educator is a teacher and facilitator of accurate, factual information to prepare the expectant family for labor and birth. In this way, she provides options in childbirth that eventually lead to informed decision- making. Additionally, she serves as a consumer advocate, change agent, and a consultant. The educator plays a big role in the collaborative process of preparation for birth and parenting that may, ultimately help to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.
  3. Do I have to be certified to work as a childbirth educator?
    Many facilities now require their childbirth educators to be certified. However, if you are an independent contractor, not employed by a facility, and working privately, it is both your own personal and professional decision to become certified.
  4. Why should I become certified?
    Achieving certification shows a commitment towards advanced studies in a specialty field and an increased level of credibility to the consumer.
  5. What are the prerequisites for enrollment in this program?
    Licensed healthcare professional (i.e., RN, LPN, PT, etc.)
    Previous experience in maternal infant health field or childbirth education a plus,but not necessary.
  6. How long is the program?
    It is a comprehensive 2 ½ day course that builds on the educational and experiential background of each professional healthcare participant. The interactive sessions benefit both the potential and experienced childbirth educator and provide ample opportunities to network and learn.
  7. What is the cost and what will I receive?
    The tuition is $400 for all three days and includes the course manual and all related educational materials, continental breakfast each day, the certification exam, and course completion certificate. There will also be opportunities to review and discuss various products to use in the start-up (or continuation) of your own (or your facility’s) childbirth education program.
  8. Will I receive continuing education credits upon completion of the course?
    Yes, the course is approved for 20.7 contact hours through Nursing Spectrum, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC); State of Florida Board of Nursing (provider no. FBN 2904); California Board of Registered Nursing (provider no. CEP 13213); and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN, provider no. 11050).
  9. When is the certification exam held?
    The exam is given on site on the third day of the course and includes the content discussed in class and in the manual. The tests are graded that day and reviewed with the participants prior to the end of the class.
  10. What are the requirements for certification as a childbirth educator?* Licensed healthcare professional
    * Observing/teaching a series of childbirth education classes
    * Attendance on all 3 days
    * Preparation for discussion of assigned topics
    * Successful completion of exam with a minimum score of 80%
  11. Why should I observe a series of childbirth education classes?
    Part of the process of becoming a childbirth educator involves learning and implementing the principles of adult learning theory and group process. By attending these classes, you will observe various learning styles, group interactions, teaching strategies, and icebreakers. This will be helpful to you as we discuss teaching and learning methodologies adolescent during the certification course.
  12. What is the assignment?
    Following registration for the course, a confirmation letter will be sent to you that identifies the specific requirements for certification. The assignment involves research into topics that will address the issues of educating both adult and child learners and various teaching methodologies.
  13. Who is the certifying body?
    Participants are certified through Healthy Dimensions, the organization that develops and implements the course. This program is based on the Standards & Guidelines for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns developed by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses. Specifically; this includes the Guidelines for Health Education in Perinatal and Newborn Nursing, Guidelines for Planning Family – Centered Care to meet the needs of the Mother and Baby, and the Guidelines for Breastfeeding Support.
    The use of these guidelines enhances the implementation of evidence-based practice as a foundation for the professional practice of the childbirth educator. The program also supports the principles underlying the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) in regards to their model of maternity care.
  14. What are the requirements for recertification?
    Submission of 18 contact hours every three years in the area of perinatal nursing, childbirth education, and/or education, or completion of an educational packet equivalent to 18 contact hours.