Thinking about becoming a childbirth educator?
Let us answer your questions AND things you never thought to ask!
Question: How much money can I make working as a childbirth educator?
Like anything in life, the amount of effort you put out is the amount of benefit you’ll get in return! But being a childbirth educator isn’t typically a full-time job.
Question: What job opportunities are there after I complete my Lamaze certification?
This varies in each area, but there are generally three main ways to work as a childbirth educator:
1. Work on your own by running your own private classes
2. Work with a collective or agency who can help fill your classes
3. Teach for a hospital or clinic for an hourly rate.
Question: How long is the Lamaze program?
The length of time it will take you to become a Lamaze Educator can range from a few months to a year or two, depending on how you decide to work through the program. There are a few things to consider: 1-What Pathway will you be on? And 2-Which Program will you choose to complete your preparation for the exam?
Question:How do I become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
You need to satisfy the requirements of your Pathway to be able to apply to write the Lamaze exam. Lamaze Certification is achieved by passing the Lamaze International Certification Exam, which is offered twice a year (April & October). Download the Lamaze Certification Brochure from http://www.lamazeinternational.org
Question: What are the different Lamaze Pathways?
Lamaze has several Pathways to help you determine what you need to do to become a Lamaze Educator. It can be a bit confusing, but basically they are summarized as 1-New to the Childbirth Education field (this includes doulas) 2-Experienced Childbirth Educators, or 3-Midwives and Midwifery students. Check here for the full list of requirements and options.
Question: What is the Lamaze Program required reading?
The Lamaze Study Guide is the Core Curriculum used in the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program. It must be purchased directly through the Lamaze International Website. Currently the Study Guide is available as an online resource, however, once purchased it can be printed for personal use. Click here to purchase your Study Guide
In addition to purchasing the Lamaze Study Guide, we recommend reading the following books prior to attending the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar:
- The Official Lamaze Guide- Giving Birth with Confidence Lothian, Judith & DeVries, Charlotte (2010, second edition) New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn Simkin, Bolding, Keppler, Durham & Whalley (2010, fourth edition) New York ,NY: Meadowbrook Press
As well as a comprehensive, basic book on breastfeeding, some examples are listed below:
- Gaskin, Ina May. (2009). Ina May's guide to breastfeeding (279 pages). New York, NY: Bantam Books.
- Huggins, Kathleen. (2010). The nursing mother's companion (368 pages). Boston, MA: Harvard Common Press.
- Keegan, Laura. (2008). Breastfeeding with comfort and joy – A Photographic guide for mom and those who help her. (139 pages). One World Press. For ordering information, see www.lifeforcefamilyhealth.com.
- La Leche League.(2010).Womanly art of breastfeeding (576 pages). New York, NY: Ballantine Books.
- Mohrbacher, N. & Kendall-Tacket, K. (2010). Breastfeeding made simple (352 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
- Spangler, Amy. (2010). Breastfeeding – A parent's guide. Atlanta, GA: Amy Spangler.
- Weiss, Robin. (2010). The better way to breastfeed. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press.
Question: What’s it like to work as a LCCE?
We get asked this question all the time, but it’s a tough question for us to answer!!
Working as a childbirth educator has many different paths, like any career. But here are some of the things you might want to consider as you’re deciding if this is the right path for you:
• Do you love to support women and families in their OWN choices and decisions?
• How much money do you want/need to make from being a childbirth educator?
• Can you handle working many evenings and weekends?
• Do you work well with others and can you see yourself working alongside a variety of other medical professionals?
• What is your motivation for wanting to become a childbirth educator?
• What are your long-term plans in the field?
Working as a childbirth educator can be a wonderful rewarding experience, but it is also a responsibility. Parents trust their childbirth educator to provide current evidence-based information upon which they will base their own decisions. It’s an important job.
If you are thinking this is the right path for you then we encourage you to come to our workshop! If you feel passionate about helping to educate women and their families then this could be your next dream job!
Question: What is your cancellation policy?
Self-Directed Program: Cancellations available 30 days or more before workshop start date minus a $40 handling fee. No refunds will be made within 30 days of the workshop, however registrants may apply the fee towards a future workshop held by the Canadian Institute of Childbirth Educators. Cancellations within one week of class must pay a $50 administration fee to rebook and apply fee towards another workshop.
Group Program: Cancellations available up to 14 days prior to program start date minus a $40 handling fee. No refunds will be made after this time, but students will be able to register in a future session within the 2 years.
Question: Can I bring my nursing baby?
Breaks will occur in the AM and PM for 15 minutes and about an hour over the lunch hour. You may use these times to meet with your family, to nurse a baby, etc. Quiet babies in arms (usually under 3-4 months old) are welcome to be with you during the workshop, but we ask that you excuse yourself if baby is making noise (happy or otherwise). Childcare is not provided and older babies are not permitted in order to allow for an ideal learning environment for all participants.