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Childbirth Educator

Does giving birth seem like equal parts exciting and mysterious? Not sure what to do once you start feeling contractions? Consider looking into a childbirth educator to prepare you for the new adventure ahead!

A childbirth educator is a certified teacher who helps educate families on the labor and birthing process as well as the transition into parenthood. According to the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), a childbirth educator “facilitates expectant parents’ mental and physical preparation for pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood.”

Childbirth Educator

Types of Support

Physical support

  • Teach relaxation and breathing techniques for use during labor
  • Demonstrate comfort measures that can be used to ease contraction pain

Emotional Support

  • Helps parents develop realistic goals for pregnancy, birth, and parenthood
  • Addresses fears and concerns the parents may hold and offers tools to help them cope
  • Affirms parents in their transition into parenthood

Informational & Advocacy support

  • Conduct seminars and classes relating to pregnancy and childbirth
  • Make parents aware of their choices surrounding the birth of their child, such as:
    • Creating a birth plan (and what to include)
    • Choosing your pain management techniques 
    • Utilizing the shower or bathtub in the hospital room
    • Changing positions during labor
  • Teaches mothers / parents how to advocate for themselves with their healthcare team such as:
    • Delaying a non-emergency C-section
    • Asking for or denying pain management techniques like an epidural
    • Delaying cord clamping 
  • Encourages parents to be an active participant in their and their child’s medical decisions
  • Provides evidence-based information related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
  • Offers resources and referrals for parents

During Pregnancy

A childbirth educator teaches informational classes for expectant parents that are focused on specifically helping prepare them for labor. She also equips mothers to make decisions for themselves and their birth experience.

Childbirth Educator FAQsYou’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

Are childbirth educators certified?

Yes! Childbirth educators are trained and certified. There are many organizations that certify and qualifications vary by state. A few highly regarded organizations are as follows:

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

Lamaze International

The Bradley Method

Where do childbirth educators teach?

There are a number of places to find qualified childbirth educators. They hold classes at public clinics, hospitals, community centers, and birth facilities.

Can a childbirth educator diagnose or treat symptoms I’m having?

No. A childbirth educator cannot provide medical advice, but they can (and will!) offer a host of resources to address your concerns.

When should I take classes from a childbirth educator?

We recommend taking classes when you’re 6-7 months pregnant, but they can be taken anytime before you give birth. Some childbirth educators offer a series of 2-3 hour classes over the course of a couple months while others offer them as weekend “power” classes, condensing all of the information into 2-3 weekend days.

How much does a childbirth educator cost?

The cost of classes varies. You can expect most classes to cost $60-$100 (per class per person.) This can be a great way to involve your partner in the process! Consider your class a “date night” and grab a meal afterwards; it’s a great way to connect and begin to communicate what you’ve learned, what you’re excited about, and how you want to parent together. 

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