Advocacy and collaboration have long been strategic priorities for Lamaze International. This committee has been established to focus on advocating for safe and healthy birth practices through access to evidence-based childbirth education for all expecting parents on local, national and international levels. The Advocacy and Collaboration Committee replaces the former Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth.
The president shall appoint the chair of the committee from among the members of Lamaze International who are not serving on the Board of Directors. The chair shall select committee members from among the Lamaze membership. The committee will have five to seven members. Committee members will serve a three-year term with a limit of two consecutive terms, unless otherwise specified in the Bylaws or by the Board.
The committee chair shall meet the following qualifications:
Committee members shall meet the following qualifications:
Responsibilities of the chair include:
The committee priorities will focus on strategic priorities as directed by the Board, including:
Drafted: April 2019
Diversity and inclusion are strategic priorities for Lamaze International. To focus on the important work of improving inclusion, access and equity the Diversity + Outreach Committee was developed and replaces the former Membership Engagement Committee. Lamaze International is committed to doing something meaningful and transformative with community-led action and leadership with the goal of building a diverse Lamaze membership that is a reflection of the communities we wish to serve.
Responsibilities of the committee chair include:
The committee will meet at least six times a year and will focus on strategic priorities as directed by the Board, including:
The Bylaws of Lamaze International authorizes the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board of Directors is not in session.
The Executive Committee usually is restricted in its scope to act only to the extent that it knows how the Board of Directors would act on any given topic. If the Executive Committee does not know how the Board would act or if it is unsure, then the matter under consideration would be deferred to the Board of Directors. In unusual cases, usually due to the time constraints, the Executive Committee may act on a matter when the Board’s position is not clear.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Elective Officers (President, President Elect, Past President and Secretary-Treasurer), one Elected Director who has served at least two (2) years on the Board of Directors, and the Executive Director/CEO, who serves ex-officio without vote. The Elected Director member of the Executive Committee is appointed by the President for a term of one year. The Executive Committee shall act for the Board of Directors in the interim between meetings of the Board by a three-fifths vote and as provided by the Bylaws and in accordance with Lamaze policies. The President serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.
Meeting Notice and Voting
Approved: August 2012
The role of the Conference Committee is to develop the theme and objectives for the conference, offer subject matter expertise in planning the educational content, and work with staff to plan and facilitate a conference program that meets Lamaze International strategic priorities and the professional development needs of members and maternal/child health professionals.
The main goal of the conference is to address the professional needs of Lamaze members and LCCE educators by:
Conference Committee Chair
The Chair of the Conference Committee is appointed for a one-year term by the President of Lamaze International with a recommendation from the Search Committee. The Chair may serve for a maximum of three consecutive terms.
The Conference Chair is responsible for leadership and general oversight, including:
Conference Committee Members
The Conference Committee is comprised of up to six members who bring a balance of expertise from the Education Council, AP Unit, Local Committee and a range of subject matter experts. The Chair of the Continuing Education Committee and the lead nurse planner will serve as members of the Conference Committee by way of their appointed positions. Up to three other members of the Conference Committee are appointed by the Chair of the Conference Committee for a one-year term and may be reappointed for a maximum of three consecutive terms. The President, or another officer of the Board, will serve as an ex-officio member on the Conference Committee.
The responsibilities of the Conference Committee are to:
Abstract Review Task Force Members
Members of the Abstract Review Task Force are appointed by the Chair of the Conference Committee with input from the committee and staff. The task force should have a balance of subject matter expert for each session topic category. Appointments are for one year and may be reappointed.
The Abstract Review Task Force is responsible for reviewing the speaker abstracts through the online abstract tool in their respective topic category.
Local Conference Committee Chair
The Chair of the Local Conference Committee is appointed for a one-year term by the Conference Committee Chair.
Local Conference Committee Members
Members of the Local Conference Committee are appointed by the Local Conference Committee Chair. Appointments are for one year.
Committee or tasks force members are not authorized to enter into any contracts or agreements on behalf of Lamaze International. All auxiliary programs offered in connection with the conference must have Lamaze International Conference Committee approval.
Updated: March 2002; September 2010; April 2016
Lamaze International has complete responsibility for the content, scientific control and editorial policy of The Journal of Perinatal Education. To discharge this responsibility, Lamaze International will appoint an Editor to carry out its publication in accordance with this policy.
The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE) the official journal of Lamaze International is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose mission is to protect, support, and protect, natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.
Articles will focus on issues, educational topics, clinical practice and research related to childbirth and perinatal education. In addition to articles on these subjects, JPE will include home study modules, book reviews, abstracts with commentaries, critiques from other journals, etc. Articles and items that will advance the Lamaze International mission should be given preference. The editorial policy and content of JPE shall reflect at all times the image and reputation of Lamaze International and shall be consistent with the principles adopted by Lamaze International to accomplish its mission. All advertisements accepted for publication in the JPE must adhere to Lamaze International advertising standards.
The appointment and removal of the Editor is the responsibility of the Lamaze International President in consultation with the Board of Directors.
When a vacancy in the Editor position occurs, a call for applications will be published to seek interested candidates. The President will appoint an Editor Search Task Force in consultation with the Executive Committee. Candidates for the Editor may be recommended or nominated by the outgoing Editor or members of the Board of Directors or they may nominate themselves. A curriculum vitae and a statement summarizing qualifications will be reviewed by an Editor Search Task Force who will present their recommendations to the President for final approval.
The Board of Directors may remove the Editor for due cause by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board. Causes for removal of the Editor shall include, but not be limited to, failure to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the position.
Editor: Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
The term of appointment for the Editor members is for three (3) years and may be renewed for additional three (3) year terms.
The Editor shall be paid an annual editorial stipend for preparing quarterly issues of the Journal for publication.
Editor: General Responsibilities
The Editor of JPE is directly accountable to the Lamaze International Board of Directors. The Editor is responsible for all aspects of preparing the content of JPE for publication. These specific responsibilities include:
Editorial Board: Composition
The Editorial Board shall be comprised of the Editor, Associate Editor and up to 12 members who are experts in the field of perinatal education. Editorial Board members and Associate Editors may be appointed at the discretion of the Editor. In addition, Editorial Board members may be appointed to serve as Contributing Columnists of the JPE.
Editorial Board: Eligibility Criteria
Editorial Board: Responsibilities
Members of the Editorial Board are directly accountable to the Editor of JPE. The responsibilities of Editorial Board members are as follows:
Editorial Board: Term
The term of appointment for Editorial Board members is for three (3) years and may be renewed for additional three (3) year terms. Editorial Board member terms will be staggered.
An Associate Editor(s) may be appointed by the Editor to serve, to assist in carrying out editorial responsibilities and making recommendations regarding the content of JPE.
Contributing Columnists may be appointed by the Editor to serve, on a voluntary basis, to write a column for specified issues of JPE.
Manuscript reviewers will be selected by the Editor to review, on a voluntary basis, a specific manuscript in their particular area of expertise. The reviewers do not have to be members of the JPE Editorial Board or Lamaze International.
Adopted: October 14, 1994
Revised: March 2006
Revised: October 2012
To recruit and certify that candidates nominated for service on the Lamaze International Board of Directors are duly qualified by virtue of desire, background and membership in good standing of Lamaze International.
The Search Committee shall consist of five members: the Past-President, an Elected Director, and three (3) members of Lamaze International not serving on the Board of Directors. The Past-President shall serve as the Chair of the Search Committee. Members of the Committee, other than the current Past-President, shall be appointed by the President. Any individual who is seeking election to the Board of Directors is not eligible to sit on the Search Committee and the Search Committee shall not select one of its members to be on the slate as a candidate for an Elected Director position. Each Committee member serves a term of one (1) year.
The committee shall:
Approved: April 2016
Committee Charter/Policy – Committees and councils will have a written charter/policy identifying their purpose, responsibilities, membership criteria and term of service. Task forces will have a charge from the board, council or committee that clearly spells out their purpose and project.
Members/Terms – The President is responsible for appointing committee chairs who then appoint members of their respective committees/councils. Chairs are responsible for annually reviewing member terms, mentoring new members and advising on future committee/council leadership. Committee/council members will each have a defined term of service terms, which will be reviewed on an annual basis in the last quarter of the calendar year to identify any terms that will be ending and to make plans for filling any vacancies. Members of committees shall serve a three-year term with a limit of two consecutive terms, unless otherwise specified in Lamaze Bylaws. Committee/council member lists will be posted on the Lamaze International website. Member terms will be posted in the committee/council’s online community and a part of the minutes/notes from meetings.
Role Descriptions and Guidelines Policy – This policy outlines the roles of various positions and groups related to decision-making authority, the body to whom recommendations will be made for consideration, and where there are expectation for input and monitoring.
Meetings – Committees/councils will set regular meeting/call times to keep communication and work flowing. Meeting/calls may range from twice a year, to quarterly or monthly, and some may only be on an as needed basis. The staff liaison to the committee will work with the chair to prepare the agenda for the committee/council meeting and will send that out to committee members at least three days in advance of the call/meeting.
Online Community – Each committee/council will have an online community to serve as a repository for meeting minutes, reports, committee rosters with terms, and other important documents for the work of the group.
Minutes/Notes – Minutes or informal notes will be taken on committee/council calls to track work progress and decisions or recommendations, and as a communication tool for those who may have missed the meeting/call.
Activities Consistent Strategic Plan – Committee/council initiatives must be tied to strategic priorities or key program initiatives and will be proposed to the board on an annual basis in conjunction with the budget planning process. There may also be mid-year exceptions presented for consideration.
Budget Planning – Each year the committee/council chair and staff liaison will discuss ongoing committee activities and proposed new initiatives tied to strategic priorities so that proper funding support can be built into the budget as part of the budget package for board approval.
Reporting – Committee/council chairs are responsible for contributing to the Lamaze annual report related to committee initiatives and accomplishments. Periodic meetings may occur with the Board of Directors in connection with the annual conference or by other means of communication during the year. The Strategic Initiative Scorecard is a compilation of organization wide strategic initiatives. It will be updated mid-year and year-end to serve as a cross-organization communication tool on activities and posted in the Member Reports section of the Lamaze International website.
Board/Staff Liaisons – Committees/councils will have a designated board and staff liaison to facilitate communication and implementation of committee initiatives.
Volunteer Orientation for Committee/Council Members – A volunteer orientation webinar will be hosted each year in the Jan/Feb timeframe for new members. The session will cover key policies such as Conflict of Interest, Code of Conduct, Intellectual Property, Roles and Responsibilities. New members will acknowledge they have read and understand the related policies by signing off on the orientation form.
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