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The purpose the Education Council is to ensure that all childbearing women have access to Lamaze education through developing, implementing, and evaluating:
The composition of the Council is based upon supporting these primary functions. 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 Education Council Governing Body is composed of five voting members and serves as the leadership and decision-making body of the Education Council. The Education Council Chair serves as Chair of the Governing Body. The Chair of the Education Council is appointed by the President of the Lamaze International Board of Directors.
Members of the Governing Body include the Chairs of Continuing Education, Childbirth Educator Training and Resources, Parent Education, and an at-large LCCE educator. The Chair appointments are proposed by the Chair of the Council and approved by the President of Lamaze International.
The Certification Council Governing Body Chair will serve as an ex-officio, non-voting liaison to the Education Council Governing Body. The Approved Provider (AP) Unit Lead Nurse Planner attends Education Council Governing Body meetings and is responsible for coordinating consistency of processes and adherence to ANCC accreditation standards across all Lamaze education activities.
Education 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: Education Council Chair
Position Description: Childbirth Educator Training and Resources Chair
Position Description: Continuing Education Chair
Position Description: Parent Education Chair
Position Description: LCCE Member At-Large
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Standards for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators
The Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE educator) will:
Guidelines for Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes
Lamaze Childbirth Education classes are based on the principles of the Six Healthy Birth Practices. After completing a Lamaze class/class series, childbearing families will have increased confidence in their ability to give birth and be able to make confident and informed decisions throughout pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.
Lamaze International encourages Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators to offer childbirth education in a variety of formats throughout the childbearing year that meet the specific needs of the community or group the educator is serving. This may include a series of classes with one group of students, several independent classes, an all-day class, or one-to-one teaching. Classes may be in-person, online, or a blended combination.
An educational offering may be identified as a “Lamaze” session, class, or class series if it meets the requirements below:
Learning Outcome of a Lamaze Childbirth Class
Childbearing families will have increased confidence in their ability to give birth and be able to make confident and informed decisions throughout pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.
Essential Content of a Lamaze Childbirth Class
The list below details the absolute essential content educators will cover in a Lamaze Childbirth Class. This list does not include all possible content. Educators may include additional information and present content in a variety of ways; but at a minimum, they should cover all the essential content below.
Shared Decision-Making Skills
Six Healthy Birth Practices
Healthy Birth Practice #1 – Let Labor Begin on its Own
Physiologic Birth Process
Healthy Birth Practice #2: Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor
Healthy Birth Practice #3: Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support
Healthy Birth Practice #4: Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary
Healthy Birth Practice #5: Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back and follow Your Body’s Urges to Push
Healthy Birth Practice #6: Keep Your Baby with You - It’s Best for You, Your Baby and Breastfeeding
Approved: September 2018
The Continuing Education Committee of the Education Council is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality evidenced-based continuing education for childbirth educators, nurses and other health care professionals in order to ensure that all childbearing women have access to education that promotes safe and satisfying birth practices.
Continuing Education Chair
The Continuing Education Chair is appointed for a three-year term with a limit of two consecutive terms. Terms are based on the calendar year.
Lamaze International Education Development
Lamaze International provides continuing education and professional development opportunities for childbirth educators, nurses and other maternal/child health professionals seeking quality education that is evidence-based, relevant and convenient.
In order to provide high-quality, evidence-based continuing education for childbirth educators and other health care professionals, Lamaze International holds itself to rigorous standards and processes for developing continuing education and maintains status as an approved provider of continuing nursing education through the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN).
Lamaze International’s continuing education development process, detailed below, meets and exceeds the guidelines for the development of educational activities set by CABRN. Lamaze International ensures that all recordkeeping practices also meet the guidelines set by CABRN.
Continuing Education Development Process
The Lamaze International Continuing Education Chair is responsible for coordinating continuing education needs assessments and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of continuing education activities that may be used to help perinatal professionals fulfill their own goals for improvement in practice and professional education. Volunteers assisting in the development of continuing education activities receive an orientation to Lamaze requirements and are mentored and directed by the Continuing Education Chair.
Lamaze International may also award Lamaze Contact Hours for educational activities provided by other organizations that provide continuing education for childbirth educators and other perinatal professionals. Applicants must demonstrate that activities fulfill the minimum requirements detailed in the Continuing Education Development Process.
Each educational activity should be developed and implemented according to effective educational design principles and documented through the Lamaze Contact Hours Application:
Upon development, each activity is assigned an activity number and is valid for a three-year (3) period from the date of approval. At that time, the activity will be reevaluated and updated, if necessary. In cases where there are significant updates to research, evidence, or information used in the content of the educational activity before the activity’s expiration date, the activity should be evaluated and updated. In cases where translation is necessary, allowances should be made to accommodate the additional time necessary to deliver content, but the number of contact hours offered must remain the same.
Product-specific courses which appear to be sales pitches or product endorsements will not receive approval. This distinction is important because Lamaze does not endorse specific manufacturer’s products. Lamaze endorses competence in given areas of expertise.
The Continuing Education Chair will regularly assess the effectiveness of the continuing education activities and will identify strategies to work toward targeted goals with the assistance of the Education Council Chair and representatives from relevant activity planning task forces. Evaluation data will be used to confirm, expand, or change the development of Lamaze continuing education. The Continuing Education Chair will evaluate progress toward established goals and will revise or establish new goals as necessary.
All Lamaze continuing education activity content development will be managed in accordance with the Intellectual Property Policy. Any content or materials contributed by Lamaze members during volunteer service to Lamaze constitute a “work made for hire” under United States copyright law. Lamaze will be the exclusive owner of all copyright, trademark and proprietary rights to the materials. Please refer to the policy for additional information.
All Lamaze continuing education activities are to be developed and provided under the purview of Lamaze International. Activity presenters and hosting facilities are expected to adhere strictly to Lamaze International Continuing Education and Accreditation Policies and Procedures (for Lamaze Childbirth Educator Programs that offer Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminars). All continuing education activity files are maintained by the Lamaze International Administrative Office in order to ensure accurate record-keeping and administration of contact hours.
The Administrative Office will maintain a digital file for each activity planned for continuing education for a minimum of seven (7) years. Files will contain the original planning material, copies of evaluations, and contact hour certificates issued for each participant.
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