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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
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