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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are at the core of Lamaze International and there are many ways to be involved with promoting safe and healthy birth. Volunteer involvement will allow you to gain different forms of experience and can take as little or as much time as you have available. Your expertise, experience and leadership skills are an invaluable resource!

Ongoing Opportunities

Review the opportunities below and complete the Volunteer Interest Form to express your interest! We are accepting volunteer applications year-round. Please note that any applications for committees submitted after October 27th, 2023 will be considered for volunteer roles to begin in January 2025.

2024-2025 Lamaze Board Candidate Search

Each year, the Search Committee seeks leadership candidates for election to the Lamaze Board of Directors. The process includes an open call and active search for candidates from among our Lamaze membership, a Candidate Application/Questionnaire with resume, and an interview process to ensure candidate leadership skills match with the needs of the Board of Directors. The search process will be driven by Lamaze strategic priorities which include – research, education, advocacy and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and organizational vibrancy – with consideration for a healthy balance of points of view among the full composition of the board. 

The process for the next candidate search for the at-large Board of Directors slate will begin in the summer of 2024.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating professional education programs that promote childbirth educator training and development. The Council makes policy decisions related to professional education programs.  Review the Education Council Policy for more information about the various roles and processes. Council members can expect a time commitment of approximately three hours a month.

Continuing Education Committee

Take your experience and knowledge as an LCCE educator to the next level by joining the Continuing Education Committee! Help Lamaze develop the activities that keep our educators and maternal-child health colleagues up-to-date on current evidence, information and best practices. View the qualifications and responsibilities for more information. The Continuing Education Committee members can expect a time commitment of approximately two hours per month.

Advocacy + Collaboration Committee

The Advocacy + Collaboration Committee seeks to advance Lamaze International’s advocacy efforts to increase access to, and awareness of, Lamaze childbirth education and Lamaze educators. The Committee meets monthly and helps with membership messaging and engagement, regulatory comments, stakeholder relationships and Lamaze advocacy/Hill days.

This committee is a good fit for those who are passionate about advocating for evidence-based childbirth education. The Advocacy + Collaboration Committee currently has a time commitment of three to five hours per month. 

Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee is responsible for the accreditation and reaccreditation of Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Programs, independent programs that teach the seminars for Step Two of certification. The Council also makes policy decisions relating to accreditation matters. This includes attending Council meetings and reviewing applications to determine accreditation status. Review the Accreditation Council Policy for more information.

This council is a good fit for LCCEs with experience in CBE, experience teaching seminars and/or LCCEs passionate about extending educator reach. The Accreditation Council monthly time commitments varies depending on the number of applications to review (about two hours of review time per application). 

Job Task Analysis Panel

The Job Task Analysis Panel in 2023 will be responsible for reviewing the current blueprint for the LCCE exam and work to suggest changes that will be reviewed by the Certification Council. This Panel will consist of an 18 hour commitment over 3 days, with follow up calls and emails for 2 months after. 

Item Writing Committee

The Item Writing Committee will be responsible for item writing and review of submitted items from total LCCE educator population to ensure the item bank is representative of the seven competencies and the exam blueprint. 

This committee is a good fit for current LCCEs with expertise in CBE with the ability to work well in groups and showing an interest in item writing. Item writing campaigns typically occur once a year but much of the writing can be completed on your own time. Committee members will be expected to attend a few of meetings inclusive of group trainings, and encouraged to attend an item review session as seasoned item writers review the newly written items.

Exam Construction Committee

The Exam Construction Committee is responsible for the construction of the Lamaze Certification Exam and oversight of the item bank management. This includes attending scheduled meetings, reviewing and approving competency statements and test outlines, and reviewing all new potential test items for inclusion in the exam. 

This committee is a good fit for LCCEs with experience in CBE, experience with item writing and/or psychometrics, and with the ability to work well in groups. 

Item Reviewers have a 12 hour commitment over three days. Volunteers will review and edit exam questions in small groups.

Exam Form Reviewers have a 12 hour commitment over 2 days. Volunteers will review new versions for the LCCE exams holistically.

Spanish Form Reviewers have a 12 hour commitment over 2 days. Volunteers will review new Spanish exams of the LCCE exams holistically. 

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee provides input and guidance on membership engagement, benefits, and structure of the organization. It also provides input on membership surveys and monitors membership satisfaction, reviews membership reports and trends, and contributes its knowledge of member needs and trends in maternal/child health and perinatal education. The commitment for the Membership Committee is about 5 hours a month.

Search Committee

The Search Committee actively seeks out leadership candidates for the Board of Directors and other key leadership positions, reviews their qualifications, and recommends candidates for the election slate or appointment in accordance with the Lamaze International Bylaws and procedures established by the Board of Directors.

Manuscript Reviewers for The Journal of Perinatal Education

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.

Facebook Moderator

Are you an avid social media fan? Lamaze is looking for a few Facebook moderators for the members-only Facebook group!

Social Media Networkers

Are you a social media maven? Consider sharing some of your online time with Lamaze. We’re looking for regular contributors for our Facebook page and Twitter account and consumer and educator blogs. 

Other Short-term Volunteer Opportunities
Lamaze encourages all members to get involved! Throughout the year, there may be one-off or additional short term volunteer opportunities, such as scholarship reviewing or serving as a panelist for the New LCCE Welcome Workshop. These opportunities are typically do not require a full year (or more) time commitment, and may be good options for members with limited time.

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