Choices in Childbirth
Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birth Activist
BIRTHING FROM WITHIN®
Birthing from Within®--Certified Childbirth Educators have completed their Childbirth Educator Certification Program, and may complete up to three levels of training through their workshops.
Birthing From Within mentors (teachers) believe that childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth). They teach parents the power of birthing-in-awareness, even when their birth experience is not what they had anticipated. They teach about birth from four perspectives: mother, father, baby and culture. They help parents build a pain-coping mindset so they may fully participate in birth's rite of passage.
For a list of Birthing From Within (BFW) Certified Childbirth Educators in your area, contact:
Birthing From Within
P.O. Box 4528
Albuquerque NM 87106
Phone: (505) 254-4884
Web Site: http://www.birthingfromwithin.com Email: email@example.com
Birth Works®--Certified Childbirth Educators are members of Birth Works®, have completed their Childbirth Educator Certification Program, and have passed a certifying exam given by them. Birth Works® embodies a philosophy that develops a woman's self confidence and trust in her innate ability to give birth. The classes are experiential and provide both a physical and emotional preparation for birth. Birth Works® does not teach breathing patterns, but instead encourages slow deep breathing as one of many ways to promote relaxation and facilitate labor. Families are encouraged to take Birth Works® early in pregnancy, or even prior to pregnancy, as this is an optimal time for identifying and exploring beliefs about birth, interviewing caregivers, and choosing a birth place that feels safe. Birth Works® philosophy is as follows: Birth Works® believes that the knowledge about how to give birth already exists within every woman, and it is a process, not a method. Birth Works® recognizes that there is not one right way to labor and birth.
For a list of Birth Works®-Certified Childbirth Educators in your area, contact:
Birth Works® Inc.
P.O. Box 2045
Medford NJ 08055
THE BRADLEY METHOD®
Bradley-certified Childbirth Educators (BCCE's or AAHCC's) are members of the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC), have completed their Childbirth Educator Certification Program, and have passed a certifying exam given by AAHCC. The standard Bradley series is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length of the classes is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Bradley Method® philosophy focuses on prenatal nutrition, natural childbirth, active participation by the husband, avoidance of drugs during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, relaxation and natural breathing, "tuning in" to your own body, breastfeeding, and consumerism.
For a list of Bradley-Certified Childbirth Educators in your area, contact:
Bradley Method (The American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth - AAHCC)
P.O. Box 5224Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: (800) 42-BIRTH or (818) 788-6662
Web Site: http://www.bradleybirth.com
CAPPA® Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association CAPPA is an international organization that provides training, certification and support to Childbirth Educators, Labor doulas, Postpartum doulas, Antepartum doulas and Lactation educators. CAPPA also helps expectant parents and new parents locate these professionals.
For a list of CAPPA-Certified Childbirth Educators (CCCE's) in your area, contact:
Sweet Ivy Lane
Web Site: www.cappa.net
The Mongan Method! HypnoBirthing®
The Mongan Method is a method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by hypnosis techniques. HypnoBirthing philosophy is that their method allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing in a way that most mirrors nature. Emphasis is placed on both pregnancy and childbirth as well as on HypnoBirthing. HypnoBirthing is one of the most current birthing methods; it is as new as today and as old as ancient times. It is presented in five childbirth classes.
For a list of certified Practitioners in your area,contact:
Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy., HBCE
P. O. Box 810,
Phone: (603) 798-4781
Sep 15 - Jun 1,
10738 W. Citrus Grove, Avondale
AZ 85323 USA
Phone: (623) 772-7738
ICEA--International Childbirth Education Association
ICEA-Certified Childbirth Educators (ICCE's) are members of ICEA, have completed their Childbirth Educator Certification Program, and have passed a certifying exam given by ICEA. ICEA's philosophy is "Freedom of choice, based on knowledge of alternatives".
For a list of ICEA-Certified Childbirth Educators (ICCE's) in your area, contact:
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
P.O. Box 20048
Phone: (612) 854-8660
Fax: (612) 854-8772
Web Site: http://www.icea.org
Lamaze International Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE's) are members of Lamaze International, have completed their Childbirth Educator Certification Program, and have passed a certifying exam given by Lamaze International. The Lamaze mission is to promote normal, natural, healthy and fulfilling childbearing experiences for women and their families through education, advocacy and reform.
For a list of Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educators in your area, contact:
2025 M Street NW, Suite 800,
PHONE: (202) 367-1128, (800)368-4404
FAX: (202) 367-2128
Web Site: http://www.lamaze.org/