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Steps to certification

While PfB is accredited by Lamaze, we are also approved by ICEA. Click logo for information.  icea.jpg


Passion for Birth is accredited by Lamaze International.
NEXT EXAM: April 13 - 15, 2016
Deadline to register is March 14, 2016.


 If you attended a PfB CBE workshop:
make sure to let Teri know that you have completed your registration for the exam,
so you can receive the PfB the question of the day review program. 

What do you have to complete to take the Lamaze exam?
Basically if you attend a PfB seminar, you must:
  • purchase the Lamaze Learning Guide from Lamaze.
  • show proof of teaching at least 60 hours of childbirth classes.
Do either of those and you meet the qualifications to be able to take the Lamaze Certification exam.
We still STRONGLY recommend that you observe a class series, attend at least 3 births, create a course design (and have it reviewed by a PfB trainer) and teach a class series with an observer/mentor.  We feel by completing all those steps you are well on your way to being a dynamic, effective childbirth educator and have increased your knowledge and wisdom to be able to pass the Lamaze certification exam. However, those steps are RECOMMENDED, no longer REQUIRED by Lamaze beginning in 2010.

Lamaze recommended reading

Core Reading List in addition to the Lamaze Learning Guide and Toolkit (purchase from Lamaze International)

1. Goer, Henci & Romano, Amy. (2012). Optimal care in childbirth. Seattle, WA: Classic Day Publishing.

2. Lothian, Judith & DeVries, Charlotte. (2010, second edition.) The official Lamaze guide – Giving birth with confidence. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press.

3. Simkin, Penny, Bolding, April, Keppler, Ann, Durham, Janelle, & Whalley, Janet. (2010, fourth edition - new edition in 2016.) Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn. New York, NY: Meadowbrook Press. There is also a companion website to this book: www.PCNGuide.com.

5. A comprehensive, basic book on breastfeeding