There are so many reasons why Lamaze childbirth educators have the best job! It’s difficult to limit to just four. Being a Lamaze childbirth educator opens so many professional doors that you likely don’t even know exist.
Here are the top four reasons why Lamaze childbirth educators have the best job:
1. The Depth of Content You Teach
Lamaze childbirth educators have a very big, meaningful, important job.
We teach about the beginning of life. A baby’s very first breath. The beginning of a mother. The beginning of a family. Another human being becoming part of this world. Can you think of anything more meaningful?
In all the years you spent in school, when (and what!) did you learn about having a baby?
I’ll bet you learned how NOT to have a baby. Maybe you were one of those lucky kids who got to take home the infant simulator dolls who were programmed to randomly cry and keep you on your toes for a few days and convince you that caring for a newborn is unpleasant.
But what DID you learn about actual birth and caring for a newborn? Did you learn about the human body’s feedback system and the hormonal physiology that occurs for birth to progress safely and comfortably? Were you taught about the enormous health benefits of holding your baby skin-to-skin immediately following birth? Did you learn that birth is a completely NORMAL life process? Who told you about the benefits of breastmilk and how colostrum is necessary to the gut of the newborn? Was it reinforced to you that normal birth is safe when we don’t interfere with it (considering we’ve been doing it since the beginning of time)?
We’ve had various forms of algebra classes during our school years. Unless you work in a field that requires higher level math skills – when do you use THAT MUCH ALGEBRA in your daily life? Meanwhile, 86% of American women have children. Yet we still don’t teach childbirth education in schools.
The fact is, Lamaze childbirth educators are gifted the opportunity to be the FIRST PERSON to teach very special, very important information, for the first time – HUMAN LIFE! The families who sit in your childbirth classes are learning this information for the VERY FIRST TIME! And Lamaze childbirth educators get to be the ones responsible for teaching them everything they need to know about this tiny baby who has taken up residence within the mother’s body, and who will soon join them in their home, and be with them every single day.
That’s a pretty big job.
2. It Fulfills a Passion (and a Paycheck!)
“Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”.
I’ve heard those wise words before, and I use them often in my Lamaze childbirth educator seminars. They couldn’t be truer for Lamaze childbirth educators. Work never feels like work. Work is a hobby, a passion, an opportunity to do something you love and at the end of it – collect a pretty decent paycheck. It’s a job that you never want to leave. Why? Because Lamaze childbirth educators HAVE THE BEST JOB!
If you’re sitting in a job that pays the bills but doesn’t fill your soul, this may be calling to you. This is a chance to pour your heart into something and not only get paid, but have your passion reignited.
Plus, it pays the bills…
3. Flexible Schedule
No matter your availability, teaching Lamaze childbirth education allows you the flexibility to teach according to your schedule. Do you work full time in another job? Do you have childcare needs? Are you a student taking classes? Regardless, teaching Lamaze childbirth classes gives you the freedom to adjust to your schedule.
There are a variety of course offerings when it comes to Lamaze childbirth education. Some sessions might meet once a week for several weeks. Some are shorter in duration. One day classes are a very popular choice among parents. If you only have a few hours a week available, or if you want to fill a full-time work schedule, there’s a class waiting for you to teach.
Additionally, you can work as an employee (for a hospital or healthcare provider office) or own your own business (teaching your own classes). IT'S YOUR CHOICE.
4. It’s an Achievable Career
This career is completely within your reach. It does not require special medical skills or an advanced degree. It requires a Lamaze certification, and that certification is open to everyone. There are no pre-requisites. Your learning will occur during the Lamaze certification process, and you will continue to learn every single day while you work in the field. Learning is ongoing as evidence and research are updated.
The Lamaze certification process requires a minimal financial investment. That investment is affordable for all budgets (even if you have to do a little bit of forward planning). You can pay a deposit to hold your space and use our convenient payment plan to pay off the balance. It is within reach.
It’s even possible to earn back the financial investment on the very first class you teach. After all, THAT’S how an investment should work!
If you’d like to start your career as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, we’d love to have you join our family. Register for one of our Lamaze seminars and make today the first day of the rest of your life.
For nearly 50 years, Lamaze International has been the leading provider of childbirth certification education programs fostering healthy birth practices and preparing educators to teach with skill and confidence. Certification by Lamaze International is the most respected and recognized credential in childbirth education certification.
The Lamaze childbirth education certification is the only childbirth educator program that has passed the rigorous standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The program has been designed to meet the highest professional standards, with quality offerings that will help you develop as a skilled, trusted LCCE.
Some childbirth educator certifications are only known in a single country – the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) credential is recognized everywhere, because our LCCE educators practice all over the world. Whether you are an educator in the United States, Mexico, Kenya, or Romania, the LCCE credential is widely seen as the mark of a competent, highly qualified childbirth educator.
Family Trees Birth Programs is an internationally recognized training program for birth professionals and popular childbirth education classes for new and expecting parents.
Our Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program trains birth professionals from all over the world to become Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. Lamaze is the gold standard of evidence based childbirth education training and our programs make teaching this information fun and exciting.
Our real-time, web based, distance Doula School trains individuals who are interested in serving in a hands-on support role during birth and postpartum.
Wendy Trees Shiffer, MS, FACCE, LCCE is a mother and maternal-fetal health educator. She is the founder and program director for Family Trees Birth Programs serving childbirth professionals and new parents.