I recently received an email from someone asking if her credential as a medical assistant would qualify her to take one of our Lamaze seminars and pursue certification. Over the years I’ve received similar inquiries from EMTs, LPNs, mothers, and just about anyone else you can imagine, who felt the calling to work with childbearing mothers.
There are NO pre-requisites for pursuing Lamaze certification. Taking the Family Trees Lamaze-Accredited Seminar will prepare you for the process of attaining Lamaze certification.
Upon registering for a Family Trees Lamaze-Accredited Seminar, you will receive information to get you started on your path to a new career as a childbirth educator. Most people feel so excited once they register for a seminar and are enthusiastic and ready to get to work the moment they sign up. Seminar participants receive a required reading list that gives each person the opportunity to begin preparing for certification immediately. You have the chance to use that enthusiasm right away – and be productive at the same time. You can begin learning that very moment! You’ll arrive at your seminar with a good information under your belt, and you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned by the time you get to seminar.
The three-day seminar is inspiring. If you’re looking for some motivation to do some meaningful work in this world – well, this is it. We jump right in and for the next 25 hours, we are going full speed. We cover 25 learning objectives in those three short days, and participants leave with a new sense of purpose. It doesn’t matter who you are – whether you’re a nurse with 20+ years of working in labor and delivery or whether you have no experience what-so-ever but felt drawn to this field – you will leave feeling well-prepared and ready to go help childbearing women. Most people leave seminar feeling like they’ve got this huge secret that they need to share with as many women as possible. (There’s really no secret – just a recognition of the fact that most of us never learn what the human body is fully capable of doing).
Here are few words from recent seminar graduates:
After our three days together come to an end, there’s still plenty left to do. For those who are pursuing certification, the Lamaze Learning Guide will further hone your skills and competency. You’ll study for the Lamaze Exam (given twice a year in April and November) using the knowledge you’ve gained from the required reading list, the seminar, and the Lamaze Learning Guide. Even more exciting is that you’ll have enough tools to begin teaching childbirth classes almost right away! In fact, this is how I paid for my study materials and the exam when I was working towards certification.
Not everyone who attends seminar will pursue Lamaze certification. Some participants take the seminar to receive 25.5 CNE for required professional development. Some participants are already teaching childbirth education but need to boost their teaching style or content.
Whatever the need, the seminar is an amazing experience.
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.