10 Reasons You Should be a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
1. You Want a Rewarding Career
There’s good research to show that families who participate in an evidence-based Lamaze Childbirth Education class are much more likely to have options available that lead to healthier, safer birth. Lamaze certified childbirth educators have the opportunity to be an important member of the birth team that allows parents to become critical consumers and partners in their health care.
Beyond the classroom, Lamaze certified childbirth educators speak at conferences, universities, participate in research, and even host special events. It’s a career that can grow and expand to whatever you can dream!
2. You Want a Rewarding Career that will Adapt to Your Phase in Life
Maybe you are a full-time, work-from-home parent with children and need a job that allows flexibility around your family’s schedule.
Maybe you’re working a full-time job that pays the bills and you need something that you can coordinate with your work schedule.
Are you a nursing or medical student who will one day work with childbearing families?
Perhaps you’re retired and you’re looking for something that will reignite your passion.
No matter where you are in life, teaching Lamaze childbirth education will fit into your schedule. Classes are offered week nights and weekends, and instructors can design their schedule accordingly. As you’re ready to grow, so is your career.
3. You Want a Rewarding Career that Pays Well
While no one should become a childbirth educator simply because of the pay scale, it’s simply a fact of life that we must earn a living wage at our jobs.
According to salary.com, the national average for a childbirth educator is $65,329. Some educators teach classes in the hospital setting. Others teach their own classes independently. As the business owner, you get to set your own fees. What’s your budget? What are your overhead costs? How much do you need to make?
That’s what you make.
4. You Want a Rewarding Career That Doesn’t Require a College Degree or Medical Training
While many nurses become childbirth educators, a college degree or specialized medical training is not a requirement. In fact, simply being a nurse, midwife, or doctor does not qualify one to teach childbirth education. It’s a specialized certification that’s available to anyone regardless of your educational background.
Some Lamaze educators have PhDs. Some Lamaze educators have GEDs. The only requirement is the Lamaze certification process.
There’s no expense of college or other higher education training. Just an intensive workshop and some self-study.
5. You Want a Rewarding Career That You Can Grow and Expand as You Choose
Birth work grows with you. Your work can expand (or slow) however you need it. If now’s not the right time to teach too many classes, but a year from now, three years from now, life will change and allow for teaching more hours, you can adapt your class offerings. Maybe you build a team of educators. Maybe you begin teaching comfort techniques to nurses.
Whatever your availability is, your career as a Lamaze educator can adapt.
6. You Want to Own Your Own Business/Be Your Own Boss
Owning your own business, being your own boss has so many benefits, but the biggest one of all might be the fact that YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOU. You determine how this job will work. You determine your rate of pay, your raise, your vacation, your work schedule. You determine how this will fit into your family’s life or fulfill your retirement years. You choose your co-workers (if you want them). You choose.
7. You Can Begin Teaching Right Away
Once you’ve taken your training, you can begin teaching the moment you feel ready. Some of that takes time, but YOU get to decide when you’re ready – weeks or months. Not years.
While you can’t call yourself “certified”, your training will leave you well prepared to step into the classroom. You can start off slowly if you need and add to your content as you grow in knowledge, but there’s nothing holding you back from getting started.
8. You Love Babies
I mean, that fresh, squishy baby smell speaks for itself, right? Just look at those tiny toes above!
Them: “What do you do for a living?”
Me: “I teach about birth and babies.”
Them: Goes back to work wishing they could have such a fun job, too.
9. You Love Moms, Dads, and Families of All Kinds
There’s no other job in this world more important than being a parent. Hands down the hardest, most rewarding position we will ever hold. Teaching parents to make healthy choices during pregnancy and birth so that they can be their very best self. Happy, healthy moms, dads, and families raise happy, healthy children. Our world needs more of these. And since we never learn this information in school, it’s up to the childbirth educator to teach everything about having a baby.
Childbirth educators make a difference.
10. You’re Good at Teaching
Do you enjoy learning new things and sharing that information? Do you enjoy sharing a good book with a friend? Do you enjoy making games or crafty activities? Do you like learning new ways that you could help others? Is it fulfilling to you when you see a need and can step in and make a difference? Are you warm and comforting? Do people look to you when they need something? Do you have a big heart? Is it natural for you to step in where you know you could help?
If you answered yes, then you have the heart of a childbirth educator and you should probably answer your calling to deepen this special gift you have been given.