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Education: Education Council

Purpose

The purpose the Education Council is to ensure that all childbearing women have access to Lamaze education through developing, implementing, and evaluating:

  • High quality evidenced-based training for childbirth educators;
  • High quality evidenced-based continuing education for childbirth educators and other health care professionals;
  • High quality evidence-based parent education.

The composition of the Council is based upon supporting these primary functions. All Council policy decisions must be consistent with policies, budgetary and fiscal considerations established by the Board of Directors, and the philosophy, mission and goals of Lamaze International.

Governing Body Composition

The Education Council Governing Body is composed of five voting members and serves as the leadership and decision-making body of the Education Council. The Education Council Chair serves as Chair of the Governing Body. The Chair of the Education Council is appointed by the President of the Lamaze International Board of Directors.

Members of the Governing Body include the Chairs of Continuing Education, Childbirth Educator Training and Resources, Parent Education, and an at-large LCCE educator. The Chair appointments are proposed by the Chair of the Council and approved by the President of Lamaze International.

The Certification Council Governing Body Chair will serve as an ex-officio, non-voting liaison to the Education Council Governing Body. The Approved Provider (AP) Unit Lead Nurse Planner attends Education Council Governing Body meetings and is responsible for coordinating consistency of processes and adherence to ANCC accreditation standards across all Lamaze education activities.

Term

Education Council Governing Body members are appointed for a three-year term with a limit of two consecutive terms. Terms are based on the calendar year.

Position Description: Education Council Chair

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
  • Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience
  • Experience as an Education Council committee chair or member, preferred.
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups

Responsibilities

  • Supervise and direct the affairs of the Education Council and its committees in accordance with the established bylaws and policies
  • Attend and preside at Education Council Governing Body meetings; prepare agendas and approve minutes in collaboration with the Council staff liaison
  • Appoint committee chairs with the approval of the President; appoint Education Council liaisons to other committees as needed
  • Review the annual budget for Education Council programs developed in collaboration with the staff liaison; present funding requests to the Lamaze Board of Directors
  • Oversee FACCE designation program; review applications and preside over the FACCE induction at the annual meeting
  • Prepare a report of the Education Council activities for the Lamaze International Annual Report and represent the Education Council on all matters related to education
  • Attend Board of Directors meetings upon invitation to collaborate on items related to Education Council activities
  • Assume responsibilities as may be prescribed by the Education Council Governing Body
  • Prepare the next chair for the responsibilities of the position

Position Description: Childbirth Educator Training and Resources Chair

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
  • Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience
  • Experience as a Lamaze Seminar Trainer, preferred.
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups

Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop or review and evaluate resources for childbirth educators; update and expand the Lamaze Toolkit for Childbirth Educators
  • Appoint Lamaze Childbirth Educator Study Guide Task Force lead and members in consultation with the Education Council Chair when updates are required
  • Maintain open communications with Lamaze Program Directors and Trainers regarding childbirth educator training and resources matters

Position Description: Continuing Education Chair

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
  • Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience
  • Licensed RN with either a baccalaureate, or higher, degree in nursing; familiarity with ANCC or experience as a nurse planner, preferred
  • Experience with alternative education modalities (e.g. teaching online courses or webinars), preferred.
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Approved Provider Unit on annual planning for continuing education offerings, including webinars and online offerings
  • Provide input on content development for the annual conference
  • Appoint task force lead and members in collaboration with the Education Council Chair for content development/updates of education modules and specialty workshops, and oversee project development, implementation and evaluation

Position Description: Parent Education Chair

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
  • Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience
  • Experience with alternative education modalities (e.g. teaching online courses or webinars), preferred.
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups

Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop or review, and evaluate educational content and resources for parents; update and expand current resources and web content
  • Appoint task force lead and members in collaboration with the Education Council Chair for content development/updates of parent education modules, and oversee project development, implementation and evaluation

Position Description: LCCE Member At-Large

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals
  • New to the field of childbirth education with at least one year experience

Responsibilities

  • Represent the needs of new Lamaze educators related to training, resources and continuing education to help assure that Lamaze education offerings are relevant to childbirth educators and responsive to parent's needs, as well as the needs of interested professionals
  • Serve as a resource to the Education Council Governing Body for input and feedback on projects

January 2013

 

Education: Standards of Practice for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators

Click here to download the Standards of Practice.

Standards for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators 
(LCCE educators)

The Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE educator) will:

Guidelines for Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes

Lamaze Childbirth Education classes are based on the principles of the Six Healthy Birth Practices. After completing a Lamaze class/class series, childbearing families will have increased confidence in their ability to give birth and be able to make confident and informed decisions throughout pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.

Lamaze International encourages Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators to offer childbirth education in a variety of formats throughout the childbearing year that meet the specific needs of the community or group the educator is serving. This may include a series of classes with one group of students, several independent classes, an all-day class, or one-to-one teaching. Classes may be in-person, online, or a blended combination.

An educational offering may be identified as a “Lamaze” session, class, or class series if it meets the requirements below:

  • presented by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator;
  • consistent with the mission, vision, and fundamentals of Lamaze International;
  • based on the Lamaze Childbirth Class Learning Outcome and Six Healthy Birth Practices;
  • includes adequate time to incorporate all evidence-based Essential Content;
  • utilizes strategies to include interaction;
  • incorporates the cultural values and beliefs of the participants
     

Learning Outcome of a Lamaze Childbirth Class

Childbearing families will have increased confidence in their ability to give birth and be able to make confident and informed decisions throughout pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.

Essential Content of a Lamaze Childbirth Class

The list below details the absolute essential content educators will cover in a Lamaze Childbirth Class. This list does not include all possible content. Educators may include additional information and present content in a variety of ways; but at a minimum, they should cover all the essential content below.

Shared Decision-Making Skills

  • The Rights of Childbearing Women
    • Consent and refusal
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • Significance of Pregnancy and Birth for Women and their Families
  • When and How to Connect with Your Health Care Provider


Six Healthy Birth Practices

Healthy Birth Practice #1 – Let Labor Begin on its Own

Pregnancy

  • Anatomy and Physiology: Normal Physical and Emotional Changes
  • Warning Signs: When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Physiologic Birth Process

  • Recognizing Birth as a Healthy Process
  • Role of Birth Hormones
  • Definitions of early-term, full-term, late-term and post-term pregnancy
  • Stages and Phases of Labor
  • Physical and emotional responses of birthing person
  • Last weeks of pregnancy
  • Onset of labor
  • Role and Purpose of Pain in Labor
  • Variations in Labor
    • Prolonged or precipitous labor
    • Back labor

Healthy Birth Practice #2: Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor

  • Movement and Positioning to Aid Labor Progress and Comfort
    • Fetal descent through the pelvis
  • Non-pharmacologic Comfort and Relaxation
    • Comfort measures
    • Creating a positive birth environment
    • Strategies for building and maintaining confidence
  • Safe and Healthy Breathing Strategies

Healthy Birth Practice #3: Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support

  • Labor Support Team
    • Defining roles
    • Communication

Healthy Birth Practice #4: Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary

  • How Medical Interventions Influence the Normal Course of Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Postpartum
    • IV fluids, saline lock, food restrictions
    • Electronic fetal monitoring
    • Induction & augmentation
    • Artificial rupture of membranes
    • Pharmacologic pain management options
    • Episiotomy
    • Instrumental delivery
    • Cesarean Surgery
    • Indications and risks

Healthy Birth Practice #5: Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back and follow Your Body’s Urges to Push

  • Physiologic/Hormonal Response in the Second Stage
  • Positions for Pushing
  • Directed vs. Spontaneous Pushing/Breathing
  • Support Team’s Role
  • Stage III: Placental Release

Healthy Birth Practice #6: Keep Your Baby with You - It’s Best for You, Your Baby and Breastfeeding

Healthy Transition

  • No Separation of Mother and Baby
    • Physiologic (delayed) cord clamping
    • Importance of skin-to-skin contact
  • Common Newborn Procedures
  • Importance of Breastfeeding
  • Feeding and satiety cues
  • Risks of not breastfeeding
  • When to ask for help: resources for lactation support
  • Normal Newborn Appearance and Behaviors
    • Activity
    • Sleep states
    • Soothing

Postpartum

  • Normal Physical and Emotional Changes
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Post-Birth Warning Signs
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • When to Connect with your Healthcare Provider
  • Community and Family Resources

Approved: September 2018

 

Education: Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee of the Education Council is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality evidenced-based continuing education for childbirth educators, nurses and other health care professionals in order to ensure that all childbearing women have access to education that promotes safe and satisfying birth practices.

Continuing Education Chair

The Continuing Education Chair is appointed for a three-year term with a limit of two consecutive terms. Terms are based on the calendar year.

Qualifications

  • Lamaze member and LCCE educator, FACCE preferred, who supports the Lamaze mission and fundamentals.
  • Expertise in childbirth education with a minimum of three years’ experience.
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups.
  • Competence in using research evidence to direct best practices.
  • Licensed RN with either a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in nursing; familiarity with planning education for continuing nursing education credit preferred.
  • Experience with alternative education modalities (e.g. teaching online courses or webinars) preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Appoint task force lead and members in collaboration with the Education Council Chair for content development/updates of education activities.
  • Maintain oversight of Lamaze Continuing Education policies and ensure that educational activities are developed in accordance with policies and educational best practices.
  • Oversee project development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Provide input on evidence-based content development for the annual conference.

Lamaze International Education Development

Lamaze International provides continuing education and professional development opportunities for childbirth educators, nurses and other maternal/child health professionals seeking quality education that is evidence-based, relevant and convenient.

In order to provide high-quality, evidence-based continuing education for childbirth educators and other health care professionals, Lamaze International holds itself to rigorous standards and processes for developing continuing education and maintains status as an approved provider of continuing nursing education through the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN).

Lamaze International’s continuing education development process, detailed below, meets and exceeds the guidelines for the development of educational activities set by CABRN. Lamaze International ensures that all recordkeeping practices also meet the guidelines set by CABRN.

Continuing Education Development Process

The Lamaze International Continuing Education Chair is responsible for coordinating continuing education needs assessments and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of continuing education activities that may be used to help perinatal professionals fulfill their own goals for improvement in practice and professional education. Volunteers assisting in the development of continuing education activities receive an orientation to Lamaze requirements and are mentored and directed by the Continuing Education Chair.

Lamaze International may also award Lamaze Contact Hours for educational activities provided by other organizations that provide continuing education for childbirth educators and other perinatal professionals. Applicants must demonstrate that activities fulfill the minimum requirements detailed in the Continuing Education Development Process.

Each educational activity should be developed and implemented according to effective educational design principles and documented through the Lamaze Contact Hours Application:

  • Identify target audience and a need for the educational activity: a gap in knowledge/skills/practice.
  • Develop activity with input from a minimum of two subject matter experts.
  • Establish desired learning outcome: a statement that describes the knowledge or skills participants should acquire by the end of the activity.
  • Address at least one of the Competency Statements for LCCE Educators. These statements identify the competencies that are essential for practice as a childbirth educator and reflect the specialized knowledge of a childbirth educator certified by Lamaze International.
  • Utilize dynamic and interactive methods to present educational content.
  • Reference current (published within the last 5 years), evidence-based information.
  • Identify qualifications and minimum requirements for presenters to ensure that any presenters are well-qualified and prepared to present educational content.
  • Present content free from conflict of interest and/or bias. Disclose any potential conflicts of interest and/or bias to learners prior to the activity.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational activity and provide adequate feedback to learners.

Upon development, each activity is assigned an activity number and is valid for a three-year (3) period from the date of approval. At that time, the activity will be reevaluated and updated, if necessary. In cases where there are significant updates to research, evidence, or information used in the content of the educational activity before the activity’s expiration date, the activity should be evaluated and updated. In cases where translation is necessary, allowances should be made to accommodate the additional time necessary to deliver content, but the number of contact hours offered must remain the same.   

Product-specific courses which appear to be sales pitches or product endorsements will not receive approval. This distinction is important because Lamaze does not endorse specific manufacturer’s products. Lamaze endorses competence in given areas of expertise. 

Evaluation Process

The Continuing Education Chair will regularly assess the effectiveness of the continuing education activities and will identify strategies to work toward targeted goals with the assistance of the Education Council Chair and representatives from relevant activity planning task forces. Evaluation data will be used to confirm, expand, or change the development of Lamaze continuing education. The Continuing Education Chair will evaluate progress toward established goals and will revise or establish new goals as necessary.

Intellectual Property

All Lamaze continuing education activity content development will be managed in accordance with the Intellectual Property Policy. Any content or materials contributed by Lamaze members during volunteer service to Lamaze constitute a “work made for hire” under United States copyright law. Lamaze will be the exclusive owner of all copyright, trademark and proprietary rights to the materials.  Please refer to the policy for additional information.

All Lamaze continuing education activities are to be developed and provided under the purview of Lamaze International. Activity presenters and hosting facilities are expected to adhere strictly to Lamaze International Continuing Education and Accreditation Policies and Procedures (for Lamaze Childbirth Educator Programs that offer Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminars). All continuing education activity files are maintained by the Lamaze International Administrative Office in order to ensure accurate record-keeping and administration of contact hours.

Recordkeeping

The Administrative Office will maintain a digital file for each activity planned for continuing education for a minimum of seven (7) years. Files will contain the original planning material, copies of evaluations, and contact hour certificates issued for each participant.

 

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