Become a Lamaze Instructor

Upcoming Trainings:

Location specific information for each childbirth educator training can be found by clicking the name of the city below.

***Additional Locations Coming Soon!***

December 27-29, 2017: Fredericksburg, VA

2018 Seminars

January 18-20, 2018: Richmond, VA

February 22-24, 2018: Atlanta, GA

March 8-10, 2018: Richmond, VA

March 16-18, 2018: Blacksburg, VA

April 24-26, 2018: Staunton, VA

June 22-24, 2018: Atlanta, GA

August 15-17, 2018: Richmond, VA

September 28-30, 2018: Atlanta, GA

November 5-7, 2018: Charleston, SC

December 5-7, 2018: Richmond, VA

December 13-15, 2018: Atlanta, GA

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***If you don’t see a childbirth educator training in your area, please feel free to reach out to us to see if we can help you find a convenient Lamaze educator seminar or even schedule one near you!  For details, please email birthingbabiesva@gmail.com.

Are you interested in becoming a becoming a childbirth educator or starting your journey towards becoming a certified childbirth educator through Lamaze International?  Please see below for additional information.

About Lamaze:

Lamaze International is a nonprofit organization that promotes a healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years.

Lamaze childbirth education and practices are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. They can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for mothers and babies. Working closely with their families, health care providers and Lamaze childbirth educators, millions of pregnant women have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices.  For more information, please visit www.lamazeinternational.com.

Pathways to Certification:

There are three pathways to Lamaze childbirth educator certification.

  • New to Childbirth Education
  • Experienced Childbirth Educator
  • Midwife or Midwifery Student

Attending this childbirth educator training is one option for each of the pathways.  After completing all requirements of chosen pathway to certification students will be eligible to sit for the Lamaze certification exam.  For more information on the pathways to certification please click here.  For more information on the Lamaze certification exam please click here.

About Birthing Babies VA’s Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar

Birthing Babies VA is a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar.

Birthing Babies VA’s Program Director, Blake Slusser, has been a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator since December 2012.  She began her journey into childbirth education in 2009 when she was expecting her first son, Jack.  In 2010, she managed the prenatal education program for three maternity hospitals in Central Virginia.  In 2013, her family expanded to include a second son, Henry, and her work responsibilities expanded to include oversight of prenatal education over six maternity hospitals throughout Virginia.  In 2016, Blake became a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators and made the decision to focus her work more on supporting families directly through her own childbirth education program and expand her reach to help other birth advocates on their journey to support growing families!

Seminar Logistics:

Birthing Babies VA’s seminar is a three day total immersion experience aimed at teaching prenatal educators about using evidence to support their teaching, how to’s of teaching women of childbearing age, and preparing for certification/launching their childbirth education business.

For more information on continuing education hours (Nursing CEUs and Lamaze Contact Hours) please click here.

Fees:

The tuition for all seminars is $500/person and is expected at the time of registration.  All seminars have an Early Bird Discount ($50 off) for those registering and paying 30 days prior to seminar start.  Registration will not be considered complete until payment in full is received.  Click here to register.  To make arrangements to host a seminar in your area, please email Blake directly.

Seminar Requirements:

In order to successfully complete the seminar participants are expected to:

  • Submit application and payment prior to the start of seminar.
  • Attend and participate in the entire three day seminar.
  • Teach an assigned topic from Lamaze’s Six Healthy Birth Practices on Day 3 of the seminar.

Grievance/Appeal Policy:

Complaints shall be submitted, in writing, to the Program Director within twenty (20) days of the occurrence or knowledge of the event upon which the grievance is based. The Program Director will deliver a suggested resolution, in writing, within five (5) days after the presentation of the grievance.

If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the resolution of the grievance or if no decision has been rendered within five (5) days after presentation of the grievance, the student may file an appeal with the Accreditation Council within ten (10) days of the initial disposition. The Accreditation Council will speak with the aggrieved person and Program Director to discuss the complaint. The decision of the Accreditation Council shall be made in writing within ten (10) days from the receipt of the appeal. The Program Director agrees to be bound by the decision of the Accreditation Council.

Refund Policy:

For full refund program director must be contacted 30 days prior to the start of seminar.  Partial refunds (50%) may be obtained up to two weeks prior to the start of program.  Special consideration may be given for refunds at the discretion of the program director.

Additional Information:

Becoming a childbirth educator can be one of the most rewarding adventures your take.  For additional information please email birthingbabiesva@gmail.com.