In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

BASIC DESCRIPTION 

The childbirth educator provides informational and educational classes for expectant parents. Classes include information on relaxation techniques,comfort measures, breathing techniques, and birth options. Childbirth educators play an important role in the emotional, physical, and informational support for expectant parents. Most hospitals and birthing centers offer this type of educational program for their clients. Usually, a nurse with excellent teaching and interpersonal skills is selected to teach class on-site to expectant parents.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation is required; certification may be obtained through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Must have knowledge about the childbearing years, pregnancy, and labor and delivery
■ Teaching ability
■ Clinical competence in obstetrical nursing
■ Interpersonal skills
■ Collaboration with physicians

 

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
■ Childbirth Organization (www.childbirth.org/)
■ Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (www.cappa.net)
■ Lamaze International (www.lamaze.com/)

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