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Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC)

This newer program is designed for those who desire to work towards becoming a midwife or desire to work professionally with women throughout the childbearing year. Those who choose to finish this ‘Mini-Series’ will be designated as a Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC) having been educated in our three perinatal courses, Doula, Childbirth Educator & Lactation Educator. These classes are now considered prerequisites for our midwifery programs and in most cases, are transferable to other midwifery schools.

The Childbirth Consultant is a new concept in perinatal education and we at CCI are excited to offer you this pathway to empowering women to birth and parent with confidence and power. We believe this is an important step to becoming a midwife, however for some students this arena is where they may build and maintain their private childbirth practice. We believe that every woman should have access to a maternity care provider or educator of their choice and to the information needed to make informed decisions. Our goal is to develop competent, highly educated childbirth professionals and midwives who can provide this option – The JJ Way®.

For more information contact kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org

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Certified Doula (CD)

This is our most popular course and a great starting point for a future career in Perinatal Health.A doula is a healthcare professional who provides non-medical support and care through education, guidance and counseling for pregnant and parenting women and families. She promotes a healthy pregnancy and encourages active participation throughout the childbearing year. 

For more information contact Kathybradley@commonsensechildbirth.org

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Certified Lactation Educator Course

This course is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning about the process of breastfeeding, and educating new mothers about breastfeeding. This course teaches the anatomy and physiology of the breast, changes during pregnancy and lactation, and prepares the student to assess and provide anticipatory guidance regarding maternal nutrition, initiating and establishing successful breastfeeding, recognizing and managing common breastfeeding problems, and referral to community resources and breast feeding products.

For more information contact kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org

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Maternal Child Health Specialist (MCH)

The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Specialist is a training and certification program that equips health navigators, community health workers, outreach personnel, care coordinators, home visitors, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation educators, nurses, midwives, and physicians to understand their local and regional resources. This training provides the ways to negotiate and navigate through the systems that provide perinatal health care for women and babies who are at particular risk for poor outcomes. 

 For more information contact kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org

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Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE)

Becoming a childbirth educator is an extremely rewarding career for those who desire to educate pregnant women about birth processes and their choices. This is a great career for those who would like to work in the evening or weekends and earn part-time income. Childbirth Educators are responsible for providing evidence based information and teaching in a non-biased manner.

For more information contact kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org

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Certified Community Health Worker – Maternal Child Health (CCHW)

Position yourself to be a certified health care provider who can make a distinct and tangible impact on pregnant, postpartum and parenting women, particularly among those most at risk in today’s health care arena. The Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) is an ideal training for existing nursing assistants, medical assistants, doulas, childbirth or lactation educators, or home visitors with a passion for transforming our current maternity care system. 

Our training provides a combination of perinatal skills and competencies which allows for the health worker to be able to work independently in the field, or as part of an organization or agency. Graduates will be prepared to provide life-saving education and  support to childbearing women, as well as to play a significant role as part of the maternal health care professional team. As ‘perinatal practitioner extenders’ with a firm foundation in maternal child health (MCH), our CCHW’s are trained to work in a variety of settings including private practices, birth centers, hospitals, clinics, community settings and homes, building and modeling strong collaborations to establish perinatal networks. They cover all aspects of the childbearing cycle – pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and girls and women’s health. They are able to teach across the life-course with culturally-congruent and evidence-based information, including demonstrating and modeling health practices and creating liaisons and trusting relationships with other health providers and agencies.

This certification may lead to employment in Maternal Child Health, or in being eligible to bill independently for services under the CPT and HCPCS coding system for perinatal healthcare services. The minimum 8-week course consists of independent learning via our online platform and live webinars. 

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Community Outreach Perinatal Educator (COPE)

We are proud to offer the Certified Perinatal Educator (CPE) certification pathway for graduates of the COPE program. This 48 hour comprehensive training provides paraprofessionals, peer outreach workers, promotoras, family support workers, home visitors and ‘resource mothers’ with basic perinatal skills encompassing doula, childbirth education and lactation education. On completion of this series the student is certified and able to deliver and/or host childbirth and lactation education in the home and community setting, plus hospital based doula services, and postpartum care services with wrap around support. In addition, public health agencies who employ CPEs are able to bill for educational units according to their individual state or federal guidelines. CPE’s are eligible to move to higher levels of education in the perinatal arena based on this foundational training. CPEs may become independent providers and register for a National Provider Identification (NPI) number under the taxonomy codes for  Health Educator or Doula with the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), and depending on individual state statutes, may be eligible to bill for Medicaid and insurance for their services. 

For more details and an individualized training schedule  and costs please contact Kathy Bradley, Director of Perinatal Education, at kathybradley@commonsensechildbirth.org. 

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