Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) Program

Course Description
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.

Course Outcomes
This course will prepare the student to be able to create and teach a childbirth education class.
Focus will be on curriculum development and teaching strategies.

Course Objectives

To train students:

  • to understand The JJ Way® Method.
  • to impart evidence-based information to families and prepare them for pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum.
  • to work professionally in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, birth centers, and public-health clinics.
  • to understand the scope of practice – Childbirth Educators are educators, not clinicians, therefore Commonsense Childbirth Institute ensures students have an understanding of appropriate referrals within their community.

Course Outline

  • Explain the importance of evidence-based teaching to today’s expectant parents.
  • Identify the role of the childbirth educator to the expectant families, the professional community and the lay community as a whole.
  • Define the types of learners, their needs and the factors affecting learners’ ability to retain information ~ include preferred methods of learning for today’s expectant parents.
  • Explain the Group Process and how childbirth educators can successfully apply it to their classes.
  • List applicable teaching strategies with generational differences for childbirth classes.
  • Identify strategies for teaching nutritional needs of the pregnant woman
  • Explain methods for teaching proper body mechanics and exercise for the pregnant woman.
  • Discuss the signs of pre-labor and warnings signs of pregnancy, the stages and phases of labor.
  • Explore the Gate Control Theory and the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle and their impact on teaching.
  • List various comfort measures for labor and birth and describe their benefit.
  • Define techniques for breathing through labor and why they may be beneficial.
  • Explain the benefits of social support for the expectant family.
  • Describe basic teaching techniques with respect to the various classes and audiences.
  • Explain the causes of pain in childbirth and the how pain is viewed by expectant parents and the healthcare team.
  • Identify personal biases and create a risk-benefit teaching approach.
  • Identify verbal/non-verbal triggers, personal biases and their impact on creating a risk-benefit teaching approach.


Certification Requirements

Certification shall be granted to those who choose to complete the requirements below, following the 20 hour training program:

  • Provide proof of high school diploma or GED
  • Complete the required reading list
  • Non-pregnant participation in a childbirth preparation class.
  • Breastfeeding Classes.
  • Develop a Childbirth Education curriculum
  • Co-teach or teach a series with an experienced childbirth educator’s evaluation
  • Observe 5 Births
  • Two letters of recommendation from birth professionals.

Learning Materials and Resources

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn – Medically Updated, by Simkin, Whalley and Keppler

Prepared Childbirth – The Educator’s Guide, by Amis and Green

The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education: Essentials and Insights by Julie Jensen and Connie Livingston


High school diploma, GED or certificate from an institute of higher education


Training Dates

Currently the Certified Childbirth Educator Training Program is offered in-person in Central Florida and Virtually online.

Often we have small group courses running that are not advertised here. Reach out to kathybradley@commonsensechildbirth.org for more information.

2020 Dates:

March 28 & 29 Orlando, Florida – Face to Face Course

April 19 & 26 Virtual/Online w/ Live Instructor -This course is 2 Sundays meeting live 4 hours each Sunday.

June 27 & 28 Orlando, Florida – Face to Face Course

Sept 28, Aug 4,11,18 & 27 Virtual/Online w / Live Instructor

October 5, 12, 19, 26 Virtual/Online w / Live Instructor

December 12 & 13 Orlando, Florida Florida -Face to Face Course


Frequently Asked Questions

Do CCI’s certifications require recertification?
Our programs come with a lifetime certification. No recertification required.
Is the credential of Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) regulated at a State or Federal Level?
No it’s not.The training and certification are issued by Commonsense Childbirth Institute.
Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the Childbirth Educator Course?
No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portion of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. When available you will be able to take this online in the comfort of your home.
If I live too far away, can I sponsor a training in my area?
Commonsense Childbirth Institute can bring the training program to your area. To sponsor a course, you must help secure a training location and promote the program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring” student’s course tuition is complimentary. This is a great way to earn certification at a reduced rate!
Does CCI help me gain my experience?
Yes, if you live in the Central Florida area you will have the opportunity to attend deliveries, and gain teaching experience. We will also help guide you on how to find additional learning opportunities in your area. CCI cannot take responsibility to provide all your experience.
What if I have already attended another training?
Regardless of where or whom you have trained with, you will be required to attend our training for a Fellowship fee of $235. The fellowship student will still be required to meet all CCI Certification requirements, but may count past experience to meet the requirements. Commonsense Childbirth Institute will evaluate other Childbirth Educator Programs on a case by case basis before the student can be considered a fellowship student.