Community Outreach Perinatal Educator – COPE Program 

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. 

Course Description
The purpose of the Community Outreach Perinatal Education (COPE) program is to improve and promote healthier outcomes for women and babies, and to reduce disparities in maternal child health by implementing the The JJ Way® model of perinatal care. The COPE program uses a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed curriculum that includes comprehensive training for community-based Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Education for peer-supporters, community health workers, para- professionals and home visitors.
Participants that complete the program become Certified Perinatal Educators (CPE).

The JJ Way® has proven successful. In a study conducted in 2006-2007, and duplicated in 2016-2017, The JJ Way® clients were 42% less likely to have a preterm baby, 46% less likely to have a low birth weight baby, and 32% less likely to have a cesarean section in comparison to the averages for Orange County, Florida. Most importantly, racial disparities were eradicated between African American and white women for prematurity, low-birth weight and breastfeeding rates.

Click here to view an informative video on the COPE Program. 

Course Outcomes
Participants that complete the program become Certified Perinatal Educators (CPE). They are then empowered to enter their communities and provide comprehensive perinatal education; support for pregnant women and their families; and breastfeeding education and intervention of breastfeeding problems.

Course Objectives

  • Understand The JJ Way® Method.
  • This empowering and engaging program increases the confidence and wisdom to build capacity for community based organizations and individuals to actively reduce barriers to breastfeeding initiation and retention.
  • A culturally sensitive curriculum that includes comprehensive training on community-based Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Education for peer supporters, community health workers, para- professionals and home visitors.
  • Curriculum includes manual, teaching tools and resources. At the end of this educational program, participants will have become proficient and competent, with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide:
    • Comprehensive community based perinatal education.
    • Support for pregnant women and families during early and late pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
    • Breastfeeding education and support, as well as early recognition and intervention of breastfeeding problems and barriers, and ways to increase retention.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Orientation to the JJ Way® – health equity for all
  • Current trends in Maternal Child Health – Perinatal Statistics
  • History of Childbirth Education and the Role of the Educator
  • Adult Learning Principles and Creating Teaching Techniques
  • Curriculum Development and Professionalism
  • Non-biased Teaching
  • Nutrition & Exercise, Harmful Practices and Substance abuse
  • Body Systems and the Body’s Response to Labor
  • Labor Support and Doulas
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean / Preventing the First Cesarean
  • Medications and Interventions
  • Teaching Postpartum – Mother Care
  • Teaching Postpartum – Newborn Care
  • Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
  • Trauma-informed Care
  • When The Unexpected Occurs
  • Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Statement
  • International Childbirth Initiative (ICI)
  • Role Delineation
  • Different Aspects of Breastfeeding
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Breasts
  • Assessment at the Breast
  • Breast Care
  • Common Problems with Breastfeeding
  • Complex Problems with Breastfeeding
  • Expression and Storage of Breastmilk
  • Medications in Mothers Milk
  • Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs During Breastfeeding
  • HIV and Breastfeeding/Medical Problems
  • Review and Role Playing/ Scenarios

Certification Requirements

Certification for this program is through Commonsense Childbirth Institute. COPE participants who complete the required 48 instructional classroom hours and pass the written and skills test will be designated as Certified Perinatal Educator (CPE).

Learning Materials and Resources
Students will be provided with all learning materials and resources in class.

Pre-Requisites

None

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

Training Dates

 

Providence, RI . May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 2019  This Training is over 2 separate weekends.

The 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. For additional requirements and individualized logistics please contact Kathy Bradley via kathybradley@commonsensechildbirth.org.

General Class Time 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Total hours: 48 clock hours.

Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra – COPE Lead Trainer

Frequently Asked Questions

Does CCI’s CPE certification require recertification?
Our programs come with a lifetime certification. No re-certification required.
 
*Exception the state of Minnesota does require re-certification every 3 yrs. 
https://www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/providers/doula/applyrenew.html
 
Is the credential of Community Perinatal Educator (CPE) regulated at a State or Federal Level?

No, there are no state or federal regulations.

If I live too far away, can I sponsor a training in my area?
 

Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Central Florida. 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!

Do I have to pay the full tuition at one time?
 

Yes, The course has to be paid in full prior to the course start date, including the Lab Fee if they apply.

Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the COPE Program?
 

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) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship.

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 or attend portions via online webinar at the discretion of the instructor.

Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the COPE Program?
 

No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED.

Does COPE require internship experience?
 

No, COPE was designed originally for agencies wanting to further equip and develop their employees with maternal health education and skills that would make a difference in work they were hired to do.  Agencies have the option to add the Lab Package and require their staff to gain further experience prior to certification. Individuals who become CPEs are mentored through our ongoing support programs and are encouraged to join doula/ birth worker collectives and/or Perinatal Safe Spots to strengthen skills.