Do childbirth educators have to be certified?
No. There is no overseeing body or governing board of any kind for childbirth educators or childbirth educator training organizations. Most IBWP Childbirth Educators work independently, but some choose to work with a hospital. Generally, if you teach classes in a hospital or are affiliated with one you will need to provide certification to the hospital. There may be benefits in a hospital affiliation such as easily available referrals, and, often, childbirth classes within a hospital are reimbursable to clients by insurance. But you may need to give up some measure of control over your curriculum, as the hospital may require you to provide it for their approval.
- What is required for certified educators and substitutes hired after 1/1/08, but before a district is notified to submit its list of all its certified educators and substitutes?
- What is the pay like for childbirth educators? Could I make a living doing this?
- Do childbirth educators have to be certified?