CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator FAQ

Childbirth Educator FAQ

If you have any questions regarding our childbirth educator certification program, please take a look at the FAQ below to see if it's been answered. If the FAQ does not have the answer you need please feel free to contact us directly.

Why certify with CAPPA?

CAPPA is an international non-profit training organization that offers the highest level of evidence-based training available. We are the fastest growing childbirth education and doula organization in the world. We are the only organization that certifies childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas, and postpartum doulas. CAPPA is the most comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum organization available, caring for women before, during, and after birth through education and support. CAPPA offers accelerated childbirth educator certification programs. CAPPA membership confers many benefits including free national conferences and online member directory.

Who qualifies as a "certified childbirth educator" for my class observations and student teaching requirements?

At this time, CAPPA accepts CAPPA, ICEA and Lamaze certified childbirth educators for class observations and the student teaching requirements.  Organizations that wish to have their materials evaluated for approval must send their curriculum to CAPPA at

PO Box 2406
Buford, GA 30515

How do I go about doing my student teaching?

Our candidates have two options for student teaching. First, you can connect with a certified childbirth educator in your area and ask to student teach part of the established educator's series.  Secondly, you can connect with a certified childbirth educator and ask them to come observe you teach your own class.  If you are in an area that truly does not have any other certified childbirth educators please contact the Director of Childbirth Educator Programs at for further instruction.


What are some advantages of being a childbirth educator?

Childbirth educators have the opportunity to reach families when they are open to new ideas and to help them achieve positive birth experiences. Educators usually work part time and can often tailor their schedules around their other activities and the needs of their families.

How much do childbirth educators make?

The amount a CBE makes for their services varies greatly by region. Following a poll of CAPPA CBEs in 2004, rates varied from $13.00-$38.00 per hour for hospital employed CBEs. Those in private practice claimed to get $45.00-$180.00 per couple for a 5 week series. You may do some investigating in your own area by going to your local hospital's website and seeing what the fee is to take the various courses offered through them.

Will I be certified after I attend the training?

No. The training is only one step in the certification process. There is also required reading, observation of classes and births, and successful completion of an exam.

How do I go about observing childbirth classes?

Contact local childbirth educators or hospitals and explain that you are certifying as a childbirth educator and need to observe classes. You can use the "Find a Childbirth Professional" page of the CAPPA site to find a local CAPPA CBE, but your observation class does not have to be taught by a CAPPA certified CBE. If you are unable to observe classes in your area, a video option is available.

Should I expect to pay a fee to observe childbirth classes?

Not necessarily. Many hospitals and educators allow free observation.

How do I go about observing births?

If you observe classes at a hospital they may also be able to allow you to observe births at their facility. When you introduce yourself in the class you are observing, mention that you need to observe births as part of your training, and perhaps students will invite you to their births. Spread the word among your friends and family that you are looking to observe births. Think of what you may be able to offer in return. Maybe you could photograph the birth or provide postpartum assistance or childcare for older siblings. Finally, you may be able to volunteer to provide labor support to a teen mom or a single mom in your area who needs assistance.

Can I use my own births to meet the birth observation requirement?

While we recognize that you certainly have insight in the process of birth, this will not satisfy the birth observation requirement. When you attend as an observer, you are viewing family interaction, decision-making processes, procedures, terminology, and up-to-date interventions objectively.

When and where is the exam administered?

The exam is take-home. You can complete it at your convenience using all of the resources available to you.

When will I get my exam results?

Allow three to six weeks for results.