CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Choosing an organization for your education is an important decision. CAPPA offers stability that you can be confident in as you invest in your education and career.
**This certification program is brand-new and some links pertaining to the course may be under construction!**
NEW PARENT EDUCATOR SCOPE OF PRACTICE
New Parent Educator Scope of Practice
CAPPA New Parent Educators fill an important role in educating and supporting families and the community by providing comprehensive, evidence-based information. As respected professionals, CAPPA New Parent Educators work in public-health clinics, hospitals, care-providers’ offices, and private settings throughout the world.
How CAPPA New Parent Educators work with Families
New Parent Educators works with families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed. New Parent Educators can be found working in a variety of settings to offer their services to families. Families can find them working as public health educators, hospital/community educators, in care providers’ offices and in private practice as educators.
How CAPPA New Parent Educators work within the Healthcare System
New Parent Educators are educators, not clinicians. Therefore, New Parent Educators work within the healthcare system by offering appropriate referrals when their observance uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.
Clinical Limitations of CAPPA New Parent Educators
CAPPA New Parent Educators are non-clinical professionals. CAPPA New Parent Educators do not dispense medical advice, diagnose medical conditions, or prescribe/administer medications or treatments of any kind. Educators do not offer information that directs families to act against medical advice.
CAPPA New Parent Educators work within CAPPA’s standards of practice to uphold the following (available to read as individual documents): code of conduct, a grievance policy, mission statement, vision statement, organization philosophy, and social media policy. CAPPA New Parent Educators use current evidence based information in their practice. They maintain their knowledge and skills through continuing education. They work within the legal framework of their individual community and region.
CAPPA Certified New Parent Educators:
- Offer non-biased newborn and postpartum information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to families
- Educate on newborn and postpartum care options and resources
- Encourage informed decision making
- Model and teach effective communication
- Help families understand their rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statutes
- Work closely with the new family as they explore their values and needs surrounding the newborn and postpartum period
- Provide education and support to all members of the new family
- Provide culturally sensitive adult based education
- Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
- Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the care team
The CAPPA New Parent Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:
- Diagnose medical conditions
- Prescribe or give dosages of herbal or over-the-counter medications
- Administer treatment of medical conditions
- Perform clinical procedures
TRADITIONAL (IN-PERSON) COURSE
This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training class. This program is brand-new and some of the information on this page is under construction!
- Membership fee: $65.00
- CAPPA Academy: $175.00 (Available Soon!)
- Scope of Practice Intensive Review: $30.00 (Available Soon!)
- Understanding Your Newborn Booklet: $25.00
- Understanding Breastfeeding Booklet: $25.00
- Understanding Mother and Baby Care Booklet: $25.00
- Training class fee: $500.00 and up
- Total cost: $845.00 and up, plus cost of books
- 2 years to complete your course from the date of your CAPPA in-person training class.
- CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age. No person under 18 years of age may attend CAPPA training classes.
- Be a member of CAPPA.
- Enroll in the New Parent Educator Traditional Course in CAPPA Academy. Available soon!
- Attend a CAPPA New Parent Educator training class.
- Read the CAPPA New Parent Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
- Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Your Newborn Book, Understanding Breastfeeding Book, and the Mother and Baby Care Book available in the CAPPA shop. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
- Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
- Complete a total of 1 student teaching hour with a certified instructor OR provide a 1 hour video of yourself teaching a New Parent Education class. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
- In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
- Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
- Complete the Scope of Practice Intensive Review and pass the Scope of Practice quiz.
- Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.
The CNPE training program is designed to train and certify professionals to work with with families during pregnancy and the postpartum period, offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed. New Parent Educators can be found working in a variety of settings to offer their services to families. Families can find them working as public health educators, hospital/community educators, in care providers’ offices and in private practice as educators.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-965-9777.