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Opinions on PCE? (Prepared Childbirth Educators)

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I'm a nurse & birth doula looking to be certified to teach CBE. I intended on going through ALACE (trained with them for my doula cert) but recently came across PCE. Does anyone have experience with them? Pros? Cons?

The program has minimal requirements which may seem negative to some but with my nursing background (even though not in L&D) and doula experience (I do a lot of teaching at my prenatals and learn something at each & every birth), I feel confident that this "workshop" style program will be ok for me. Or am I fooling myself?

Here's a link to more info, if you're curious...
http://www.childbirtheducation.org/
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Seems like as good an organization as any to get a certification as a formality to say your certified.

If you want to get certified to teach in a hospital find out if the hospital recognizes this organization certification. Around here hospitals are sticklers for what organization your certified by to teach childbirth education in the hospital.
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I took both the childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor courses and exam. I also am a RN but wanted the certification. I think that it was rigorous enough as i had years of experience and the exam was VERY comprehensive! Well worth the time and cost. Also, I could have  sat for the IBCLC (hope I got the initials correct) exam if I chose to afterward but I opted not to do so.

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I am currently registered to take the PCE course in Dallas, TX in March.  I am an experienced L&D nurse and I also live in the Flathead Valley.  I've only heard positive feedback from my nursing colleagues about PCE and so I chose them for the recommendations, because their classes are specifically geared for nurses, are diverse (not only Lamaze or Bradford Methods), and I was very impressed with the registration process and the assistance I needed to get nearby accommodations for the conference.

I will know more when I return :)

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