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...
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.
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.
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 :)