Season 4 Episode 4: ICEA – 60 Years of Educator & Doula Training to Improve Maternal-Child Health with Bonita Katz, President of ICEA


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Listen as Bonita (Boni) Katz BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC talks about the impact that ICEA has had on the field of maternal-child health and her own journey. Promoting family-centered care and freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of options and alternatives are the key tenants of ICEA. Boni’s own birth helped spark her interest in becoming a certified childbirth educator and doula with ICEA. Joining ICEA in 1991, she went on to become a nurse and has continued her work as a childbirth educator and doula. Boni joined the ICEA board 2013 and is currently serving a two-year term as the president through the end of this year.

Listen and Learn:

  • A short history of childbirth education in the US
  • ICEA’s journey from teaching parents to training teachers (and later doulas)
  • The importance of certification
  • The flexibility that is needed during times like COVID
  • The challenges of working internationally
  • Improving infant and maternal mortality

Resources & Mentions:

Visit the ICEA Website

ICEA Virtual Conference bundles

Position Papers, Statements & Core Competencies


The International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care

Related Products from InJoy:

Understanding Birth Curriculum

Pain Management for Childbirth, Two Volumes

The Stages of Labor: A Visual Guide

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