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


Listen as Bonita (Boni) Katz BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC talks about the impact that ICEA has had on the field of maternalchild health and her own journey.  Promoting familycentered 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 


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