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 

Position Papers, Statements & Core Competencies 


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

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