Rachelle Oseran

Professional Development

Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Training Course

Since February,  2011, I have been teaching Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator training courses, in English, in Jerusalem. For the first 3 years, I was teaching the program under the auspices of Douglas College Perinatal Program in BC, Canada, but am now teaching independently. The graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Lamaze International exam held twice  a year in Jerusalem and around the world. The course material adequately prepares the participant for the exam. Once the participant passes the exam, she will be a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) – the gold standard in childbirth education

(see www.lamazeinternational.org ). This prestigious certification is recognized around the world.

The courses include women from different religious backgrounds and communities around Israel.

The next course will take place from 20th November, 2018 – 15th January, 2019.

Following is an article published in the In Jerusalem supplement of The Jerusalem Post on September, 2011, about the first Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Training course that took place in Jerusalem from February - June, 2011: “A Push for Coexistence

Acceptance requirements: On the basis of a personal interview and relevant background.

Competency Statements for LCCE Educators

A Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) is able to:

• Promote the childbearing experience as a normal, natural, healthy process that profoundly affects women and their families.

• Assist women and families to discover and use strategies that facilitate normal, natural, healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

• Help women and their families to understand how interventions and complications influence the normal course of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

• Provide information and support that encourages attachment between babies and their families.

• Assist women and their families to make informed decisions for childbearing.

• Act as an advocate to promote normal, natural, healthy, fulfilling childbirth experiences for women and their families.

• Design, teach and evaluate a course in Lamaze preparation that increases a woman's confidence and ability to give birth.

Why become certified by Lamaze International? Since 1960, Lamaze International has been the leading provider of evidence-based education programs that prepare childbirth educators to teach with skill and confidence. The Lamaze Certification Program meets the highest standards for validity, reliability, and fairness and is recognized as the only such program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA also accredits the certification programs of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Program Coordinator:

Rachelle Oseran (BA) became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 1984 through the UCLA School of Nursing and has prepared more than 3000 couples for normal birth. She is also a Birth Doula, certified by DONA International. She taught childbirth preparation courses for 16 years at Misgav Ladach Hospital until it closed and has since taught privately in her home in Jerusalem. As an advocate for normal birth, she has organized and hosted 3 national conferences for childbirth professionals with guest speakers: Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Robbie Davis Floyd, Denis Walsh and Alan Huber. She represented Israel at the international conference of CIMS (the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services) in Boston in 2006 and became accredited through Douglas College in Vancouver, Canada, and Lamaze International to teach Childbirth Educator training programs and now teaches this program independently. Rachelle recently completed training to teach MBCP (Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting) courses and is currently teaching those courses in Jerusalem.

Rachelle also co-founded and co-directed Great Shape/YMCA, the group exercise department of the Jerusalem International YMCA for 23 years. She is a Fitness Professional certified by ACE (the American Council on Exercise), specializing in prenatal and postnatal exercise and lecturing internationally on the subject. At the Lamaze annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, in September 2011, Rachelle was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators (FACCE) in recognition of her significant contribution to childbirth education and her effort to promote safe and healthy birth through evidence-based practice.


For more information and to register, contact: rachelleoseran@gmail.com or call Rachelle at 052-2342909.