The Childbirth Education Association (CEA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization founded to make pregnancy, birth, delivery and parenthood a more informed and satisfying experience, and is dedicated to promoting the concepts of Family Centered Maternity Care. CEA has been serving the Centre Region for over 40 years.
We offer a variety of classes taught by certified instructors, and we keep class sizes small to ensure that each participant receives the attention they need. Most of our classes are held at the The Indigo Wren's Nest Wellness Centre in Bellefonte. Sibling Preparation is held at the Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Because CEA has been serving the Centre Region for over 40 years, we are very familiar with the local facilities and options offered in the area, which extend past doctors to lactation consultants and other breastfeeding resources and further. Our instructors meet and follow area doctors' policies and procedures.
Freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives
CEA's main mission is to empower expectant parents with knowledge. Knowing your options can improve the experience of pregnancy and birth.
Teachers are in a year-long extensive training program
Our class instructors are trained by a registered nurse who has earned a masters of science degree and is a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE) through International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).
Continued interaction after your baby is born
Our classes often come back together for class reunions. CEA also offers the opportunity for parents to meet up in a social setting at events for the parents and some for the whole family. We also offer a playgroup in State College for parents and children to meet each other.