Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC)

Course Description

This newer program is designed for those who desire to work towards becoming a midwife or desire to work professionally with women throughout the childbearing year. Those who choose to finish this ‘Mini-Series’ will be designated as a Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC) having been educated in our three perinatal courses, Doula, Childbirth Educator & Lactation Educator. These classes are now considered prerequisites for our midwifery programs and in most cases, are transferable to other midwifery schools. Our Partner Commonsense Childbirth Institute will issue student’s final lifetime Certification ($50 fee) when requirements are met.

The Childbirth Consultant is a new concept in perinatal education and are excited to offer you this pathway to empowering women to birth and parent with confidence and power. We believe this is an important step to becoming a midwife, however for some students this arena is where they may build and maintain their private childbirth practice. We believe that every woman should have access to a maternity care provider or educator of their choice and to the information needed to make informed decisions. Our goal is to develop competent, highly educated childbirth professionals and midwives who can provide this option – The JJ Way®.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the program students will hold combined certification as a doula, childbirth educator, and lactation educator, and will be capable of earning an income as an independent childbirth consultant.

Course Objectives

To provide education and training that will give the student proficiency in perinatal education and support and to develop tools to be an effective participant in the birth arena.

Course Outline

The class series includes:

Doula (Certified Doula) 16 clock hours 150 hours internship This course prepares students to become labor support providers known as Birth Doulas. This intensive course focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and the significance of childbirth in women’s lives. Students will learn scope of practice of a Doula, culturally sensitive support, coping with complications in pregnancy, labor, newborn care and breastfeeding.

Childbirth Education (Certified Childbirth Educator) 20 clock hours 24 hours internship This course, presented in an interactive format, will review human sexuality, prenatal care and nutrition, labor, delivery, postpartum care, childbirth preparation, parenting issues, principles of informed consent, and clients’ rights and responsibilities. Group discussions will include adult learning and teaching styles. Relaxation, breathing, affirmation techniques and communication skills will also be covered.

Lactation Educator (Certified Lactation Educator) 24 clock hours 30 hours internship This course teaches the anatomy and physiology of the breast, changes during pregnancy and lactation, and prepares the student to assess and provide anticipatory guidance regarding maternal nutrition, initiating and establishing successful breastfeeding, recognizing and managing common breastfeeding problems, and referral to community resources and breast feeding products.

Certification Requirements

To be eligible for the credential CCC you must become certified in all three disciplines (doula, childbirth educator, and lactation educator). Please see the certification requirements section under each discipline for more details.


High school diploma, GED or certificate from an institute of higher education


Training Dates

For this program you will choose the dates for the 3 courses that encompass The Certified Childbirth Consultant.  Please view the individual course pages to see available dates.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the CCC Program?

No you do not.

Is the credential of Certified Childbirth Consultant “CCC” regulated at a State or Federal Level?

No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense Childbirth Institute.

Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the CCC Program?

No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. We also offer them virtually with a live instructor.

If I live too far away, can I sponsor the CCC Program in my area?

Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando.  CCI can bring the Program to your area. To sponsor the CCC Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary.  A great way to earn certification.

Does CCI help me gain my experience?

Yes, if you live in the Orlando area you will have the option to attend deliveries via the The Birth Place, a free standing birth center owned and operated by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, as well as connect with patients who are choosing a hospital delivery via The Easy Access Clinic, but we do not take full responsibility to provide all your experience.

If you live out of the area we do help guide you on how to get your needed experience.

If I have a friend who is pregnant, will working with her count as experience?

Yes, we allow you to count hours towards certification regardless of where the delivery takes place.

What course do I take first?

We HIGHLY recommend that students begin with the Course 1230 Doula.

What if I have already attended another training or have my certification in one of the three course areas?

Regardless of where or whom you have trained with you will be required to attend Course 1230 Doula at a Fellowship fee of $210. The Fellowship Student will still be required to meet all CCI Certification requirements, but may count past experience to meet the requirements. CCI will evaluate other Childbirth Education and Lactation Education Programs on a case by case basis to count toward the CCC Program.

If I enroll in the CCC Program am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program?

No, you are only enrolled in the Certified Childbirth Consultant Program. The three courses comprising the CCC Program are prerequisites for the 3 year program, but acquiring CCC does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Midwifery Program.

Do I have to pay the full tuition at one time?

No, You can pay as you move through each of the courses. The course has to be paid in full prior to the course start date.