My New Parent Educator Scope of Practice
I will be attending a training in March to become a Certified New Parent Educator (CNPE) through the Childbirth And Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA). I will take much of this blogs information from their webpage.
As a CNPE I will be providing comprehensive, evidence-based information to fill an important role in educating and supporting new families and the community. During the pregnancy and postpartum period, as a Certified New Parent Educator I will offer support, encouragement, information, and referrals as needed. I will act as an educator, not a clinician, I work with the healthcare system by offering appropriate referrals when I observe situations that require healthcare attention or support.
What I will do as your New Parent Educator:
- Offer you non-biased newborn and postpartum information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to your family
- Educate on newborn and postpartum care options and resources
- Encourage informed decision making
- Model and teach effective communication
- Help your family understand your rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statutes
- Work closely with your family as you explore your values and needs surrounding the newborn and postpartum period
- Provide education and support to all members of the new family
- Provide culturally sensitive adult based education
- Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
- Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the care team
The CAPPA New Parent Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:
- Diagnose medical conditions
- Prescribe or give dosages of herbal or over-the-counter medications
- Administer treatment of medical conditions
- Perform clinical procedures
I am looking forward to offering these services come September 2018!