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NPE Scope of practice

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!


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