eNewsletter Volume 1, Issue 3 - December 2012
2013 Examination. Application deadline: March 31, 2013. IBLCE Exam: July 29-July 31, 2013. More details here. Examination materials here.
IBLCE® now has a toll-free number available in the USA 1.888.99IBLCE (1.888.994.2523) The phone carrier currently can only make this service available within the USA. IBLCE is exploring the possibility of other options for outside the USA, including online services.
Save The Date. Silent Auction benefiting MILCC on Friday March 15, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. More information to come soon.
MILCC Scholarship Fund. Are you shopping for the holidays? Help give the gift of IBCLC certification to someone less fortunate. Donate to the MILCC scholarship fund! Donate Here.
IBLCE Grows Each Year! After the 2012 examination there are now over 26,000 IBCLC certificants in over 94 countries. There are now IBCLC certificants in 4 new countries: Aruba, Cambodia, Paraguay, and Vietnam.
Survey Results are In. Last enewsletter's question was: What method would you prefer to use to be informed about IBLCE certification? The top two prefered methods are mail and email.
IBLCE Announces New Key Governance Documents
New IBLCE Strategic Plan
Pursuant to best practices, nonprofit organisations periodically review, revise and update key governance documents. After extensive stakeholder input and feedback, systematic leadership thought and review, together with the guidance of a professional strategic planner, IBLCE® is pleased to announce its new strategic plan which will guide the work of the organisation moving forward.
The IBLCE leadership and senior staff team kicked off the strategic planning process by having a preliminary conversation regarding a number of important issues including: best practices in the strategic governance of nonprofit organisations; the future environment in which IBLCE will likely be operating; IBLCE purposes, beliefs and values; and ideas about the vision for the future as well as possible accompanying goals.
IBLCE then turned to its certificants to get their feedback on these key issues. In the survey disseminated to certificants earlier in 2012, IBLCE asked five key questions about the future environment for lactation consultants as well as “What one piece of advice would you give the IBLCE leadership as it plans for the Organisation’s future?” The response rate was robust and IBLCE thanks each of you who responded to the survey and provided meaningful input into this process. It truly played a key role in shaping the plan.
The IBLCE leadership carefully reviewed the feedback received and incorporated many of the key themes into the strategic plan. The IBLCE Strategic Plan consists of its Vision, Mission, Values, Beliefs, Goals and Main Objectives. The four Goals are the primary goals for the organisation over the next 3-5 years and the Main Objectives are the objectives pertaining to each goal on which the leadership elected to focus in the coming year.
IBLCE believes this fresh, focused Strategic Plan will guide the organisation to success in the coming years. The Board thanks you for your input and participation in this important process.
Access IBLCE's new Strategic Plan here.
Updated IBLCE Bylaws
The IBLCE Board also recently reviewed and updated its Bylaws. IBLCE last revised and updated its Bylaws in 2009. IBLCE commenced the process by reviewing nonprofit literature pertaining to bylaws and their revision. After preparing a draft document, IBLCE disseminated the draft to certificants via the last issue of this enewsletter. After careful review and incorporation of some of the feedback, IBLCE adopted new Bylaws.
Key changes to the document include a greater focus on Board representation based on the international character of IBLCE and a rotation system whereby a Chair-Elect ultimately rotates into the Chair and then the Immediate Past Chair position so as to facilitate smooth leadership transition and continuity of institutional knowledge.
The Bylaws continue to require that the majority of the Board be IBCLC certificants.
Access the updated IBLCE Bylaws here.
IBLCE Examination Updates for 2013
IBLCE would like to apprise you a few enhancements regarding the IBCLC certification examination for 2013.
Broader Use of Computer-Based Testing
As you know, IBLCE first offered computer-based testing (CBT) via a successful pilot of approximately 500 candidates in the Americas Region in 2011. IBLCE broadened the use of CBT in 2012, offering it more widely in the Americas and in a limited number of locations in the Asia-Pacific & Africa Region.
Continuing with the incremental expansion, in 2013, the examination will be available by CBT in the majority of locations where the examination is offered in the Americas & Israel Region, in more areas of the Asia Pacific & Africa Region and, for the first time, CBT will be offered in some sites in the European & Middle Eastern Region.
The principles, or factors, underlying the path of CBT expansion include incremental implementation to minimize issues associated with the transition, the location and number of seats available through the IBLCE testing vendor and linguistic considerations.
More specific information regarding CBT in 2013 will be available in January 2013.
IBLCE is introducing an abridged case study item format on the 2013 exam. One case, consisting of two multiple choice items, will be in this format. The remaining 173 items will be typical stand-alone items. IBLCE is adding these items to assess sequential clinical thinking skills. The addition of sequential decision making is expected to further increase the clinical relatedness of the IBLCE certification examination.
Exam Time Limits
The amount of time candidates use to complete the certification examination is one of the factors that IBLCE monitors and evaluates each year. Computer-based testing (CBT) has allowed IBLCE to be even more precise in measuring the amount of time actually used by candidates. Based on these data, IBLCE has determined that the examination time limit can be reduced without impacting candidate performance.
Access more details here.
There are relatively few substantive differences between British English and American English. IBLCE is transitioning to British English in its publications as British English is the most common form of English used worldwide. Therefore, commencing with the 2013 examination the spelling used will be British English and where terms differ between the two forms of English, the British will be noted first with American English noted second, e.g. nappy (diaper).
Additionally, please note, as announced and implemented last year, IBLCE will continue to use a post-examination survey rather than critique forms.
The IBLCE Board’s decision to discontinue use of critique forms was made after careful thought and deliberation. Critique forms are of limited utility to IBLCE because of the post-exam statistical review and, as IBLCE transitions to the administration of the examination at independent testing centres, it is logistically preferable that all receive an email post-examination survey.
Given these realities, and the extraordinary use of resources required to translate each of the critique forms, the IBLCE Board voted to discontinue the use of critique forms, disseminate a post-examination survey and, instead, devote resources to the expansion of computer-based testing which is much more convenient for many candidates. The IBLCE Board believes it is important to realign resources and modernize its infrastructure through use of CBT.
Best wishes to all IBLCE exam candidates in 2013!
Certification vs. Certificate Programmes: What's the Difference?
IBLCE continues to hear from a number of IBCLC certificants who are interested in the differences between certification and certificate programmes. As this seems to be a topic of great interest in the IBCLC community, IBLCE is continuing to spotlight various aspects of this intriguing issue as an ongoing feature in this eNewsletter.
As previously shared, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organisations. ICE is the parent organisation for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body which accredits quality programmes which meet a rigorous and objective set of standards. IBLCE holds this coveted accreditation from the NCCA.
According to the Institute for Credentialing Excellence:
“Defining feature of professional/personnel certification programs which
differentiate them from assessment-based certificate programs are the:
a) primary focus on assessment (as opposed to providing education/training);
b) independence of the assessment process from any education/training program or provider;
c) linkage of the assessment to predetermined standards of knowledge, skills, or competencies, rather than to the learning outcomes of a particular education/training program."
ICE 1100: 2010 (E)—Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Programs, Institute for Credentialing Excellence, Washington, D.C., 2010, page 2 (emphases added).
A certificate program is different. The same Institute for Credentialing Excellence standard cited above notes that while the primary focus of a certification program is assessment of knowledge or skills held by an individual, the primary focus of a certificate programme is on providing education or training to an individual. Additionally, a professional certification programme is independent of a specific class, course or programmes and also independent of any provider of classes, course or programmes.
In part in response to the recent explosion of certificate programmes, which typically differ from certification programmes, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence recently decided to establish standards for certificate programmes in addition to those for certification programmes.
Standard 1100: 2010 (E), a document based upon consensus among leaders in the credentialing industry, sets objective standards for certificate programmes. This standard specifically states that among many other requirements that “a certificate provider shall not award an acronym or letter to certificate holders for use after their names upon completion of the certificate program.” ICE 110: 2010 (E)—Standard for Assessment-Based Certification Programs, Page 15, (emphases added). The standard further makes clear that the certificate provider shall provide a statement to certificate holders that certificate holders “shall not say that they are ‘Certified in. . .” and “shall not use acronyms or letters after their names to reference the certificate they hold” or make “claims or imply that the certificate is a professional certification.” ICE 110: 2010 (E)—Standard for Assessment-Based Certification Programs, Page 15, (emphases added). The standard does specify that a certificate holder may simply state that s/he holds a “Certificate in. . .” Page 15.
Thus, another key distinction between professional certifications and assessment-based certificates as defined by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence is the use of designations. Put simply, pursuant to this leading organisation, professional certification programmes may use designations and certificate programmes shall not.
IBLCE will continue to report on this issue of interest to the IBCLC community.
IBLCE, ILCA and LEAARC Reach Out to Stakeholders Around the Globe on the Importance of IBCLC Certification
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE), the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) and the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) recently reached out to close to 100 global stakeholders including professional associations, NGOs, advocacy groups, governmental organisations and regulatory bodies regarding the importance and value of the IBCLC certification.
The communication stressed that the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the expert in lactation and the IBCLC certification is the premier, internationally recognised measure of knowledge in lactation consulting. The letter also stressed that IBLCE, ILCA and LEAARC invited the recipient organisations to work to increase access to those who hold the IBCLC.
To access the letter click here.
IBLCE, ILCA and LEAARC are separate, distinct and autonomous organisations, each serving different purposes.
As readers of this eNewsletter know, IBLCE is the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, responsible for development and administration of the IBCLC international certification programme.
ILCA is a professional association devoted to advocacy, professional development, leadership and research.
LEAARC's purpose is to recognise educational programs that meet certain standards and which prepares individuals to enter the lactation consultant profession.
Important Information Regarding IBLCE Eligibility Requirements
It has come to the attention of IBLCE that there are perhaps some common questions among IBLCE examination candidates regarding the IBLCE eligibility requirements, specifically pertaining to the health sciences (general) education requirements. Therefore, having received a number of questions on the same topics, IBLCE would like to provide clarification.
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Are You a New IBCLC? Congratulations on Your Achievement!
If you're a new IBCLC or you recertified in 2012, IBLCE makes available a press release you can disseminate to your local media about your accomplishment. You can obtain a personalised press release by contacting the Regional Office that serves your country of residence.
Asia Pacific and Africa Office - Serving the Asia Pacific and Africa Region
Europe Office - Serving Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
Americas Office - Serving North, Central & South America and Israel
Care Award Expands!
The IBCLC Care Award is a special recognition given to hospital-based facilities. The Care Award has successfully influenced hospitals to become more breastfeeding friendly and applications for the award remain high. But breastfeeding initiatives do not stop outside hospitals. Many forms of breastfeeding support and consulting occur in community-based agencies. Therefore, IBLCE is proud to announce that the Care Award will now recognise community agencies that promote breastfeeding friendly environments as well.
Community-Based Agencies include:
Community Health Agencies
Public Health Agencies/Departments
Surestart Children's Centers
Community-Based Breastfeeding Drop-In Centers
Ministries of Health
Community-Based Health Providers
Public and Private Physician Offices and Clinics
For more information click here
IBLCE Items of Note
CNN Segment on Skin-to-Skin Care Featuring IBCLC Paula Oliveira
This featured video by CNN highlights IBLCE Board of Directors member Paula Oliveira as she explores the importance of skin-to-skin care for newborns.
Oklahoma Hospitals "Ban The Bag" To Encourage Breastfeeding
Featuring IBCLC Becky Mannel
By Deanne Stein, News 9
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is piloting a program called "Ban the Bag" in which 24 hospitals to date agreed to stop sending baby formula home with new mothers. "Oklahoma hospitals are working hard to encourage breastfeeding and provide quality care to breastfeeding families by joining the Ban the Bag project," said Becky Mannel, IBLCE's Board Chair and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. "Breastfeeding support is an important strategy toward improving the health of Oklahoma mothers and their children."
Read Article Here
Community Baby Café: A Great Benefit for Moms, Children and Families
The Dallas Community Baby Café provides advice to low income pregnant, breasfeeing and non-brestfeeding mothers whose young childen are at nutritional risk. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Mary Jo Williams shares her stories about the difference lactation guidence can have on a mother and child. In a recent interview with IBLCE Mary Jo said she feels extremely gratified when she helps mothers overcome a hurdle in breastfeeding and the smiles from mothers is all the thank you she needs.
Read Article Here
Board Director Profile
As an ongoing feature, the IBLCE eNewsletter features an IBLCE Board member and includes information about the focus of the Board member's work on behalf of the IBLCE certificant community and the public.
Tomoko Seo, MD, IBCLC, FABM is a paediatrician with a focus on breastfeeding medicine in a maternity hospital and paediatric clinic in Nagoya, Japan. She became an IBCLC in 1999, and her first experience as a board member was with the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 2003.
Tomoko's first language is Japanese. Not only does she translate documents and books, she is an experienced author and guest speaker. As a board member with IBLCE Tomoko hopes she can expand-evidence based breastfeeding support beyond Japan so mothers and babies all over th world can enjoy breastfeeding.
Tomoko has three grown children and is an avid dog lover. Her first dog was a "nanny" for her children and lived to the ripe old age of 16. When she passed away Tomoko's husband quickly adopted a new puppy from a local animal shelter. He is now 2 years-old and the 'baby'' of the family.
IBLCE had a strong presence at the Association of Breastfeeding Medicine Regional Meeting held in May in Trieste, Italy. Attendees included IBLCE Board member Andreja Tekauc-Golob, MD, IBCLC, IBLCE European and Middle Eastern Regional Director Ilse Bichler, IBCLC, and 6 IBLCE country coordinators. The meeting included approximately 93 participants from 31 countries, the vast majority of whom were physicians and many of whom hold the IBCLC certification.
IBLCE exhibited at the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Conference in June 2012 held at the National Harbor in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., and which included 3,057 attendees.
IBLCE also exhibited at the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) Annual Conference and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) conference in July 2012, both in Orlando, Florida. Below, IBLCE AMS representatives together with Brazil Country Coordinator Roberto Issler, MD, IBCLC at the 2012 ILCA Conference.
On behalf of IBLCE, Elizabeth "Kaili" Stehel, M.D., IBCLC, presented on the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct at the ILCA Conference.
IBLCE had a presence at the New Zealand Midwives Conference and the Child & Family Health Conference in New South Wales, Australia, both held this summer.
IBLCE attended the International Congress of Midwives (ICM) for the Asia Pacific which was held in Hanoi. There were over 38 different countries represented at the conference, and in addition to midwives, attendees included physicians, educators, policy makers and administrators.
IBLCE exhibited at the National WIC Association 2012 Biennial Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference held in September in Los Angeles, California. The conference is one of the most well-attended gatherings of breastfeeding professionals in the US, attracting more than 1,000 staff from federal, state and local agencies.
Asia Pacific & Africa Regional Director Karolyn Vaughan, RN, RM, IBCLC presented on the topic of recertificaton at the inaugural iLactation On-Line Conference held October-November 2012 and which included delegates from 36 countries.
IBLCE Executive Director Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE presented at the pre-conference session, "Building an International Certification Program" at the Annual Conference of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, one of the leading credentialing events held worldwide, held in November in California. She also facilitated the Special Interest Group session on International Certification. Additionally, she presented on the topic, "Upgrading Your Code of Ethics/Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: Practical and Legal Considerations."
Sara has also been selected for the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), one of the world's preeminent associations for association executives and which includes 21,000 members. Sara previously served as the Chair of ASAE's Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission and on the Healthcare Committee.
Board Member Transitions
Welcome New Board Members
Regina Roig-Romero, BS, IBCLC, RLC became an IBCLC in 1996 and is currenlty the Senior Lactation Consultant for the WIC breastfeeding program in Miami, Florida. Regina leads the efforts for breastfeeding advocay as a frequent speaker at various conferences and summits.
Jean Rankin, PhD, PG, CHSE, BSc (Hons), RM, RGN, RSCN joins IBLCE's Board of Directors from Scotland. She is a Senior Lecturer on maternal, child and family health at the University of the West of Scotland. Jean plays an active role in support and protection of breastfeeding through local and international initiatives.
Esmé Nel Hough, B. Com, IBCLC was an active La Leche League Leader in South Africa since 1986 and obtained her IBCLC certification in 2002. Esmé's passion for supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies grew out of her experience raising four children and working with patients in the medial practice she managed.
As IBLCE welcomes three wonderful new members to the Board of Directors we are also saying good-bye to several Board Members who served IBLCE with immense dedication and energy. IBLCE would like to thank the following outgoing Board of Directors for their tireless efforts:
Jeanne Mitchell, R.N., IBCLC
Marcia Lutostanski, R.N., IBCLC
Angela Love-Zaranka, IBCLC
Wendelmoet Mulder, R.N. IBCLC
Ellen McIntyre, PhD, IBCLC
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-The Board & Staff of IBLCE