The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY) is proudly committed to fostering the education of highly-trained, well-rounded and motivated childbirth educators. It is also the belief of CEA/MNY that those who are interested in joining this profession have the opportunity to do so without financial hindrance. It is our hope that brilliant leaders in maternal health, who might be of valuable service to the birthing community and the building of families, reach their full potential. Therefore, CEA/MNY has established two full tuition scholarships to support women in pursuit of becoming certified cooperative childbirth educators (CCCE) through our nationally recognized Teacher Certification Program (TCP): The Doris Haire Leadership Scholarship and The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship.

The Doris Haire Leadership Scholarship

The Doris Haire Leadership Scholarship (open to all qualified candidates) is named after Doris Haire, co-founder of CEA/MNY in 1972 and a fiercely passionate and effective consumer and maternal health advocate. Mrs. Haire is the Founder and President of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health and is committed to increasing research on the effects of common obstetric drugs and procedures on maternal and infant outcome. Mrs. Haire is responsible for the passage of the New York Maternity Information Act, which requires every hospital to provide the information and statistics about its childbirth practices and procedures. Mrs. Haire is one of the first true proponents of evidence-based maternity care and it’s because of her tireless efforts that women have access to important information that impacts her choices for childbirth. Return to top

The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship

The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship (open to all qualified African-American/Black candidates) is named for the Maya Angelou poem which famously and eloquently describes overcoming racism, criticism and sexism. The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship is specifically aimed to reduce the high disparities in infant mortality that exist in African-American communities.

Though the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the US infant mortality rate fell in 2011 to 6.05 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, an all-time low, recent studies show that the US overall, among industrialized countries, struggles to reduce and eliminate infant and maternal mortality. According to State of the World’s Mothers 2013 report, the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world– the majority of these infants and mothers are African American. African Americans have 2.3 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites. They are almost four times as likely to die as infants due to complications related to low birth-weight as compared to non-Hispanic white infants.

  • African Americans had twice the sudden infant death syndrome mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites, in 2009.
  • African American mothers were 2.3 times more likely than non-Hispanic white mothers to begin prenatal care in the 3rd trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all.
  • The infant mortality rate for African American mothers with over 13 years of education was almost three times that of non-Hispanic white mothers in 2005.

Infant Mortality Rate:

Infant Mortality Rate Figure 1: Infant mortality rates by race and ethnicity of mother: United States, 2005 and 2009

Source:  CDC 2013.  Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2009 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set.  National Vital Statistics Reports. Figure 1. [PDF | 527KB]

Infant Mortality Rate
Infant Mortality Rate

Infant Mortality Rate

Source: Zimmerman R, Li W, Begier E, Davis K, Gambatese M, Kelley D, Kennedy J, Madsen A, Maduro G, Sun Y. Summary of Vital Statistics: Infant Mortality. New York, NY: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics, 2012

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Scholarship Overview

One recipient per scholarship. Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for two years and auditing co-teaching fees. Student pays for the $35 program application fee, books and travel expenses to workshops and assignments. Return to top


Recipients of both scholarships will be chosen each year using the following criteria:

  1. Has proven to be or has the potential to be a leader in the community.

  2. Demonstrates that the community served as a childbirth educator is underserved, socioeconomically challenged, and/or has racial-ethnic disparities in its infant mortality rate.

  3. Makes a commitment to CEA/MNY and the community to work as a childbirth educator and help improve conditions for birthing women and their families when training is completed.

  4. Demonstrates clear financial need.

  5. Philosophy of birth and childbirth education is compatible with CEA/MNY.

  6. Meets all the admission requirements as outlined in the CEA/MNY application.

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Application Process

Scholarships are offered on a biennial basis. Applications for our next cycle of scholarships are due by April 30, 2018.  You may only apply for one scholarship each year. CEA/MNY will accept applications for the scholarships beginning March 1st of each open year through the April 15th deadline. All applicants will be notified of scholarship selection by the end of May. To apply for The Doris Haire Leadership Scholarship or The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship, please complete the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) online application and fill out the “Scholarship” area. You will then be asked to submit 5-7 paragraphs addressing following topics:

  • Describe the journey that has led to applying for The Doris Haire Leadership Scholarship or The Still I Rise Leadership Scholarship. Please review the “Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process” for guidance in writing your answer.

  • As a scholarship recipient, describe the community you will serve. What kind of impact would you like to make in this community?

  • Describe, in narrative style, your financial need and why you meet this requirement. Examples of what you might choose to include are whether you are a student and the number of people in your household.

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Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process

The CEA/MNY Scholarship Selection Committee reviews all applications to determine the best overall applicants meeting award eligibility criteria. Specifically, scholarship applications will be reviewed and scholarship selection awarded based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential for success in childbirth education.

  • Vision and career objectives, especially as they relate to diversity, and creating more informed communities around the normal physiological process of birth.

  • Demonstrated financial need.

  • Involvement in community service, especially as it relates to the birth community and diversity.

  • Serving underserved, socioeconomically challenged communities, and those with the highest racial-ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates.

After the applications are reviewed, finalists will be interviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of May.

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Scholarship Recipient Expectations

Recipients of both scholarships receive full tuition benefits including auditing and co-teaching fees (over $1,500 value.) Recipients are responsible for the $35 application fee, books (many can be loaned or used copies purchased) and program expenses such as travel to and from workshops and/or childcare costs during workshops.

Recipients will be held to all policies and standards expected of all Teacher Certification Program (TCP) students that are stated in the application packet, program policies and procedures. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the CEA/MNY policies in order to maintain the scholarship. Recipients must complete the program in two consecutive years. A request for a one-year extension must be submitted in writing to their mentor and the Education Committee, at least ninety (90) days prior to the original anticipated program completion date.

Recipients agree upon certification from CEA/MNY to work as a childbirth educator for a minimum of two-years in a community designated as underserved, socioeconomically challenged or having racial-ethnic disparities in infant mortality reaching 2 – 3 times higher than the local or national rates. Recipients must provide annual updates regarding community work that they have done via email for a minimum of two-years (updates can be emailed to the current TCP Coordinator.)

Each recipient will receive an active certified mentor to support them as well as the ongoing support of the Education Committee and the CEA/MNY community. Return to top

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