Make a difference now! Become a certified Happiest Baby Educator
The Happiest Baby Certification Program is part of Dr. Karp’s vision to strengthen the bond between parents and their children and to help them create happier, healthier, more loving families. In order to achieve this goal, The Happiest Baby Education Association has developed our National Certification Program. Our program rolled out nationally in November 2004 and to date we have over 3800 educators in the process of certification with over 1900 of them certified. They are teaching at university hospitals (i.e University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Northwestern), community hospitals, state programs (i.e. Pennsylvania WIC, Wyoming nurse home visitors, Alabama child death review board), postpartum depression programs, teen parenting classes, fatherhood groups, and US military hospitals and bases around the world.
By being part of our team, we truly believe that your efforts can make a huge difference in the lives of many parents and infants.
Our certification program is an at home study for the individuals taking the program. Our independent study program does not require attendance at a workshop. With distance learning the program components can be completed at home on DVD.
Our program is designed to prepare your staff to teach with skill and confidence. Certification is achievable and affordable for those wanting to demonstrate to families that a standard level of knowledge and skill has been achieved. Completion time varies with each student. Students should expect to spend 1-3 months working towards completion of the program. The length of time depends primarily on how quickly a candidate is able to complete the various components of the program.
The cost of the certification program is only $225 which includes an instructional DVD by Dr. Karp along with a CD that has all the forms and marketing material you would need to have a successful program.
The efforts of our Educators have been encouraging.
CT Department of Children and Families and University of Connecticut released a report on teaching THB vs Purple in January 2010. It was a small report that basically only looked at parent and educator satisfaction and a a few post measures of baby care and confidence (parent efficacy, PPD, soothing knowledge). They noted only 3 significant findings (all in favor of THB):
*The THB parent educators reported significantly higher satisfaction with the training (p=.014) at follow-up than the PC group.
*The THB parent educators reported significantly higher satisfaction with the intervention (p=.004) at follow-up than the PC group.
*The Baby Soothing Knowledge scale score for THB was significantly higher than that of the PC group (p=.01). Also, there was a trend (not significant) that more parents showed what they learned (and shared the materials) to others with THB vs PC:
HBB: 75% Yes & 25% No
PC: 65% Yes & 35% No
The University of Arizona recently released a 2009/2010 survey of pregnant couples pre-, post- a THB class. The results perfectly replicated the same survey they did in 2008-9: ~40% of parents said that Pre-class they were mod-markedly worried about calming their baby’s crying, post-class that dropped dramatically to 1%
In 2008, the University of Arizona conducted a survey of 225 parents-to-be before and after a Happiest Baby class. Parents reported a dramatic improvement in their confidence. Pre-class ~ 40% were moderately to very worried about their ability to calm their fussy baby and handle problems. Post-class that number dropped to a mere 0.5%!
In the Colorado Department of Public Health (DPC) Manual on child abuse, THB is recommended as to help prevent child abuse.
In 2007, Boulder Colorado Department of Health, DPH found THB 98% effective in calming fussy high-risk babies. THB-certified nurses taught the 5 S’s to 42 distressed families (teens or addicted mothers, severe prematurity, etc) with fussy babies. 41/42 reported a rapid and dramatic improvement in calming their babies (many also reported an extra 1-3 hours sleep/night). The one child where the intervention failed was diagnosed with an ear infection and his crying responded to the 5 S’s after the infection was treated. This benefit persisted over the followup period (approximately 3 months).
We welcome the opportunity to introduce our program to your community. Together we can improve education among the teenage population that you serve.
To Register or for more information please contact us at: +1-888-980-8062
Click here to view The Happiest Baby Educator Certification Program Brochure.