ABOUT CEA

The Childbirth Education Association of Cincinnati was established in 1950 by Richard T. Schmidt MD, and wife Margaret (Peg) Schmidt RN, who with vision and courage founded CEA as a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing couples for the birth of their baby.

All CEA instructors are actively licensed and registered in their professions. All of the RN’s are also Certified Childbirth Instructors. Breastfeeding instructors are Certified Lactation Counselors. In addition to maintaining licensure and certifications, our instructors are required to have 6 hours in continuing education each year pertaining to childbirth education.


Our Mission

Our goal is to provide education to families based on their needs and interest in areas of women’s and infant’s health. Our role in the community is to continue to be an advocate and educator for families regarding health issues throughout the child-bearing period.

Our group of Registered Nurses and Registered Dieticians provide comprehensive childbirth preparation. We maintain membership in various professional organizations and are certified Childbirth Educators and or Certified Lactation Counselors.

Our classes are designed to meet your individual educational need. We maintain class sizes between 5-8 couples which provide you with intimate and personal class settings. While there are a number of childbirth classes available, CEA classes are comprehensive, in-depth and focused on preparation, with plenty of time for questions!


“I started teaching to inform couples about the choices available to them for a positive childbirth experience. The more information you have, the better prepared and relaxed you are.”
— Linda Feist BSN, RN, CPCE & CEA Instructor