Terms of Use

Contract for the International Parenting and Health Institute (IPHI) Programs

I understand that if I fulfill all the requirements of any of the IPHI Programs, I will receive education and training that complies with IPHI’s philosophy and requirements to represent the IPHI.

We ask that you do not share or copy any of the educational materials received during the training as this would be considered illegal and a copyright infringement where you may be held liable.

Although we prepare and educate you for your journey to further your professional career, you take full responsibility for the income you generate and we cannot guarantee your certification or success. Income, certification and success are dependent upon how well you apply the principals learned throughout the program and how much time you put in.

I further understand that if I fail to attend and meet all the requirements for any reason and do not receive my certification, I have the option to retake parts of the program at my expense.

If medical or unusual circumstances prevent me from completing my training, a special consideration may be made for me to retake parts of the program offered in the future at my expense. Medical records may be required.

I understand that the IPHI reserves the right to ask me to leave the program if my behavior is inappropriate, unethical or violates the IPHI guidelines. In these unusual circumstances I understand I will not be refunded the portion of fees unused.

Digital Download and Online Access Usage Terms

All registrations and logins are validated by original registrant’s IP Address and are recorded each time for validation purposes. If the registered student shares their login information, the original registrant will immediately lose all privileges and access to the online learning portal and course(s). No refund will be issued if the original registrant fails to comply with these terms.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances shall IPHI be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, from the use of the information provided in our business development programs, educational products, or consulting services.

For purposes of this section, IPHI shall include its divisions, subsidiaries, successors, parent companies, and their employees, contractors, partners, principals, agents, and representatives, and any third-party providers or sources of information or data.

When you order any IPHI (or IPHI affiliate) educational or business program, you accept and agree to adhere to the IMPI Code of Ethics.You hereby certify that the information given to IPHI is true, complete and correct. You further understand if any of this information is later determined to be false, IPHI reserves the right to revoke any certification (or certificate) that has been granted on the basis hereof. You further understand that IPHI certification does not certify or in any way guarantee the quality of your work as an IPHI-certified professional. You therefore agree to indemnify and hold harmless IPHI, its officers, directors and staff from any claims due to negligence, omission or faulty advice that I may give to clients as a IPHI-certified professional. I understand that IPHI is not responsible for any actions or damages from any person arising out of my work as an IPHI-certified professional.

I release The IPHI, its employees, agents, and assigns from all liability which may arise from any and/or all claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation in the program(s).

EARNINGS DISCLAIMER

ANY EARNINGS OR INCOME STATEMENTS, OR EARNINGS OR INCOME EXAMPLES, ARE ONLY ESTIMATES OF WHAT WE THINK YOU COULD EARN. THERE IS NO ASSURANCE YOU’LL DO AS WELL. IF YOU RELY UPON OUR FIGURES, YOU MUST ACCEPT THE RISK OF NOT DOING AS WELL. WHERE SPECIFIC INCOME FIGURES ARE USED, AND ATTRIBUTED TO AN INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS, THOSE PERSONS OR BUSINESSES HAVE EARNED THAT AMOUNT. THERE IS NO ASSURANCE YOU’LL DO AS WELL. IF YOU RELY UPON OUR FIGURES; YOU MUST ACCEPT THE RISK OF NOT DOING AS WELL. ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR REPRESENTATIONS, AS TO INCOME EARNINGS ON THIS WEB SITE, ARE NOT TO BE CONSIDERED AS AVERAGE EARNINGS. THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT ANY PRIOR SUCCESSES, OR PAST RESULTS, AS TO INCOME EARNINGS, CAN BE USED AS AN INDICATION OF YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS OR RESULTS. MONETARY AND INCOME RESULTS ARE BASED ON MANY FACTORS. WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW WELL YOU WILL DO, AS WE DO NOT KNOW YOU, YOUR BACKGROUND, YOUR WORK ETHIC, OR YOUR BUSINESS SKILLS OR PRACTICES. THEREFORE WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR IMPLY THAT YOU WILL GET RICH, THAT YOU WILL DO AS WELL, OR MAKE ANY MONEY AT ALL. THERE IS NO ASSURANCE YOU WILL DO AS WELL. IF YOU RELY UPON OUR FIGURES; YOU MUST ACCEPT THE RISK OF NOT DOING AS WELL. INTERNET BUSINESSES AND EARNINGS DERIVED THERE FROM, HAVE UNKNOWN RISKS INVOLVED, AND ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE. MAKING DECISIONS BASED ON ANY INFORMATION PRESENTED IN OUR PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR WEB SITE, SHOULD BE DONE ONLY WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU COULD EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT LOSSES, OR MAKE NO MONEY AT ALL. ALL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES BY OUR COMPANY ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. USE CAUTION AND SEEK THE ADVICE OF QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS. CHECK WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT, LAWYER OR PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR, BEFORE ACTING ON THIS OR ANY INFORMATION. USERS OF OUR PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND WEB SITE ARE ADVISED TO DO THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING BUSINESS DECISIONS AND ALL INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED SHOULD BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS. OUR INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON THIS WEB SITE SHOULD BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED AND EVALUATED, BEFORE REACHING A BUSINESS DECISION, ON WHETHER TO RELY ON THEM. YOU AGREE THAT OUR COMPANY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF YOUR BUSINESS DECISIONS RELATING TO ANY INFORMATION PRESENTED BY OUR COMPANY, OR OUR COMPANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

If you do not understand our policies, please contact us prior to ordering. Pricing is subject to change without any prior notice.

Code of Ethics

The International Parenting and Institute (IPHI) code of ethics helps to maintain high professional standards of personal integrity, professional competence and practice for all IPHI certified graduates, members and enrolled students.

Students, members and certified graduates who do not adhere to the IPHI code of ethics may be suspended or have their certification and membership revoked.

As a representative of the International Parenting and Health Institute, students, members and graduates agree to:

  • Uphold coaching, eco-consulting, childbirth education, sleep consulting, nutrition consulting and baby planning industry professional standards.
  • Uphold IPHI’s standards of practice and boundaries to practice as defined for all our course offerings.
  • Be objective and promote informed decision-making for all families they work with.
  • Respect their clients in the way they discuss their needs and challenges.
  • Protect the privacy of their clients by demonstrating confidentiality.
  • Any pictures of clients should be posted ONLY with the express, written consent of the client.
  • Be fair, respectful and courteous to fellow students, members, employees and faculty of the International Parenting and Health Institute.
  • Assume full responsibility and to be accountable for their individual judgments and actions.
  • Assume full responsibility for their business decisions.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner in all online communications that are accessible by other professionals and the public
  • Act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity and to keep current with the maternity industry’s standards.
  • Professional integrity includes avoidance of the following at all times:
    • Profane, defamatory, offensive or violent language;
    • Hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs;
    • Comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to embarrass or defame any person or any organization, including “trolling”(posting deliberately disruptive statements meant to hijack comment threads or throw discussions off-track);
    • Personal attacks or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual;
    • Attacks, bashing or unprofessional discussion of other groups;
    • Sexual discrimination
    • Illegal activity
    • Abiding by private online forum guidelines
  • Properly represent the IPHI certification, not copy, imitate or replicate Mar De Carlo’s and IPHI’s sleep method without her and IPHI’s permission.
  • If a student or graduate decides to begin their own certification program that shares the same industry as IPHI and IPHI’s professional market, he/she understand and agrees that this would be considered a conflict of interest and he/she can no longer continue receiving IPHI course updates, renewals or information unless they worked out a collaboration or partnership with IPHI if IPHI agreed to.

Certification Eligibility

  • To be eligible for an IPHI certification, graduating student’s must:
    • Sign and agree to the IPHI Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, Boundaries to Practice, Mission and Complaint Policy . We reserve the right to withhold certification to graduating students that do not meet the requirements set forth. We also reserve the right to withhold certification based on all contact with candidates for certification, including, but not limited to phone calls, e-mails, and certification materials.
    • Failure to demonstrate an understanding of IPHI’s professional standards may result in withholding certification.
    • Attend at least 80% of classes, complete all homework assignments, pass an exam, and tuition must be paid in full.
    • Complete course within one year of enrollment. A one time three month extension is allowed if we are notified prior to the course one year deadline. A $495 reinstatement fee is required for an additional year if course deadline has passed.
    • Pursue continuing education and renew their certification every two years by completing our renewal form which includes a $75 processing fee.
    • Agree not to use IPHI materials to train other professionals without IPHI’s consent.
    • Agree not to offer a similar subject to certify or train other professionals without IPHI’s consent.
    • Agree to speak of IPHI in a positive and respectful manner at all times. Any disagreements or concerns with IPHI are to be discussed directly with IPHI where IPHI will work together with you to find an appropriate solution.

Standards of Practice

Certified Baby Planner

An IPHI-IABPP certified baby planner is a maternity consultant that provides unbiased support, information, education and resources to preconceiving,new and expecting parents. By evaluating their clients specific needs and providing them with the appropriate information, education and resources, baby planners empower their clients to make the best decisions for their growing family.

Baby planners tailor their services to suit their clients specific needs, lifestyle and preferences and help them to determine the types of resources, services and products that will be essential for them to utilize on their journey towards parenthood and beyond.

Baby planners are also concerned with educating their clients. By introducing their clients to a variety of options on pre-conception, pregnancy, post-partum and parenting topics, baby planners empower their clients to make informed and educated decisions. Baby planners may introduce their clients to various options regarding birthing, feeding, sleeping, health, fitness, nutrition, eco-friendly living, safety, post-partum support, budgeting, baby gear and more.

Additionally certified baby planners serve as a matchmakers , coordinators, and specialists. As a matchmaker, a baby planner pairs their clients with the most suitable and reputable services and products based on their specific needs and lifestyle. As a coordinator, a baby planner may organize special events such as a baby shower, baby moon, or maternity retreat or may arrange for photo shoots and birth announcement design. As a specialist, a baby planner can offer additional expertise if licensed or accredited in a particular field relating to maternity.

Boundaries to Practice

A certified baby planner does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients. Unless a baby planner has additional training or a specialized certification or license in a specific area of practice, a certified baby planner does not prescribe or attempt to perform additional services that require advanced training. While some certified baby planners may have the additional training, certification or licensing needed to offer services like designing exercise programs and plans, recommending diets or nutritional programs, baby proofing, installing or inspecting car seats, providing therapy, giving pre- or postnatal massage or providing personal training, doula or midwifery services, these practices are outside of a certified baby planners scope of practice.

Position on Expertise

The IPHI and IABPP does not believe that baby planners should try to be experts at everything. Instead, the Academy encourages members and students to take the time to pursue the proper training, credentials and licensing in specialty areas they have a specific interest in. Additionally, baby planners who wish to specialize in a specific area should gain experience and education in that area and should carry the proper liability or professional insurance required for each specialty service they offer.

Baby planners may pursue advanced education, training and certification in specialty areas such as baby product and gear consulting, child and passenger safety, baby proofing and greenproofing.

The Academy recognizes that specializing in each of these areas involves extensive training, education, and experience. For this reason, level one certified baby planners are not expected or required to choose or develop a specialty. While the primary role of a baby planner is serve as a maternity consultant, as baby planners gain training, education and experience or utilize their previous professional backgrounds, they may choose to offer additional specialty services. Baby planners who do not have specialized training, educational backgrounds or certifications are encouraged to build relationships with professionals who offer specialty services and refer their clients to them as needed.

Greenproofer/Eco-Maternity Consultant ™:

Service

IPHI certified Greenproofer/ Eco-Maternity consultant™ professionals use an individualized and unbiased approach, assess, motivate, educate and prepare clients for non-toxic living. They provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal green goals and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Recognizing their own area of expertise, eco-maternity consultants refer clients to other qualified professionals when appropriate.

Boundaries to Practice

¨An Eco-Maternity Consultant does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients. Unless an Eco-Maternity Consultant holds an additional license or certification in a specific area of practice, an Eco-Maternity Consultant does not perform installations that require advanced training.

Maternity Stress Management Coach™

Service

The IPHI Maternity Stress Management Coach ™ prepares and informs expecting parents, new parents, about ways to handle life changing situations via specific maternity stress management techniques, strategies, and maintenance. These techniques are provided only after a careful assessment of their personal lifestyle situation.

Boundaries to Practice

A Maternity Stress Management Coach™ does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients. Unless a Maternity Stress Management Coach holds an additional license or certification, they do not perform services outside of their scope of practice.

Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant™

Service

The role of a maternity and child sleep consultant is to empower clients by offering integrative holistic support and education in a non-biased fashion that is tailored to meeting the unique sleep needs of each individual family during pregnancy and postpartum.

A maternity and child sleep consultant is committed helping clients find the root of their sleep challenges and advising clients about all of their options so that they may make informed decisions.

A Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant works with families during all stages from pregnancy to toddler to develop healthy sleep habits that are age and developmentally appropriate. This may include working with an expectant mom during pregnancy, both parents or single parents during postpartum, and with babies and children.

Additionally a Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant provides support, information, education and resources based on each individual family’s sleep needs, lifestyle, and culture. Maternity & Child Sleep Consultants do not follow traditional mainstream “one size fits all” approaches. They may take aspects of approaches to blend and integrate with a holistic perspective and use what founder, Mar De Carlo has termed “Sleep Optimizing”

Maternity & Child Sleep Consultants follow the Holistic Science of Sleep Method developed by founder, Mar De Carlo which thoroughly examines the entire context for sleep – the physical, emotional, social, developmental and environmental factors and assess the family, not just the child sleep problem, and make adjustments to sleep that are responsive to the family’s needs.

Boundaries to Practice

A Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of the family’s pediatrician or therapist.

Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner™

Service

A Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner works with families during all stages to develop healthy sleep habits that are age and developmentally appropriate. This may include working with an expectant mom during pregnancy, both parents or single parents during postpartum, and with babies and children. Additionally a holistic pregnancy & child sleep practitioner provides support, information, education and resources based on each individual family’s sleep needs, lifestyle, and culture and creates a plan based on the Holistic Science of Sleep Methodwhich does not utilize any form of sleep training.

Boundaries to Practice

A Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of the family’s pediatrician or therapist.

Integrative Adult Sleep Coach™

Service

An Integrative Adult Sleep Coach is a sleep authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive sleep choices. Integrative Adult Sleep Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their sleep goals through lifestyle, environment, emotional and behavior adjustments.

Boundaries to Practice

An Integrative Adult Sleep Coach does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of their doctor.

Unless an Integrative Adult Sleep Coach has additional training or a specialized certification or license in a specific area of practice, a certified Integrative Adult Sleep coach does not prescribe or attempt to perform additional services that require advanced training.

A Maternity Coach™

Service

Maternity coaches work with pre-conceiving, expecting, and new parents who want to:

  • Play an active role in the decision making process and not feel helpless.
  • Increase their self-awareness in preparation for their journey toward parenthood
  • Take responsibility for the type of birth experience they will have.
  • Want their experience to be unique, empowering and powerful in its own right.

Maternity Coaches also support families through the various challenges and different stages of parenthood and help them find strategies and solutions that are right for them.

Additionally Maternity Coaches (tm) work with employers to support women to successfully make the transition through maternity and return to work. Women who have a maternity coach during their transition through pregnancy into motherhood are more likely to return to work with confidence, tranquility, and clarity.

Boundaries to Practice

A Maternity Coach does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of the family’s pediatrician.

Unless a maternity coach has additional training or a specialized certification or license in a specific area of practice, a certified maternity coach does not prescribe or attempt to perform additional services that require advanced training.

A Maternity Nutrition Coach™

Service

A Maternity Nutrition Coach works with preconceiving, expecting and postpartum families during all stages to develop healthy nutrition habits providing support, information, education and resources based on each individual nutritional needs, lifestyle, and culture.

Boundaries to Practice

A Maternity Nutrition Coach does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of the family’s pediatrician.

Unless a maternity nutrition coach has additional training or a specialized certification or license in a specific area of practice, a certified maternity nutrition coach does not prescribe or attempt to perform additional services that require advanced training.

Holistic Childbirth Educator

Service

The holistic childbirth educator provides preconceiving, expectant parents and new families with unbiased education, information, and resources in preparation for birth so that families can make informed decisions. This includes information on birthing options, health, safety and support.

Boundaries to Practice

A holistic childbirth educator does not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise their clients and additionally does not replace the advice of the family’s pediatrician.

Unless a holistic childbirth educator has additional training or a specialized certification or license in a specific area of practice, a certified maternity coach does not prescribe or attempt to perform additional services that require advanced training.

Complaint Policy

All complaints against IPHI certified professionals,members, faculty and representatives must be submitted in writing to IPHI as soon as possible and within six months of the occurrence. Complaints must be signed and notarized. Please include a detailed account of the complaint with the name of the person in question and everyone involved with the location, date and time.

The IPHI professional involved with the complaint will be notified within one week and must not contact the party placing the complaint. Upon review and investigation of the complaint, IPHI will apply unbiased and fair judgement to the best of their ability. Once a final judgement has been reached, it is final. IPHI has the right to decide the consequences of the judgment. All IPHI certified professionals must agree to the IPHI complaint policy prior to entering into the certification process and agree to abide by the decisions of the IPHI, with no right to sue for damages. This may include removal of certification, membership or warnings. Possible results may be removal of credentials and certification or warnings. We expect IPHI professionals to demonstrate professional behavior and ethics according to our code of ethics, standards of practice, and complaint policy at all times.

Confidentiality

The Recipient agrees not to use any Confidential Information disclosed to it by the International Parenting and Health Institute (IPHI) for its own use of for any purpose other then to carry out discussions concerning, and the undertaking of the Relationship. The Recipient will not disclose any Confidential Information of the IPHI to parties outside the Relationship or to employees of the Recipient other than employees or agents under appropriate burden of confidentiality and who are required to have the information in order to carry our the discussions regarding the Relationship. The Recipient agrees that it will take all reasonable measures to protect the secrecy of and avoid disclosure or use of Confidential Information of the IPHI in order to prevent it from falling into the public domain or the possession of persons other than those persons authorized under this Agreement to have any such information. Such measures shall include the highest degree of care that the receiving party utilizes to protect its own Confidential Information of a similar nature. The Recipient agrees to notify the IPHI in writing of any misuse or misappropriation of Confidential Information of the disclosing party, which may come to the receiving party’s attention.

Patent or Copyright Infringement. Nothing in this agreement is intended to grant any rights to the Recipient with regard to any and all rights of the IPHI’s rights to patents or copyrights.

NON-COMPETE TERMS

Under the terms of this agreement, you agree not to use course material with IPHI competitors or use course material to start a business that will compete with the IPHI or Mar De Carlo’s programs .

You agree to respect the confidentiality of IPHI patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, and not to disclose them to anyone.

NON-SOLICIT TERMS

You agree not to solicit students, employees, or members provided by IPHI for their own personal use including additional training classes without the written consent of IPHI.

REFUND POLICY:

Tuition refunds will be based on the date of official withdrawal. The official withdrawal date is the date that the International Maternity and Parenting Institute receives the written request for a refund. All refunds must be approved by the International Parenting and Health Institute before being processed by the International Parenting and Health Institute Accounting Department. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of the approval according to the following schedule:

Refunds are not given for any special promotions, two weeks before a course begins or after a course payment is made and enrollment form has been filled out. Credits will be issued if IPHI finds fair reason to issue one. If a student withdraws from the course prior to the start of the training, deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If a student withdraws from the course:

  • Prior to filling out our enrollment form and agreement, he/she will receive full refund of the training balance minus the $100
  • After filling out our enrollment form and within three days after purchase date if a students has not accessed course content, student will receive 50% refund
  • After filling out our enrollment form and within three days after purchase date if a student has accessed course content, student will not receive a refund and a credit may be issues at the discretion of IPHI.
  • After filling out enrollment form and more than one week of purchase there is no refund and a credit may be issues at the discretion of IPHI
  • Students who are unable to complete their course for any reason may ask IPHI for an extension to complete the course at a later date and will not be refunded.
  • Any credits issued are to be used within one year of the student’s original purchase date. Credits are provided on a case by case basis.

As a participant, I agree that any photos or videos produced by The IPHI may be distributed without limitation through any means and I shall not receive any compensation for my participation. I confirm that any and all material furnished by me for this program is either my own or otherwise authorized for such use without obligation to me or any third party. I also agree to the use of my name, likeness, portrait or pictures, voice and biographical material about me for educational and organizational promotional purposes. I further agree that my participation in the program confers upon me no rights to use, ownership or copyright.

Additional Terms

IPHI reserves the right, at any time and from time to time, to update, revise, supplement, and otherwise modify this terms and conditions and to impose new or additional rules, policies, terms, or conditions on your participation with IPHI. These updates, revisions, supplements, modifications, and additional rules, policies, terms, and conditions (collectively referred to in this Agreement as “Additional Terms”) will be effective immediately and incorporated into this Agreement. Your continued use of any IPHI course, website or any downloads licensed from it following the posting of changes will mean that you accept and agree to the Additional Terms. All Additional Terms are hereby incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.

For further information, contact us at:

info@maternityinstitute.com

Phone: 415-754-5277

Fax: 415-704-3259

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