Lynda Smith, RN, CM, LCCE
Where do you live? Gerringong, Australia (South of Sydney on the Coast)
How many years have you been teaching? 1.5
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? To empower women to confidence
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What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? My mother taught home classes to pregnant women in South Africa in the 70's when I was a child. She followed the teaching of Marjorie Karmel and the psychoprophylaxis method that she learnt in the UK in the 1960's. I remember many pregnant ladies coming to our house to learn Lamaze breathing, physiology of birth and the importance of partner support. My mother taught me how to cope with labour and I have taught many friends the same things because they worked! Mostly, hospital classes do not prepare women enough. I decided to become a midwife the day after my first baby was born and left teaching for midwifery. Now 3 years into being a midwife, I am about to do my Lamaze Certification Exam in November this year. I will be following in the footsteps of my mother, which is an honour, and I hope to continue to empower women and make a difference for their birth and parenting experiences.
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)? I believe that Lamaze offers a good evidence-based philosophy of pregnancy, birth and parenting. It works very well with my employment as a midwife and I hope to teach privately as well as influence the way classes are taught in our hospital.