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The Lamaze community is filled with maternal-child health professionals in all disciplines, from many different backgrounds, and living all over the world. Find inspiration and ideas by reading their journey to childbirth education, the resources they rely on to teach parents, their goals as maternal health professionals and more.

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Datia Rosenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE

Where do you live? Champaign, Illinois
How many years have you been teaching? 5 years
 

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? I would say having experienced myself labor and childbirth both in the United States and then Mexico, and learning a lot afterwards transformed me into a passionate educator with a mission — empower, prepare and share confidence with other women to become the star of the show during their childbirth experience.

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)?
I wanted to learn from the best, accredited international organization, and I know that Lamaze is always updating information and partnering with scientists to promote safe and natural childbirth outcomes.

Who or what influences your teachings?
My teaching is influenced by several factors but I would say the most important influences are learning from the midwifes, learning from past experiences with military doctors, reading a lot and continuing education. Social media has also been a source of positive influence on my teachings.

Keep reading about Datia.
 

How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
The Lamaze philosophy is the base of my teaching. Every single time I teach, I cannot stress enough the importance of the six healthy birth practices. Even when I am meeting with pregnant clients and families, I use the examples and benefits of the six healthy birth practices in those conversations so that they are extremely familiar with the benefits of applying them and all the research behind them early on.

How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
Make sure you have access to all of their helpful resources – journals, magazines, emails, website, and online resources. And of course if they have the possibility, to attend one of the Lamaze conferences/summits.

What is your goal as an educator?
As a Doula and prenatal educator my goal is to make sure my clients and people I teach are satisfied with the information, the interactive exercises and comfort measures, feel prepared and empowered to begin the journey of parenthood, and know all of their options to make informed and wise decisions for the best outcome possible.

 

Maanjit Kaur, B.PT, COMT, LCCE  

Where do you live? Ludhiana, Punjab, India
How many years have you been teaching? 10 years
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? My goal as an educator is to always serve my community with the best evidence-based knowledge that Lamaze provides and to keep trying to make every woman realize the wisdom and power she is born with to give birth naturally and make wise decisions in childbirth.

Keep reading about Maanjit.
 

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator? 
Because Lamaze was the only organization that my mind and my heart said to just do it! I always wanted to get the best knowledge in this field, so I got certified.

What or who influences your teaching?
There are many people in my life who have influenced me in some way. One of them is Dr. Vijaya Krishnan, co-founder of the sanctum natural birth centre, and my mentor, a brilliant teacher and a loving human soul.

How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
My advice is to keep yourself connected with Lamaze and all their amazing conferences and keep recertifying as an LCCE to improve your knowledge and skills.

 

Claire Wyborn, LCCE, Birth and Postnatal Doula 

Where do you live? Melbourne, Australia
How many years have you been teaching? 2.5 years
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? My goal as an educator would be to collaborate virtually with my daughter focusing on the 6 Health Birth Practices and grow Childbirth Education Australia group classes. Also, it would be amazing to hold endorsed Lamaze classes in local hospitals.

Keep reading about Claire.
 

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
I have always had a desire to share and talk about childbirth, my own births taught me so much. When Tanya was completing her training certifications, I think I was the first to sign up for her first course in Australia in 2016.

What or who influences your teaching?
Quite a few renown humans influence my work! I would say information has been a huge influence. Information is always updating, so it is important to have credible and balanced information to ensure you are doing the right thing by your clients.

How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
I use Lamaze resources as a reference for childbirth topics and to support my adult learning courses.

 

Hilary Baxendale, LCCE, Certified Birth Doula, CLC

Where do you live? Westchester, New York
How many years have you been teaching? 6 years
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? My goal as an educator is to have birthing people leave my class feeling more confident about their role as the ultimate decision maker in the birth room.

Keep reading about Hilary.
 

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
When I became pregnant with my first son in New York City, I stuck with the GYN I had been using for years and happily went along with all of her suggestions; including her opinion that I didn't need a CBE class because "the nurses would tell me what to do" and an induction because I must be "so done" being pregnant at almost 41 weeks. In the end, I had a vaginal delivery and a healthy baby, so why didn't I feel satisfied with my experience? I realized that I never once questioned my very medically managed birth and didn't know what to say even if I had wanted to. I then set out to inform myself more on the birth process and maybe even more importantly, on what evidenced based care really was and how to advocate for it.

What or who influences your teaching?
Humor! I know some people are not excited about taking time out of their already busy pre-baby schedules to slow down and take a CBE class, but with a fast paced and interactive class combined with a good dose of humor, almost everyone is surprised at how "time flies"!

How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
Lamaze has some really amazing handouts that are available to its educators that I've used to supplement what I'm teaching in the classroom. I know the visual learners in class (and forgetful ones) really appreciate the take-home information.


Dawna Insua, CBE, Doula, BA (Birth Assistant), CLC, LCCE

Where do you live? Cooper City, Florida, USA
How many years have you been teaching? 6+
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? Extending my reach. I want to be available for all families, in all circumstances to help empower, educate, and provide the best resources for them so they can make the best decisions surrounding the birth of their child/children allowing them to enjoy their pregnancy/birth/postpartum experience.

Keep reading about Dawna.

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? I started my journey supporting growing families as a birth doula. Very quickly I realized the gap between the expecting family and the healthcare system. I noticed mostly fear-based information is given to families to prepare them for what to expect as far as policies and procedures in the birth place, and very little on how their bodies and babies work together and even less on natural resources for natural labor and birth.

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)? I chose Lamaze after researching information for a client and finding great resources on the Lamaze site. I already knew the accreditation Lamaze holds, and thought it would be more beneficial to be a direct part of the Lamaze team.

How, where, and what do you teach? I have developed my own outline for classes based on the vast experience I have gained attending births and supporting new families. I teach private classes and group classes to expecting families along with some postpartum care classes. I have traveled and volunteered in Haiti. I have mentored other doulas in the area and open my classes to them for observation and participation when they are accompanied by an expecting family. I have been invited to teach in a hospital setting to L&D Nursing Staff and plan to use my LCCE to take part in that journey soon.

 

Eftychia Topouzi, LCCE

Where do you live? Athens, Greece
How many years have you been teaching? 5
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? To support and educate families by providing evidence-based information, so as to make informed choices and experience the birth of their child with self-confidence, respect, calmness, love and connection.

Keep reading about Eftychia.

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? My initial journey started when I shifted careers from Marketing & Communications to Perinatal Care, by becoming a doula. Childbirth Education came right after when I felt the need to provide families with all the necessary information and support that I needed when pregnant.

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)? I chose to become a LCCE because Lamaze totally represents my values and beliefs, both as a professional and an individual.

What or who influences your teaching? The philosophy of "learning throughout life" and the fact that I join mothers at the point where they allow me to "meet" them, with empathy and respect.

 

Jessica Deeb, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, LCCE

Where do you live? I just moved to Bethlehem, NY, having lived in Manhattan for the last 10 years.
How many years have you been teaching? 8
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? To be a life long learner. There is so much more to know!

Keep reading about Jessica.

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? As a bedside nurse, one of my most favorite parts of postpartum care was educating families during their hospital stay. In 2010 I began volunteer teaching at a pregnancy center and shortly thereafter, Eileen DiFrisco (former Lamaze International President) approached me about teaching at NYU Langone Health and becoming Lamaze certified. Having just given birth to my first baby, I realized the value of childbirth education.

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)? Pursuing Lamaze certification was an easy decision. Their philosophy matched my own. It was extremely useful to be able to center my teaching around Lamaze.

What or who influences your teaching? Families are the constant driver of my teaching. Their needs are constantly changing.

 

Robin Gibson-DouthitRobin Gibson-Douthit, CD (DONA), CLC, MA, LCCE

Where do you live? New York City (born and raised)
How many years have you been teaching? 7
What is your goal as a childbirth educator? To share The Simple Story of Birth in order to replace my students' fears and anxieties about the birthing experience with solid information and advocacy skills... to make them excited about what's ahead instead of being terrified (being afraid is such an awful way to meet one's birthing experience!).

Keep reading about Robin.

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education? I was a doula for a few years and realized my birth clients (particularly those who did not take a childbirth preparation class) needed to know more about what can happen during labor in order to feel more prepared for the experience. That's when I signed up for the Lamaze seminar.

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)? I loved the fact that Lamaze is a comprehensive program based on six healthy practices for the best birth outcomes and I appreciated the depth and simplicity of those six recommendations.

How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze? My strongest recommendation is for members to read the Journal of Perinatal Education, join the members' Facebook group for great teaching ideas, attend the Lamaze conferences when you can, and stay up to date with the webinars. If you are on the teacher certification track, I especially recommend finding a Lamaze certified instructor to mentor you beyond passing the Lamaze exam and into your first teaching gig!

When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing? Reading!! I'm an avid reader, I usually have 2 or 3 books that I'm reading around the same time, and one of them is usually about birth! And of course, spending time with my family is precious!

 

Lynda SmithLynda 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

Keep reading about Lynda.

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.

 

 

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