ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019 I had the privilege of traveling to Washington DC with my family in the winter of 2019. Even with so many sights to see, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit to the Lamaze International head office, and meet the people behind the organization. Fun fact: the Lamaze office is walking distance from the White House! Hahaha!
It was a quick but meaningful visit, especially for a relatively new Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) like me. I am certainly happy to represent the Philippines as one among only a handful of Lamaze educators. It was nice to share with the team a quick background about the situation of chilbirth education in the country and how we at the Pinay Doulas Collective are trying to elevate childbirth education through training and certification.
Here are some scenes from our short and informal chat.
Thank you for the warm welcome and gifts that I can share with expectant parents in the Philippines! So happy to receive, among others, a copy of “Giving Birth with Confidence”, and bundles of handouts on the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, which is the cornerstone of my classes. Expect to see and receive them when you have a session when me.
(From right to left) Linda Harmon (Executive Director/CEO), Jeanne Mendelson (Associate Executive Director/COO), Cruz Paniagua-Pardo (Membership and Financials Associate), Abbie Davis (Operations Coordinator), Laura Ruth Ward (formerly Operations Manager), Dana Pinchoff (Senior Certification and Conferences Associate)
After the visit, I am more excited to continue bringing Lamaze into the Philippines as a certified educator. If you are expectant parents who want to know how you can have a postive experience at your upcoming birth and parenting journey, join me in one of my classes soon!