This weekend, Jeanne and I will be attending a meeting to revise the Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Program Study Guide. If you are a Lamaze educator and enrolled in a Lamaze program in the last two years, you will be asked to complete a survey. We hope you will take the time to complete the survey. Even if you are not a Lamaze childbirth educator, we would love your input. What helped you the most to become a childbirth educator? Was it reading books and articles? Watching DVDs or videos? Observing another educator teaching her class? Attending births? Student or practice teaching? We would really appreciate it if you would share the references, books, DVDs, and experiences that have helped you the most to feel confident in teaching your classes. Please feel free to respond by adding a comment to this post or emailing us at email@example.com. Thank you!
I am studying to sit the Lamaze exam on April 22. For me the biggest help was observing a childbirth educator and doing my practice teaching. The class I observed was all lecture and very monotonous. I did my practice teaching with the same educator and did a lot of hands on practice and moving around. The teacher was impressed with how the students reacted and plans on adding some of the things to her classes.
The other things that I’ve found really helpful are the Prepared Childbirth Educator’s Guide and the Official Lamaze Handbook. I love all the handouts and ideas in the educators guide and the Lamaze handbook is easy to read and puts things in easy to understand terms.