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Sharron Gibbs, CD DONA, LCCE, FACCE

Where do you live?
On a dairy farm outside Vancouver BC

How long have you been teaching?
17 years

When teaching, what is your idea of perfect happiness?
That wonderful moment when it all clicks, the class is engaged and it all seems effortless

What influences your teaching? 

My daughter and her friends help me to understand how being a woman today has changed. The stresses, choices and pressures they feel are quite different from those I experienced. It is the old La Leche League concept of meeting each woman where she is that guides my teaching and keeps me current.

What is the quality you most admire in an educator?
The ability to move beyond her own experiences of birth and present balanced and fair evidence based information.

What is your goal as an educator? 
That people leave my class feeling eager, ready and competent to the task ahead; whether that is birth, teaching prenatal classes or writing the Lamaze exam.

Who do you consider to be a heroic educator?
Kathie Lindstrom who has spoken truth to power for over 20 years and caused lasting change in the care birthing and breastfeeding women receive.

Who are your favorite birth writers?
Penny Simkin, Henci Goer and Mark Sloan

What is your motto?
“If you don’t know what your choices are, you don’t have any” (Diana Korte)

How, where, and what do you teach (families/consumers, other educators, other health care professionals)? 

I teach prenatal classes for Douglas College. We provide prenatal classes to nearly 3000 families a year. I am the coordinator for our Childbirth Educator Training Programme and a Lamaze trainer.

How do you use Lamaze resources to support you as an educator?
I send e-mails after each prenatal class with the link to the Healthy Birth Practice video that supports that class as well as other things I think that class would enjoy. I also appreciate being kept up to date with research through the e-mails Inside Childbirth Education.

How can other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
Explore the new websites, both the parent and educator sites have lots of wonderful information and ideas as well as links to other valuable websites