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Pamela Carmona, LCCE

Where do you live?
I live in Los Angeles, CA

How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1981.

When teaching, what is your idea of perfect happiness? 
My idea of perfect happiness at the end of class when the students clap and are so excited they feel empowered that they ready to tackle birth and feel confident that they can do it.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery as a childbirth educator?
Lowest dept of misery is the lack of support by the hospital delivery MD’s and nurses.  Couples become frustrated when they are not allowed to walk, and in some cases utilize the birth ball they’ve practiced during Lamaze.

What are your most indulgent childbirth educator habits? 
Make it more convenient for couples and provide a weekend Lamaze class so students don’t have to come to hospital for 5 sessions.

Who do you consider to be a heroic educator?
I consider myself a heroic educator and advocate.

What influences your teaching?
My life and the birth of my three sons influence my Childbirth class teaching.

If you could have any teaching aid, what would it be?
I would love to have state of the art visuals, videos for couples, give aways (car seat, birth ball, how to care for your baby and resources etc).

What is your most marked characteristic in class?
My most marked characteristic in class is encouragement and appreciation that the couples took the time before their baby was born to attend a Childbirth class to prepare for birth and taking the first step to becoming a great parents.

What is your principal weakness as an educator?
At times I am unorganized which leads to impatience.

What is your end goal as an educator?
My end goal as an educator is to empower couples. My greatest accomplishment is when a mother changes her view and decides to Breastfeed her baby rather than bottle feed.

Who are your favorite birth writers? 
My favorite birth writers are Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries of Lamaze International

Which contemporary birth practices do you most despise?
What contemporary birth practices do I most despise elected Cesarean

Which natural gift would you most like to possess?
The natural gift I would most like to possess is love and wisdom

What is your motto?
We should all be treated with respect

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

I am a Health Educator and teach at Saint Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CA and teach in surrounding schools.

How do you use Lamaze resources to support you as an educator?
I use Lamaze resources to advertise my classes and the annual conference for updates
 
How can other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
Volunteer and participate in Lamaze activities and stay current.