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Shaden.pngShaden Asad, Childbirth Educator, Pre/post fitness Specialist, Pilates & TABATA Trainer

Where do you live?

Ramallah City, in the State of Palestine

How long have you been teaching?

Almost four years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

When I was pregnant with my boy 8 years ago, fortunately, I was able to join my educator Rachele Osrean in West Jerusalem. Childbirth classes empowered by journey not only through birth but after. This experience changed my life and career. A few years after, I contacted Rachele to check my options if I wanted to become an educator myself. Back then Rachele was not yet offering her specialty as a TOT. Later in 2010, I was informed by her that I actually inspired her and she is now giving the course for the first time in Israel. I was the only Arab/Palestinian in the group of 7 women. I sat for the exam the first time, but did not pass. Certainly it was depressing, and I sat again two more times for the exam but never made it. However, my passion for childbirth education has kept me moving forward.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I teach childbirth education classes to expecting couples. Additionally, since I'm running my own start up studio and childbirth education is extremely challenging within my community, I offer pregnancy Pilates classes and Pilates for pregnant women. I also offer breastfeeding workshops to try to attract as many expecting mothers as possible. Sometimes I offer my interested clients labour support as well.

What or who influences your teaching?

Being in the field has been very difficult for me in my community to attract and convince expecting couples to join my classes. Cultural barriers and limited geographic access due to the Israeli occupation have left me with a really small community. The couples in my community see childbirth education as a luxury!

What is your goal as an educator?

To change my culture towards childbirth education and make it more acceptable.

How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?

I use the Lamaze 6 Healthy Birth Practices video and infographic, in addition to the very informative articles in Science and Sensibility.

How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?

By being very active and reading every all of the research and articles released, and participating in conversations about diversity and challenges.