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Johanna Gorab, BA, RNC, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC

Where do you live?

Northern New Jersey

How long have you been teaching?

Fifty years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

I read Thank You Dr.Lamaze just before I became pregnant with my first child. i was Visiting Nurse inNYC but worked on my days off at a local hospital in L&D. What a saw during normal birth was terrifying! Knock them out and pull them out was practiced on labor intensive women to medicated with morphine and scopolamine and let us not forget about ether for the birth. Once pregnant I contacted Dr.Alfred Tanzania who I heard speak at film showing at Flower Fifth Hospital in NYC, My husband and I took classes at Lenox Hill. We lived in New Jersey where dads weren,t allowed past the hospital lobby and there were no childbirth classes available. I first joined ASPO as a parent member and when my baby was 6 months old I enrolled in a teacher training program held in Elizabeth Bings apartment That decision influenced my entire life.After a move to the suburbs I met three other Lamaze instructors and together we would travel to Elizabeth's apt. For teaches meeting. i continued to teach from my home with three additional children and a fast growing following. Over fifty years I became an IBCLC and a Perinatal Bereavement Counselor. I currently am a Coordinator of Parent Education lactation Services. Five years ago I received the Elzabeth Bing Award. At 76 years old I can honestly say that passion has not lessened. Today we face new challenges, classes on the Internet and let us not forget the epidural..I would like to see the pendulum swing again and I hope that I still have the health and energy to help families find the self confidence to experience a prepared childbirth.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I provide breastfeeding education to student nurses,OB staff as well as pregnant women and their partners.

What or who influences your teaching?

The couples who come to class seeking information and tools to better cope with labor.

What is your goal as an educator?

To continue to do what I believe I do best for as long as possible.

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

The Journal of Perinatal Education is always a way to keep up with the latest education trends.

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

Look for opportunities to network with other instructors.

When you aren't teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

Gardening, reading, and spending time with my four children and eight grandchildren.