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Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE

Where do you live? Andrea Lythgoe.jpg
Sandy, Utah

How long have you been teaching?

Nearly 17 years. I taught my first series when I was due with my daughter Callie at the same time as most of the women in my class.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I teach a class I like to call "Non-denominational" Natural Childbirth at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City. Occasionally I teach private courses to families with unusual schedules or special circumstances. I also run UnderstandingResearch.com to help birth professionals better understand how to read and understand research.

What or who influences your teaching?

So many, many things! I've learned from adult education theory, I've learned from watching and interacting with other great teachers - everything from other childbirth educators to a second grade teacher to a high school science teacher. I've learned from the families who attend my classes. 

What is your goal as an educator?

To have actively engaged people in my class. To go on lots of good tangents. A class that leads you to a topic you hadn't planned is a class that is getting information they want and need.

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

I use the access to the Cochrane Library fairly often, and I love reading (and occasionally writing for) Science and Sensibility. Lamaze International Conferences are always hugely rewarding and energizing and I attend as often as I can pull it off financially. 

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

Follow (and actually read) the Lamaze publications. Every now and then take some time to poke around the Lamaze web site and see what's new or rediscover something you've seen before. If at all possible, attend a conference. Most educators teach alone, no coworkers in site. Spending a weekend with hundreds of educators always sends me home with lots of new friends and new ideas.

When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

Photography - professionally I specialize in births, and personally I love shooting landscapes and nature close ups. We also love to travel to National Parks or the coast as often as possible as a family.