Elizabeth Pearce, PsyD, CD(DONA), LCCE
Congratulations to Elizabeth on earning her LCCE credential this April!
Where do you live?
Northern New Jersey, USA
How long have you been teaching?
One year so far.
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
My path to childbirth education has been an interesting one. I worked as a clinical psychologist for several years as we began our family, and during my third pregnancy we decided I would stay at home with the children for awhile. I was already beginning to feel pulled toward specializing in women's issues, at whatever point I would reenter the mental health field. Meanwhile, as a stay at home mom, I was invited to attend my sister-in-law's birth. This began my journey toward certification as a birth doula, still with an eye to integrating counseling back in to my career with women prenatally and postpartum. Then, a large midwife practice ("my" midwives, actually, with whom I birthed our third child), asked me to consider teaching their childbirth classes. I never expected to be a childbirth educator, but I love preparing women for the most intense and rewarding event of their lives!
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
Lamaze is one of the most recognizable, well-trusted organizations in the childbirth education world. The pathway to certification with Lamaze felt doable, and is not quite as expensive as other options, yet I knew it would give me thorough preparation and a great credential.
How, where and what do you teach?
I teach private doula clients in their homes, individually; but most often I teach a group course to expectant midwife clients and their partners, in the midwives' office.
What or who influences your teaching?
Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices; DONA Doula training; Bradley class that I took in preparation for our own first birth.
What is your goal as an educator?
To de-mystify the birth process and help women feel confident rather than fearful. To help them know what to expect, and that they are capable of using many tools to help them emotionally and physically, and to work as a team with their partner/birth coach.
How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
I love the Lamaze Teaching Toolkit for teaching ideas and activities. The concepts of spiraling information through a birth class series and making the material as simple and interactive as possible are so helpful. I incorporate the Healthy Birth Practices into my classes.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
I'm still learning this myself, as a newer member and having yet to sit for the certification exam. But I've always been very pleasantly surprised when I've taken the time to explore around the Lamaze website and read the newsletters, how much helpful information is there to help me grow as an educator and professional.
When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
When I'm not teaching, I love homeschooling our three children (ages 2.5 - 6!), being involved in church ministry, and running off to births at all hours of the day and night. Whatever the venue, I enjoy serving and connecting with people!