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Jean Schoppel, RN, BSN, FACCE, IBCLC, LCCE

Jean_Schoppel.JPGWhere do you live?

Tappan, New York, USA

How long have you been teaching?

44 years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

I took a Lamaze class when expecting my first child. I had been working as an RN in OB-GYN at Cornell Medical Center, which was also my Alma Mater. I knew after my OB-GYN rotation in school that that was the area I wanted to work in, and experiencing labor and deliveries of women using Lamaze, versus those not, convinced me that Lamaze was the only way to experience childbirth. My Lamaze instructor was Elisabeth Bing!

Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?

Doing Lamaze with my daughter and having a great experience convinced me that I should help others have a similar amazing experience.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I taught at my Alma Mater, NY Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, now New York Presbyterian at the New York Weill Cornell Center, until I retired in 2005. I now teach privately in clients' homes. I teach Lamaze, breastfeeding and CPR, as well as doing lactation consultations and renting breast pumps.

What or who influences your teaching?

My own experience as well as that of my three daughters, and certainly the experiences of my students.

What is your goal as an educator?

To help couples have the most rewarding birth experience possible. 

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

I read the Journal of Perinatal Education and usually attend the annual Lamaze conference. 

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

Do as I do (read the JPE and attend the Lamaze conference), as well as network with colleagues. 

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

Enjoying the outdoors, skiing in the winter, travelling and spending time with my husband of 50 years, 3 daughters and sons-in-law, and 7 grandchildren.