Harriet R. Barry, BA, MS, BFC, LCCE, FACCE
Where do you live?
Brooklyn, New York
How long have you been teaching?
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
I met Elisabeth Bing during my pregnancy.
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)?
My personal birth experience was the main factor in my decision to become an LCCE.
How, where, and what do you teach?
Private and presently on faculty of Parent Family Education at Roosevelt Hospital (recently changed to Mount Sinai West).
What or who influences your teaching?
My original influence was Elisabeth Bing. In more recent years, the needs and disappointing experiences from the public have been my influence.
What is your goal as an educator?
My goal is to encourage obstetricians to take Lamaze classes. I had many physicians taking classes from 1975 to 1982.
How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
I utilize many of the website tools, as well as the Journal of Perinatal Education.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
My advice for receiving maximum value from Lamaze is to always find opportunities to exchange ideas with other LCCEs and observe how they teach their classes.
When you aren't teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy giving concerts and lectures. I am a trained classical singer, with an emphasis on 17th and 18th century songs, some Grieg, Brahms, Yiddish, Hebrew, and American.
Are there any other fun facts you would like to share?
I once produced an Edinburgh Film Festival prizewinning documentary that was used as the only visual color record for Jerome Robbins’ Fiddler on the Roof. Additionally, in 1978, I may have been the first Lamaze instructor to teach AND support during labor a woman who successfully had a VBAC after two previous cesarean births.