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Rachael.pngRachael Bieltz, MPH, CHES, LCCE

Where do you live?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

How long have you been teaching?

Three years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

Before I started a career as a CBE, I worked in the areas of health education and public health research. I always had a strong interest in women's health. After my son was born in 2010, I decided I wanted to help families have a safe and positive birth experience. Lamaze was a natural fit.

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

When I began researching CBE training programs, I found a Lamaze program that partnered with the largest women's hospital in my area. I spoke with the Director and quickly realized that having access to resources at the hospital would be extremely beneficial. I was not only able to observe and student teach their classes, but had the opportunity to observe births.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I am an educator at a local hospital- teaching Lamaze, Newborn Care and a Sibling class. I also teach privately in the client's home.

What or who influences your teaching?

My graduate training in Public Health most influences my teaching. I am always viewing maternity care practices through a public health lens. Evidence based practices and science based solutions are essential to helping women have a safe and healthy birth. The importance Lamaze places on teaching evidence based practices is another reason why I choose to certify with Lamaze.

What is your goal as an educator?

My two main goals are to:

  • provide unbiased, evidence based information so the parents to be can develop a birth plan that is right for them
  • help women and their partner feel less scared and more confident about giving birth

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

Lamaze offers informative continuing education programs that I complete to maintain my certification. I also use many of the Lamaze online videos during my childbirth class.

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

Check in often with the Lamaze for Professional website to see what resources are being offered. Many of them are free to members.

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

I enjoy traveling (my family just returned from an expat adventure in South Africa), playing tennis and hanging out with my husband and two children.