Sharon Parker, RN, BSN, LCCE
Where do you live?
How long have you been teaching?
Began teaching childbirth education in 1992.
How, where, and what do you teach?
While I serve as an adjunct childbirth educator, my primary focus at this time is providing professional perinatal health education to regional practitioners.
What or who influences your teaching?
While I have been influenced by well known individuals such as Penny Simkin and Kathy McGrath; I have been personally mentored by women in my community who’ve supported normal birth for decades. These women are healthcare professionals who’ve challenged the established model of medical birth and inspired their peers and consumers to embrace lower intervention and well supported birth. These women took me in as a very green obstetrical nurse, nurtured me, and shaped me into someone who believes in the power of birth and who desires to effect change for future generations.
What is your goal as an educator?
To meet people where they are; to “teach” less and facilitate more.
How do you use Lamaze resources to support you as an educator?
The Journal of Perinatal Education is a tremendous resource – one that I look forward to receiving each quarter!
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
Attend one of Lamaze’s educational workshops – they’re very well done and inspire new ways of thinking!
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Besides spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy singing, playing the piano, reading, working on crossword puzzles, decorating and gardening. I like to say, “It’s been a good day when I have dirt under my fingernails!”