Stephanie Trosclair, CD(DONA), LCCE
Where do you live?
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
How long have you been teaching?
I'm still a newbie! It's been 6 challenging and wonderful months thus far.
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
I first became a doula after attending a friend's birth. Once I realized families needed more options for childbirth education in my area, I began pursuing Lamaze certification.
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
Having taken Lamaze classes during my first pregnancy, I was able to accomplish my desired birth experience for both of my daughters' births. After becoming a doula, I wanted to teach families their options in a broader scope.
How, where, and what do you teach?
I teach families/consumers at Lafayette Moms & Babies (a local parenting store) and at Acadiana BirthHouse (midwife owned and operated birth center).
What or who influences your teaching?
I spend a lot of time researching how to reach millennials, since most of my students are of that generation. I like to use art, music, humor, games, and videos to emphasize points in my lessons.
What is your goal as an educator?
To bring back to our community what was once considered common knowledge of the birth process and to empower families to pursue their dream birth, no matter what that is!
How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
I love the Science and Sensibility blog! It keeps me up to date and provides inspiration for keeping my classes fun and relevant.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
The Lamaze Toolkit has been my best friend! I refer back to it while preparing for each class.
When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my beautiful family and our lively chickens (and one duck!), painting, and reading.