Amy Julian, R.N., PCD(DONA), CLC, LCCE
Where do you live?
Canton, Ohio, USA
How long have you been teaching?
I have officially been teaching for two years.
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
I began my career as an O.B. nurse in 1990, worked briefly, then raised my three sons for 15 years. When I was ready to return to work, I did not feel drawn to, nor qualified for, staff nursing. I knew, however, that I wanted to work with new mothers and babies. I became a postpartum doula and realized that teaching was my favorite part of the job. I have since become a Lamaze educator and that is where my passion lies. I also attend many of my student's births as their doula.
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
I became a Lamaze educator because I love to teach and have a firm-belief in evidenced based practice.
How, where, and what do you teach?
I teach independently at several different locations: The Mother's Nest, The YMCA, and The Breastfeeding Center. I also teach private classes in my home and in the homes of clients.
What or who influences your teaching?
My original Lamaze educator, Yvonne Ceslak, who taught my husband and I in 1987 impacted my births and my career path greatly. I have also been influenced by my mentors in both childbirth education and doula work.
What is your goal as an educator?
My goal is to make each and every student and partner feel prepared, empowered and as relaxed as possible as they begin the adventure that lies ahead. I strive to provide and realistic, yet optimistic, view of birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum period.
How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
I use many of the handouts in my classes. I also refer all of my students to the Lamaze website. My husband passed away unexpectedly last summer and I was unable to attend the Lamaze conference but I am SO looking forward to making it to the next one.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
The website is so comprehensive and helpful. I would suggest they dedicate some time to exploring it. I also find the e-mail useful.
When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, traveling, Cleveland Indians' baseball, and attending concerts (I've seen Bruce Springsteen over 100 times).