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Karen Faulk, PhD, CD(DONA), LCCEKaren Faulk.jpg

Where do you live?

Mexico City, but with a home base in Pittsburgh, PA

How long have you been teaching?

3 years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

I began as a doula, working with a non-profit that provided free birth doula services to low-income women. As I speak Spanish, I was recruited to work especially with the Latinx immigrant population. As a doula, I became more deeply enmeshed in the world of birthwork, and a few years later trained as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator.

How, where, and what do you teach?

I have taught Lamaze childbirth education in Spanish to Latina immigrants and their partners, through a local community center. I am also an anthropologist, and have taught university students about cultural, historical and structural influences and variations in norms for birthing, in both the US and Mexico.

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

I appreciate Lamaze for the quality of the content and the professionalism that it cultivates in its educators.

What or who influences your teaching?

I have had the fortune of great mentors and teachers along my path. I have learned from them not only the content of my classes, but also many useful teaching techniques and ways of communicating empathy, understanding and a passion for individual, familial and societal well-being.

What is your goal as an educator?

To inspire confidence in the families I teach.

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

I am delighted that Lamaze offers so many of their resources in Spanish, and rely on many of them in my teaching. I especially love the short videos on the Six Healthy Birth Practices.

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

Attend the conferences! And visit the website frequently, as well as being in touch with other LCCE educators in your area.

When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

Reading, spending time outside and being with my family.