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Katherine Gillette-Cockerill, B.S., MAIS, LCCEKatherineGillette-Cockerill.JPG

Where do you live?

Buffalo, NY

How long have you been teaching?

4 years

What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?

A year after having my first child, I was still obsessed with birth. I missed teaching and decided to become a childbirth educator. In training, I identified the organization I wanted to work for and just kept showing up till they hired me. Then I became an LCCE a few years later.

How, where, and what do you teach?

Families, in hospitals and clinics, for a nonprofit.

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

To stay up to date on the evidence, because my personal and professional values align with Lamaze, and for portability/international recognition.

What or who influences your teaching?

My colleagues, current research, popular articles, my students.

What is your goal as an educator?

To build a community of strong kids and families.

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

In class teaching aids, professional development, networking.

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

Read your email, go on the website.

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

Cooking, being outdoors.