Lauren Miller, BA (Hons), PGCE, LCCE
Where do you live?
How long have you been teaching?
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
I actually had zero interest in birth until I was pregnant with my first child. During that time, I wanted to learn so that I could 'get it right' and understand what birth would be like. Suffice to say, my reading, birth class and birth experience still left me shocked and bewildered. Twenty months later, and my second birth was fast approaching. This time I had an active toddler, and spent most of my pregnancy eating, sleeping and sitting. I had a horrible second birth, a posterior baby delivered lying down flat with scores of medical staff ready for shoulder dystocia. Afterwards I needed to understand what had happened, why my body had dilated and then closed, why I was in so much pain, why I had felt that the baby was being thrown out of my body...and I wanted to normalize childbirth in my mind before having more children. So I began my education into the world of birth...
How, where, and what do you teach?
I teach in my home or in the home of students. I teach a full Lamaze course as well as a refresher course for more experienced mothers. The women in my community have an average of six or more children, so birth is usually a hot topic!
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
The combined focus on a) best evidence and b) birth is a normal physiological process.
What or who influences your teaching?
My religion is a big influence, in that I believe that our bodies are perfectly designed by a loving Creator, and the women I teach also influence me a great deal. I find it immensely satisfying to watch women grow in confidence and understanding.
What is your goal as an educator?
For all women to be aware of their choices, their ability to give birth and also to give some wonderment as to how incredible our bodies really are!
How do you use Lamaze resources to support you as an educator?
Mainly to back up what I am teaching with solid evidence. There is a lot of hearsay that needs to be counteracted.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
To stay up to date. Most women don't have a clue about Cochrane!
When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Being in sunshine with my husband and kids. And talking about birth of course!