Rosemary D'Errico, BS, MS, RNBC, IBCLC, LCCE
Where do you live?
Suburb of NYC, NY, USA
How long have you been teaching?
Though I am not currently teaching classes, I have been certified since the late 80s and LCCE since the early 2000s. I use my teaching skills and knowledge in my role as an IBCLC.
What was your journey to a career in childbirth education?
I was a young postpartum nurse looking to learn everything I could about my specialty. I obtained nursing board certification, did continuing education and was starting to pursue my Master's degree. I knew I needed to understand normal birth better so I could better serve my patients. Childbirth education seemed the next step to improving my skills.
Why did you choose to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?
I certified through another agency years before I started teaching childbirth. When I finally got into a job as a lactation consultant/childbirth educator, my mentors were Lamaze certified. Our programs were Lamaze-based. I came to appreciate the evidence-based standards of Lamaze and chose to certify as an in-practice educator. I also appreciated the recognition and value that families placed on the Lamaze certification.
How, where, and what do you teach?
Sharing my knowledge of normal pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding is a huge part of my practice. I am very grateful for my experience in helping families to use evidence-based information to make informed choices in parenting and infant feeding. My patient education philosophy has been hugely influenced by my Lamaze background.
What or who influences your teaching?
The LCCE whose class I observed way back in the 80s inspired me with her supportive, non-judgmental and caring approach. She remains a colleague and a friend to this day.
What is your goal as an educator?
Give families the information and tools to make informed decisions for their birth and parenting.
How do you use Lamaze Resources to support you as an educator?
If I were teaching today, I would absolutely use the patient education materials and link to the website.
How could you suggest other members receive maximum value from Lamaze?
Read, attend conferences, observe another instructor. No matter how long we have been teaching, we can always learn something new from our peers and get a fresh perspective on the material and presentation
When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Though I love where my career has taken me, I am looking forward to retirement in the next few years so I can travel, cook, really learn Italian and continue volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.