My choice to do the Lamaze Childbirth Educator training course with Tanya Strusberg, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in Melbourne was not a difficult one. I had investigated the Lamaze course in 2014, but after realising that there were no trainers here in Australia, I let that dream sit on the shelf. As providence opened the way for me to meet Tanya and for her certification to come through from Lamaze International to train childbirth educators, I was super keen to sign up. Lamaze for me is the ultimate standard for childbirth education. The history and foundation of Lamaze was something that I admired. Their Healthy Birth Practices sit well with my core beliefs that women need good evidence-based information and support during pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
I was one of 10 women who did the five days of training, and Tanya taught us with an air of professionalism and humour. We all enjoyed sharing and discussing the foundation topics. The commitment that Tanya has to us as her students, the ongoing support and tutoring that we will receive over the coming months culminating with our exam later in the year, is commendable and encouraging.