committee update

In an effort to ensure members are up-to-date on how the organization is working towards our strategic initiatives, we will be providing ongoing updates from various Lamaze committees.

A Note from the Advocacy & Collaboration Committee

Dear Lamaze members,

The Advocacy & Collaboration Committee is a new committee seeking to expand resources and share opportunities to scale up Lamaze International, and evidence-based childbirth education, with community partners in local, regional, state, national and global collaboration.

This can be daunting, but we are focusing on learning the landscape of programs and policies that can amplify our stories. Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar on The First 1,000 Days which introduced policy and funding initiatives for prenatal through early childhood well-being, and provided ideas for Lamaze educators to participate in these initiatives.

Community partnerships can strengthen our work. From major media events like March for Moms, to local linkages, we hope you are finding a map of perinatal services in your region. For example, if you are in the United States, check out if your state has a perinatal quality collaborative and consider getting on their email list to learn about events bringing together your community and clinical partners to focus on maternal health.

Another local partnership could be linking to your WIC (women, infant, children) program or a local health department or community center to share your Lamaze classes, especially during World Breastfeeding Month.

MemberSpotlight_InsideLamze (5)We would love to hear where your collaborations, advocacy and partnerships are occurring in your region. Keep in touch!

Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE
Chair, Advocacy & Collaboration Committee


new benefit for lamaze members

You can now buy Lamaze toys in bulk! We’ve partnered with TOMY, our toy licensing partner, to create exclusive bulk order discounts on Lamaze development toys.

Purchase toys for as little as $2.50 each and use them in students welcome bags or as gifts for clients after birth. Either way, rest assured knowing that your purchase supports the mission of Lamaze International and that all Lamaze toys are designed by experts to spark little triumphs at every stage of baby’s development.

fast facts: 2018 Annual Report

We released our 2018 Annual Report during the Annual Membership Meeting earlier this year. As a member, you are invited to review the report and stay informed about our strategic priorities, program activities and financial status.

Did you know, in 2018...

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View the Annual Report to learn more!

Are you due to recertify?

Can you believe it’s already almost June? If this is your year to recertify, stay on top of your continuing education requirement and earn your 25 required contact hours now! Explore our online continuing education options or find an approved contact hour provider. The hustle and bustle of back to school, and then the holidays will be here before you know it!


icymi: relive lamazelive! with session recordings

If you missed LamazeLIVE! 2019, you can now access the recordings and get up-to-date on some of the most critical issues in perinatal health! Nearly all of the mainstage sessions are now available – explore your options and start learning today!  

one million wishes for reproductive and maternal health

Lamaze is a proud member of the White Ribbon Alliance Respectful Maternity Care Council. As part of this partnership, you may recall us requesting support for the What Women Want Survey. We are excited that the results from this survey will be announced in just a few short days at Women Deliver, taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia next week. Learn more and stay tuned to find out what more than one million people said matters most to them for reproductive and maternal healthcare.

i spy... updated teaching resources

Have you been exploring and getting to know the new Lamaze website? If not, take a look around! You will likely come across our handouts and infographics, updated with the latest evidence and branding, easily accessible on this one page and available to purchase as tear pads or posters!  Go ahead and bookmark these pages…we know you’ll be back!


For international doula month

TWEET THIS: How can your #doula help you? This helpful infographic has the answers.


For Preeclampsia Awareness Month

TWEET THIS: You have the power to help families have healthy pregnancies by participating in The #Preeclampsia Registry. Share your story!




Meet the educators who are leading the way in our initiative to bridging the gap between knowledge and practice! The following educators are licensed to present the Evidence-Based Labor Support Workshop to labor and delivery nurses.

  • Tonnyann Hurley, Maureen Hodges and Darcy Robert
    David’s Healthcare, Austin, Texas

  • Shauna Lively and Molly McMillion
    West Virginia Perinatal Partnership

  • PernaLyn McAlexander
    Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Maria Brooks
    Abington Jefferson Health, Abington, Pennsylvania

  • Paula Richards
    The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati, Ohio

Did you know? You and your organization can purchase a workshop curriculum license and deliver this one-day workshop in your community, too!



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Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators: A Toast to the Hormones of Labor and Birth


JUNE 4: Women Deliver: What Women Want Campaign Results

JUNE 16: Father's Day