Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
The Woman's Place
I believe that it is important to choose someone who has the education and experience when you are asking important health-related questions. Certifications help you to know that the practitioner has the basic knowledge and has met all certification requirements. Experience comes from time spent applying the knowledge and skills learned during the certification process.
As an RN, I have specialized in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and women’s health in clinical settings. I also worked as a Treatment Decision Support RN educating patients on 10 medical diagnoses about all available treatment options with non-biased research-based information and helped them learn how to make shared decisions with their care givers.
As an LCCE (Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator) and FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators), I developed and taught a variety of classes related to pregnancy and birth in the hospital and private settings.
I was an IBCLC (Internal Certified Lactation Consultant) for 20 years and developed an inpatient and outpatient lactation department for a large hospital system in Texas. I also worked as a bedside IBCLC helping new mothers and babies get off to a good start with breastfeeding and in the outpatient, setting working with them to solve a variety of lactation problems. I retired from that role several years ago.
To have current lactation credentials, I completed CLE (Certified Lactation Educator from CAPPA). This certification allows me to educate parents on breastfeeding and do consultations for basic breastfeeding problems related to latch and positioning, pumping and milk supply, and returning to work. These issues can often be solved with education and practice and are within my current scope of practice. I will refer to local IBCLCs if I determine that a more complicated lactation problem requiring hands-on clinical expertise exists.
Ideally, you want to complete classes 4-6 weeks before your baby’s expected birth. This gives you time to discuss your options with your care provider and practice labor coping techniques you will learn in class. If you were unable to schedule your classes during this time period, they will still be valuable.
Here are suggested time frames for classes offered at The Woman’s Place:
Lamaze- 28-36 weeks
Breastfeeding- 28-36 weeks
Breastfeeding Return to Work- 2-3 weeks before you expect to return to work
Newborn Care- 28-36 weeks
4th Trimester- 28-36 weeks
Healthy Pregnancy- during first or second trimester
Birth Choices- during second trimester
All classes are offered as group sessions in our comfortable classroom, as private classes, or as Zoom classes. There are even a few on-line self-paced classes for childbirth education and parents expecting multiples.