Birth and Parenting Educators

Our People


Birth & Parenting Educators Instructors have been certified bythe gold standard of childbirth education organizations – Lamaze, International.

Certification by Lamaze International means that the Lamaze certified educator, indicated by the initials LCCE (Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator), has passed the requirements of the only accredited childbirth educator organization in the world.

Our organization is recognized as a Lamaze Approved Provider. That means at least 50% of our educators are Lamaze certified, the educators maintain recertification by meeting the standards set by the organization every 3 years and that we attend continuing education seminars and conferences to bring parents the evidence-based information they deserve. Birth & Parenting educators are in fact, all certified by Lamaze or in the process of obtaining certification.

_Barbara Hotelling_

Barbara has been an active birth doula and Lamaze educator for over 25 years. She maintains her certifications with DONA International and Lamaze International, is a member of Lamaze’s Certification Committee, trains Hug Your Baby Instructors, and is a DONA approved Birth Doula Trainer. In 2012 she became an IBCLC.

In addition to teaching Lamaze seminars for training childbirth educators and doula trainings, she has taught Labor Support for Nurses, Labor Support and the Teen Specialist programs of Lamaze throughout the United States , Canada, Iceland and in Korea.

Barbara has served as President of DONA International, Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and President of Lamaze International. Currently she serves on the Certification Council of Lamaze International and the Leadership Team of CIMS.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

107 Sully Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.240.5678 (h)

Education: M.S.N., Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 2006, in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

B.S.N., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1972, Nursing.

Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner: NCC, 2007. Licensed in Michigan, 5/07. Licensed in North Carolina, 10/2009.

Registered Nurse. Licensed in North Carolina (1972), Kentucky (1977), and Michigan (1984-2010).

Certified Childbirth Educator, Lamaze International (formerly American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics), 1983. Recertified since 1986. Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators.

Certified Doula with Doulas of North America (DONA), 1994; Re-certified since 1999. Doula Trainer with DONA, course approvals 1994 – 2012.

Certified CIMS (Coalition For Improving Maternity Services) Site Evaluator (CCSV), August, 2002.

Certified HUG Trainer (H.U.G. Your Baby), 2011.

IBCLC, certified Lactation Consultant, 2012.

Professional Experience:

Duke University School of Nursing 8/1/13 to present

Clinical Nurse Educator
Responsible for clinical teaching of nursing students on the labor & delivery unit.

UNC Department of Family Medicine 10/27/09 – 10/13/2012
Perinatal Nurse Coordinator, NP, Adjunct Instructor.
Coordination of the Maternal Child Health Program, group prenatal and well-baby sessions, MCH meetings and outreach. Instruction to Family Practice residents. I provided Lamaze classes in the FMC and part of my time was spent providing NP care to women ages 13 and up.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) 10/2007 to 4/2008
Board of directors; Co-Chair; Chair of the Evidence and Action Committee directing the work of project teams in developing provider and consumer products based on the evidence in the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.

Lamaze International 9/2002 to Present
Certification Council producing bi-yearly certification exams within NOCA accreditation standards.

Journal of Perinatal Education 9/2004 to Present
Columnist providing quarterly “Tools for Teaching” columns for this peer-reviewed journal. Reviewer/editor for papers as assigned by the editorial staff.

Childbirth Educator / Birth Doula 1/1980 to Present
Owner/Director/Educator for Birth & Parenting Educators, providing childbirth education classes, teen birth and parenting classes, lactation and parenting education and professional labor support.

Triangle Birth Network 3/2011 to present
Professional liaison member to the BOD.

NC Friends of Midwives 4/2011 to present
Member Board of Directors

Past Positions:

Adult Well-Being Services 7/2008 to 7/2009
Nurse Educator
Healthy Aging: Providing education to 350 Detroit seniors yearly in 7 ½ month sessions in Pre-Diabetes Prevention and Detection through the Jewish Fund grant.

Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic 4/2008 to 7/2009
Nurse Practitioner providing gynecological and primary care to clients without health insurance in Oakland County, Michigan. No salary.

Home Health Outreach 9/1997 to 7/2009
Field Nurse/Maternal Child Nurse
➢Providing in-home postpartum assessment and teaching
➢Provide assessment, teaching and nursing care to geriatric/med-surgical patients

Allied Geriatric Services 10/2007 to 4/2008
Visiting Nurse Practitioner
➢Providing primary care to adults in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.

Dr. Anthony J. Nehra OB/GYN 10/1992 to 9/2003
Registered Nurse
➢Telephone triage
➢Patient assessment, phlebotomy, patient history
➢Assisted in procedures such as colposcopy and PAPs
➢Fetal heart monitoring and gestational dating
➢Patient teaching and care.

Catholic Social Services Teen-Parent Program 1/1996 to 7/2009
Childbirth Educator
Provide Lamaze birth classes and Lamaze parenting classes for pregnant and parenting teens and birth Doula training for the teen mentors.

Durham Technical Institute 1974 to 1976
Nursing Faculty
Nursing Instructor in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Durham Technical Institute from 1974-1976. I taught clinical and classroom Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Awards/Biographical Listings/Memberships:

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2006
Nurses’ Education Funds Scholarship, 2005
Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition – ANACS – 2003
Elisabeth Bing Award – Lamaze International – 1998
Who’s Who in American Nursing, 1996
Who’s Who in American Women, 1996
Member of AANP, NPWH, DONA, CIMS, Lamaze International, AWHONN, NCFOM

Publications: (since 2000)

Is your doula practice mother-friendly? (2001). International Doula, 9(2),12-13.

A call to action and a challenge to use a standard to measure mother-friendly birth classes. (2001). Journal of Perinatal Education, 10 (3), 27-33.

Lessons learned: Helpful tips on what fathers should know in pregnancy. (2002). Fatherhood Today, 7(4), 7.

Korea’s first Doula training. (2003). International Doula, 11(3), 26-28.

Care practices that support normal birth #3: Continuous labor support. (2003) with Debby Amis and Jeanne Green. Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth.

Is your perinatal practice mother-friendly: A strategy for improving maternity care. (2004). BIRTH, 31(2), 143-146.

Integrating Lamaze International’s vision and mission statements in childbirth education classes. (2004). Journal of Perinatal Education, 13(1), vi-viii.

Overview: Styles of parenting. (2004). Journal of Perinatal Education. 13(2), 42-44.

Teaching normal birth interactively. (2004). Journal of Perinatal Education, 13(2), 51-56.

Ethics of product endorsement: Taking a look at freebies. Journal of Perinatal Education, 13(3), 1-4.

Newborn capabilities: Parent teaching is a necessity. (2004). Journal of Perinatal Education, 13(4), 43-49.

Toward more evidence-based practice. (2005). Journal of Perinatal Education, 14(1),46-49.

Advancing normal birth: Organizations, goals, and research. With Sharron S. Humenick, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN. (2005). Journal of Perinatal Education, 14(2), 40-48.

Promoting wellness in Lamaze classes. (2005). Journal of Perinatal Education, 14(3), 45-50.

Lamaze Parents’ Magazine: More than a giveaway. (2005). Journal of Perinatal Education, 14(4), 40-45.

Dylan’s birth: From his mother’s and grandmother’s perspectives. (2006). Journal of Perinatal Education, 15(1), 4-7.

Normal birth crossword puzzle. (2006). Journal of Perinatal Education, 15(1), 46-47.

Perinatal education needs of Spanish-speaking parents in a family services program in the United States. (2006). With Teresa Visoso-Rangel. Journal of Perinatal Education?, 15(??2), 46-51.

Educational preparation for pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. (2007). In S.A. Orshan (ed.), Maternity, newborn, & women’s health nursing: Comprehensive care across the life span. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Commentary: Teaching with confidence. (2007). In Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. Expert Work Group. Evidence basis for the ten steps of mother-friendly care. Journal of Perinatal Education, 16(1). 94S-95S.

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Evidence basis for the ten steps of mother-friendly care. (2007). Journal of Perinatal Education, 16(2), 38-43.

How well do your provider’s practices match the evidence? (2007). Journal of Perinatal Education, 16(4), 59-61.

Perinatal Needs of pregnant, incarcerated women. (2008). Journal of Perinatal Education. 17(2), 37-44.

Teaching normal birth normally. (2009). Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(1), 51–55.

The power of numbers: Transforming birth through collaborations. (2010). Journal of Perinatal Education. 19(2), 44-47.

From psychoprophylactic to orgasmic birth. (2009). Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(4), 45-48.

What once was old is new again. (2010). Journal of Perinatal Education. 19(3), 1-5.

Teaching in a patient-centered home. (2011). Journal of Perinatal Education. 20(3).

Evoking the power of learners. (2011). Journal of Perinatal Education. 20(4).

The Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator’s role in teaching rurvivors of childhood sexual abuse. (2012). Journal of Perinatal Education. 21(2), 127-132.

Considerations when using videos in Lamaze classes. (2012). Journal of Perinatal Education. 21(3), pp. 189-192.Journal of Perinatal Education. 21(4), 248-252.

The Nocebo Effect in Childbirth Classes. (2013). Journal of Perinatal Education, 22(2), 120-124.

Hotelling, B., and Gordon, H.G., editors. How To Become Mother-Friendly: Policies and Procedures for Hospitals, Birth Centers, and Home Birth Practices. In publication. Expected date 4.28.2014. Springer Publishing Co.

Teaching Record:

Nursing Instructor in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Durham Technical Institute from 1974-1976. I taught clinical and classroom Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Lamaze Educator for over 25 years. All but three of those years were as an independent educator teaching in physician’s offices, churches, social services programs, and finally in my home.

Lamaze International Faculty Member teaching courses internationally and nationally in labor support, labor support techniques for nurses, and adolescent programs.

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Trainer with the New York City Lamaze Program training Lamaze Childbirth Educators nationally and internationally.

DONA International doula trainer teaching courses internationally and nationally in labor support skills.

Grand rounds at local community hospitals in Michigan.

Professional Service:

Volunteer for the UNC Hospital Birth Partners Program 9/2010-present.
I serve on a committee that is reformatting the program to be more accessible for doulas and parents and also teach the birth doula trainings.

Secretary of Coalition For Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), 1/1997-1/1999, Chair: 1/2000-1/2002. Co-Chair: 1/2002~1/2003 and again 9/2011 to present. Executive Board: 1/1997–1/2003. Nominating Committee 1/2003-present.

Lamaze International: Instructor in Lamaze International Advanced Skills Programs: Teen Program, Labor Support and Labor Nurse, 1/2000 – present. VP 1/2001-1/2002. Elected to Faculty, 1/2001. Chair Regional Leaders and State/Area Coordinators, 1/2001-1/2002. Board of Directors, 1/2000 – 1/2006. President: 1/2002-1/2004. Approved as Program Faculty 7/2003. Certification Council, 9/2002 – present.

Volunteer Nurse Practitioner at the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic in Pontiac, Michigan. 4/2008 – 7/2009

Membership Chair: DONA, 7/1992-7/1994. President-Elect: DONA, 7/1994. President, DONA, 7/1995 – 7/1997. Past-President, Board of Directors, 7/1997 – 7/1999.

Perinatal Support Coach, Oakland Family Services, Pontiac, MI, 1/1985-1/1995. Support for primipara family from seventh month of pregnancy until child’s first birthday. Participated in training of volunteer perinatal coaches and birth companions, Speaker’s Bureau and Replication Project.