Interested in becoming a guest blogger or regular contributor? Contact the site administrator, Cara Terreri, at cterreri@lamaze.org.


Cara Terreri – Site Administrator & Blogger

I began working with Lamaze two years before I became a mother. Somewhere in the process of poring over marketing copy in a Lamaze brochure and birthing my first child, I became an advocate for childbirth education. Three kids later (and a whole lot more work for Lamaze), I’m the Site Administrator for Giving Birth with Confidence, the Lamaze blog for and by women and expectant families. I continue to have a strong passion for the awesome power and beauty in pregnancy and birth, and for helping women to discover their own power and ability through birth. It is my hope that through this site, women will have a place to find and offer positive support to other women who are going through the amazing journey to motherhood.  


Judith Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE 

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Seton Hall University and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE). She writes a regular column for the JPE and is the co-author of The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence. Judith lives in Brooklyn, NY and has five grown children and eight grandchildren.


Amy Romano, MSN, CNM 

Amy Romano

Amy is a midwife and expert in evidence-based maternity care. She manages Lamaze International’s award-winning research blog, Science & Sensibility. A frequent contributor to online and print journals, Amy believes that with a better understanding of the research and scientific evidence, we can improve the health and care of women and infants in pregnancy, birth and beyond. Follow her on Twitter at @midwifeamy.


Liz Abbene, CD(DONA), LCCE

Liz is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and birth doula certified through DONA, and the founder of Enlightened Mama. Her passion for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting began at a young age. She made countless visits to the labor and delivery unit where her mother worked as a nurse and visited many of the childbirth classes that her mother taught. Liz absolutely loves sharing in the experiences with those embarking on this incredible journey into parenthood, and she believes that knowledge is the key to a positive experience during pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of four vivacious children.



Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA) 

Walker is a certified birth doula (DONA) and maternal mental health advocate. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Antioch University Seattle, and a BA and MFA degree in dance from UCLA. A survivor of postpartum depression and PTSD secondary to childbirth, Walker passionately advocates for the advancement of perinatal mental health in the birth community. She is a warm-line volunteer and member of Postpartum Support International (PSI). She is a member of the LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, and presents trainings to doula organizations on perinatal mental health and doula intervention. She lives in Sherman Oaks, CA with her husband and two children, and is a humble practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism. Learn more about walker at www.allbelly.com or on Twitter @allbelly or e-mail walkerkarraa@yahoo.com.



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Meagan Church 

Meagan is a writer, a reader, a black coffee drinker; a runner, a golfer and a lover of nature; a wife, a mother and a wanna-be world changer. Her blog, DefiningMotherhood, explores her role as a mother of two-and-a-half little ones, outside of clichés and inside the reality of it all. She is currently working on a project that explores the realities of birth, babies and beyond. Visit Unexpectant or @unexpectant on Twitter for more information or to join in the conversation. She is also the author of the children’s book Unique as Pete: How Autism Does Not Mean Different, along with various freelance articles on parenting, midwives, water birth and more that can be found at www.MeaganChurch.com.




Shannon Valenzuela 

Shannon is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a trained birth doula, and a mom of 5. She took a Lamaze prepared childbirth class for her first baby, and remembers watching her instructor and thinking, “I want to do that someday!” After completing her Ph.D. in English Literature, she finally returned to her dream of becoming an LCCE last year. Her work teaching and helping expecting mothers through birth as a doula has made her a passionate advocate of informed childbirth. Her business, Loving Birth, offers childbirth and baby care classes and serves as a community resource for all things birth and babies. A writer as well as a teacher, she has recently released a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, Silesia: The Outworlder, and is working on several other projects. You can follow her on Twitter at @skvalenzuela, find out more about Loving Birth athttp://www.lovingbirthdfw.com, and see more of her writing athttp://www.sistermuses.wordpress.com