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[...] throughout my early years and into high school, I had no intention of working in any aspect of healthcare. [...] I have kept my workshops here in North America.
Featured Educator Tara Karels When the International Journal of know my passion is teaching. I love the them with evidence-based information. Childbirth Education contacted me to group dynamics and sharing in such an It was at that first ICEA workshop write an article about my experiences important time in family’s lives. in 1998 that I knew I wanted to teach in childbirth education, I was thrilled! My first experience with ICEA was not only childbirth classes, but also one I have been teaching childbirth classes in 1998. I was just starting to teach for day be a faculty for ICEA. I knew that for 11 years. I am an ICEA certified my hospital and they sent me to the I loved teaching in a group setting and childbirth educator, an ICEA certified Basic Training for the Childbirth Educa- dreamed of one day traveling to cities doula, and an ICEA approved trainer. tor workshop. I had a great time at that across the United States teaching the I am also a mom to three beautiful workshop. I left armed with everything workshops for ICEA. In 2006, I was children ages 12, 10, and 8. Like many, I needed to get started teaching. ready to apply for a faculty position, my journey to becoming a childbirth Six years later, I attended the same but ICEA had new ideas to bring the educator was inspired by life events. workshop and had an entirely different workshops to more communities. So, In fact, throughout my early years and experience. This time, I learned new in 2007, I attended the first “Educating into high school, I had no intention of ideas to spice up my classes and I was the Educator” training in St. Charles, working in any aspect of healthcare. able to network with other educators Illinois at Convention that year. I It was an unplanned pregnancy at age and glean new ideas for teaching. The became certified as an ICEA Approved 17 that changed my life. The nurses’ workshop content was the same. It was Trainer with the flexibility to present support was tremendous through my where I was in my professional journey the workshop anywhere in the world! labor, delivery, and postpartum as I that affected what I could take from With the guidance of Marilyn Hildreth, placed my baby for adoption. I thought each experience. I did just that. In January of 2008, Mar- birth was the most amazing experience! I chose certification through ICEA ilyn and I traveled around the world to Seven years later, I had graduated from for two primary reasons. I felt ICEA’s Doha, Qatar to present both the ICEA nursing school and gained some experi- certification program was more com- Childbirth and ICEA Doula workshops. ence working in a hospital when I took plete than any other organization in It was an amazing experience. Since my first job as a labor and delivery preparing you to teach and supporting then, I have kept my
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