NYC Lamaze Trainers

Allison Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE, Postpartum Doula

Allison Walsh is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (2006), Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (2000), and and doula (2000) in private practice in New York City. She is one of the three founders of the Lactation Learning Collective, which offers education and support to those on the pathway toward certification as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants along with families in need of lactation support. She trains childbirth educators as a Co-Director of the NYC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program and is a past president of Lamaze International and current member of Lamaze’s Certification Council. Allison has represented Lamaze International as a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee since 2004, and has served in various leadership and committee roles. Allison is a member of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council, the New York Lactation Consultant Association, and an active La Leche League Leader. She co-chaired the Save the Birthing Center Committee which was a group of professionals, advocates and consumers who fought valiantly but unsuccessfully to stop the closure of the Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt) Birthing Center in New York City. Prior to the birth of her first child, Allison was a political consultant and community organizer. Skills from that “past life” are useful in all aspects of her work in the birth world. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and mother of three formerly breastfed children. Allison thinks that babies are the most interesting of all people and never underestimates the power of a good cup of tea, fresh air, and fresh bed linen.

Judith Lothian, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Graduate Chair and Professor – Graduate Dept. Seton Hall University College of Nursing

Dr. Lothian has been a maternal/child nurse, childbirth educator, and an advocate for birthing women for over 4 decades. The focus of her practice has been childbirth education. She is currently the Chair of the Certification Council for Lamaze International that is responsible for developing the international certification examination for Lamaze certified childbirth educators. She is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education and writes a regular column for the JPE. Her advocacy work includes national leadership positions in Lamaze International and national work with Childbirth Connection, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.

Dr. Lothian is the co-author of The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.

Her research interests are breastfeeding and childbirth. She is currently completing a qualitative research study of the experience of home birth for women and their midwives.

Debby Amis, R.N., LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA)

Debby Amis graduated from the University of Texas – Austin School of Nursing with highest honors. She is a long-time childbirth educator who has served in many leadership roles in Lamaze including President of the Lamaze Board of Directors and Education Council Chair. Debby is a registered nurse, DONA-Certified Doula, LCCE, and FACCE. Debby currently serves on the Lamaze Certification Council. In recent years, Debby has presented several keynote addresses on current research for childbirth educators for Lamaze International, ICEA, and DONA. Debby is the co-author of popular childbirth resources, Prepared Childbirth – The Family Way and The Educator’s Guide. Debby lives in Houston, Texas close to her two grandsons with her husband Steve, who has also served on the Lamaze Board of Directors.

Wendy Budin, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, LCCE, FACCE

Associate Dean for Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice Division and Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing

Widely recognized as a national and international leader in perinatal education and breast cancer research, and also an advocate for forward-looking public policy in those fields, Dr. Wendy Budin serves as Professor and Associate Dean for Entry in Baccalaureate Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Dr. Budin’s accomplishments focus on advocacy in the health policy arena, where she has helped advance standards of care for women, families, and professionals. Through extensive work with Lamaze International, she established herself as a leader providing evidence-based childbirth education and resources to professionals and consumers. She also is at the forefront of improving birth outcomes through global dissemination of care practices – adapted from the World Health Organization – to promote, protect, and support safe, healthy birth.As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE), the foremost multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for educators and practitioners, she directs the publication of original research, evidence-based practice and commentary that advance healthy birth in world-wide arenas through innovation, education and advocacy.

Marilyn Curl, RN, CNM, LCCE, FACCE


Robin Gibson-Douthit, LCCE, CLC, MA, DONA Certified Birth Doula

Robin is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator who teaches childbirth preparation and newborn care classes at NYU Langone Medical Center, Tribeca Pediatrics, Birth Day Presence/Boober, as well as privately. She is a certified birth doula and lactation counselor. Robin serves as an advisor for Motherfigure, an online maternal wellness company and has had the pleasure of participating on the Pregnancy, Health, and Wellness and “Meet The Experts” panels as a speaker at the New York Baby Show. She serves as an Educator Director on Lamaze International’s board of directors and Chocolate Milk Cafe National board of directors. Her passion is sharing the simple story of birth in her childbirth classes and mentoring up and coming childbirth educators and doulas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Adelphi University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from New York University. A native New Yorker, Manhattan is her home where she shares a life with her family.


Ann has worked with expectant, birthing and new families since 1989. A lactation consultant and birth and postpartum doula trainer, she began her journey as a childbirth educator and never looked back. The parent of two adult kids and grandparent of one, Ann has also led support groups for new parents, for families experiencing loss of a baby, and for families facing challenges with perinatal mental health.  Ann lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and a long-haired dachshund, Howie.

Jeanne Green, MT, LCCE, CD(DONA), FACCE

Jeanne became a Lamaze Childbirth Educator in 1975 following the birth of her second child. She has been an active member in and speaker for Lamaze, ICEA, and DONA International conferences through the years, as well as founder of local birth organizations in Arkansas and Texas. Teaching childbirth classes and seminars for parents, educators, and doulas, along with attending births as a doula has been her passion. Jeanne has served as chair of the Lamaze Education Council and Lamaze Specialty Workshops. She was script-writer and educator in the Lamaze video, Celebrate Birth! As a writer she is co-author of the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice paper, “Continuous Labor Support,” and of The Family Way Publications materials, Prepared Childbirth – The Family Way, Preparing for Multiples – The Family Way, and Prepared Childbirth – The Educator’s Guide. Teaching, writing, attending births, practicing yoga, traveling the world, birthing four beautiful children and becoming “Nana” to 13 grandchildren has been and continues to be a privilege and an honor.

Barbara Anthony Hotelling, MSN, RN, WHNP, IBCLC

Barbara is a Clinical Nurse Educator in Maternal Child Health in the Accelerated BSN program at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC. Her primary duties are as a clinical instructor in the labor and birth, postpartum and nursery units. She also teaches in the Center for Nursing Discovery’s simulations lab, is an Advisor for the Women’s Health Organization, teaches in the Community Health course and trains birth doulas at the school.

Hotelling’s career began with a BSN degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After the birth of her second child she became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA Certified Birth Doula and a volunteer in teen parenting programs at Oakland Family Services in Pontiac, Michigan.  She also served as President of DONA (1995-1997), Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (2000-2002), and President of Lamaze International (2002-2004). Currently she serves on the Board of Directors as CFO of APPPAH and also as Diversity Chair.

Barbara earned her M.S.N. from Seton Hall University in 2006. She is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, a Certified HUG Trainer (H.U.G. Your Baby), an IBCLC certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Birth Doula Trainer with DONA.

Her awards include Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award, Duke University School of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; Nurses’ Education Funds Scholarship; Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition – ANACS, and the Elisabeth Bing Award from Lamaze International.

Barbara is the author and co-author of thirty-seven articles and is primary editor of How To Become Mother-Friendly: Policies and Procedures for Hospitals, Birth Centers, and Home Birth Practices.

Most importantly, she and her late husband Harold have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.