A short Bio about me and Birthing Basics, LLC
Professional Background & Training; Lisa-Marie Cook:
- Registered Nurse, BSN, The University of Texas-Austin
- RNC-OB, Advanced Certification in Inpatient Obstetrics, National Certification Corporation
- C-EFM, Certification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring, National Certification Corporation
- Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator, International Childbirth Education Association
- Certified Doula, Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc.
I’m a Labor and Delivery nurse with more than 25-years of experience working at various hospitals and Birthing Centers in the Washington DC area.
I have an Advanced Certification in Inpatient Obstetrics, hence my “RNC-OB” title, so I have the unique ability as a Childbirth Instructor to discuss any specific health challenges that may impact your birth. More about me is I’m also an EFM instructor.
My work at INOVA Fairfax, INOVA Alexandria, and George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) has provided many opportunities working with both midwife-attended natural childbirths and physician-attended high-risk births.
Nine years ago, Dr. Susanne Bathgate, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at GWUH, asked:
“Lisa, do you know of anyone who might be able to teach a class for this one patient that I have on bed rest? She wants to take a childbirth class, but there’s no way that she’ll be able to do a 6-week series.”
This was my baptism into Childbirth Education. It was here that I recognized the need to provide Childbirth Education to the family that might have a difficult time finding classes specifically designed to fit their unique needs. I am able to provide classes for the high-risk patient facing health issues that may not be addressed in a regular childbirth class setting.
I am also a Certified Childbirth Instructor through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) whose Family-Centered Philosophy recognizes birth as a life event rather than a medical procedure.
My classes respect the woman’s individuality and sense of autonomy, recognizing the importance of information to help women achieve their own goals for the best possible health outcome for all the members of the family. As a certified ICEA childbirth educator and recognized “Mother-Friendly” RNC-OB nurse, with Birthing Basics, I endeavor to teach my students the most current evidence-based practices to achieve the best birth possible.