Aussie takes charge of international org
Lamaze International

Aussie takes charge of international org

Tanya Cawthorne has been appointed as Lamaze International's new president of the board of directors.

Tanya Cawthorne.
Tanya Cawthorne.

AFTER becoming the first non-North American to serve on the board of directors for not-for-profit Lamaze International in 2017, Melbourne-based Tanya Cawthorne has now been appointed the new president of the board of directors.

Announcing Cawthorne’s new position, Alice Turner, the immediate past president, said the Hong-Kong born Aussie will bring “true international perspective” to the role.

Originally trained at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC in 2014, Cawthorne lost no time tailoring the program for Australia, where she was the only Lamaze certified childbirth educator (LCCE) the time.

Since the program’s launch in 2016, the 48-year-old mother of two and qualified doula has trained more than 100 educators who are now teaching nationwide, dedicated to Lamaze’s mission: to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through advanced, evidence-based education.

Cawthorne is especially proud of two LCCEs she has trained: Melbourne’s Dr Millicent Matthew, an acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who specialises in women’s reproductive health; and Scottish-born Perth-based clinical psychologist Lesley Pascuzzi; who are among six rotating hosts of Lamaze International’s first podcast which has just been launched.

“Australia is definitely punching well above its weight,” said the new president.

Part of Cawthorne’s role will be supporting Lamaze Australia co-founder Leslie Arnott in heading up The BEAR (Birth Equity Advocacy Research) Program, which seeks to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and their families through project work in collaboration with stakeholders.

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship program and a Women’s Prison Project, that aims to provide childbirth education, birth support and a breast milk collection service for incarcerated women, are among the BEAR projects currently in development.

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