Dr. Lothian is an internationally respected childbirth educator and advocate for safe, healthy birth and breastfeeding.
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 write 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.
- Ph.D. New York University
- M.A. New York University
- B.S.N. Catholic University of America
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, Intramural Research Award, Seton Hall University, 2007.
- Doulas of North America 2008 for "The Evidences Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother Friendly Care", Intramural Research Award, Seton Hall University.
- How do women who plan home birth prepare for childbirth?
Journal of Perinatal Education. 19(3), 62-67,
- Persuasion: The key to changing women's ideas about birth
Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(4), 41- 44,
- Safe, healthy birth: What every pregnant woman needs to know
Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(3), 48- 54,
- Ethics and maternity care: From principles to practice
Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(1), 1- 3,
- The journey of becoming a mother
Journal of Perinatal Education, 17(4), 43- 47,