Julie Lamppa , APRN, CNM & Kerry Schwalbach, Certified Labor Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula

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Obstetricks: Mayo Clinic tips and tricks for pregnancy, birth and more


Julie Lamppa, APRN, Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and mother of two. Julie’s career has been dedicated to caring for pregnant and laboring women. She was a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years before earning a master’s degree in midwifery in 2009. In addition to working as a midwife, she is a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and a contributing editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. From extensive experience with low- and higher-risk pregnancies, Julie knows things don’t always go as planned. She believes that helping women be well informed can lead to better birth experiences in any situation.

Kerry Schwalbach, Certified Labor Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula and mama of three. Kerry began training as a doula through DONA International in 2008. Early on, she wondered why some of the concepts and tips she learned for supporting women in labor weren’t on billboards for pregnant women everywhere. After putting her expertise to use with her own second and third births, she was determined to help spread such empowering information. Kerry’s 20+ years in the wellness field include roles as a health educator, Pilates instructor, and consultant for the development of prenatal media and a family wellness curriculum. She sees pregnancy as an opportunity for a woman to focus on her health, gaining tools and tricks she can continue to use as her family grows.

Rochester, MN