Holly Lammer, BSN, RNC, RYT-500, RPYT, PPNE
So what do all those initials mean? I really am not the sort to add a bunch of initials after my name, but in this case I will use them to tell my story: I'll start with BSN which I earned at Oregon Health Sciences University. When I became pregnant with my first child my life changed forever. It was revealed to me like a lightning strike (seriously) that I needed to work with the miracle of birth. For reasons I can't really explain, I went the path of a nursing degree with intent to get a Master's in Nurse Midwifery. During that time I gave birth to 2 beautiful boys; Isaac and Benjamin (take note... they grow up in the blink of an eye).
I ended up in a busy high risk Labor and Delivery unit in Boise, ID where my jaw dropped over and over and over again witnessing the miracle of birth in all it's splendor and scariness. Thousands of births! Medicated, unmedicated, complicated, high risk, low risk, twins, triplets, c sections... you name it! I was a charge nurse, I chaired committees, I trained new nurses and nursing students. It was during this time that I pursued further certifications for nurses through the National Certification Corporation. I earned my RNC in Inpatient Obstetrics and was the first in my hospital to earn my certification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring. It was not long into this that I began to question much of what I was seeing.
I spent the next few years advocating for policy and practice change to support physiologic birth. I researched, proposed, lectured, developed educational modules, presented my findings to leadership, doctors, nurses... whoever would listen to me! Persistence paid off, but at an exhausting price. (For more detail, see my CV.) During that time I was also pursuing a second interest in fitness and yoga, basically exhausting myself and completely taxing my adrenal glands! This, in addition to life events caused a shift towards the more contemplative practices of Yoga and Meditation. This practice changed my life, prompting me to pursue a teacher training in Yoga and I received my Yoga Alliance 500hr and Prenatal Teaching Certificate through Shanti Yoga School. It was during my the next few years that I developed the curriculum for Intuitive Birth and Embryoga.
The combination of my experience watching thousands of women give birth; noticing what worked and what didn't work so well, hours of research and study in physiologic birth; combined with my own mindfulness practice which was changing my life profoundly prompted me to develop something different for women in the community. This journey has developed into a passion: researching the evidence and science behind the contemplative practices and how they support fetal growth, bonding, parenting and generally speaking a more peaceful world. I quickly became very interested in the 'pychology' of gestation and birth, joining the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) and pursuing my Prenatal and Perinatal Educator certificate (PPNE).
At this point in time, I spend most of my days as a Clinical Educator for St. Luke's Health System (see CV for all the juicy details of my history as a nurse), still work as a bedside RN in the hospital setting, and continue to develop and refine my mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting curriculum as well as my prenatal yoga teacher training work. I teach yoga regularly and believe it or not I still find energy to pursue my 'leisure time' hobbies of gardening, hiking, dipping my toes into the water (ice cold mountain lakes and natural secluded hotsprings), hiking with my friends and family and adventuring with my husband in our little camper.