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T HE WOMEN ’S I SSU E

Dr. Rhonda K. Lanning

ASS I STA N T PRO FESSO R, UN C S C H O O L OF N U R S IN G PRO G R A M CO O R D IN ATOR, BIR TH PA R TNERS Rhonda moved to Chapel Hill about 13 years ago and has been at the School of Nursing for 11 years, earning the title of 2018 UNC Medical Center Nursing Faculty of the Year as well as being one of five UNC faculty members to receive the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching this year. She took on her role at Birth Partners, the UNC volunteer doula service program at UNC Medical Center, in 2012 and has helped to grow the program year after year. In 2014, Rhonda created a service-learning course through an APPLES grant with Carolina Center for Public Service that provides childbirth education, doula training and breastfeeding education over the course of a semester to a mix of undergraduate, graduate, medical and nursing students. Within the first six weeks, the doulas become hospital volunteers and serve in the Birth Partners program. She lives in the Blackwood Mountain neighborhood with her husband, Jason Child, and their children, Oliver Child-Lanning, 23, Leland Child-Lanning, 19, Violet ChildLanning, 16, and Eve Child-Lanning, 12, all of whom attended or still attend Emerson Waldorf School. 66

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