Class was very informative and we feel much more confident. Our instructor taught class very well - she covered many topics, used real life examples, and encouraged participation.

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Our Instructors

As independent educators, we are able to teach you everything that research tells us is best practices for maternity care, rather than being limited (as many hospital-based classes are) to covering only the options available at one institution.

We hire Certified Childbirth Educators, actation educators, CPR instructors, and other specialty instructors. Many of our breastfeeding instructors are IBCLC certified lactation consultants, which is the gold standard in the field. All our teachers have professional backgrounds and have received additional specialized training in our field of expertise. We also require annual continuing education for all of our instructors.

The majority of our instructors have worked with women in labor, either as a nurse or as a doula. Almost all of our instructors are parents themselves, and have personal experience with birth and parenting. Some instructors are also grandparents, giving added depth and value to their multigenerational experiences.

Meet the Great Starts Instructors

erin-bErin Brolley
Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care
BreastfeedingRead more about Erin >>
audrey16Audrey Miles-Cherney

Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care
Breastfeeding

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kathrinachowKathrina Chow

Breastfeeding
Newborn care

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Tara Coffin

Breastfeeding
Newborn care

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barbdeckerBarb Decker

HypnoBirthing® series
Newborn care
Breastfeeding

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Adrienne Dienst

Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care

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janelle-durham Janelle Durham

 Professional Childbirth Educator Training
 Newborn care
 Breastfeeding
 Life With Baby
 Better Birth Refresher
 Co-Author: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
malloryMallory Emerson

Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care

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Catherine Fenner

Breastfeeding

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Camie Jae Goldhammer

 Breastfeeding
 Newborn Care

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Jenny Burris Harvey

Babysafe/Infant CPR

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kimjKim James

 Lamaze® series
Newborn care
Professional Childbirth Educator Training

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Shelia Kandeler

Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care
instructorCindyLCindy Langdon

 Great Starts Birth Preparation series
 Newborn care
 Babysafe & Infant CPR

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laurielLaurie Levy

 Great Starts Birth Preparation series
 Newborn care
Working with Labor Pain

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Joy MacTavish

 Breastfeeding

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Tracy McPhillips

 Great Starts Birth Preparation series, including Teen classes
 Newborn care

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Sharon Muza

 Great Starts Consulting Instructor

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Katharine Neill

 Great Starts Birth Preparation series
 Newborn care
 Working with Labor
 Babysafe & Infant CPR

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Sheryl Rasmussen

Expecting Multiples
Preventing Preterm Birth

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Katie Rohs

Great Starts Birth Preparation series
Newborn care

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penny-simkinPenny Simkin

Birth Preparation Series with Penny Simkin
(8 weeks)
Newborn care
Sibling Preparation for Kids
Professional Childbirth Educator Training
Co-Author: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
Dolly Smith

Breastfeeding
Adoptive Family Classes

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sarahsSarah Stempski

Babysafe/Infant CPR

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catesturtevantCatherine Sturtevant

Breastfeeding
Newborn Care

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kathywilsonKathy Wilson

 Great Starts Birth Preparation series
 Newborn care
 Breastfeeding
 Life With Baby
 Babysafe/Infant CPR