As independent educators, we are able to teach you what 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, lactation 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 and ongoing evaluations 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