Great Starts Instructor

Mallory Emerson

LCCE, CD (PALS), BADT C-FSD, Certification in process with DONA
Classes Taught:
Childbirth Preparation Series (3- or 6-week)
Newborn Care
Life with Baby
Private classes Mini series (1- or 2-day)


CBE Training: Simkin Center and Passion for Birth

Great Starts Certified Childbirth Educator

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Doula Training: Simkin Center and Birth Advocacy Doula Training (Full Spectrum)

Certification in process with DONA

BA & MA in English Language & Literature. Previously worked in higher education administration, admissions and advising


I believe that every family has the right to be an informed, active participant in the birth of their children. I strive to inspire parents to approach labor and birth with confidence and strength, allowing them to embrace the choices they will make along the path to welcoming their baby to the world. I am a strong supporter of using evidence, science, and informed decision-making to be an advocate for yourself throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Family, hobbies, etc. :

I currently live in Woodinville with my husband, two children (born in 2012 and 2015), and our sweet dog, who is an adorable beagle-chihuahua mix and thinks she was truly our first baby.  We are originally from the east coast and have been here since 2008. I love to cook, read, craft, knit, travel, and explore the PNW (especially the Pacific coast ocean beaches) with my family.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

I love sharing my excitement for childbirth and parenting and watching students get engaged in new concepts and ideas.

Which 4 adjectives would you use to best describe your teaching style:

  • Non-judgmental
  • Energetic
  • Conversational
  • Supportive

Is there anything you’d like your students to know about you, or to do prior to coming to class?

Come with an open mind, bring lots of questions, and be ready to MOVE! The more you engage with the class and let me know what you need (by asking questions, emailing between classes, or just telling me if something is “off” for you), the more you will get out of our time together. I aim to keep classes interactive and fun, and will have you up and out of your seats doing lots of different activities throughout class. I am excited to meet each and every student and help you get what you need out of class.  My goal is for you to leave class feeling well-prepared and confident to tackle birth and parenting with a wide variety of tools and skills.

What is the most important thing that you hope your students will take away from your class? 

  • Support
  • Confidence

What would you like to be doing in 5-10 years:

Learning and growing in the childbirth and new parenting community and sharing my knowledge and experience with students.

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