Meet Our Educators
Andrea (LCCE, doula) has been teaching the natural childbirth classes at St. Mark’s Hospital since 2002. As a doula and birth photographer, she has more than 20 years of experience helping women to have the natural childbirth they are planning for. Her fun, interactive teaching style has made her a popular teacher.
Andrea has been a certified childbirth educator since 1998 and is currently certified with Lamaze International. She enjoys traveling to attend and speak at birth conferences all over North America, and she’s a regular contributor to the Lamaze blog, “Science and Sensibility.”
Destiny ICCE, BD(DONA), PCD(DONA), PRYT acquired her BFA in Modern Dance and Education from the University of Utah. She is a certified childbirth educator through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and is certified through DONA International as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Along with being involved with the birthing community running a parenting group she has taught somatics for over 12 years, and is currently teaching Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga. Her diverse education and training have been a catalyst to confidently educate our community through-out their reproductive years. Her goal is to guide people in becoming stronger, healthier and well-balanced in their lives.
Gaylene (RN) has been an RN in labor and delivery at St. Mark’s Hospital for over 33 years. She has taught a multitude of childbirth education classes, but the super sibling class is her favorite. When Gaylene wrote the course, she wanted to make the class fun for the new brothers and sisters by focusing on the excitement of having a new baby come home.
Not long ago, a mother-to-be asked Gaylene if she had been teaching the course for a long time. She stated that when she was six years old, she came to St. Mark’s Hospital for a sibling class. She added that she remembered having taken the class as a youngster and that was why she had brought her daughter to the class.
Gaylene also teaches the sibling-attended birth class for parents who want their children to actually be at the birth. Birth is a journey that all humanity has made, and Gaylene is honored to be a part of yours.
Jill (RN, BSN) has a passion for women’s and children’s health. As an experienced labor and delivery nurse, she has assisted countless laboring women give birth to their newborn babies. Jill’s experiences as a labor and delivery nurse gave her an even greater desire to help educate and prepare pregnant women and their families for their childbirth experience. This led to Jill becoming a childbirth educator at St. Marks Hospital, a position she has loved since 2010.
Jill specializes in teaching childbirth education classes focused on newborn care and safety, infant CPR and cesarean sections. She also loves giving tours of our women’s pavilion to expecting parents and their families. When she is not teaching, Jill enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and with her family.
Julia (CNCS, Doula) has a passion for mothers and newborns and cherishes her role as a Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula since 2012. Previous to her work with new families, she worked in the medical field for over 17 years, gaining experience in specialties ranging from ophthalmology to orthopedics. She is an accomplished baker and eager traveler, but adores her role as a mother to 4 growing children. Her inquisitive nature paved the way for her expertise in newborn care.
Julia specializes in teaching our Baby Steps class and strives to provide honest, evidence-based information to all of her students. With a passion for her profession, Julia inspires confidence by giving you the facts and respecting your choices. Together, she helps you achieve your parenting goals.
(NCS, Postpartum Doula, Bachelors Degree from BYU in Business Management, First Aid & CPR certified)
In addition to her certifications, Kiki specializes in early childhood education. Kiki has over 30 years of experience helping children from babysitting, Church youth volunteer ages 18 months - 18 years, PTA volunteer, PTA president, volunteer PE teacher, elementary school substitute teacher, and Preschool teacher for 6 years. As a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS), Kiki has found a passion for educating and helping parents and families to navigate and enjoy the ups and downs of parenting. Kiki's reputation as a trusted and reliable caregiver has given her a wide range of experiences. She has a gift for identifying needs and offering gentle solutions.
She enjoys reading, playing tennis, crocheting and traveling. Her role as a wife and mother to five growing teenagers is considered her most cherished accomplishment.
Kiki teaches our Babysitting Class. Her skills and experience bring a unique combination for educating our young entrepreneurs and preparing them to be confident in their childcare abilities.
Liz has over 20 years’ experience with newborns and infant care, including raising five children of her own. She is passionate about helping parents and their babies find their rhythm, and does so with patience and empathy. She understands the importance of healthy sleep habits and loves educating and encouraging parents. She is trained as a Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula.
Lynda has been an Instructor in Education at Saint Mark's Hospital for 34 years. She has taught the Super Sibling Class for over 20 years. She enjoys teaching the children the new changes that will happen and how to adapt when the new baby arrives. She teaches you to develop skills and knowledge to be a helpful Big Brother and a Big Sister.
Lynda is certified through the American Red Cross and American Heart Association. She is certified in Standard First Aid/ CPR/AED for Adults, Children, Infants and Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals. She works with the Nurses to keep their CPR certifications current.
Mary Lynn has loved babies for as long as she can remember! After raising 3 baby daughters of her own, she is now loving on two young grandsons as well as 10 step grandchildren. After30 years as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, she became a certified Birth Doula, a Postpartum Doula and a Newborn care Specialist. She considers a night spent with a newborn baby a dream job.
One of the things she enjoys most about her work with families and new infants is helping new parents and especially mom's recover physically from birth by supporting and encouraging them as they begin the wonderful journey into parenthood.
Sarah’s service in maternal newborn healthcare was born out of gratitude for the care and wise guidance she received during her birthing and postpartum experiences. For the last 20+ years she has served in a variety of roles from Certified Nurse Assistant on Labor and Delivery at an area hospital to Birth Doula and currently as that of Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Specialist. As a wife and mother of 5 children, she empathizes with your needs and offers tried and tested strategies for you to have all the tools you need to make your transition into your role as parent a joyful experience.
Tawna (CBE) has been teaching childbirth education classes for over 15 years. She loves teaching and helping couples in this exciting time in their lives. She has five children of her own and uses her own pregnancies and deliveries to enhance her teaching.
Tawna enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking, and she keeps busy running her kids all around town.
Wendy (RN, CCE, CLC) has spent 25 years of her nursing career in women’s services at St. Marks Hospital. Wendy’s nursing experience includes working in an OB/GYN office as a labor and delivery nurse and an antepartum testing staff nurse.
Wendy is a certified childbirth instructor and a certified lactation counselor, and she currently provides independent lactation counseling. She is dedicated to empowering and preparing parents for a healthy, safe and rewarding childbirth experience. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.