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Meet Our Teachers

To register for a class, call (801) 268-7940 or register online.

Andrea


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 16 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 is a regular contributor to the Lamaze blog Science and Sensibility.

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Elizabeth


Elizabeth (RN, BSN) began working for St. Mark’s in 2010. She instantly fell in love with the obstetrical field and worked as a nurse on labor and delivery for seven years. With her transition to antepartum care she has realized the key role education can have in helping families during pregnancy. She hopes that through her classes she can continue to provide clients with the education and support they need to feel comfortable during the new transition into parenthood. She welcomes expecting parents to join her for tours of the Women’s Pavilion as well as newborn CPR courses and cesarean section classes.

Gaylene


Gaylene (RN) has been an RN in Labor and Delivery at St. Mark’s Hospital for the past 29 years. She has taught a multitude of childbirth education classes — 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, not so much on sibling rivalry, but on the fun of having a new baby come home. By bringing the children into the hospital and having a tour of the "working room," the children know where Mom is going to be when the baby is born. They get to have a ride on the bed and see all the equipment in the labor room. They get to practice holding babies and learn about keeping their baby safe. They also show off their artistic abilities by making a bib for their baby. 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. So Gaylene goes on teaching the next generation that having a baby come to your home is a very exciting event. Gaylene also teaches the Sibling Attended Birth class for parents who want their children to actually be at the birth. Gaylene says this can be a very rewarding experience for a child to actually be there when the baby is born; however, sometimes it can be like a very long car ride. Either way, preparing a super sibling or a birth participant is an awesome job. This moment that we call birth is a journey that all humanity has made. Birth it’s a life event. Gaylene is honored to be a part of yours.

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Jill


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.

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Lynda


Lynda has been an instructor for the Super Siblings class for over 10 years. She enjoys teaching the children what will happen and how to adapt when the new baby arrives. She is certified through the American Red Cross and American Heart Association and has been teaching at St. Mark’s Hospital for the past 28 years.

Her certifications include: Standard Frist Aid/CPR/AED for adults, children and infants, and Basic Life Support for Professionals. In addition she works for a traveling medical agency where she performs on-site job health check and provides employees with health screenings.

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Merrilee


Merrilee (RN, BSN) has been teaching at St. Mark’s Hospital for the past 15 years. She has taught Childbirth Preparation, Baby Steps, maternal tour, and Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) CPR. She is a certified AHA Heart code BLS instructor as well as AAP certified neonatal resuscitation instructor. As her background is a registered nurse in the NICU, she loves to teach new parents how to prepare to bring their new baby home. Merrilee graduated from the University of Utah with her bachelor of science in Nursing in 1991 and has worked in the NICU for 13 years. She enjoys the teaching side of nursing as well as bedside care. She is currently working in the Quality department at St. Mark’s as the Perinatal Safety Coordinator, while still teaching a class or two. She is the mother of five children. She is the mother of five children.

Rebecca


Rebecca (BSN) was born and raised on the east coast of Australia where she gained her Bachelors of Nursing Degree. After spending 10 years of her early career working in Adult Intensive Care Units she went back to school and gained a Degree in Midwifery, and so began her passion for working with women and their families. Rebecca has had the opportunity to work in a number of different countries and health care systems including Australia, England, and Thailand before she landed State side, and began working in Labor and delivery at St. Mark’s Hospital. She is dedicated to empowering women through education and believe that you can never be too prepared for the birth of your baby.

Rebecca not only teaches with passion and enthusiasm but also brings experience as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is currently practicing at our sister hospital, Lone Peak. In addition to her professional experience she is a mother of two active children now aged 11 and 9 years of age.

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Rickie


Rickie (BS, LCCE) has recently joined our team of instructors at St. Mark’s Hospital after relocating to Utah from Arizona. Rickie has a Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion. She became a Certified Lamaze Instructor in 2002 and has been supporting childbearing families ever since! She has a lot of experience teaching prenatal classes, newborn care classes and also expertise supporting women after baby comes.

Her biggest goal is to create a classroom where parents-to-be feel comfortable asking questions. She loves helping people feel more at ease about giving birth and caring for their newborn. Rickie has four children of her own. In her spare time you will find her running, reading, or volunteering in the community.

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Sierra


Sierra (HBCE, LCCE, CLC, CPD) loves teaching childbirth classes at St. Mark’s Hospital (SMH) because it gives her a chance to engage with people from all walks of life in a hospital that prepares families for their new baby. She holds teaching certifications in Lamaze and HypnoBirthing, is a postpartum doula, and lactation counselor. She teaches a variety of classes for SMH including, childbirth preparation, HypnoBirthing, Breastfeeding and Baby Steps. Her passion is helping people make the transition from a couple to a family. She is the SMH HypnoBirthing Instructor. She enjoys teaching the HB class because it teaches couples how to condition their minds for a calm and positive birth experience using deep relaxation and self-hypnosis.

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Tawna


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, cooking and keeps busy running her kids all around town.

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Wendy


Wendy (RN, CCE, CLC) has spent 25 years of her nursing career in Women’s Services at St Marks Hospital. Wendy’s nursing included working in an OB/GYN office, as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and an Antepartum testing staff nurse. Wendy is a certified Childbirth Educator, a certified Lactation Counselor and currently provides independent lactation counseling. She is a wife, mother and Grandmother to 6 awesome Grandchildren. She is dedicated to empowering and preparing her parents for a healthy, safe, and rewarding childbirth experience.

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Important Phone Numbers


Department Phone Number
Childbirth Education Classes (801) 268-7940
Find a Doctor (855) 849-3365
Labor and Delivery (801) 743-6540
Lactation Services (801) 743-6616
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (801) 743-6520
Postpartum Nurses Station (801) 743-6605
Ultrasound (801) 743-6500
Newborn Hearing (801) 743-6683
Well-Baby Nursery (801) 743-6680
Women’s Imagining Center (801) 743-6500