COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.
Childbirth classes and education in Salt Lake City, Utah
If you are planning the birth of a child in Salt Lake City, Utah, St. Mark’s Hospital offers one of the most robust childbirth education programs in the area. It includes numerous birthing classes, breastfeeding classes and more.
During the COVID-19 event we will be teaching the classes online.
Tour of labor/delivery and postpartum
During the COVID-19 event the tours will be virtual. Join us for a free virtual tour of labor/delivery and postpartum areas of the women's pavilion. We offer virtual tours every Wednesday evening of the month at 6:00 pm. Please reserve your spot by clicking the registration button. The morning of the tour you will receive a WebEx invitation to the email address you submit.
Please note: if you are delivering outside the Salt Lake City, Utah area, this tour is specific for women who will be delivering at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City. All are welcome to attend no matter where they will be delivering as the equipment and beds are similiar in most hospitals. Please note; be sure to adjust the time you will need to join as Salt Lake City is in the mountain states time zone.
Childbirth preparation classes
Childbirth preparation—six week evening series
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. Nothing is more exciting than giving birth, and you want to be as prepared as possible. The information in these classes include labor/delivery information, breathing, relaxation, partner’s role and medications used in vaginal birth and cesarean birth. A tour of the hospital and a breastfeeding class are included. Please see web site for dates and times.
Childbirth preparation—weekend intensive
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. If you are a first time parent or have not had a recent birth, come learn about the labor and delivery process, breathing and relaxation techniques, the birth partner’s role, postpartum care and much more.
A tour of labor/delivery and postpartum areas is included. We keep the classes small, so register early! The price includes a breastfeeding class, but because of time constrictions, it is taught on a different day.
Please note: this is an intensive class and all items taught in the six night class series may not be taught in the weekend intensive.
Childbirth refresher—evening classes
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. This is a three-week class for people who have already brought a baby into the world. It includes a review of labor, delivery, breathing, relaxation and medications used in labor. Students will be joining a class already in progress. A tour of labor and delivery are included.
Childbirth refresher—weekend intensive
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. If you have already brought a baby into the world, this class is especially for you. It is a one-day class taught on a Saturday. We will review the labor and delivery process, practice breathing and relaxation techniques, discuss the support person’s role and explain the medications used in labor. Students will be joining a class already in progress. A tour of labor/delivery and postpartum areas is included, if you choose to stay until 4:30 p.m.
Natural childbirth—seven week evening series
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. This course is designed for moms interested in using alternative methods of pain control for labor and delivery. We will discuss the anatomy and physiology of childbirth, the emotional and physical aspects of giving birth and numerous comfort measures for labor, birth and recovery. We will also practice breathing and relaxation techniques, discuss the role of the support person and identify the best tools to help a laboring woman. This class includes a tour of labor/delivery and postpartum areas and a breastfeeding class.
HypnoBirthing — the Mongan Method
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. The HypnoBirthing class prepares a mother-to-be and her birthing partner to use self-hypnosis during the labor and delivery process. An instructor trained in both childbirth education and HypnoBirthing conducts each class, taking students through the entire birth process along with hypnosis and additional relaxation techniques to help make the birthing process easier, faster, less painful, and in some cases, pain free. This class includes five weeks of HypnoBirthing and one week of postpartum instruction. It also includes a tour of the hospital and a breastfeeding class.
A cesarean birth is a special delivery. This class is for parents anticipating a surgical birth. We will discuss the events, expectations and emotions surrounding a cesarean birth.
This is a one-hour class which can be arranged according to your schedule. Please call 801-268-7940 to arrange this class.
Family and sibling classes
Mother's milk—breastfeeding class
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide nutrition to your newborn, but how do you breastfeed? This class will provide you with the information you need to get off to a good start. Topics include nipple preparation, how to get your infant to latch on properly and dealing with some common problems, such as sore nipples and engorgement.
Yes, partners are invited and encouraged to attend the class.
Baby steps—a newborn parenting class
During the COVID-19 event this class will be taught online. Are you anxious about caring for your newborn? This two-week class is designed for anyone who is or soon will be a new parent. Topics include basic newborn care, bath demonstration, hospital routines and infant safety.
Beyond the basics intensive baby steps class
During the COVID-19 event, this class has been cancelled.
Cost of class is "per couple". This is a one day Saturday intensive class. All of the topics taught in the evening two week Baby Steps class will not be taught in this intensive class. Instead, we will focus on only four topics; preparing for baby, (self-care, communication), postpartum plan, infant crying, swaddling, sleep strategies. If you have taken the evening Baby Steps class and want additional information or only have a Saturday to attend, this is the class for you.
Hours: 10:00am - 3:00pm with a one hour lunch on your own.
During the COVID-19 event, this class will be taught online. Adding a new baby to your family creates a time of excitement and change, especially for the youngest family members. This class is designed to familiarize children with infant care, equipment and ways they can help. The course includes simple games to play with the baby, the advantages and rewards of being the older sibling and a child-friendly tour of labor/delivery and postpartum areas. Parents attend the class with their children. The class is recommended for children between two-and-a-half and 10 years old.
Sibling- attended birth
During the COVID-19 event this class has been cancelled. If you wish children to be present at the actual birth, they need to be prepared. This class reviews what will happen during the labor and delivery (including a film of delivery), a hospital tour and tips for parents to help their children prepare for a positive birth experience. This class meets immediately after the super siblings class.
Childbirth preparation during bed rest
You may be on bedrest, but you still need to know about labor and delivery. Our information package is a viable alternative for patients confined to bed and unable to attend childbirth education classes. Videos and instructional information, as well as contact with a certified childbirth educator, will be provided. A physician’s order is required for program enrollment. Please call 801-268-7940 to arrange this class.
During the COVID-19 event this class has been cancelled. This class teaches the basics of becoming a babysitter through hands-on instruction for children nine years old and older. Students will learn how to play with children, safety in the home, basic first-aid, when to call 911, changing diapers, getting a baby to sleep, how to deal with crying and how to feed an infant or toddler. Register early, class number is limited to 20 students. Groups, such as church organizations, scouting troops and families are welcome.
Cost: $10 per student
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, CD, PCD, RYT, TPYT graduated with her BFA in Modern Dance and Education from the University of Utah in 2009. She has taught somatics (body-work), since 2005 through yoga, dance and meditation. As a DONA trained and certified Birth & Postpartum Doula she believes that every parent, regardless of their background or beliefs, deserves to make individual choices that feel supportive and genuine to their own unique family. By learning more about yourself during the prenatal phase, you can develop the mental and physical health to be a happier adult, supporting healthier children and a well-balanced lifestyle.
Destiny is committed to continually studying and improving her knowledge of the body, prenatal care, labor, birth and postpartum. In her spare time she travels with her fiancé and is taking care of the animals in her wildlife habitat.
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, 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.
Lynda has been an instructor at St. Mark’s for 28 years, and she’s taught 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 she is certified in Standard First 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 checks and provides employees with health screenings.
Merrilee (RN, BSN)
Merrilee graduated from the University of Utah with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1991 and worked in the NICU for 13 years. She has been teaching at St. Mark’s Hospital for the past 15 years.
Merrilee has taught childbirth preparation, baby steps and newborn intensive care unit (NICU) CPR. She loves to teach new parents how to prepare to bring their new baby home.
She is a certified AHA Heart code BLS instructor, as well as an AAP certified neonatal resuscitation instructor.
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.
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.
Suzanne Wirthlin (RN) is a Lactation Educator with over 15 years experience in Pediatrics and Lactation at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She has assisted post partum women with initiating breastfeeding and pumping and helped resolve Lactation difficulties. She loves teaching about Breastfeeding and how to make it a successful experience. She has five children and enjoys reading, hiking and running.
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.
Whitney joined St. Mark’s Hospital as a childbirth educator, specializing in HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method. She has a bachelor’s degree in human development and is now working as a doula and HypnoBirthing instructor.
Her goal is to educate expectant couples so they can make wise choices for themselves and leave their birth experience feeling empowered.
Whitney used HypnoBirthing methods and techniques in all three of her labors and births and as such, can bring a unique insight into how the couples can best prepare for the birth of their baby. She keeps busy with her young family, and when she can spare a second, reads whatever she can get her hands on.