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Prepared Childbirth Instructors

Evelyn Bussell, MLS, NBCT, CD(DONA), LCCE  

North Carolina native Evelyn Bussell is mom of a rambunctious toddler, a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety DIsorders advocate  She previously worked as a school librarian for almost a decade, receiving her master's degree from UNC and becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.  After her own empowering birth experience at UNC with the help of a doula she became passionate about birth and helping other expecting moms and partners learn about their options and increase their confidence as they prepare for childbirth. Her personal experience with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders led her to become an active community advocate to raise awareness and support mothers who experience PMAD's, volunteering with Postpartum Support International and the Dark Side of the Full Moon Project.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, quilting and practicing yoga.


Maria Ines Robayo, LCCE

Maria has been teaching childbirth classes and helping families with birth for the last seven years. She became certified as a childbirth educator with Birth and Beginnings education (BABE) in 2005 and with Lamaze International In 2007. Maria has been assisting women during labor and birth as a doula for six years. She has been facilitating radio programs since 2003 for the Latino community; In 2008 NACIO “National Association of County information officers” honored her by presenting to her the 2008 Award of excellence competition for directing the show “temas de Interes para la comunidad” (Interesting topics for the community) In 2008 she received the outreach Award from amaze International for facilitating post-partum depression support groups. Maria believes every woman has the right to be informed and aware of all the events that can happen in birth and fallowing Lamaze concept that says” childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom”.


Angela Towers, BS, MSPH, RYT, LCCE

Angela is a yogini, public-health researcher, childbirth enthusiast, and mom of two bouncing boys. Her background is rooted in public health (Master of Science in Public Health) and microbiology research, with a good dose of patient care, health education, and volunteer work. During her first pregnancy, she found a deep love for the birthing community, parenthood, and the support systems that follow.  Becoming a mother profoundly changed her life and inspired her to become a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT) and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). She has continued on this path with DONA Birth Doula training and coordinating discussion groups for new mothers.  She hopes families will feel empowered and knowledgeable about the amazing physiology of mom, baby, and birth through their class experience. Don’t be surprised if you find hints of yoga and mindfulness in her Prepared Childbirth series! Read more and contact Angela through her website

Megan Stauffer, LCCE, MSW, IBCLC

In the last ten years, Megan has worked in various settings with parents and young children, her passion for supporting parents stems from her love of infants, toddlers, and early childhood development. She was a nanny when she first moved to the area and then she completed her MSW at UNC in 2011. She has volunteered as a birth doula in the UNC program, been a postpartum doula and is certified as an IBCLC. Currently, she is finishing up a project at Duke, where she collected data from mothers and infants for the Nurture Study. Her goal in teaching this class series is to help families prepare emotionally as well as physically for the challenges they will face during labor, birth, and postpartum. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming,  and taking her kids to the local events. Megan lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two energetic sons. 



Baby in the Dog's House

Barbara Long,  CPDT


Barbara Long is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT).  She became interested in dog training while managing the animal shelter for the Animal Protection Society of Orange County.  In 1993 she started a private obedience training business, Paw In Hand, to work with people and their dogs in their homes.  A charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Barbara was named Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2004.  She currently serves on the APDT’s Board of Directors.  She is a volunteer trainer for the Animal Protection Society, has served on the Board of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education and performs temperament evaluations on dogs in local shelters. She was profiled in the book Careers with Animals by Willow Sirch. She has two Gordon Setters and competes in Rally Obedience with them.  Her goal is to help dog owners prevent problems and train their dogs to be safe and comfortable with the new baby.   She can be reached at:



Boot Camp for New Dads


Ivan Weiskot, MSW, MS


Ivan Weiskott, MSW, MS
Ivan has been involved in the UNC Hospital’s Boot Camp For New Dads class since it’s inception in 2006.  His passion for facilitating Boot Camp classes is fueled by his personal experiences as a father of two, as well as his career in social services and education.  He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialist.  The latter involves teaching people who are blind or who have visual impairments how to travel more safely and efficiently.  Since 2004, he has worked in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as an O&M Specialist, Behavior Specialist and staff trainer for  crisis prevention (CPI).  Also, he has a special interest in men's issues and has facilitated other men's groups in the past. 

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Baby Massage

Pamela Schultz, MS, LMBT, CPCC

Pamela is a mother, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist and a professional coach. She is a certified infant massage instructor and has been teaching since 2000.  She loves the energy of babies and finds great joy in sharing her knowledge of massage and interacting with parents and their infants.  She passionately believes in the power of connection and loving, nurturing touch.  When she is not in the company of babies, Pamela can be found connecting with adults in her integrative health & healing practice. She can be reached at



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CPR for Family & Friends

Josefina Castagnola

Josie Castagnola has been working in the medical field for more than 25 years. For the last five years she has worked at UNC Hospitals as a Spanish Interpreter. She is also a certified CPR instructor and teaches for the Women's Health Information Center at N.C. Women's Hospital.




4th Trimester: Life with a Newborn

Julie Cooper, MSW

Julie Cooper is a mother, a social worker, and a postpartum doula. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. Julie has enjoyed working with families in many capacities- with special needs birth-to-three-year-olds through NC's early intervention program, and as a birth and postpartum doula, providing emotional, physical and practical support and information to laboring and postpartum women and families. Julie co-founded UNC Hospital's BirthPartners doula program, a volunteer-staffed birth doula program that now serves as a model for other hospital-based doula programs. In 2001, Julie started and led a support group for pregnant women, and for several years, was an active member of La Leche League (an international support group for breastfeeding mothers). In 2004 and 2005, she volunteered with Durham's Welcome Baby Program, providing infant care information and regular phone support to new mothers. Julie finds great joy in supporting and working to empower couples and individuals as they make the often daunting, always miraculous, transition to becoming parents. Julie can be reached at



Jennifer J. Brodie, BA, LCCE

Jennifer Joyce Brodie is a mother to 3, a Lamaze childbirth educator, teacher, birth doula and certified Spanish/English interpreter. She has more than 10 years of experience in the classroom teaching Spanish to native English speakers and English to speakers of other languages.  She has also taught grades K-12 and basic and advanced classes for adults. For three years, Jennifer taught English to migrant workers’ children in south Georgia and served as a liaison between migrant families and the school system. Later she served as a case worker for at-risk children and families in the Latino community in Minneapolis, teaching parenting skills and acting as their advocate in the health care system. She became interested in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting prior to the birth of her first child in 2000. Since then, she has trained with Doulas of North America (DONA), the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE), and Lamaze International.  Jennifer is also a legal and medical interpreter and was one of the first certified Spanish interpreters in the Minnesota State Court System. She has extensive experience with breastfeeding and has been a La Leche League member since 2000. Jennifer is inspired by the joyful work of helping new parents-to-be become informed, encouraged and empowered. Contact her at


Prenatal Yoga

Jean McKinney, MA

Jean McKinney is a Certified Yoga Instructor.  She has completed two 500-hour teacher certification courses for general Yoga, and one course for Prenatal Yoga.  She also has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University, and is very interested in the interplay of mind and body.  Over the past 12 years, she has taught a variety of classes, among them Yoga for Seniors at the Carolina Meadows Retirement Community in Chapel Hill.  Her intention, as a teacher, is to guide students through gentle exploration of movement, sensation, attention, and breath; teach them tools for restoring physical health; and help them to take the practice of yoga “off the mat” and into their lives.  She is a proud servant of three beautiful cats.  She can be reached at



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