Meet Our Childbirth Educators - Babymoon Inn Birth Center

Our education team

Babymoon Inn’s team of educators are highly trained in both effective teaching methods and evidence-based guidelines for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

About Our Childbirth Class Educators

Since our opening in 2010, Babymoon Inn’s expanding childbirth education program has grown to become the premier spot for independent childbirth education in Phoenix. We are proud to be home to the largest team of Lamaze-certified childbirth educators in the state of Arizona, offering a wide variety of class offerings in various settings.

In addition to being certified by Lamaze – the gold standard in childbirth education – our team of educators have backgrounds that include advanced degrees in areas such as education, exercise physiology, and recreational therapy.

Aimee Nelson CRT, YTT 200, LCCE

Aimee Nelson CRT, YTT 200, LCCE

Childbirth Educator, Yoga Instructor

A little about me: I’m a Babymoon mama raising two second-generation Phoenix natives with the love of my life. Clayton and I met at ASU working on a research project together and we never looked back. I work part time as a Recreation Therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Neurorehabilitation Unit assisting individuals who have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury to return to their passions. I completed my yoga teacher training in December of 2016 and have since been teaching to a variety of populations including adaptive and prenatal yoga.

Favorite subject to teach:  Even though the material can be heavy, I really do enjoy teaching the physiology of birth. I love seeing it *click* for some parents when we discuss not only the physical process of labor and birth, but the hormonal and emotional as well.  I also love the activity where we teach postpartum care. Using humor to cover the not so glamorous parts of birthing a baby disarms the class and creates a relaxed environment allowing each participant to learn and engage comfortably.

What people can expect in your classes: They are evidenced based! I try to use humor in my classes to lighten the mood around what can be considered a tense subject. You should take my class if you want to feel empowered about your birth.

Nicole Mercado LCCE

Nicole Mercado LCCE

Childbirth Educator

A little about me:  I am a wife, mother, and passionate childbirth educator. My husband and I have three daughters (all born at Babymoon Inn) and have thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride it has been so far. My husband’s name is Carlos, and fitting for an Arizona native, he is a HVAC Technician for a local A/C Company.As a family we enjoy Arizona Cardinals football, hanging out on the back patio, and frequent trips to Barnes & Noble. My family and I reside in the South Mountain area, where my husband was born and raised, and we have large families from both sides here in the Valley.  Needless to say, we are rooted in Phoenix, and everyday is filled with lots of laughs.

Favorite subject to teach:  My favorite topic to teach is breastfeeding.  I love to see the reaction of both moms and dads when they learn something new about breastfeeding.  My favorite activity in class, is the breastfeeding activity where each student pulls a random item from our breastfeeding box, and discusses with the class how it relates to the benefits of breastfeeding. 

What people can expect in your classes:  Parents say they enjoy my classes because I bring humor, realness, as well as evidenced-based information.  I want my students to not only feel confident in their ability to give birth, but also know that parenthood will be messy, frustrating, funny, amazing, and worth it!  One of the things that I find that people are surprised to learn when they take my class series is that even though it is located at a birth center, we welcome all birth choices.  However their birth occurs, they should feel confident that they actively participated in this life changing process.  

Anna Rognstad

Anna Rognstad

Childbirth Educator

A little about me: I am married to my wonderful and supportive husband of over 7 years, Samuel, and we have three boys and one little girl. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I am also a Babymoon Inn trained doula. My favorite things to do besides educating and supporting pregnant women and their families are spending time outdoors with my family and trying new restaurants.

Favorite subject to teach:  My favorite topics to teach are the stages of labor as well as the importance of movement in labor and how to manage pain.  My favorite activity in our class series is the balloon/ping pong ball activity. It is so fun! Every one always laughs during it, and it is such a great visual of what happens to the cervix during labor.

What people can expect in your classes:  I know firsthand how important informative, evidence-based childbirth education classes are. After having three very different birth experiences, I learned how powerful it is to know your options throughout labor/delivery and postpartum. I believe that every single pregnant person should take a class that not only informs them of what to expect, but also helps them leave the class confident in the knowledge of what their bodies are capable of. I truly desire for everyone that I teach to have an empowering birth experience where they felt confident, safe, and respected.

Shilo Anderson CPT, CES

Shilo Anderson CPT, CES

Childbirth Educator, Babymoon Inn of Tucson

A little about me:

I am a Tucson native and married my high school sweetheart. We have three beautiful children who were all born under the care of amazing midwives.  I have always been fascinated by pregnancy and birth and love hearing birth stories. In 2004, a co-worker asked if I would be her doula. I am forever grateful for that experience because it ignited my passion and love for supporting families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. My passion for birth work is met equally with my passion for health and fitness and in 2016 I became a certified personal trainer.

Favorite subject to teach:

I love teaching about movement and comfort measures.  Watching people connect and learn how to work with their body throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum is so incredible.  Introducing new tools and information that my students might not have thought about before taking my class brings me joy because they leave feeling empowered and equipped.

What people can expect in your classes:

Lots of evidence-based information, some laughs, and a comfortable, welcoming environment!

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

Most people know very little about postpartum care, sometimes even experienced mothers! I think that people are surprised to learn how long recovery actually takes and what to expect postpartum.” – Anna R.

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

“Even though our classes are located at a birth center, we welcome all birth choices.  We have plenty of hospital couples that attend our series.  The goal of my class is to educate my students on what their choices are, and the benefits of minimal intervention in childbirth.  However, if a birth plan doesn’t go as planned, or if baby needs a little extra assistance entering the world, my students will be prepared for these possible detours.”  – Nicole M.

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

“People are often surprised to learn about the role hormones play in labor, and how the environment and external influences can impact labor progress.  We certainly can’t control everything in labor, but there are some things we can control, and those things can either negatively or positively impact labor.” – Diana P.

Want to teach at Babymoon Inn?

We are currently seeking childbirth educators for our Tucson location. If you are passionate about teaching, pregnancy, birth, and evidence-based care, we want to hear from you!  Please submit a letter of interest through the contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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