Update: Flu season has begun and the hospital has started to enforce its flu restrictions on the Labor& Delivery and Post-Partum floors of the Women's Hospital. In an effort to keep moms and newborn babies protected from infection, children ages 11 years and younger will not be allowed upstairs to the Labor & Delivery and Post-Partum units. Also, we will not be offering Sibling Tours during the time of the restriction that will be going on from now until February/March of 2018. Thank you for your consideration. 

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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!

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. 



Boot Camp for New Dads


Ivan Weiskott, 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. 

Contact info: ivan.weiskott@unchealth.unc.edu


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 Pamela.Schultz@unchealth.unc.edu



Pam Freedman Biography coming soon!


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 is a UNC alumnus and a lifelong Carolina girl. She loves supporting and working to empower families and individuals as they make the often daunting, always miraculous, transition to becoming parents. Julie has enjoyed working with families in many capacities over the years- as a NC certified infant-toddler-family specialist, and as a birth and postpartum doula. Julie also co-founded UNC Women’s Hospital's BirthPartners doula program, a volunteer-staffed birth doula program that now serves as a model for other hospital-based doula programs. For many years, Julie was an active member of La Leche League (an international support group for breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents). In 2004 and 2005, she volunteered with Durham's Welcome Baby Program, providing infant care information and regular phone support to new parents. Julie has had the pleasure of teaching the 4th trimester: Life with a Newborn class at UNC Women’s Hospital since 2007. Julie also takes great joy in facilitating our new mom support group, MOMs. Julie has a special interest in and has completed competency trainings in LGBTQIA+ issues and racial equity. Practicing from an anti-oppression framework, Julie strives to make the 4th trimester class as empowering, inclusive and welcoming as possible for all students. Julie lives in Durham, NC, with her partner, two children, and an incorrigible rescue bichon frise. Julie can be reached at Julie.King-Cooper@unchealth.unc.edu.


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.


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 Jean.Mckinney@unchealth.unc.edu



WHIC & NC Women’s Hospital Tour

Take a virtual walk through the N.C. Women's Hospital at Chapel Hill by clicking on the following 5 numbered  links (click on doors within each panorama to pass to other areas):

1. See panoramic view of entrance and Lobby; and visit the Women's Health Information Center

The Women's Health Information Center (WHIC) offers a variety of childbirth education classes and free maternity tours of NC Women's Labor and Delivery and Maternity Care Center.  Since UNC Health Care is a Baby Friendly Designated Hospital, the Center also holds free educational 'Ready, Set, Baby’ sessions with parents-to-be as part of their prenatal care at UNC Hospitals.  You may call the Obstetrical Clinic at 919-966-2131 or the WHIC main number 919-843-8463 to schedule this session. 

Situated adjacent to the ground-floor lobby of NC Women's Hospital, the Women's Health Information Center is home to a free lending-library containing books on women's health, as well as public access to the internet. WHIC also provides a free monthly Art Exhibit to all visitors.  The art you see in our virtual tour panorama is by artist Shirley Galbrecht.  To see more of her work or get more information about her, you can visit her Facebook page or email her at sag@embarqmail.com.


2. Picture of Escalators to OB Clinics and Stork sign to Elevators

Once you enter the Lobby of Women's Hospital, the escalator located on your left will take you to the NC Women’s Hospital OB-GYN Clinics (1st floor), where we provide prenatal care. The Stork sign hanging from the ceiling about the Women's Hospital Information Desk indicates the only elevators that will take patients and visitors to the OB-GYN Clinics (1st floor), to Labor & Delivery (4th floor) and the Maternity Care Center (5th floor).  Before you take elevators to Labor & Delivery and the Maternity Care Center units you will need to be authorized by the Information Desk staff, so please be prepared to provide a photo ID.


3. Picture of Phone to enter Labor & Delivery and Maternity Care units

To enter the area of Labor & Delivery and the Maternity Care Center, patients and visitors need to lift the phone handset on the wall; please DO NOT PUSH the double doors in or out as it will trigger our alarm security system.  Our nursing staff will authorize your entrance and doors will open automatically.  For your safety, there are cameras in all hallways. All visitors will need to have a Visitor Pass that you can get at the Information Desk in the Lobby.  A photo ID will be necessary to get that Pass.


4. See panoramic view of the Labor & Delivery unit (L&D) on the Fourth Floor

Coming from the elevators to the hallway, you will see the L&D unit’s doors on your right. Once you lift the phone and are authorized to enter, the nursing station inside the L&D unit will welcome you.  You will view a Triage room where moms will be assessed at arrival and you will virtually visit one of our private L&D rooms. If you would like to visit these rooms in person you may sign up for a Maternity Tour.  To enter the L&D unit all visitors need to request a Visitor Pass at the Information Desk in the Lobby (entrance floor).


5. See panoramic view of the Maternity Care Center on the Fifth Floor

Shortly after the arrival of the baby, both mom and baby (and family) will be moved to a private room at the Maternity Care Center (5th floor), where post-partum recovery will take place.  This panoramic view showcases one of these rooms. As part of the ‘Baby Friendly’ Initiative, mom and baby will stay in the same room at all times under the care of the same "Mother-Baby" nurse. The baby’s medical care and first bath will also happen in this room.  Parents will have time to ask questions and feel confident and prepared when they go home!  As with the L&D unit, all visitors will need to bring a photo ID to request a Visitor Pass at the Information Desk in the Lobby. 




UNC Women’s Health is the only center in the triangle to have both Five-Star North Carolina Maternity Care Center Breastfeeding Friendly and Baby Friendly© designations.



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