highly qualified instructors leading specialty classes

Mary Gillett, BSW, MS CD(DONA)

Director of Education and Community Outreach, Doula

As a DONA certified doula who has been active in the “birth” world for about thirteen years, it is a pleasure to be able to combine my passions for educational development with low-intervention, family-centered birth. So many of us have said for years, “Greensboro needs a birth center,” and it has been a pleasure to be on this team during this exciting time.

My role is to ensure that relevant and quality education is offered to families and birth workers in our community. We love joining hands with some of the finest educators in and around Greensboro, and I especially love it when we can offer a selection of topics that may not be available in other settings.

I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work, a Master’s in Adult Education, and I have spent the bulk of my professional life as a Public Health Educator, including training, conference planning and curriculum development.

I am originally from Michigan, but I have been here for twenty-five years and have no intention of being that cold again! Thirty-eight years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in church. We are enjoying empty nest travel and having our two married adult children pretty close by but not living under our roof. They and their spouses, our grand-daughter and our rescue dog and cats are our pride and joy. I love all water sports, but especially anything sailing or boating related. We spend as much time at the coast as we can get away with and I “might” have a problem binge watching HGTV, especially “Beach Front Bargain Hunt!”

Water birth Essentials

Laboring and giving birth in the water is a gentle form of comfort for both mom and baby. In this two-hour class we will separate fact from fiction, and learn about the equipment needed, the management of the pool, where to buy and rent equipment and how to use water most effectively in labor. Participants will receive a certificate at the end.

This class is offered for all participants at no cost. It is required for all MBC clients planning to labor or birth in the tub. To register contact instructor Mary Gillett at

✿Classes marked with a ✿ are offered at no charge to Magnolia Birth Center clients.

Linda Coppola

Linda Coppola, MHA, RN, IBCLC has been working with the mother-baby dyad since 1978. She has been a certified lactation consultant since 1994

Linda has worked as an IBCLC in hospital settings and in private practice, both in private and group setting, where she has helped countless of mother -baby couplets reach their breastfeeding goals.

Additionally, she has mentored aspiring lactation consultants as well as teaching breastfeeding classes to new expectant families.

In her free time, some of  Linda’s pleasures are family, reading, yoga, traveling and gardening

Breastfeeding: Best Beginnings

Second Thursdays 6-9pm

Learn how to get started in your breastfeeding journey including, first hours, positioning, latch, how to know your baby is feeding well and more. We will also cover common issues and how to manage them. This class is for moms and partners. Cost is $35 but offered at no cost to Magnolia clients.

Register with Linda at or call 336-255-8311.

Lactation Circle

Second & Fourth Thursdays 10am-noon

Problem-solving, latch and weight checks for a reasonable cost in a non-judgmental, supportive group environment with Certified Lactation consultant Linda Coppola from Peaceful Beginnings and Magnolia nurse Leah Dunlap. Cost is $25 for a two hour session.

Register with Linda at or call 336-255-8311.  Open to all breastfeeding moms and nursing babies/children.

Sarah Carter

I have enjoyed working with newborns for 11 years now. Around nine years ago I transitioned out of the medical setting and decided to support families as a childbirth instructor and doula! I have been a Bradley Method Instructor and Certified Birth Doula since 2009 and trained as a placenta encapsulator in 2012. I love seeing families feel empowered and confident during this special time in their lives!

Bradley Method Childbirth Class

Bradley Method is a natural childbirth series that focuses on giving mother and her partner access to information and be empowered to make decisions during her pregnancy and labor.  Classes will go over all the options for birth and couples will walk away feeling confident to make decisions they feel are best.  Our primary goal is healthy mom and baby.

To register contact instructor Sarah Carter at Cost is $325 per 10 week series. The next series starts January 6.

Karen Hornfeck

As the mother of three children, I know first-hand that all labors are different. I used Hypnobirthing with all three of my labors and know that the techniques can help mothers birth peacefully and free of fear. I am grateful to have a chance to help families birth they way they want to and afterwards, utilizing HypnoMothering, help mothers learn to trust their own intuition as a parent and find support. A supportive community is a gift that every mother and baby deserve.


This comprehensive birth preparation series gives mother and their partners all the tools needed for a calm and peaceful birth. Using guided meditation, self-hypnosis and visualization, expectant mothers learn to break the fear-tension-pain cycle that often causes discomfort during labor or birth. Mothers are taught techniques to eliminate anxiety and promote deep relaxation. Five classes, each two and a half hours long, will combine instruction with hands-on practice. Students will receive a book, two relaxation CD’s and a script for at-home practice. Hypnobirthing was developed by Marie Mongan, a hypnotherapist and mother herself. It is the only birth preparation program developed by women, for women.

Cost is $275 per couple. Register with instructor Karen Hornfeck at Wise Elephant Wellness

Dawn Leonard

After birthing my son at home in 2013, I felt called to work with other women to prepare for empowered birth. I hold E-RYT 200 and RPYT yoga teaching certificates; trained with DONA as a birth doula; and have Reiki Master attunements and a Reiki for Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum certificate. Through Sacred Rhythms, I combine my experiences in yoga, birth and energy work to facilitate other women into and through their experiences of motherhood. In July of 2018 I birthed my second son at home and I am deeply passionate about the powerful forces that can move through us as women when we become fully present to our bodies.

Prenatal Yoga

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

In this class you will be invited to connect with your body and your baby to prepare for birth and motherhood. Expect to move with your breath and intention in a slow flowing practice with gentle opening, strengthening, breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques in preparation for an empowered and joyful birth.

Cost is $15 for drop-in, $50 for 4 classes or $100 for 8 classes. Register with Dawn’s at Sacred Rhythms.

Suronda Ricketts, RN, BSN, CCE

I am a certified childbirth instructor, trained doula and lactation educator. I bring twenty-plus years of nursing experience in maternal and child health into my classroom.  I love to have a fun, interactive class with lots of questions and discussion.  I believe the difference between  a positive and negative birth experience is your state of mind and labor support. We will work together to make sure everyone is well prepared not only for birth, but for bringing that little one home in those first weeks of life. I am married with one teenage daughter.

Your Best Birth

✿“Your Best Birth” is a four-week basic childbirth series for first-time mothers and partners, or a great refresher for parents who have given birth before, but are striving for a Birth Center experience with less intervention. While open to anyone, this series is tailored for those who are giving birth at Magnolia Birth Center. Classes cover third trimester progression, the physiology of labor, relaxation and positioning techniques, as well as labor support for an unmedicated birth.

This childbirth series fills quickly and requires pre-registrations. Cost is $120 per couple (waived for MBC clients). An additional support person such as a doula may attend if space allows. The series is four classes and students should plan to attend all four classes, beginning with the first Thursday of the month. To register contact instructor Suronda Ricketts, RN, at or 336-669-5644.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a favorite pillow. No children please. NOTE – if you are planning to labor in the tub, you must also take “Waterbirth Essentials” class separately.

Hello Baby

✿Hello Baby! is an interactive hour and a half class covering the basics of caring for both newborn and mom in the important days following birth, as well as that all important fourth trimester. Class will cover newborn characteristics, baby and postpartum care for mom, and when to seek medical attention.

To register contact instructor Suronda Ricketts, RN, at or 336-669-5644. Cost is $30 per family unit (waived for MBC clients.)

Cheri Timmons

Cheri Timmons is a health coach and yoga teacher who is passionate about empowering women who are experiencing the effects of fatigue to create healthy lifestyle habits, so they can feel focused, productive and emotionally at ease.

As a Certified Health Coach, she coaches women through lifestyle changes of sustainable sleep habits, intuitive food choices, exercise, transforming stress, work-life balance and relationship roadblocks, while offering motivation and accountability along the way.

She offers Baptiste-inspired, power yoga classes that invites participants to temporarily disconnect from the busyness of the day and tune into the physical body, present moment and sense of possibility, so that they can experience greater focus, emotional ease and effectiveness in their day-to-day life.

Cheri’s background includes over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, supporting clients through behavioral change. She is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional.


This 8-Session Package offers participants the opportunity to begin (or enhance) a regular yoga practice. Classes are Baptiste-inspired, power yoga sessions and are 60-minutes in length. Each session is open to all levels of practice. This physical practice offers strengthening, focus, flexibility and endurance on and off the mat. Participants are asked to please bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle

To register, contact Cost is $80 for an 8 session series.

Tag Woods

I am Tag Woods and I am the creator of Body Philosophy Massage and Bodywork for Women. I am certified in Fertility Massage, Prenatal Massage, Massage Birth Assistant (Doula), Newborn and Infant Massage and Instruction and Postpartum Massage. I share this work and knowledge to share my vision for honoring the birth journey. These unique and intimate courses are offered in Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

*2019 classes will be scheduled beginning in April

Nurturing the Pregnant Couple

Nurturing the Pregnant Couple is a three hour class focusing on massage techniques to benefit the expectant mother, her partner, and their baby. Students will learn nurturing and effective massage techniques, and give moms a pregnancy massage. Participants will also learn positions and acupressure points to assist in the labor process. Partners will receive “shiatsu” massage.

Cost is $45 per couple. Please do not bring children or additional family members. To register contact instructor Tag Woods at or call 336-992-6135.

Baby’s First Massage

Infant massage is a simple, research-based way to promote a nurturing connection in a time often stressful for both baby and family. It offers coping skills for common issues such as little sleep or irritated digestion. The process is a simple way parents can communicate with their babies through massage, increasing the bond and learning sensitive touch skills to create a strong family foundation of love, esteem and respect.

Cost is $18 per family. To register contact instructor Tag Woods at or call 336-992-6135.