Phyllis with the twins

PHYLLIS R. D’AGOSTINO, M.ED., ED.S., CD/ PCD (DONA), LCCE, NCPEN 1, CERTIFIED H.U.G. TEACHER

I have been involved in working with families for more than 25 years in various capacities. In my experience as a parent educator, I have come to believe that parenting starts before birth – and that the birth experience itself is one of the best opportunities to help families start out on the right foot. Childbirth signifies the birth of a family, and I believe that if a new family can be given a positive, respectful, empowering and memorable experience during childbirth – we have done a good thing!

 

As a certified birth (since 2010) and postpartum doula (since 2005) with DONA, I know first-hand the benefits of support, education, experience, and encouragement that new parents gain from doulas. I obtained my Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in April 2010 while completing the birth doula certification requirements. I believe having my LCCE has been a perfect complement to being a birth doula. I am a Level 1 Credentialed Parent Educator through NCPEN (North Carolina Parent Education Network) since 2003. Plus I am excited to be a nationally Certified H.U.G. Teacher (www.hugyourbaby.org).

 

In June of 2012 I completed the North Carolina Lactation Educator Training Program. It is a course that focused on skills needed for providing basic breastfeeding management and support – including prenatal and postpartum counseling and management of common concerns and clinical problems. The training included five days of didactic instruction, two days of clinical rotations in hospital and public health settings, and an independent study assignment.

 

SERVICES I OFFER:

  • Birth Doula

  • Postpartum Doula

  • Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes – group and individual
    (click here to see a schedule)

  • H.U.G. classes

  • Parenting Education and Consulting

  • Temperament Assessment

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Chairperson on the Work Family Resource Center Board beginning July 2012

  • Member of the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition

  • Volunteer with Healthy Start/Baby Love Plus Community Health Systems Planning Committee

In my spare time I love to have lunch with friends, read, make jewelry, travel and cook. My husband and I have recently traveled to Japan and Nepal. I live in Winston-Salem with my husband and our dog Rudy. I have two incredible grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and the best grand dog ever!