Diane Randall, long-time San Diegan and mother of four daughters, is an Inpatient Perinatal Educator at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Dianne has a bachelor of science in food science and nutrition, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Lamaze Certified Childbirth educator.
How long have you been an educator with Sharp Mary Birch Hospital?
I have proudly been an educator with Sharp Mary Birch for 27 years.
What classes do you teach?
I teach our daily Family Home Care Class, which prepares families to take their baby home, our Breastfeeding Support Group, offered three times a week, and individualized perinatal education for our expectant moms on our Perinatal Special Care Unit, which is our high-risk unit for pregnant women.
How often do you teach?
I teach five days a week.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love being able to make a difference in the most important time in a couple’s life and alleviate fears associated with childbirth and breastfeeding.
How important is it for parents-to-be to take classes before their baby is born?
I always say knowledge is power!
What kind of advice would you give to parents as they prepare for their new arrival?
They should equip themselves with information from a reliable organization that has multiple resources.
What about for after their baby is born?
The number one piece of advice would be to limit the number of visitors for at least two weeks and realize your day now is a 24-hour day – the luxury of having a day and a night comes a little later.