Adair McDonald, CCCE 

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There isn't a time I can remember not knowing what a uterus was. My mother taught birth classes in our home and I have fond memories of sitting in the back of our living room as she instructed the eager couples who attended. Growing up this way imprinted on me that pregnancy is an exciting time in a person's life and that birth preparation is a necessity. 

In 2002 I graduated from Northern Illinois with a B.F.A. in acting. My professors helped me learn to listen to my body, relax, focus, use sound productively, and stay centered. Little did I know I was learning techniques that I would one day utilize to cope during my labor, and that I would eventually pass on to students in my own birth classes.

My acting background led to a job as a public speaker for a fashion and art college called FIDM, located in Los Angeles. I lead classes on over 30 different topics while honing my ability to shape curricula, stay on schedule, and keep information dynamic: skills that are invaluable to me now as a childbirth educator.

The birth of my son, Wally, sealed the deal on my fascination with childbirth. I realized I wanted to help parents prepare for their own birth journeys, and keep learning about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period for the rest of my life. 

While living in L.A., I was lucky enough to be mentored by Kathy Killebrew, one of the leading childbirth educators in the Los Angeles area. She has spent over 35 years honing the classes that couples fight through rush hour traffic to attend. My classes have been largely influenced by her format and she remains available to me as a great source of information and inspiration.

In 2013 I began my teacher training through CAPPA (The Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) and became certified in 2015. In 2014 I began volunteering with the St. Joseph County Breastfeeding Coalition which has aided me in continuing my education, and I began teaching volunteer classes at a local safe house for pregnant women. I have loved teaching professionally since 2015 in my hometown of South Bend and the greater Michiana area. Currently I attend IUSB for mental health counseling because this work has made me more enthusiastic about helping families in pregnancy and the postpartum. I have seen time and again how preparation leads to a strong start for families, and connected communication plays a large role in that process.