Instructors

Meet our staff of childbirth and parenting professionals.

 
Tricia Cassi (IBCLC) Tricia is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Tricia joined Beginnings in 1995 as a childbirth education instructor and currently teaches breastfeeding classes. Tricia is the State Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health WIC Program and also works as an outpatient Lactation Consultant for the Obstetrics and Midwifery Service at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She was accredited as a La Leche League leader in 1994 and organizes the annual Vermont Lactation Consultant Association Professional Lactation Conference. Tricia is the mother of four children.

 

Hannah Christiansen(CCCE and CCLD) Hannah is a the Director of Beginnings Childbirth. She is a CAPPA certified Childbirth Education and Labor Doula.  Hannah is the mother of two very busy children, and a baker who runs the business Moonshadow Sweets. Hannah holds a BA in theater arts and a teaching license/Masters in K-12 Theater Arts education and has taught theater to children of all ages.  Hannah lives in Williston with her husband, two children, and their dog, cat and guinea pig.

 

Lorraine Rigutto  (ICEA Childbirth Educator) Lorraine has been teaching childbirth classes since 1994. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works in the school environment providing support to children with behavioral and developmental needs. Lorraine lives in Huntington with her husband and three children.

 

Angela Pollock (Labor, Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant) Angela joined Beginnings in 2021 after moving here from California. She is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula (CD) as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC.) She enjoys preparing families for the “fourth trimester” when baby first arrives. She is the mama to an active 7 year old, and is often playing Lego or dinosaurs on the floor. She loves discovering all the new trails in VT on her daily hikes. Angela and her wife also have one dog and two cats. Angela is a teacher’s aide at Hinesburg Community School as well.--

 

Allison Hicks (Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Gentle Sleep Coach)  Allison is a Certified DONA 2001 labor & Postpartum doula. Allison is science and evidence-based in her approach to supporting and educating parents on how to shape and support their child to become an independent sleeper. Her approach fully incorporates attachment parenting and being  present for your baby. She has worked with well over 750  + families and the common link is we all need sleep and so do the children. She loves working with babies - 5 years old.  Allison is also an avid flower gardener and has an urban -micro flower farm in Winooski. I love to Mnt bike, play tennis and be in water.

OTHER INSTRUCTORS THAT SOMETIMES WORK AT BEGINNINGS:

Ara Finlayson is a CAPPA certified Childbirth Educator and Labour Doula, and is delighted to bring her passion for pregnancy and childbirth to Beginnings. As a mother of two small children, she understands how nervous expectant parents can be – as well as how a positive birth experience can be a wonderful, empowering and life changing event for both the mother and her partner. Ara works at a local marketing agency, lives in Burlington with her husband, two kiddos and neurotic cat, teaches rock climbing in her spare time and gets out into the mountains whenever possible.

Amy Young is a labor and delivery nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center and former elementary school teacher who joined Beginnings in 2014. She facilitates a support group for families coping with pregnancy and infant loss, and has also worked as a Clinical Instructor for junior students in the University of Vermont's Nursing program. Amy lives in Burlington with her husband and four children.