Hill Country Parent Education
For Patients of Hill Country OB/GYN
Childbirth Preparation - Infant Care - Breastfeeding
About Us

Childbirth Preparation  and Infant Care Instructor

The childbirth preparation and infant care classes are taught by Paula Basden, a registered nurse with over 15 years of experience in maternity care. A graduate of Baylor University with a BSN in nursing,  she has worked in all aspects of obstetrical nursing -  as a staff nurse in labor and delivery units, working in OB offices, and as a childbirth educator.  She has worked with the physicians of Hill Country OB for over 10 years.

Her love of obstetrical nursing and fun teaching style combine to make her  classes extremely popular.  Couples that attend her class report feeling well prepared for the adventure of childbirth and the care of their newborn.

Paula has a strong  belief that childbirth can be one of the most amazing days of a mom and dad's life and is grateful to be a part of her patient's journey to parenthood.   She has three boys of her own.
 

Breastfeeding Instructor

Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Kristine Kovach.  Kristine Kovach has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice and varied clinical settings all around Austin since 1999. She has helped over 15,000 nursing families achieve a workable and enjoyable nursing experience with confidence and peace.

Kristine has trained physicians, RN’s and dieticians statewide through the Texas Department of Health in best breastfeeding/baby friendly practice, and has worked with the wonderful DadLabs crew to reach papas-to-be in helping their new families feed and succeed.  

During her experience nursing her daughter and son, she began to realize that though nursing is meant to be natural, it also calls into play a unique combination of art and science, as well as a little humor and a lot of faith. Kristine’s philosophy (as a formula fed infant who adores her own mama) is that guilt and pressure have no place in our development as parents.

Kristine has been a featured lecturer at the UT School of Nursing for the past 4 years. The recent novel The Gap Year by local author Sarah Bird was based in part on time spent observing Ms. Kovach on the job.