Astrid Blackburn, R.N. BSN. has worked as a labour and delivery nurse for 36 years, in various hospital settings.

Astrid has also worked as a prenatal instructor on the North Shore for 26 years.

She has 4 children.



Ask your doctor or midwife about Astrid.

Here are some excerpts from thank-you notes:

It can be overwhelming expecting your first child and making sense of all the information out there. My husband and I took the “Prenatal In A Nutshell” class and left informed, confident, and ready for the next steps in bringing our little one into the world. This class delivers exactly all the info you really need, in a “no-nonsense” format, and it comes from a trusted source – an experienced labour & delivery nurse with children of her own. As a mom-to-be, I know what to expect moving ahead and feel empowered. Baby’s dad-to-be knows how he can best support me through the process. Thanks to this class, we are ready!

“I’m not sure if you remember us off hand but my husband and I took your prenatal class and then were lucky enough to have you help deliver our beautiful baby boy.  I’ve been meaning to write you for a while, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything! I was so afraid of giving birth, and taking your class was the best thing I could have ever done! Even watching the Birth video which i thought I could never do, helped so much. Your class took all my nerves away. It was so comforting to know everything that could happen and exactly how it all worked! I have recommended your class to all of my pregnant friends! The class was exactly what I needed to understand everything, so informative without it being an overload! It was perfect and we honestly enjoyed it!

Then when we got to the hospital and realized you would be our nurse, we were thrilled. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better! We knew we were in great hands! You changed my outlook on what I thought labour was going to be like, took it from being scary to being exciting! I just wanted to tell you thank you again! And let you know that u really made that day as relaxing and special as possible! You were born to do what you do!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Kelsey G.

“Many thanks for your efforts in our prenatal classes. The work you do is very special and you do it so effortlessly and effectively. Because I am a nurse also, I understand that there is a certain inner spirit which motivates us to care for others.”

– Catherine P.

“Dear Astrid,

Your calm, sensitive approach made such a difference in our classes. Keep up the good work.”

– Dean H.

“Dear Astrid,

When we tell others about our experience, you’re the biggest part of our story. You are truly gifted in your field and we feel very fortunate to have had you as our prenatal instructor and our labour nurse.

Thank you again,”

– Deborah D.

“Thank you sincerely for all of your advice and help before my labour and delivery. Without your suggestions like trying “all 4’s” and going on my side, I’m sure it would have been longer and more painful! We felt so calm and happy during the whole experience.”

– Nadia P.