Meet The Team!

Hill Country Parent Education is a small but powerful team of educators and we are so excited to get to know you in our classes!

Susan Ourston

Founder and Lead Instructor
Susan Ourston MSN RN has over 40 years as a nurse and over half of those  in obstetrical and neonatal nursing. She received her BSN from University of Southwestern Louisiana and her MSN from University of Texas here in Austin. From the bedside as a labor nurse to the board room, Susan has worked with multiple OBs, Midwives, Pediatricians, and Neonatologists partnering for the highest quality and evidence based practices to keep moms and babies safe. Ms. Ourston keeps her classes personal and real and she is a joy as a teacher. Susan has boy/girl twins and is excited to help prepare you for your new baby(s)!

Lily Albini

Co-Founder & Business Manager
Miss Albini is our business manager. She keeps all of your classes scheduled, running smoothly and is available to answer your questions and concerns and assist our instructors. She is excited to make your childbirth preparation classes accessible and organized!

Patricia Ehrhart 

Pat Erhart is a Registered Nurse with 47 years experience in all areas of Maternal Care. She first fell in love with Maternal Child Heath during her nursing school experience. Pat also co-founded The Pregnancy Loss Support Group of Austin and continued to facilitate this group from 1988 to 2017. She retired from nursing in 2014 and has enjoyed traveling and spending more time with her daughter's families which includes six grandchildren.
 Her love for teaching and working with young parents is what has brought her out of retirement and back to the classroom. The goal for her classes is to provide a relaxed environment for learning incorporating written materials, video, and demonstrations designed to empower parents to feel confident as they stand on the threshold of parenthood. 

Paula Basden 


Paula Basden  is a registered nurse with over 20 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.