About Sheridan Birth Services
Hi! I’m Laura, the childbirth educator and blogger behind Sheridan Birth Services.
I’m an Air Force brat who married a good ol’ Wyoming boy while studying Nursing at the University of Wyoming. Before we were even thinking about kids, I knew I wanted to have a natural labor. When we found out we were expecting, I wanted to learn more about the research behind healthy pregnancy and birth. I soaked up every book, article, and study I could. The best asset we had was our Birth Boot Camp class. We were amazed how much we learned. I learned so much more even though I studied women’s health in nursing school.
My passion for birth really took off with my own pregnancy and birth.
I had a natural delivery in a hospital with my son; that first hour after he was born was one of the best moments of my life. The next year we spent figuring out how to be “mom” and “dad”; we were both so thankful for the parenting tools we’d learned through Birth Boot Camp.
I wanted to find a way to educate women about physiologic (normal) birth, so I certified as a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and began a blog for women wanting to know more about research and best care in fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenting. My family moved to my husband’s hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming in July 2016. I can’t believe we get to raise our own family here and I get to provide pregnancy and birth education to the Sheridan community.
This is a fun (and sometimes bumpy – no pun intended) part of life. I’m excited to help you prepare for the arrival of your little one!
You might be wondering, ‘How did you become a Birth Boot Camp Instructor?’
There are several requirements to become certified as a BBCI, including a natural birth and breastfeeding for at least a year. I had a natural delivery with my son and breastfeeding was a very special part of our relationship. Birth Boot Camp has an extensive reading list that they provide to help potential instructors prepare for the certifying exam. With the books from that list, I studied for about 9 months. I read books and watched several documentaries about pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding. Several books were geared towards evidence-based birth and the c-section epidemic, while others were more general-audience friendly and books that could be recommended to any expecting couple. I observed and documented two births as well as compiled a list of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum resources for the area I was living in at the time.
Once I completed all of these “pre-req’s”, I traveled to Dallas, Texas to complete my detailed Instructor Training and then took a several-hour certifying exam with Birth Boot Camp. All of these components to the Instructor Certification help me to better serve the families of Sheridan with evidence-based birth research and family-friendly parenting techniques.