Birth Boot Camp is modern, comprehensive childbirth education.
Can you describe Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Education?
Birth Boot Camp is a 10-week, comprehensive childbirth education course that prepares moms and dads for pregnancy wellness, natural labor and birth, and postpartum contentment. The curriculum is based on Mother-Friendly Care and the most recent research.
What does Birth Boot Camp teach?
Birth Boot Camp teaches couples how to prepare for labor and birth through nutrition and exercise, relaxation, and education of how labor and birth work. We also talk about necessary reasons for a c-section; common labor, birth, and postpartum procedures for mother and child; and what to do when you bring that little sprout home. Birth Boot Camp’s website has even more details on weekly class topics.
What are the classes like?
My classes are in-person and with other couples. We meet weekly for personal education. After each class, I send out an email for further learning on certain topics. Birth Boot Camp’s Childbirth Education includes 25+ hours of education, the Student Manual, a breastfeeding video (Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE), and multiple opportunities to watch birth videos and practice relaxation. I incorporate games, class discussion, and movement to meet the needs of different learning types. (If you are not able to take in-person classes due to location, weather, or scheduling, sign up for online Birth Boot Camp! You can contact me for a discount.)
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
-Barbara Katz Rothman
What can I expect?
This childbirth education is designed for parents who have never had a natural birth. Classes discuss in detail: pregnancy wellness, the process of labor and delivery, coping methods, relaxation techniques, and care of the newborn, including breastfeeding. With so much to learn, we make this class 10 weeks long and 2.5 hours per class.
What does the class fee include?
The class fee of $350 includes:
- 10 weeks of 25+ hours education
- A 170-page, full-color, professionally-printed Field Manual
- Birth Boot Camp Tote
- Birth Boot Camp Tumbler
- Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE taught by Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC
- Birth videos of different types of births in a variety of settings
- Personalized pelvic floor plan
- Weekly physical training specifically for pregnancy
- Relaxation practice for both mom and dad
- Learning through videos, games, movement, discussion, and visual aids to meet different learning styles
- Follow-up emails with more information on class topics
- Online make-up classes (up to four)
- A postpartum meet-up to see the new babes and swap birth stories
- A FREE one-year subscription to Pathways for Family Wellness magazine
What do we learn about in class?
- Why natural birth is best for mother and baby
- How to exercise and eat right to promote an easier pregnancy, labor, and birth
- Understanding your personal preferences and needs for your birth place and birth team
- Various tests and why they are performed
- Practical ways Dad can help Mom during labor and be her best supporter
- How to prepare for unexpected events in labor and delivery, as well as how to avoid a C-section
- Making a birth plan
- Transitioning to life as a parent: ways to take care of yourself, each other, and baby
What do other people say about Birth Boot Camp childbirth education?
As with anything that we spend money on, we want to know: is this worth it? There are many testimonials by Birth Boot Camp students, birth professionals, and natural childbirth networks that show how Birth Boot Camp has made a difference in individual’s lives as well as the birthing culture in our country. Both OB-GYN’s and midwives are noticing a difference in their patients who take Birth Boot Camp classes. One of my favorite reviews is by Attach From Scratch, a mom blogger who considers herself a “childbirth class junkie”.
Why should I take a birth class?
Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. Why do we need childbirth education to prepare us for something our body naturally does? Many dads have this question, especially when it involves spending money! Unfortunately, many of our ideas about birth come from the media, which rarely presents birth in a positive — even enjoyable — manner. With each passing year, we become more comfortable with a rising cesarean rate. When a couple is trying to avoid interventions, medication, and a cesarean, it is crucial that they know their options and how to help themselves in the throes of labor. Birth Boot Camp gives you those tools and wants you to have fun along the way. Childbirth education is actually really good for the relationship and many couples report that they never felt closer than when they were taking a childbirth class.
Why is the class 10 weeks?
There are many reasons to take a 10-week childbirth class. Birth is a very important life event. Women and their families are changed by their birth(s) – for good or bad. In historical times, girls helped their mothers, aunts, or sisters during labor and birth; as a result, they knew what to expect for their own deliveries. Today, many women have never witnessed another birth prior to the birth of their first child. Additionally, there are more medical interventions in birth than ever before, which can be overwhelming and confusing.
Ten weeks of childbirth education allows for a great deal of information to be learned and retained. In class, we discuss nutrition, exercise, common medical procedures in pregnancy and birth, comfort measures, how to write a birth plan, what to do when plans don’t go as expected, breastfeeding, parenting; and this list is just an overview! It takes time for that material to be taught and retained. With 10 weeks of childbirth education, Mom and Dad both are well-equipped for birth and the postpartum period.
How is Birth Boot Camp different than other childbirth classes?
Birth Boot Camp focuses on providing couples with many “tools to fill their toolbox”. Birth is different for each woman, and can even be different between each of a woman’s babies. Having a variety of tools available is essential.
The Birth Boot Camp curriculum is largely based off of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. Our materials are constantly updated to reflect current evidence as well as address current social and political issues in birthing.
What if I miss a class?
When is payment due?
What if my schedule or distance won’t allow for a live class?
I’m interested, but I have more questions.
I would love to be your childbirth instructor as you prepare to welcome your little one!
Whether you are just starting your pregnancy or nearly ready to have a baby, contact me and let me know how I can help you out. I became a Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor because I wanted to help expecting women and their families; I would love if you use me as a resource during this time of your life.