About Birth Boot Camp

Do I really need a childbirth class?
Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. Why do we need a class to prepare us for something our body naturally does? Many dads have this question, especially when it involves spending $295! 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.

Birth Boot Camp is committed to training couples in natural childbirth and breastfeeding through accessible, contemporary education. Birth Boot Camp is designed for couples wanting a natural birth and wishing to avoid a cesarean. Both partners will be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Class Descriptions:

Class 1 – Defining the Mission: Why Natural Childbirth Mission: noun – The task, together with the purpose, that clearly indicates the action to be taken and the reason therefore. Birth Boot Camp is about natural, unmedicated birth. You’ll learn why natural birth is best for baby, best for mom, and even best for dad. You’ll discover how the history of childbirth in America has set us on this course of medicated and surgical birth. Take part in an in-depth discussion on how drugs interfere with the natural process. You will walk away from the first class with a clear vision of your mission and its importance.

Class 2 – P.T. & Chow: Physical Training and Nutrition for Your Birth P.T. & Chow: noun – physical training and food. Preparing your body – both inside and out — for the challenge of labor is exciting. Learn from a personal trainer how to properly tone the muscles you’ll need to birth your baby. Proper nutrition will help ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. Following the nutritional program Birth Boot Camp teaches will give you a solid foundation in remaining healthy, strong, and low-risk. Finally, part of your Physical Training is the preparation of the mind, body, and spirit through relaxation practice in each class. Partners will learn helpful hints about the process of practicing relaxation at home. Taking P.T. & Chow seriously will pay off in the natural birth of your baby.

Class 3 Part 1 – Setting Up Camp: Deciding Where to Birth Setting Up Camp: verb – establishing your post. What should a couple look for when choosing a birth place? Whether you are planning to birth at home, at a birth center, or at a hospital, this class will empower you to know what questions to ask your care provider. Hear first hand some of the differences in various birth places. Class 3 Part 2 – Chain of Command: Who is in Charge of Your Birth? Chain of Command: noun – a series of ranks in which each has direct authority over the one immediately below. With so much birth lingo, it’s easy to get confused! Learn the difference between a doula and different types of midwives. How much influence does your insurance have in your birth? The people you choose to have present will affect your birth. The Chain of Command begins with you.

Class 4 – Countdown to  D-Day: Final Preparations Before Giving Birth D-Day: noun – the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect. The last few weeks of pregnancy can be overwhelming – physically and emotionally. Know and understand various testing and procedures often done in the final weeks of pregnancy. Also included in the Countdown is planning your postpartum period, including breastfeeding support and finding a pediatrician. Understanding your options, you will be able to face the last few weeks of pregnancy with confidence and excitement.

Class 5 – Deployment: Baby on the Move Deployment: transitive verb – to place in formation or appropriate positions, to arrange for a deliberate purpose, to move. Baby has decided to move out! Knowing what to expect takes the fear out of labor – for moms and their partners! Learn about the different phases of labor and what you can most likely expect to physically take place.

Class 6 – Supporting Arms: Mom’s Most Important Ally Supporting Arms: noun – weapons systems employed to support forces. Dad is mom’s most important ally. By Week 6, Birth Boot Camp has given you both a good foundation. You have been working together week by week. In Supporting Arms, Dad will learn very practical ways to help Mom during labor. This is his most important class! Moms will also learn some very effective – and unique — techniques in coping with the challenges of labor. Anyone who is part of your birth team is encouraged to sit in on this class as well.

Class 7 – Cadence: The Sights and Sounds of Natural Childbirth Cadence: noun – a work song sung during physical activity or training. The moment you’ve been waiting for – the birth of your baby! Cadence: the Sights and Sounds of Birth will tie together the birth videos viewed throughout the class series, giving you a clear picture of birth. Water birth and optimal positioning for mom and baby will be covered. Replace fear with joy and anticipation of meeting your baby for the very first time.

Class 8 – The Fog of War: Keeping a Clear Head in Labor Fog of War: phrase – term used to describe the uncertainty and disorientation experienced in the thick of battle. The Fog of War is about all the things you can do to avoid a cesarean section and when they are actually necessary. You will also be prepared for unexpected circumstances that may come up during labor or birth.

Class 9 Part 1 – The Plan of Action: Establishing Your Priorities and Making a Plan Plan of Action: noun – a deliberate approach to a problem or situation. Now that you are armed with knowledge and information, you are ready to create your unique birth plan. You will learn to write a birth plan that is easy to read and that won’t be tossed aside. No matter where you are birthing, deciding what you want, knowing your options, and learning to communicate with your partner and your birth team is paramount. Class 9 Part 2 – Mission Accomplished! The Immediate Postpartum Period Mission Accomplished: phrase – having successfully completed a task. You are making choices for your baby from his or her first breath. Learn about placenta delivery, cord clamping, skin to skin contact, initiating breastfeeding, and common procedures. The first moments after birth are so precious!

Class 10 – Life with a New Recruit New Recruit: noun – someone who has recently joined an organization, team, or group of people. Your new recruit comes with special needs. This class is your manual! Enjoy those early days and weeks by learning techniques that will enhance bonding and make the transition to parenthood easier and more enjoyable.

Your class fee includes 20+ hours of live classes, as described above, plus:

Student Field Manual – a 150 page full color workbook which compliments the 10 week course topics. It includes pictures and demonstrations of relaxation techniques, positions for laboring and pushing, “chow charts” to help mom track nutrition, and MORE! This little gem is yours to keep!

Breastfeeding:The Ultimate MRE DVD
This DVD features 2 discs and is a complete breastfeeding class by lactation consultant & Birth Boot Camp board member Mellanie Shephard, IBCLC. It covers everything from proper latch, feeding positioning, pumping, milk storage, and MORE! The full course runs over 2 hours, and is divided into chapters for you to easily find the information you need once your little one has arrived!

Weekly Resources by Email
Each week, I will email students additional resources with links for topics covered during class.