• online vs live childbirth classes Online vs Live Childbirth Classes (8/24/2015) - Online vs Live Childbirth Classes- Which is right for you?   We are excited to be able to offer both online and in-person childbirth classes to our students. We also realize that each couple has different needs and what works perfect for one may not be great for another. So how do you decide what... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in bowie and annapolis, Maryland Birth Classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland (8/17/2015) - Birth Classes In Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing instructors today. Lauren McClain is an incredible woman, former school teacher, mother of three, gatherer of breech baby knowledge, and she teaches birth classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland. Those in her area are lucky to... Read more »
  • chiropractic care for pregnant women Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women (8/10/2015) - Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women Birth workers who pay attention have long realized that chiropractic care for pregnant women can make an incredible positive difference in the birth experience. This guest post from our resident chiropractic expert, Dr Kristin Hosaka, explains not just the benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women, but exactly how it... Read more »
  • Supporting Arms, Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 (8/3/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 At Birth Boot Camp, we love educating couples through online and in-person childbirth classes. We also love watching our instructors and doulas grow in knowledge and education. Every three years (despite begging for more often) we have committed to hosting a Birth Boot Camp Retreat. A few months ago we... Read more »
  • Low Amniotic Fluid Levels Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (7/27/2015) - Low Amniotic Fluid Levels About 4% of women will be diagnosed as having low amniotic fluid levels. The diagnosis of low fluid levels can bring feelings of worry and many questions about what this means for the mom and her baby. Each couple deserves to better understand this important diagnosis and how it can impact... Read more »
  • Childbirth Classes in San Antonio, TX Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX (7/20/2015) - Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX We have incredible women teaching childbirth classes all over the country. Today we would like to introduce you to Valerie Lopez, who teaches birth classes in San Antonio, TX. If you are planning an amazing birth- you should take a birth class with her! First, could you introduce yourself?... Read more »
  • strengthen the pelvic floor without kegels Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels (7/16/2015) - Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels What pregnant or post-baby mama doesn't worry about their pelvic floor? Those sudden sneezes that make you need to clench up and cross your legs...they don't have to be part of your life! Yes, the stressed or weakened pelvic floor is the culprit behind those "oops" moments. We all... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp noncompete The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete (7/9/2015) - The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete My name is Donna Ryan and I am the founder of Birth Boot Camp. I've taught childbirth education since 2003 and have seen couples transformed with the birth of their babies. I am honored to bring Birth Boot Camp to the world with an amazing team of women. When Birth... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp DOULA training, April 2015 Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 (6/30/2015) - Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 We are pleased to announce the certification of our second crop of Birth Boot Camp DOULAS! These women are just so incredible and we are excited to bring them to towns across America (and one in Canada)! So what happens at Birth Boot Camp DOULA training? Well, our... Read more »
  • Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? (6/23/2015) -   Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? At Birth Boot Camp, we require that all of our natural childbirth educators have themselves had a natural childbirth. Reactions to our natural birth requirement for instructors are sometimes interesting. For some, the response is, “Of course my natural birth teacher should have had a... Read more »
  • Changing our perceptions of birth Changing Our Perceptions of Birth (6/16/2015) - Changing Our Perceptions of Birth "Going in to labor with no *real* knowledge of what is happening is scary. So many of our perceptions come from the media where birth is very fast and very dangerous. When we take a comprehensive childbirth class and surround ourselves with positive ideas about birth, it actually alters the... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp Gives Back Birth Boot Camp Gives Back (6/8/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Gives Back At Birth Boot Camp we have an incredible respect for the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, or CIMS. So much so, we have based our 10-week childbirth education curriculum on its principles. Our childbirth statistics show that a strong basis and education in... Read more »
  • 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks (6/2/2015) - 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling,... Read more »
  • What are Braxton HIcks Contractions? What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? (5/26/2015) - What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are named for the doctor who “discovered” them in 1872. We can only assume, however, that women did, in fact, feel Braxton Hicks contractions in the centuries before their naming in 1872. So what are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions usually feel like spotty, painless, or... Read more »
  • Cascade of interventions The Cascade of Interventions (5/12/2015) - The Cascade of Interventions If you are taking a childbirth class, you will inevitably hear the term, “cascade of interventions.” No, we aren’t talking about a waterfall or dishwasher soap that leaves your glasses sparkling. When it comes to childbirth, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe how one intervention in birth... Read more »
  • 471976636 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth (5/5/2015) - 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth It's royal baby time again and the world is buzzing with the news of baby princess Charlotte born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. With the drama and pageantry of royalty, Kate emerged from the hospital just hours after giving birth... Read more »
  • What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA training different? What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? (4/28/2015) - What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.... Read more »
  • What is it like when my water breaks? What Is It Like When My Water Breaks? (4/14/2015) - What is it like when my water breaks? If you are pregnant, you have probably started to wonder what it is like when your water breaks. And if you have ever watched television or movie depictions of birth, you may have some very firm ideas about what happens when your water breaks. Maybe it looks... Read more »
  • cesarean rates lowered with childbirth education Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates (4/10/2015) - Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates At Birth Boot Camp we love being a part your life as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world. There are many things we strive to teach in our comprehensive childbirth education classes. From nutrition and exercise for mom, to common tests and procedures, to... Read more »
  • Postpartum Afterpains Postpartum Afterpains (4/7/2015) - Postpartum afterpains Many first time mothers have never even heard of them, and some won’t even notice the cramping sensation known as afterpains. Occurring after the delivery of the child, afterpains consist of postpartum cramping that is felt (or not noticed) after delivery of a baby and continues for a few days. Especially noticeable during... Read more »
  • doula training discount Win Doula Training Discount! (3/23/2015) -   Win Doula Training Discount! To celebrate Wold Doula Week, Birth Boot Camp DOULA has organized a contest. You can win a doula training discount for our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA training! We believe that doulas can make birth better, improve the experience for the birthing mother, her partner, her baby, and her... Read more »
  • What is involved in being a Birth Boot Camp instructor. What It Means To Be A Birth Boot Camp Instructor (3/19/2015) - We can't even express how much we appreciate our 120+ instructors. From those joining us now, to that first group who took a chance with a new company, they are amazing, dedicated and intelligent women who strive every day to make birth better for women and their partners. Today we share a post from one... Read more »
  • No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS (3/17/2015) - No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS Tradition is wonderful, but sometimes it becomes necessary to question why a certain tradition lives on. In the doula certification world, there is a long tradition of “certification births” that must be finished before you are officially a doula. While there are good intentions behind the certification... Read more »
  • supporting arms booklet Preview Of “Supporting Arms,” Birth Boot Camp DOULA’s Client Booklet (3/6/2015) - Preview Of "Supporting Arms," Birth Boot Camp DOULA's Client Booklet Every Birth Boot Camp DOULA client receives the incredible "Supporting Arms" booklet from their Birth Boot Camp DOULA. We are so proud of this little book and our doulas love it. The "Supporting Arms" booklet contains wonderful and useful information for both the doula and... Read more »
  • 5 Secrets To Breastfeeding Success 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success (3/2/2015) - 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success We have all heard about breastfeeding and the benefits it can have for baby. There are posters in hospitals and waiting rooms and WIC offices. Yet when it comes down to actually breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months (and six more after solids are started), success rates are low.... Read more »
  • 4 reasons dad needs a doula 4 Reasons Dad Needs A Doula (2/23/2015) - We are excited to share this guest post today from Megan Hughes, BBCI, about four reasons dad needs a doula. We often talk about why the birthing mother needs a doula, but the truth is that a doula can benefit dad just as much. There are many reasons a couple can both benefit from the presence... Read more »
  • Screenshot 2015-02-16 at 9.35.32 AM “Why I Loved My Natural Birth” WINNER! (2/16/2015) - We are so excited about all the people who participated in our "Why I Loved My Natural Birth" contest. So many wonderful videos with touching, amazing, funny stories. Birth does matter and you all showed us why it mattered to you. If you haven't seen the videos, please go check them out. The YouTube playlist... Read more »
  • lovedmynaturalbirth Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! (2/2/2015) -   Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! Valentine’s Day is coming soon and for most that means thoughts of love, budding romance, flowers, and chocolates. But for those who have expanded our families beyond the couple, Valentine’s Day, and the love it focuses on, means so much more. To celebrate this love, Birth Boot Camp... Read more »
  • preparingforhomebirth Preparing for a Home Birth (1/26/2015) - Preparing for a Home Birth Should you prepare for a home birth?  While it is true that you are more likely to have a natural birth when birthing at home, there are still many things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a fabulous experience. In truth, a home birth requires just... Read more »
  • switch today 2 Are you a childbirth educator looking for a change? (1/15/2015) -   NEW! $200 discount applies to those instructor training applicants who have previously certified as a childbirth educator with another organization. In order to receive this discount, submit your application being sure to note that you have previously certified and with which organization. After your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a... Read more »
  • doulas don't empower women (doula backrub) Doulas Do Not Empower Women (1/12/2015) - One common belief about doulas is that hiring a doula will automatically "empower" you. This isn't quite the case. What is true is that doulas can help you empower yourself. We love this guest post from doula and VBAC mom, Alex Rounds. Read it and share it with someone you care about. A doula just... Read more »
  • Carrollton, TX birth class Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX (1/7/2015) - We love introducing you to our many AMAZING birth teachers. Today you get to meet Caryn who is amazing for a reason. (Can you say "VBAC warrior!?") And if you happen to need a childbirth class in Carrollton, TX, then she is the gal for you! Check her out. Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX First,... Read more »
  • doula at water birth 50 Things Doulas Do Best (1/5/2015) - 50 Things Doulas Do Best What do doulas do best? Well, that is actually a much longer list than the one below. Doulas have an amazing array of skills, many of which can't really be put into words. It is no secret that at Birth Boot Camp we love doulas. Here are just 50 of the... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in College Station and Bryan. TX Childbirth Classes in College Station, TX (12/23/2014) - We are pleased to introduce today one of our childbirth instructors in College Station, TX. Cheryl is a busy mother of five who taught natural childbirth classes prior to her becoming a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor. We are so glad to have her join us! Her sweet passion and knowledge have helped make us a better... Read more »
  • blueberries are a great food for pregnancy 10 Most Nutritious Foods For Pregnancy and Postpartum (12/10/2014) - We are so excited to feature a post today detailing the 10 Most Nutritious Foods for Pregnancy & Postpartum from our resident pregnancy exercise and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. We believe that part of preparing for a healthy, natural birth is preparing our bodies with optimal nutrition. Katie's list is something every pregnant woman should... Read more »
  • removingfearbirthpreperation Taking The Fear out of Birth Prep- The Cycle of Cs (12/8/2014) - How do we take the fear out of birth prep? Every childbirth educator is aware of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. It is frequently talked about as we help prep students for birth. Helping students understand that their emotional state can impact their physical experience of an event such as birth is eye opening and important. However, our words... Read more »
  • Julia West teaches childbirth classes in Grapevine, TX Childbirth Classes in Grapevine, TX (12/3/2014) - Today, we introduce Julia, a hardworking and beautiful wife, mother and childbirth educator in Grapevine, TX. We love our natural birth instructors and appreciate all the work they are doing as they promote childbirth education and Birth Boot Camp in their own communities. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you and let... Read more »
  • 14288537129_c1e4fd0d91_k Foam Rolling For Pregnancy (12/1/2014) - Foam Rolling For Pregnancy Today we are pleased to share a guest post about foam rolling for pregnancy from our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. Katie has created a program for our online and in-person childbirth education classes that is second to none. In fact, there is nothing that even comes close in... Read more »
  • newborn breastfeeding Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt (11/24/2014) - Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt Trouble with breastfeeding often starts with the newborn. In fact, the common but often unknown 10th day growth spurt can cause confusion when nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding success has always been an important goal for Birth Boot Camp and breastfeeding education is included in our online and in-person... Read more »
  • 5 things you need from your doula certification 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification (11/17/2014) - 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification We are pleased to share thoughts from Amanda Devereux today. We first met Amanda when she certified to become a Birth Boot Camp childbirth instructor. Struck by her passion and intelligence, we soon recruited her to help form the Birth Boot Camp DOULA program along with Maria... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator on Whibley Island, Washington State Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA (11/14/2014) - Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA Today we will introduce you to Kim Graves. She was one of the incredible women who has taken our training. Now residing and teaching childbirth classes in Washington State on Whidbey Island, she is dedicated to helping women have better births no matter where she is. The choice to... Read more »
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care (11/10/2014) - Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care during pregnancy is something that we have always encouraged for our students. The reasons for this are many and can  include: -Increased comfort during pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can be helped with chiropractic. The benefits can extend beyond this issue and help other... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp both at MANA with Dona Ryan and Alexa Gumm Birth Boot Camp Visits MANA Conference! (11/3/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been busy lately. With a recent instructor training and a pending doula training, we managed to fit in a visit to the MANA (Midwives Association of North America) Conference last week. Alexa Gumm (our recruiter) and Donna Ryan (our founder) had a great time and were able to meet so many... Read more »
  • IMG_27166236577829 Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes For a Pregnant Belly (10/31/2014) - Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes for a Pregnant Belly Happy Halloween all you lovely pregnant ladies! Need a quick idea for the party this weekend? Here are a few easy ways to dress your bump for halloween from our favorite women and fabulous Birth Boot Camp instructors. Too cute! Meet D'Andra, She teaches birth... Read more »
  • 8things 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Doula Certification (10/27/2014) - 8 Things To Consider When Choosing Doula Certification There are a variety of doula certifications available for women venturing into the thrilling and rewarding work of supporting families at the time of birth. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose when you are new to the birth scene. We love... Read more »
  • header Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October 2014 (10/23/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October, 2014 We just finished up our 10th (!!!) natural childbirth instructor training for Birth Boot Camp. It is hard to believe that we have achieved this milestone. Here are some highlights from our most recent training in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. This picture shows our instructors geared up and... Read more »
  • travel 4 Reasons You Should Travel For Doula Training (10/7/2014) - Have you checked out Birth Boot Camp DOULA? You probably noticed some big, exciting differences between our training and other trainings out there These differences are well thought out, purposeful and based on the experience and expertise of the birth professionals who created this professional doula certification program. One of the things that sets Birth... Read more »
  • doctorbirth What Your Doctor Wants To Tell You About Birth, But Can’t (9/29/2014) - Too often, medical doctors are portrayed as the bad guys in the birthing world. In truth, there is a lot we don't see and which they really can't talk about. We are excited to share this guest post today from Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. Jessica is currently raising... Read more »
  • childbirth education Changing Lives Through Childbirth Education- An Interview With Rebecca Grochowski (9/25/2014) - Today we want you to meet Rebecca, a natural childbirth teacher in Mansfield, TX. We love our instructors and all the talents they bring to our company as a whole. If you would like to become a childbirth educator, we would love to have you at training! The process is a big one but well... Read more »
  • prodromal Prodromal Labor- What Is It and What Can You Do About It? (9/22/2014) - Prodromal Labor- What is it and what can you do about it? You are 38 weeks pregnant. It is 10pm at night and your labor starts. YAY! Contractions are 7 minutes apart, steady and lasting about 45 seconds. They don’t feel like Braxton-Hicks contractions, so this must be the real thing! Steady, real, feeling like... Read more »
  • 21things 21 Things Women Are Really Thinking In Labor (9/15/2014) - Labor. The BIG day. Birth. What is a partner to do?! How do you remember it all? How can you make it through with all well and a mama who still loves you? Here are some fabulous tips from moms who KNOW what a woman in labor needs from her partner. Compiled from our expert... Read more »
  • class From Epidurals To Home Birth- Meet Instructor Hailie in Abilene, TX (9/10/2014) - We are excited to share with you a series of articles highlighting our diverse group of birth instructors. These are the amazing women who are doing real work trying to make birth better for women and their families all over the world. Today we introduce Hailie Wolfe, a birth teacher in Abilene, TX, mother of... Read more »
  • rockyournaturalbirth Rock Your Natural Birth…at the Hospital! – Guest Post By Lauren Rauseo (9/8/2014) - Today we have a guest post from Lauren Rauseo. A mother of three and author of the recently published book, "Natural Birth for the Mainstream Mama," we are excited to share her thoughts on some basic things that can help you have an amazing natural birth in a hospital. Her book just happens to mention... Read more »
  • doulamyth_o Doula Myth: I Don’t Need A Doula, My Nurse Will Help Me! (9/4/2014) -   Today we are excited to share a guest post from an incredibly experienced doula and one of the driving forces behind our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA program, Maria Pokluda. Maria’s words of wisdom on the importance of and difference between both a doula and a labor and delivery nurse are so important.  Enjoy... Read more »
  • Edited 1 (1) Registered Nurse and Natural Birth Instructor- Meet Shazia! (9/2/2014) - Birth Boot Camp now has over 100 instructors spanning from coast to coast in the United States and a couple in other countries (and more to come!) We simply adore our birth instructors and are so glad they have taken this leap with us to help make birth better through education. Because there are so... Read more »
  • headerpregnancyexercises Exercises For A Great Birth Pregnancy (& Birth!) (8/27/2014) - We are honored to share a guest post today from one of our newest board members, Katie Dudley.  Katie first became interested in natural birth as she prepared for the birth of her own child and attended our founder, Donna Ryan’s, birth class.  Our newest student manuals include her contributions in both exercise and nutrition.... Read more »
  • circ Should I Circumcise My Baby? Guest Post By Dr Adrienne Carmack, Urologist (8/25/2014) - We are honored today to share a guest post from Dr Adrienne Carmack, a board certified Urologist and mother of three who is also a strong voice in the growing tide of medical personnel questioning and challenging the common practice of routine infant circumcision. Dr Carmack has also recently published a book detailing her fascinating story as she... Read more »
  • DSC_0558 New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes (8/20/2014) - Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of... Read more »
  • Print Birth Boot Camp Has Launched A New Website! (8/18/2014) - There are lots of changes going on around here at Birth Boot Camp Headquarters, and it is very exciting! We want to take a moment to show you around our brand new website. We have added lots of things, so take a little tour with us. There is so much to see!
  • nutritionebook Free Pregnancy Nutrition eBook (8/14/2014) - Something that is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy (and sometimes even a natural birth) is nutrition. Not only can nutrition have the power to make you feel better and help with common pregnancy “symptoms,” but it just makes life more pleasant.
  • video_doula Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA (8/11/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Announces...Birth Boot Camp DOULA! Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn't be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission... Read more »
  • hannahbirth The Birth of Hannah- A Birth Boot Camp Natural Hospital Birth Story! (7/26/2014) - We are honored today to share a birth story from one of our recent online birth class graduates. As you read you will find that the end of pregnancy and the labor were not without some unexpected surprises, but because this mom and her partner had worked so hard preparing for their birth, they were... Read more »
  • topthree_2 Top 3 Things To Bring To Your Birth (7/26/2014) - When it comes to pregnancy, birth and babies it seems as though the lists are never ending. From the “layette” to countless nursery items, monthly pregnancy clothes and even various and sundry age appropriate toys the experts say you will “need”, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
  • postpartumdad 10 Ways to Support Dad Postpartum (7/26/2014) - When we talk about the postpartum period, we tend to concentrate on the help and rest that mom needs after the labor and birth. In our often nuclear families, the expectation is that dad will automatically do the bulk of the work that needs to be done around the house. He is also expected to... Read more »
  • doulasupporttashina Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story (7/26/2014) - Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a... Read more »
  • tomato Down With Anti-Nutrients!- Tips For Feeding Your Family Healthier (5/20/2014) -   Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield.  Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her... Read more »
  • photo-1_160X110 Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness (5/12/2014) - At Birth Boot Camp we are surrounded by simply amazing and talented instructors. We love them and the skills they bring to the table. One of our most recently certified instructors is Carmen Calvo who teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist (and an excellent writer) and a mother of two. Today... Read more »
  • naturalbirthadoption-160x120_2 Natural Birth Matters To Adoptive Parents – A Guest Post By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (5/5/2014) - One of the founding principals behind Birth Boot Camp’s dedication to natural birth education is the belief that birth actually matters. To families this is clear, especially after the baby is born and they see the lasting impact it has made on their life. But the importance of birth does not end with those who... Read more »
  • about_image You Can Have an Amazing Birth! (5/4/2014) - Birth Boot Camp trains couples in natural birth. Our natural childbirth education classes are available with independent instructors throughout the country and around the world through professionally recorded streaming video online birth classes.
  • Seated-Straddle-300x200 5 Fabulous (and Simple) Exercise Ideas for Pregnancy (4/21/2014) - We believe that an integral part of any comprehensive childbirth education includes appropriate pregnancy exercise. When you take a Birth Boot Camp class it will include an exercise program created just for you and this time in your life.   But maybe you are wondering what you can do right now (before you start your... Read more »
  • IGT Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding (4/15/2014) - Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding We are pleased to bring a guest post to you today from Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC.  Mellanie is an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who stars in our breastfeeding DVD, “Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.”  Mellanie is a wealth of knowledge and we are so excited to have her write about... Read more »
  • Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros (4/8/2014) - Tasha after her vaginal birth after four c-sections. It can be done. You can read her story here. Melek Oz Speros, founder of Black Women DO VBAC!, has made it her mission to bring research, birth stories, and inspiration to Black women giving birth.  We are excited to share her and her knowledge with you... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery (4/1/2014) - Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery An important part of our mission at Birth Boot Camp is to encourage and truly support mothers in breastfeeding.  From day one we have had on staff an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, and every one of our students receives a two-disk breastfeeding DVD titled: Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.... Read more »
  • Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond (3/25/2014) - Pregnancy can bring both nesting (clean house!) and nausea (boo!), so what better time to find some more natural friendly cleaners. While the March of Dimes says that most commercial cleansers are safe during pregnancy, many women find the smells overwhelming or would rather just be on the safe side when it comes to chemical... Read more »
  • breastfeeding resources for new moms Breastfeeding Resources for New Moms (3/18/2014) - Breastfeeding Resources For New Moms Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should.  While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.   There are a... Read more »
  • Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural? (3/11/2014) - One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this: “I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?” The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what... Read more »
  • Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis (3/3/2014) - We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”   (Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis) When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in... Read more »
  • Tips-for-Finding-a-Chiropractor-During-Pregnancy-11-200x300 Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy (2/25/2014) - Tips For Finding A Chiropractor During Pregnancy During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor. Here are some tips for finding a... Read more »
  • 14931245617_c502a5cb1d_z 10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep (2/18/2014) - *Please note that there are affiliate links in this post. For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help... Read more »
  • Cytotec in Birth (2/11/2014) - Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth? Basic facts about Cytotec Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically... Read more »
  • Birth Story (2/4/2014) - We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!    PREGNANCY Nothing... Read more »
  • UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor (1/28/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been honored to have so many amazing instructors who can be found across the country. Today we want to recognize one of them, Debbe Canonne. Debbe certified as an instructor in September at our San Clemente, CA training.   Debbe volunteers as a doula with Heart & Hands, a volunteer doula... Read more »
  • Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!) (1/21/2014) - Every woman who gives birth will deal with postpartum recovery.  Despite the universal nature of this time in our lives, we seem reluctant to talk about the realities of what happens and what we need to be more comfortable.  Here are a few items and tips that you won’t regret preparing before the birth of... Read more »
  • stat1 Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013 (1/14/2014) - Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students. Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online... Read more »
  • Pre Birth Acupuncture (Guest Post by Peyton Theodore, L.Ac., MTCM, BBCI) (1/7/2014) - Pre birth acupuncture is acupuncture that is administered when a woman reaches full term, or 37 weeks. The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to prepare a woman for birth - both physically and emotionally, and to promote a healthy, natural labor and birth.
  • Do It Yourself Newborn Photography Tips (12/24/2013) - In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby. Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking... Read more »
  • California Training Wrap-Up! (12/17/2013) - In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California.  We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors!
  • 11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class (12/10/2013) - When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some... Read more »
  • What is Mother Friendly Care? What is Mother-Friendly Care? (11/26/2013) - What is Mother-Friendly Care? Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).  There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”.   They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others.  Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly.... Read more »
  • The Rh Factor & Your Pregnancy (11/19/2013) - Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive.  My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own.
  • Birth Boot Camp Wins Best Childbirth Class Award (11/18/2013) - Last year, we were honored to be named the #1 Childbirth Class in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) by Fort Worth Child magazine. We have been nominated again this year and would be honored to have you vote for us! Just follow the link below to cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFMB14
  • Natural Birth FAQ for Families (11/12/2013) - Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a... Read more »
  • circumcision Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner) (11/5/2013) - Circumcision: Basic Facts Every parent should know the basic facts about circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult.  It seemed like everything I... Read more »
  • What should I take to my birth place? (10/29/2013) - What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)? When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things: 1)  all the things you will need for your birth 2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor True, you... Read more »
  • Making Room For Baby (10/22/2013) - The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way! Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed... Read more »
  • Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters (10/8/2013) - Recently, I stood in a parking lot speaking with a woman I had never before met. I quickly learned that she, like me, was the mother of three little ones. Soon enough she began telling me her birth story. Within less than 10 minutes of having met this total stranger, she used the term “vaginal”... Read more »
  • Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain (9/24/2013) - Unless you have or once had a breech baby, you probably aren't even reading this first sentence. Breech is rarely on a woman's radar because it is rare and, well, what is there really to know about an upside-down baby? Unfortunately, a lot of women get caught at the end of pregnancy with a surprise... Read more »
  • Transition From Couple to Family (9/17/2013) - Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special. However, with all... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Doula (9/10/2013) - Sometimes called a labor assistant, a doula is person who assists a woman in labor.  In recent years, doulas have become more popular and widespread.  Research and personal experience show that a doula can be an integral part of a woman's birth team, not only during labor but before and after.  What is a doula's... Read more »
  • 5 Simple Reasons You Should Take a Birth Class (9/3/2013) - Anyone who has experienced the joy of pregnancy knows that as soon as that little blue line appears, so too does a seemingly endless list of expenses.  From the fun things, like decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes, to the more serious preparation for childbirth, everything just seems to add up.  Which, of course,... Read more »
  • doula at a birth Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! (8/27/2013) - Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to... Read more »
  • Win a Free Copy of Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE! (8/15/2013) - In celebration of our 4,000th Facebook “like," Birth Boot Camp is giving away a free copy of our new and incredible DVD, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This two disk DVD set is so full of information, you will want to watch it again and again. Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), is over... Read more »
  • Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often (8/14/2013) - After the thrill of discovering you’re pregnant, most women’s high quickly drops when the first trimester pregnancy symptoms roll in. Let’s face it – bloating, constipation, nausea, indescribable gas and much more can leave you wondering, what exactly is baby doing to me? But I’ve come to realize, even in the most uncomfortable moments, why... Read more »
  • Can I still have a natural birth if I am over 35? (8/6/2013) - Women are often considered of an advanced maternal age if they are delivering their baby after their 35th birthday.  While there is some increased risk in pregnancy and birth over 35, most women can look forward to a wonderful and positive birth experience.   Does being 35 make me high risk? While some research concerning birthing... Read more »
  • announcing your pregnancy Announcing Your Pregnancy (8/1/2013) - Announcing Your Pregnancy The coming of a new baby is a wonderful thing.  Now with the benefits of social media, there are as many ways to announce the beginning of your newest adventure as there are types of personalities.  Here are a few cute (or fun or creative or just plain silly!) ways to share... Read more »
  • Rules for Talking to a Laboring Woman (7/26/2013) - Preparing for birth is a unique time in a woman's life. Many women spend their lives looking outward, seeking to serve others. But in labor and birth a woman has the opportunity to be at the center for a brief moment, and to have those around her serve her, listen to her, and help her... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Johnson (7/23/2013) - The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest... Read more »
  • Birth of Axle (7/19/2013) - We have the privilege today of sharing a birth story from one of our students.  We are so grateful to them for sharing such a private event with all of us and so glad that they had a great birth.  Education really does make a difference! The Birth of Axle I think my biggest fear... Read more »
  • Prep Work for Pregnancy (7/16/2013) - Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and... Read more »
  • Choosing a provider: Understanding the medical and midwifery models of care (7/9/2013) - What is the difference between the midwifery and the medical model of care? One of the first decisions that a woman makes, after her discovery of pregnancy, is her choice of care provider. In most countries, there are two basic care providers available- the obstetrician and the midwife. There are many factors that contribute to... Read more »
  • Protected: Workbook Preview (7/3/2013) - There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Three Basic Baby Carriers (7/2/2013) - Three Basic Baby Carriers From Newborn To Toddler Babywearing is one of the seven B’s of attachment parenting. While Dr. Sears told us all the benefits of babywearing, he could have written a completely separate book on the different WAYS to wear your baby. Like most things with babies, I am of the mindset that... Read more »
  • Birth Story – Kadence (6/25/2013) - One of our goals at Birth Boot Camp is to train couples in natural birth.  This tender birth story from one of our former students exemplifies everything we hope for our couples.  You will see a father go from scoffing the idea of natural birth and frightened of birth videos to being an amazing and... Read more »
  • What are people saying about Birth Boot Camp online classes? (6/18/2013) - “The class on actual labor and pushing was a favorite. It helped me know what labor looked like.” “We LOVED the birth films! They especially helped my husband. We enjoyed class on vocalizing labor, that really helped.” "Birth Boot Camp told me I could do it. It taught me how to be verbal and make... Read more »
  • What is Pitocin? (6/11/2013) - What is Pitocin? First synthesized around 1953, Pitocin is now commonly used in labor and delivery both to begin or speed labor.   It can also be used postpartum to stop excessive bleeding or  hemorrhage, which can be life threatening if left untreated. While Pitocin is chemically the same as your body's naturally produced oxytocin, there... Read more »
  • Natural Mothering eBook Bundle Sale (6/10/2013) - {please note that this post contains affiliate links} UPDATE: This sale is now over. We are happy to be offering a $30 coupon to those who purchase this eBook Bundle! Keep reading to find out all of the fabulous deals that are being offered... Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood... Read more »
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  • Cilantro – Lime Fajitas (6/4/2013) - Cilantro Lime Fajitas This fajita, taco thing was inspired by Chipotle's vegetarian burritos... only I like mine better :) I highly recommend making your own tortilla's for this. It really makes a difference and it's not that hard.   Protein: 22g for two (will be slightly less with vegan tortillas). Serves 4 or so people, I'm... Read more »
  • Prenatal Massage Therapy (5/29/2013) - Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience... Read more »
  • Instructor Training Highlights from April 2013 (5/23/2013) - While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes.  Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops.  Now, just about a year into... Read more »
  • How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives (5/21/2013) -   One thing that is very important to us at Birth Boot Camp is supporting and encouraging the midwifery model of care. We are honored to have a very experienced and insightful midwife, Melody Morrow, CPM, as a member of our Advisory Board. Why is Melody so excited about Birth Boot Camp? She has seen... Read more »
  • Oxytocin (5/14/2013) -   What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is an amazing little hormone. Even if you don't know what oxytocin is, you probably notice its effects each day. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and it has a unique role in many of life's important events. Oxytocin is released by activities such as cuddling, nursing,... Read more »
  • Mother’s Day Sale (5/9/2013) - Happy Mother's Day! This sale runs Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
  • Cloth Diapers – Not What Your Mama Used (5/7/2013) - I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies... Read more »
  • 4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth (4/30/2013) - Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Many women desire a natural birth but preparing for one can seem overwhelming.  Here are some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the best natural birth possible.  There is so much you can do to ready yourself and your family for birth.  With these four simple things: education, nutrition, birth place,... Read more »
  • I’m pregnant! What’s happening here? (4/17/2013) - Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human... Read more »
  • should you kegel Should You Kegel? (4/4/2013) - Should You Kegel? Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses... Read more »
  • Happy World Doula Week! (3/29/2013) -   You CAN have an amazing birth!  Register today for your live or online birth class. Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor. Apply today!  
  • Happy Birthday! (3/24/2013) - What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes. Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students,... Read more »
  • Voted #1 Childbirth Class! (2/26/2013) - Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted "Best Childbirth Class" by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online).  We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an... Read more »
  • What Does Labor Feel Like? (2/21/2013) - What does labor feel like?  This is a question that almost every soon-to-be mother asks.  It fills us with trepidation, excitement, and even fear.  So what DOES labor feel like? The answer is a little different to everybody because, of course, labor is as individual as the women who experience it.  To begin deepening our... Read more »
  • Top 10 Foods to Stock for Postpartum (2/16/2013) - One day you are pregnant, and the next day a mother! One of the most important things a new mom can have is a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, easy to grab foods for those first few weeks. Nursing a baby frequently, recovering from the work of labor and birth, while adjusting to a... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight (2/7/2013) - At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that the education our instructors receive will help make them teachers who can change birth, impact couples, and improve the world. We strive to give our instructors the best childbirth educator instruction out there. We are so proud of them and the impact they are making. We are excited... Read more »
  • Common Swelling in Pregnancy (2/6/2013) - Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help... Read more »
  • Protein rich snacks (1/17/2013) - Healthy, protein rich snacks are a pregnant woman's BEST friend!
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  • Why a live training? (1/11/2013) - We are so happy at the interest people have shown in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor!  We have had people travel from all over the country to attend our instructor training workshops in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Often, we are asked why we don't do "online instructor training." We are a company specializing in natural birth... Read more »
  • Allow Your Baby to Choose His Own Birthday (1/10/2013) - Here at Birth Boot Camp we educate couples about the risks of induction and encourage allowing our babies to choose their own birthdays.
  • Is it safe to have sex while pregnant? (1/7/2013) - Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care... Read more »
  • Happy New Year! (1/4/2013) - Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp! As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for.  Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board.  We started offering the first, full series of... Read more »
  • What is Group B Strep (GBS)? (1/3/2013) - Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract... Read more »
  • How to have a Natural Birth (12/31/2012) - Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for. 1) Take a natural... Read more »
  • What is a doula? (12/27/2012) - In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So... Read more »
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  • When will I start showing? (12/20/2012) - Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
  • Well Prepared Partner (12/17/2012) - Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can't neglect the birthing woman's... Read more »
  • Childbirth Education Training Sale! (12/12/2012) - Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program. All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Birth Video (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer's full birth story - please... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Maternity Photography (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the maternity pictures and you can find pregnancy, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts.
  • Elf on the Shelf Pregnancy Pictures (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the pregnancy pictures and you can find maternity, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. Our ice breaking picture is on the #InappropriateElf Blog... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Nursing Photos (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the newborn, welcome home & nursing pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity and birth photography (and slideshow) pics in separate posts.  
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding Preparing for Breastfeeding (12/3/2012) - Preparing For Breastfeeding I often ask women who are expecting if they have preparing for breastfeeding.  Sometimes I get “I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital” or “I read a book,” but often I just get a blank stare.  Prepare for breastfeeding?  Why prepare for breastfeeding?  It is natural, right?  Yes, breastfeeding is instinctual... Read more »
  • What We Can Learn From Other Mammals (11/29/2012) - Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We can learn a lot from other mammals.    
  • Support Breastfeeding with us for #GivingTuesday (11/24/2012) - As part of #GivingTuesday, Birth Boot Camp® will be donating $75 from every online childbirth education class sale to Best for Babes from Tuesday November 27 through Tuesday December 4. The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream non-profit cause dedicated to helping women overcome the many barriers they face that end their breastfeeding... Read more »
  • Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin (11/5/2012) - Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn't... Read more »
  • Protein in Pregnancy (10/8/2012) - Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in... Read more »
  • Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin (9/17/2012) - Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills... Read more »
  • Getting Enough Iron in Pregnancy (9/3/2012) - Many women struggle during pregnancy with anemia or iron deficiency.  Diet can often be helpful in improving this.  Having adequate iron is important for lots of reasons.  Women who have low levels of iron are often tired.  In addition, very low iron levels can impact your labor and birth and even increase postpartum hemorrhage.  Here... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding in Public With Ease (8/6/2012) - Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared. One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already... Read more »
  • Using a Midwife (Types of Midwives) (7/9/2012) - Many women desire the benefits of midwifery care for their pregnancy but become overwhelmed when they start to look into it and find that there are many different types of midwives to choose from. While options, certifications, and even legality vary from one state to another and from one country to the next, here are... Read more »
  • Morning Sickness Solutions (6/4/2012) -     Many women struggle with morning sickness while pregnant.  This nausea upon waking can vary greatly, from a mild irritation to being so bad that hospitalization is necessary.  For some women, morning sickness isn't just morning sickness, it is all day long sickness. Luckily there are little tricks that can help ease and even... Read more »
  • Choosing a Birth Photographer (5/7/2012) - Birth is one of life's most amazing events.  It is natural to want to capture it in images that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.  How should you choose the best birth photographer for you? Ask your childbirth educator who she recommends.  As a professional in your community, she will have contacts... Read more »
  • Five Ways to Avoid a C-section (4/9/2012) - The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section. 1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth... Read more »
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  • online vs live childbirth classes Online vs Live Childbirth Classes (8/24/2015) - Online vs Live Childbirth Classes- Which is right for you?   We are excited to be able to offer both online and in-person childbirth classes to our students. We also realize that each couple has different needs and what works perfect for one may not be great for another. So how do you decide what... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in bowie and annapolis, Maryland Birth Classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland (8/17/2015) - Birth Classes In Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing instructors today. Lauren McClain is an incredible woman, former school teacher, mother of three, gatherer of breech baby knowledge, and she teaches birth classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland. Those in her area are lucky to... Read more »
  • chiropractic care for pregnant women Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women (8/10/2015) - Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women Birth workers who pay attention have long realized that chiropractic care for pregnant women can make an incredible positive difference in the birth experience. This guest post from our resident chiropractic expert, Dr Kristin Hosaka, explains not just the benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women, but exactly how it... Read more »
  • Supporting Arms, Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 (8/3/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 At Birth Boot Camp, we love educating couples through online and in-person childbirth classes. We also love watching our instructors and doulas grow in knowledge and education. Every three years (despite begging for more often) we have committed to hosting a Birth Boot Camp Retreat. A few months ago we... Read more »
  • Low Amniotic Fluid Levels Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (7/27/2015) - Low Amniotic Fluid Levels About 4% of women will be diagnosed as having low amniotic fluid levels. The diagnosis of low fluid levels can bring feelings of worry and many questions about what this means for the mom and her baby. Each couple deserves to better understand this important diagnosis and how it can impact... Read more »
  • Childbirth Classes in San Antonio, TX Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX (7/20/2015) - Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX We have incredible women teaching childbirth classes all over the country. Today we would like to introduce you to Valerie Lopez, who teaches birth classes in San Antonio, TX. If you are planning an amazing birth- you should take a birth class with her! First, could you introduce yourself?... Read more »
  • strengthen the pelvic floor without kegels Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels (7/16/2015) - Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels What pregnant or post-baby mama doesn't worry about their pelvic floor? Those sudden sneezes that make you need to clench up and cross your legs...they don't have to be part of your life! Yes, the stressed or weakened pelvic floor is the culprit behind those "oops" moments. We all... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp noncompete The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete (7/9/2015) - The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete My name is Donna Ryan and I am the founder of Birth Boot Camp. I've taught childbirth education since 2003 and have seen couples transformed with the birth of their babies. I am honored to bring Birth Boot Camp to the world with an amazing team of women. When Birth... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp DOULA training, April 2015 Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 (6/30/2015) - Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 We are pleased to announce the certification of our second crop of Birth Boot Camp DOULAS! These women are just so incredible and we are excited to bring them to towns across America (and one in Canada)! So what happens at Birth Boot Camp DOULA training? Well, our... Read more »
  • Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? (6/23/2015) -   Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? At Birth Boot Camp, we require that all of our natural childbirth educators have themselves had a natural childbirth. Reactions to our natural birth requirement for instructors are sometimes interesting. For some, the response is, “Of course my natural birth teacher should have had a... Read more »
  • Changing our perceptions of birth Changing Our Perceptions of Birth (6/16/2015) - Changing Our Perceptions of Birth "Going in to labor with no *real* knowledge of what is happening is scary. So many of our perceptions come from the media where birth is very fast and very dangerous. When we take a comprehensive childbirth class and surround ourselves with positive ideas about birth, it actually alters the... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp Gives Back Birth Boot Camp Gives Back (6/8/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Gives Back At Birth Boot Camp we have an incredible respect for the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, or CIMS. So much so, we have based our 10-week childbirth education curriculum on its principles. Our childbirth statistics show that a strong basis and education in... Read more »
  • 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks (6/2/2015) - 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling,... Read more »
  • What are Braxton HIcks Contractions? What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? (5/26/2015) - What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are named for the doctor who “discovered” them in 1872. We can only assume, however, that women did, in fact, feel Braxton Hicks contractions in the centuries before their naming in 1872. So what are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions usually feel like spotty, painless, or... Read more »
  • Cascade of interventions The Cascade of Interventions (5/12/2015) - The Cascade of Interventions If you are taking a childbirth class, you will inevitably hear the term, “cascade of interventions.” No, we aren’t talking about a waterfall or dishwasher soap that leaves your glasses sparkling. When it comes to childbirth, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe how one intervention in birth... Read more »
  • 471976636 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth (5/5/2015) - 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth It's royal baby time again and the world is buzzing with the news of baby princess Charlotte born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. With the drama and pageantry of royalty, Kate emerged from the hospital just hours after giving birth... Read more »
  • What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA training different? What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? (4/28/2015) - What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.... Read more »
  • What is it like when my water breaks? What Is It Like When My Water Breaks? (4/14/2015) - What is it like when my water breaks? If you are pregnant, you have probably started to wonder what it is like when your water breaks. And if you have ever watched television or movie depictions of birth, you may have some very firm ideas about what happens when your water breaks. Maybe it looks... Read more »
  • cesarean rates lowered with childbirth education Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates (4/10/2015) - Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates At Birth Boot Camp we love being a part your life as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world. There are many things we strive to teach in our comprehensive childbirth education classes. From nutrition and exercise for mom, to common tests and procedures, to... Read more »
  • Postpartum Afterpains Postpartum Afterpains (4/7/2015) - Postpartum afterpains Many first time mothers have never even heard of them, and some won’t even notice the cramping sensation known as afterpains. Occurring after the delivery of the child, afterpains consist of postpartum cramping that is felt (or not noticed) after delivery of a baby and continues for a few days. Especially noticeable during... Read more »
  • doula training discount Win Doula Training Discount! (3/23/2015) -   Win Doula Training Discount! To celebrate Wold Doula Week, Birth Boot Camp DOULA has organized a contest. You can win a doula training discount for our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA training! We believe that doulas can make birth better, improve the experience for the birthing mother, her partner, her baby, and her... Read more »
  • What is involved in being a Birth Boot Camp instructor. What It Means To Be A Birth Boot Camp Instructor (3/19/2015) - We can't even express how much we appreciate our 120+ instructors. From those joining us now, to that first group who took a chance with a new company, they are amazing, dedicated and intelligent women who strive every day to make birth better for women and their partners. Today we share a post from one... Read more »
  • No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS (3/17/2015) - No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS Tradition is wonderful, but sometimes it becomes necessary to question why a certain tradition lives on. In the doula certification world, there is a long tradition of “certification births” that must be finished before you are officially a doula. While there are good intentions behind the certification... Read more »
  • supporting arms booklet Preview Of “Supporting Arms,” Birth Boot Camp DOULA’s Client Booklet (3/6/2015) - Preview Of "Supporting Arms," Birth Boot Camp DOULA's Client Booklet Every Birth Boot Camp DOULA client receives the incredible "Supporting Arms" booklet from their Birth Boot Camp DOULA. We are so proud of this little book and our doulas love it. The "Supporting Arms" booklet contains wonderful and useful information for both the doula and... Read more »
  • 5 Secrets To Breastfeeding Success 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success (3/2/2015) - 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success We have all heard about breastfeeding and the benefits it can have for baby. There are posters in hospitals and waiting rooms and WIC offices. Yet when it comes down to actually breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months (and six more after solids are started), success rates are low.... Read more »
  • 4 reasons dad needs a doula 4 Reasons Dad Needs A Doula (2/23/2015) - We are excited to share this guest post today from Megan Hughes, BBCI, about four reasons dad needs a doula. We often talk about why the birthing mother needs a doula, but the truth is that a doula can benefit dad just as much. There are many reasons a couple can both benefit from the presence... Read more »
  • Screenshot 2015-02-16 at 9.35.32 AM “Why I Loved My Natural Birth” WINNER! (2/16/2015) - We are so excited about all the people who participated in our "Why I Loved My Natural Birth" contest. So many wonderful videos with touching, amazing, funny stories. Birth does matter and you all showed us why it mattered to you. If you haven't seen the videos, please go check them out. The YouTube playlist... Read more »
  • lovedmynaturalbirth Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! (2/2/2015) -   Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! Valentine’s Day is coming soon and for most that means thoughts of love, budding romance, flowers, and chocolates. But for those who have expanded our families beyond the couple, Valentine’s Day, and the love it focuses on, means so much more. To celebrate this love, Birth Boot Camp... Read more »
  • preparingforhomebirth Preparing for a Home Birth (1/26/2015) - Preparing for a Home Birth Should you prepare for a home birth?  While it is true that you are more likely to have a natural birth when birthing at home, there are still many things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a fabulous experience. In truth, a home birth requires just... Read more »
  • switch today 2 Are you a childbirth educator looking for a change? (1/15/2015) -   NEW! $200 discount applies to those instructor training applicants who have previously certified as a childbirth educator with another organization. In order to receive this discount, submit your application being sure to note that you have previously certified and with which organization. After your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a... Read more »
  • doulas don't empower women (doula backrub) Doulas Do Not Empower Women (1/12/2015) - One common belief about doulas is that hiring a doula will automatically "empower" you. This isn't quite the case. What is true is that doulas can help you empower yourself. We love this guest post from doula and VBAC mom, Alex Rounds. Read it and share it with someone you care about. A doula just... Read more »
  • Carrollton, TX birth class Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX (1/7/2015) - We love introducing you to our many AMAZING birth teachers. Today you get to meet Caryn who is amazing for a reason. (Can you say "VBAC warrior!?") And if you happen to need a childbirth class in Carrollton, TX, then she is the gal for you! Check her out. Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX First,... Read more »
  • doula at water birth 50 Things Doulas Do Best (1/5/2015) - 50 Things Doulas Do Best What do doulas do best? Well, that is actually a much longer list than the one below. Doulas have an amazing array of skills, many of which can't really be put into words. It is no secret that at Birth Boot Camp we love doulas. Here are just 50 of the... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in College Station and Bryan. TX Childbirth Classes in College Station, TX (12/23/2014) - We are pleased to introduce today one of our childbirth instructors in College Station, TX. Cheryl is a busy mother of five who taught natural childbirth classes prior to her becoming a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor. We are so glad to have her join us! Her sweet passion and knowledge have helped make us a better... Read more »
  • blueberries are a great food for pregnancy 10 Most Nutritious Foods For Pregnancy and Postpartum (12/10/2014) - We are so excited to feature a post today detailing the 10 Most Nutritious Foods for Pregnancy & Postpartum from our resident pregnancy exercise and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. We believe that part of preparing for a healthy, natural birth is preparing our bodies with optimal nutrition. Katie's list is something every pregnant woman should... Read more »
  • removingfearbirthpreperation Taking The Fear out of Birth Prep- The Cycle of Cs (12/8/2014) - How do we take the fear out of birth prep? Every childbirth educator is aware of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. It is frequently talked about as we help prep students for birth. Helping students understand that their emotional state can impact their physical experience of an event such as birth is eye opening and important. However, our words... Read more »
  • Julia West teaches childbirth classes in Grapevine, TX Childbirth Classes in Grapevine, TX (12/3/2014) - Today, we introduce Julia, a hardworking and beautiful wife, mother and childbirth educator in Grapevine, TX. We love our natural birth instructors and appreciate all the work they are doing as they promote childbirth education and Birth Boot Camp in their own communities. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you and let... Read more »
  • 14288537129_c1e4fd0d91_k Foam Rolling For Pregnancy (12/1/2014) - Foam Rolling For Pregnancy Today we are pleased to share a guest post about foam rolling for pregnancy from our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. Katie has created a program for our online and in-person childbirth education classes that is second to none. In fact, there is nothing that even comes close in... Read more »
  • newborn breastfeeding Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt (11/24/2014) - Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt Trouble with breastfeeding often starts with the newborn. In fact, the common but often unknown 10th day growth spurt can cause confusion when nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding success has always been an important goal for Birth Boot Camp and breastfeeding education is included in our online and in-person... Read more »
  • 5 things you need from your doula certification 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification (11/17/2014) - 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification We are pleased to share thoughts from Amanda Devereux today. We first met Amanda when she certified to become a Birth Boot Camp childbirth instructor. Struck by her passion and intelligence, we soon recruited her to help form the Birth Boot Camp DOULA program along with Maria... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator on Whibley Island, Washington State Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA (11/14/2014) - Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA Today we will introduce you to Kim Graves. She was one of the incredible women who has taken our training. Now residing and teaching childbirth classes in Washington State on Whidbey Island, she is dedicated to helping women have better births no matter where she is. The choice to... Read more »
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care (11/10/2014) - Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care during pregnancy is something that we have always encouraged for our students. The reasons for this are many and can  include: -Increased comfort during pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can be helped with chiropractic. The benefits can extend beyond this issue and help other... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp both at MANA with Dona Ryan and Alexa Gumm Birth Boot Camp Visits MANA Conference! (11/3/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been busy lately. With a recent instructor training and a pending doula training, we managed to fit in a visit to the MANA (Midwives Association of North America) Conference last week. Alexa Gumm (our recruiter) and Donna Ryan (our founder) had a great time and were able to meet so many... Read more »
  • IMG_27166236577829 Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes For a Pregnant Belly (10/31/2014) - Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes for a Pregnant Belly Happy Halloween all you lovely pregnant ladies! Need a quick idea for the party this weekend? Here are a few easy ways to dress your bump for halloween from our favorite women and fabulous Birth Boot Camp instructors. Too cute! Meet D'Andra, She teaches birth... Read more »
  • 8things 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Doula Certification (10/27/2014) - 8 Things To Consider When Choosing Doula Certification There are a variety of doula certifications available for women venturing into the thrilling and rewarding work of supporting families at the time of birth. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose when you are new to the birth scene. We love... Read more »
  • header Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October 2014 (10/23/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October, 2014 We just finished up our 10th (!!!) natural childbirth instructor training for Birth Boot Camp. It is hard to believe that we have achieved this milestone. Here are some highlights from our most recent training in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. This picture shows our instructors geared up and... Read more »
  • travel 4 Reasons You Should Travel For Doula Training (10/7/2014) - Have you checked out Birth Boot Camp DOULA? You probably noticed some big, exciting differences between our training and other trainings out there These differences are well thought out, purposeful and based on the experience and expertise of the birth professionals who created this professional doula certification program. One of the things that sets Birth... Read more »
  • doctorbirth What Your Doctor Wants To Tell You About Birth, But Can’t (9/29/2014) - Too often, medical doctors are portrayed as the bad guys in the birthing world. In truth, there is a lot we don't see and which they really can't talk about. We are excited to share this guest post today from Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. Jessica is currently raising... Read more »
  • childbirth education Changing Lives Through Childbirth Education- An Interview With Rebecca Grochowski (9/25/2014) - Today we want you to meet Rebecca, a natural childbirth teacher in Mansfield, TX. We love our instructors and all the talents they bring to our company as a whole. If you would like to become a childbirth educator, we would love to have you at training! The process is a big one but well... Read more »
  • prodromal Prodromal Labor- What Is It and What Can You Do About It? (9/22/2014) - Prodromal Labor- What is it and what can you do about it? You are 38 weeks pregnant. It is 10pm at night and your labor starts. YAY! Contractions are 7 minutes apart, steady and lasting about 45 seconds. They don’t feel like Braxton-Hicks contractions, so this must be the real thing! Steady, real, feeling like... Read more »
  • 21things 21 Things Women Are Really Thinking In Labor (9/15/2014) - Labor. The BIG day. Birth. What is a partner to do?! How do you remember it all? How can you make it through with all well and a mama who still loves you? Here are some fabulous tips from moms who KNOW what a woman in labor needs from her partner. Compiled from our expert... Read more »
  • class From Epidurals To Home Birth- Meet Instructor Hailie in Abilene, TX (9/10/2014) - We are excited to share with you a series of articles highlighting our diverse group of birth instructors. These are the amazing women who are doing real work trying to make birth better for women and their families all over the world. Today we introduce Hailie Wolfe, a birth teacher in Abilene, TX, mother of... Read more »
  • rockyournaturalbirth Rock Your Natural Birth…at the Hospital! – Guest Post By Lauren Rauseo (9/8/2014) - Today we have a guest post from Lauren Rauseo. A mother of three and author of the recently published book, "Natural Birth for the Mainstream Mama," we are excited to share her thoughts on some basic things that can help you have an amazing natural birth in a hospital. Her book just happens to mention... Read more »
  • doulamyth_o Doula Myth: I Don’t Need A Doula, My Nurse Will Help Me! (9/4/2014) -   Today we are excited to share a guest post from an incredibly experienced doula and one of the driving forces behind our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA program, Maria Pokluda. Maria’s words of wisdom on the importance of and difference between both a doula and a labor and delivery nurse are so important.  Enjoy... Read more »
  • Edited 1 (1) Registered Nurse and Natural Birth Instructor- Meet Shazia! (9/2/2014) - Birth Boot Camp now has over 100 instructors spanning from coast to coast in the United States and a couple in other countries (and more to come!) We simply adore our birth instructors and are so glad they have taken this leap with us to help make birth better through education. Because there are so... Read more »
  • headerpregnancyexercises Exercises For A Great Birth Pregnancy (& Birth!) (8/27/2014) - We are honored to share a guest post today from one of our newest board members, Katie Dudley.  Katie first became interested in natural birth as she prepared for the birth of her own child and attended our founder, Donna Ryan’s, birth class.  Our newest student manuals include her contributions in both exercise and nutrition.... Read more »
  • circ Should I Circumcise My Baby? Guest Post By Dr Adrienne Carmack, Urologist (8/25/2014) - We are honored today to share a guest post from Dr Adrienne Carmack, a board certified Urologist and mother of three who is also a strong voice in the growing tide of medical personnel questioning and challenging the common practice of routine infant circumcision. Dr Carmack has also recently published a book detailing her fascinating story as she... Read more »
  • DSC_0558 New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes (8/20/2014) - Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of... Read more »
  • Print Birth Boot Camp Has Launched A New Website! (8/18/2014) - There are lots of changes going on around here at Birth Boot Camp Headquarters, and it is very exciting! We want to take a moment to show you around our brand new website. We have added lots of things, so take a little tour with us. There is so much to see!
  • nutritionebook Free Pregnancy Nutrition eBook (8/14/2014) - Something that is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy (and sometimes even a natural birth) is nutrition. Not only can nutrition have the power to make you feel better and help with common pregnancy “symptoms,” but it just makes life more pleasant.
  • video_doula Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA (8/11/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Announces...Birth Boot Camp DOULA! Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn't be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission... Read more »
  • hannahbirth The Birth of Hannah- A Birth Boot Camp Natural Hospital Birth Story! (7/26/2014) - We are honored today to share a birth story from one of our recent online birth class graduates. As you read you will find that the end of pregnancy and the labor were not without some unexpected surprises, but because this mom and her partner had worked so hard preparing for their birth, they were... Read more »
  • topthree_2 Top 3 Things To Bring To Your Birth (7/26/2014) - When it comes to pregnancy, birth and babies it seems as though the lists are never ending. From the “layette” to countless nursery items, monthly pregnancy clothes and even various and sundry age appropriate toys the experts say you will “need”, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
  • postpartumdad 10 Ways to Support Dad Postpartum (7/26/2014) - When we talk about the postpartum period, we tend to concentrate on the help and rest that mom needs after the labor and birth. In our often nuclear families, the expectation is that dad will automatically do the bulk of the work that needs to be done around the house. He is also expected to... Read more »
  • doulasupporttashina Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story (7/26/2014) - Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a... Read more »
  • tomato Down With Anti-Nutrients!- Tips For Feeding Your Family Healthier (5/20/2014) -   Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield.  Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her... Read more »
  • photo-1_160X110 Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness (5/12/2014) - At Birth Boot Camp we are surrounded by simply amazing and talented instructors. We love them and the skills they bring to the table. One of our most recently certified instructors is Carmen Calvo who teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist (and an excellent writer) and a mother of two. Today... Read more »
  • naturalbirthadoption-160x120_2 Natural Birth Matters To Adoptive Parents – A Guest Post By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (5/5/2014) - One of the founding principals behind Birth Boot Camp’s dedication to natural birth education is the belief that birth actually matters. To families this is clear, especially after the baby is born and they see the lasting impact it has made on their life. But the importance of birth does not end with those who... Read more »
  • about_image You Can Have an Amazing Birth! (5/4/2014) - Birth Boot Camp trains couples in natural birth. Our natural childbirth education classes are available with independent instructors throughout the country and around the world through professionally recorded streaming video online birth classes.
  • Seated-Straddle-300x200 5 Fabulous (and Simple) Exercise Ideas for Pregnancy (4/21/2014) - We believe that an integral part of any comprehensive childbirth education includes appropriate pregnancy exercise. When you take a Birth Boot Camp class it will include an exercise program created just for you and this time in your life.   But maybe you are wondering what you can do right now (before you start your... Read more »
  • IGT Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding (4/15/2014) - Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding We are pleased to bring a guest post to you today from Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC.  Mellanie is an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who stars in our breastfeeding DVD, “Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.”  Mellanie is a wealth of knowledge and we are so excited to have her write about... Read more »
  • Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros (4/8/2014) - Tasha after her vaginal birth after four c-sections. It can be done. You can read her story here. Melek Oz Speros, founder of Black Women DO VBAC!, has made it her mission to bring research, birth stories, and inspiration to Black women giving birth.  We are excited to share her and her knowledge with you... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery (4/1/2014) - Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery An important part of our mission at Birth Boot Camp is to encourage and truly support mothers in breastfeeding.  From day one we have had on staff an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, and every one of our students receives a two-disk breastfeeding DVD titled: Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.... Read more »
  • Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond (3/25/2014) - Pregnancy can bring both nesting (clean house!) and nausea (boo!), so what better time to find some more natural friendly cleaners. While the March of Dimes says that most commercial cleansers are safe during pregnancy, many women find the smells overwhelming or would rather just be on the safe side when it comes to chemical... Read more »
  • breastfeeding resources for new moms Breastfeeding Resources for New Moms (3/18/2014) - Breastfeeding Resources For New Moms Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should.  While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.   There are a... Read more »
  • Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural? (3/11/2014) - One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this: “I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?” The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what... Read more »
  • Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis (3/3/2014) - We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”   (Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis) When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in... Read more »
  • Tips-for-Finding-a-Chiropractor-During-Pregnancy-11-200x300 Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy (2/25/2014) - Tips For Finding A Chiropractor During Pregnancy During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor. Here are some tips for finding a... Read more »
  • 14931245617_c502a5cb1d_z 10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep (2/18/2014) - *Please note that there are affiliate links in this post. For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help... Read more »
  • Cytotec in Birth (2/11/2014) - Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth? Basic facts about Cytotec Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically... Read more »
  • Birth Story (2/4/2014) - We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!    PREGNANCY Nothing... Read more »
  • UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor (1/28/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been honored to have so many amazing instructors who can be found across the country. Today we want to recognize one of them, Debbe Canonne. Debbe certified as an instructor in September at our San Clemente, CA training.   Debbe volunteers as a doula with Heart & Hands, a volunteer doula... Read more »
  • Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!) (1/21/2014) - Every woman who gives birth will deal with postpartum recovery.  Despite the universal nature of this time in our lives, we seem reluctant to talk about the realities of what happens and what we need to be more comfortable.  Here are a few items and tips that you won’t regret preparing before the birth of... Read more »
  • stat1 Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013 (1/14/2014) - Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students. Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online... Read more »
  • Pre Birth Acupuncture (Guest Post by Peyton Theodore, L.Ac., MTCM, BBCI) (1/7/2014) - Pre birth acupuncture is acupuncture that is administered when a woman reaches full term, or 37 weeks. The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to prepare a woman for birth - both physically and emotionally, and to promote a healthy, natural labor and birth.
  • Do It Yourself Newborn Photography Tips (12/24/2013) - In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby. Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking... Read more »
  • California Training Wrap-Up! (12/17/2013) - In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California.  We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors!
  • 11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class (12/10/2013) - When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some... Read more »
  • What is Mother Friendly Care? What is Mother-Friendly Care? (11/26/2013) - What is Mother-Friendly Care? Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).  There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”.   They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others.  Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly.... Read more »
  • The Rh Factor & Your Pregnancy (11/19/2013) - Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive.  My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own.
  • Birth Boot Camp Wins Best Childbirth Class Award (11/18/2013) - Last year, we were honored to be named the #1 Childbirth Class in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) by Fort Worth Child magazine. We have been nominated again this year and would be honored to have you vote for us! Just follow the link below to cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFMB14
  • Natural Birth FAQ for Families (11/12/2013) - Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a... Read more »
  • circumcision Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner) (11/5/2013) - Circumcision: Basic Facts Every parent should know the basic facts about circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult.  It seemed like everything I... Read more »
  • What should I take to my birth place? (10/29/2013) - What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)? When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things: 1)  all the things you will need for your birth 2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor True, you... Read more »
  • Making Room For Baby (10/22/2013) - The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way! Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed... Read more »
  • Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters (10/8/2013) - Recently, I stood in a parking lot speaking with a woman I had never before met. I quickly learned that she, like me, was the mother of three little ones. Soon enough she began telling me her birth story. Within less than 10 minutes of having met this total stranger, she used the term “vaginal”... Read more »
  • Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain (9/24/2013) - Unless you have or once had a breech baby, you probably aren't even reading this first sentence. Breech is rarely on a woman's radar because it is rare and, well, what is there really to know about an upside-down baby? Unfortunately, a lot of women get caught at the end of pregnancy with a surprise... Read more »
  • Transition From Couple to Family (9/17/2013) - Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special. However, with all... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Doula (9/10/2013) - Sometimes called a labor assistant, a doula is person who assists a woman in labor.  In recent years, doulas have become more popular and widespread.  Research and personal experience show that a doula can be an integral part of a woman's birth team, not only during labor but before and after.  What is a doula's... Read more »
  • 5 Simple Reasons You Should Take a Birth Class (9/3/2013) - Anyone who has experienced the joy of pregnancy knows that as soon as that little blue line appears, so too does a seemingly endless list of expenses.  From the fun things, like decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes, to the more serious preparation for childbirth, everything just seems to add up.  Which, of course,... Read more »
  • doula at a birth Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! (8/27/2013) - Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to... Read more »
  • Win a Free Copy of Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE! (8/15/2013) - In celebration of our 4,000th Facebook “like," Birth Boot Camp is giving away a free copy of our new and incredible DVD, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This two disk DVD set is so full of information, you will want to watch it again and again. Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), is over... Read more »
  • Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often (8/14/2013) - After the thrill of discovering you’re pregnant, most women’s high quickly drops when the first trimester pregnancy symptoms roll in. Let’s face it – bloating, constipation, nausea, indescribable gas and much more can leave you wondering, what exactly is baby doing to me? But I’ve come to realize, even in the most uncomfortable moments, why... Read more »
  • Can I still have a natural birth if I am over 35? (8/6/2013) - Women are often considered of an advanced maternal age if they are delivering their baby after their 35th birthday.  While there is some increased risk in pregnancy and birth over 35, most women can look forward to a wonderful and positive birth experience.   Does being 35 make me high risk? While some research concerning birthing... Read more »
  • announcing your pregnancy Announcing Your Pregnancy (8/1/2013) - Announcing Your Pregnancy The coming of a new baby is a wonderful thing.  Now with the benefits of social media, there are as many ways to announce the beginning of your newest adventure as there are types of personalities.  Here are a few cute (or fun or creative or just plain silly!) ways to share... Read more »
  • Rules for Talking to a Laboring Woman (7/26/2013) - Preparing for birth is a unique time in a woman's life. Many women spend their lives looking outward, seeking to serve others. But in labor and birth a woman has the opportunity to be at the center for a brief moment, and to have those around her serve her, listen to her, and help her... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Johnson (7/23/2013) - The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest... Read more »
  • Birth of Axle (7/19/2013) - We have the privilege today of sharing a birth story from one of our students.  We are so grateful to them for sharing such a private event with all of us and so glad that they had a great birth.  Education really does make a difference! The Birth of Axle I think my biggest fear... Read more »
  • Prep Work for Pregnancy (7/16/2013) - Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and... Read more »
  • Choosing a provider: Understanding the medical and midwifery models of care (7/9/2013) - What is the difference between the midwifery and the medical model of care? One of the first decisions that a woman makes, after her discovery of pregnancy, is her choice of care provider. In most countries, there are two basic care providers available- the obstetrician and the midwife. There are many factors that contribute to... Read more »
  • Protected: Workbook Preview (7/3/2013) - There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Three Basic Baby Carriers (7/2/2013) - Three Basic Baby Carriers From Newborn To Toddler Babywearing is one of the seven B’s of attachment parenting. While Dr. Sears told us all the benefits of babywearing, he could have written a completely separate book on the different WAYS to wear your baby. Like most things with babies, I am of the mindset that... Read more »
  • Birth Story – Kadence (6/25/2013) - One of our goals at Birth Boot Camp is to train couples in natural birth.  This tender birth story from one of our former students exemplifies everything we hope for our couples.  You will see a father go from scoffing the idea of natural birth and frightened of birth videos to being an amazing and... Read more »
  • What are people saying about Birth Boot Camp online classes? (6/18/2013) - “The class on actual labor and pushing was a favorite. It helped me know what labor looked like.” “We LOVED the birth films! They especially helped my husband. We enjoyed class on vocalizing labor, that really helped.” "Birth Boot Camp told me I could do it. It taught me how to be verbal and make... Read more »
  • What is Pitocin? (6/11/2013) - What is Pitocin? First synthesized around 1953, Pitocin is now commonly used in labor and delivery both to begin or speed labor.   It can also be used postpartum to stop excessive bleeding or  hemorrhage, which can be life threatening if left untreated. While Pitocin is chemically the same as your body's naturally produced oxytocin, there... Read more »
  • Natural Mothering eBook Bundle Sale (6/10/2013) - {please note that this post contains affiliate links} UPDATE: This sale is now over. We are happy to be offering a $30 coupon to those who purchase this eBook Bundle! Keep reading to find out all of the fabulous deals that are being offered... Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood... Read more »
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  • Cilantro – Lime Fajitas (6/4/2013) - Cilantro Lime Fajitas This fajita, taco thing was inspired by Chipotle's vegetarian burritos... only I like mine better :) I highly recommend making your own tortilla's for this. It really makes a difference and it's not that hard.   Protein: 22g for two (will be slightly less with vegan tortillas). Serves 4 or so people, I'm... Read more »
  • Prenatal Massage Therapy (5/29/2013) - Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience... Read more »
  • Instructor Training Highlights from April 2013 (5/23/2013) - While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes.  Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops.  Now, just about a year into... Read more »
  • How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives (5/21/2013) -   One thing that is very important to us at Birth Boot Camp is supporting and encouraging the midwifery model of care. We are honored to have a very experienced and insightful midwife, Melody Morrow, CPM, as a member of our Advisory Board. Why is Melody so excited about Birth Boot Camp? She has seen... Read more »
  • Oxytocin (5/14/2013) -   What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is an amazing little hormone. Even if you don't know what oxytocin is, you probably notice its effects each day. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and it has a unique role in many of life's important events. Oxytocin is released by activities such as cuddling, nursing,... Read more »
  • Mother’s Day Sale (5/9/2013) - Happy Mother's Day! This sale runs Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
  • Cloth Diapers – Not What Your Mama Used (5/7/2013) - I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies... Read more »
  • 4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth (4/30/2013) - Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Many women desire a natural birth but preparing for one can seem overwhelming.  Here are some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the best natural birth possible.  There is so much you can do to ready yourself and your family for birth.  With these four simple things: education, nutrition, birth place,... Read more »
  • I’m pregnant! What’s happening here? (4/17/2013) - Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human... Read more »
  • should you kegel Should You Kegel? (4/4/2013) - Should You Kegel? Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses... Read more »
  • Happy World Doula Week! (3/29/2013) -   You CAN have an amazing birth!  Register today for your live or online birth class. Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor. Apply today!  
  • Happy Birthday! (3/24/2013) - What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes. Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students,... Read more »
  • Voted #1 Childbirth Class! (2/26/2013) - Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted "Best Childbirth Class" by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online).  We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an... Read more »
  • What Does Labor Feel Like? (2/21/2013) - What does labor feel like?  This is a question that almost every soon-to-be mother asks.  It fills us with trepidation, excitement, and even fear.  So what DOES labor feel like? The answer is a little different to everybody because, of course, labor is as individual as the women who experience it.  To begin deepening our... Read more »
  • Top 10 Foods to Stock for Postpartum (2/16/2013) - One day you are pregnant, and the next day a mother! One of the most important things a new mom can have is a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, easy to grab foods for those first few weeks. Nursing a baby frequently, recovering from the work of labor and birth, while adjusting to a... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight (2/7/2013) - At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that the education our instructors receive will help make them teachers who can change birth, impact couples, and improve the world. We strive to give our instructors the best childbirth educator instruction out there. We are so proud of them and the impact they are making. We are excited... Read more »
  • Common Swelling in Pregnancy (2/6/2013) - Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help... Read more »
  • Protein rich snacks (1/17/2013) - Healthy, protein rich snacks are a pregnant woman's BEST friend!
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  • Why a live training? (1/11/2013) - We are so happy at the interest people have shown in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor!  We have had people travel from all over the country to attend our instructor training workshops in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Often, we are asked why we don't do "online instructor training." We are a company specializing in natural birth... Read more »
  • Allow Your Baby to Choose His Own Birthday (1/10/2013) - Here at Birth Boot Camp we educate couples about the risks of induction and encourage allowing our babies to choose their own birthdays.
  • Is it safe to have sex while pregnant? (1/7/2013) - Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care... Read more »
  • Happy New Year! (1/4/2013) - Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp! As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for.  Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board.  We started offering the first, full series of... Read more »
  • What is Group B Strep (GBS)? (1/3/2013) - Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract... Read more »
  • How to have a Natural Birth (12/31/2012) - Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for. 1) Take a natural... Read more »
  • What is a doula? (12/27/2012) - In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So... Read more »
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  • When will I start showing? (12/20/2012) - Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
  • Well Prepared Partner (12/17/2012) - Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can't neglect the birthing woman's... Read more »
  • Childbirth Education Training Sale! (12/12/2012) - Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program. All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Birth Video (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer's full birth story - please... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Maternity Photography (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the maternity pictures and you can find pregnancy, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts.
  • Elf on the Shelf Pregnancy Pictures (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the pregnancy pictures and you can find maternity, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. Our ice breaking picture is on the #InappropriateElf Blog... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Nursing Photos (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the newborn, welcome home & nursing pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity and birth photography (and slideshow) pics in separate posts.  
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding Preparing for Breastfeeding (12/3/2012) - Preparing For Breastfeeding I often ask women who are expecting if they have preparing for breastfeeding.  Sometimes I get “I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital” or “I read a book,” but often I just get a blank stare.  Prepare for breastfeeding?  Why prepare for breastfeeding?  It is natural, right?  Yes, breastfeeding is instinctual... Read more »
  • What We Can Learn From Other Mammals (11/29/2012) - Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We can learn a lot from other mammals.    
  • Support Breastfeeding with us for #GivingTuesday (11/24/2012) - As part of #GivingTuesday, Birth Boot Camp® will be donating $75 from every online childbirth education class sale to Best for Babes from Tuesday November 27 through Tuesday December 4. The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream non-profit cause dedicated to helping women overcome the many barriers they face that end their breastfeeding... Read more »
  • Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin (11/5/2012) - Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn't... Read more »
  • Protein in Pregnancy (10/8/2012) - Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in... Read more »
  • Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin (9/17/2012) - Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills... Read more »
  • Getting Enough Iron in Pregnancy (9/3/2012) - Many women struggle during pregnancy with anemia or iron deficiency.  Diet can often be helpful in improving this.  Having adequate iron is important for lots of reasons.  Women who have low levels of iron are often tired.  In addition, very low iron levels can impact your labor and birth and even increase postpartum hemorrhage.  Here... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding in Public With Ease (8/6/2012) - Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared. One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already... Read more »
  • Using a Midwife (Types of Midwives) (7/9/2012) - Many women desire the benefits of midwifery care for their pregnancy but become overwhelmed when they start to look into it and find that there are many different types of midwives to choose from. While options, certifications, and even legality vary from one state to another and from one country to the next, here are... Read more »
  • Morning Sickness Solutions (6/4/2012) -     Many women struggle with morning sickness while pregnant.  This nausea upon waking can vary greatly, from a mild irritation to being so bad that hospitalization is necessary.  For some women, morning sickness isn't just morning sickness, it is all day long sickness. Luckily there are little tricks that can help ease and even... Read more »
  • Choosing a Birth Photographer (5/7/2012) - Birth is one of life's most amazing events.  It is natural to want to capture it in images that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.  How should you choose the best birth photographer for you? Ask your childbirth educator who she recommends.  As a professional in your community, she will have contacts... Read more »
  • Five Ways to Avoid a C-section (4/9/2012) - The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section. 1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth... Read more »
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  • online vs live childbirth classes Online vs Live Childbirth Classes (8/24/2015) - Online vs Live Childbirth Classes- Which is right for you?   We are excited to be able to offer both online and in-person childbirth classes to our students. We also realize that each couple has different needs and what works perfect for one may not be great for another. So how do you decide what... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in bowie and annapolis, Maryland Birth Classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland (8/17/2015) - Birth Classes In Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing instructors today. Lauren McClain is an incredible woman, former school teacher, mother of three, gatherer of breech baby knowledge, and she teaches birth classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland. Those in her area are lucky to... Read more »
  • chiropractic care for pregnant women Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women (8/10/2015) - Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women Birth workers who pay attention have long realized that chiropractic care for pregnant women can make an incredible positive difference in the birth experience. This guest post from our resident chiropractic expert, Dr Kristin Hosaka, explains not just the benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women, but exactly how it... Read more »
  • Supporting Arms, Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 (8/3/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 At Birth Boot Camp, we love educating couples through online and in-person childbirth classes. We also love watching our instructors and doulas grow in knowledge and education. Every three years (despite begging for more often) we have committed to hosting a Birth Boot Camp Retreat. A few months ago we... Read more »
  • Low Amniotic Fluid Levels Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (7/27/2015) - Low Amniotic Fluid Levels About 4% of women will be diagnosed as having low amniotic fluid levels. The diagnosis of low fluid levels can bring feelings of worry and many questions about what this means for the mom and her baby. Each couple deserves to better understand this important diagnosis and how it can impact... Read more »
  • Childbirth Classes in San Antonio, TX Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX (7/20/2015) - Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX We have incredible women teaching childbirth classes all over the country. Today we would like to introduce you to Valerie Lopez, who teaches birth classes in San Antonio, TX. If you are planning an amazing birth- you should take a birth class with her! First, could you introduce yourself?... Read more »
  • strengthen the pelvic floor without kegels Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels (7/16/2015) - Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels What pregnant or post-baby mama doesn't worry about their pelvic floor? Those sudden sneezes that make you need to clench up and cross your legs...they don't have to be part of your life! Yes, the stressed or weakened pelvic floor is the culprit behind those "oops" moments. We all... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp noncompete The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete (7/9/2015) - The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete My name is Donna Ryan and I am the founder of Birth Boot Camp. I've taught childbirth education since 2003 and have seen couples transformed with the birth of their babies. I am honored to bring Birth Boot Camp to the world with an amazing team of women. When Birth... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp DOULA training, April 2015 Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 (6/30/2015) - Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 We are pleased to announce the certification of our second crop of Birth Boot Camp DOULAS! These women are just so incredible and we are excited to bring them to towns across America (and one in Canada)! So what happens at Birth Boot Camp DOULA training? Well, our... Read more »
  • Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? (6/23/2015) -   Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? At Birth Boot Camp, we require that all of our natural childbirth educators have themselves had a natural childbirth. Reactions to our natural birth requirement for instructors are sometimes interesting. For some, the response is, “Of course my natural birth teacher should have had a... Read more »
  • Changing our perceptions of birth Changing Our Perceptions of Birth (6/16/2015) - Changing Our Perceptions of Birth "Going in to labor with no *real* knowledge of what is happening is scary. So many of our perceptions come from the media where birth is very fast and very dangerous. When we take a comprehensive childbirth class and surround ourselves with positive ideas about birth, it actually alters the... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp Gives Back Birth Boot Camp Gives Back (6/8/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Gives Back At Birth Boot Camp we have an incredible respect for the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, or CIMS. So much so, we have based our 10-week childbirth education curriculum on its principles. Our childbirth statistics show that a strong basis and education in... Read more »
  • 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks (6/2/2015) - 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling,... Read more »
  • What are Braxton HIcks Contractions? What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? (5/26/2015) - What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are named for the doctor who “discovered” them in 1872. We can only assume, however, that women did, in fact, feel Braxton Hicks contractions in the centuries before their naming in 1872. So what are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions usually feel like spotty, painless, or... Read more »
  • Cascade of interventions The Cascade of Interventions (5/12/2015) - The Cascade of Interventions If you are taking a childbirth class, you will inevitably hear the term, “cascade of interventions.” No, we aren’t talking about a waterfall or dishwasher soap that leaves your glasses sparkling. When it comes to childbirth, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe how one intervention in birth... Read more »
  • 471976636 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth (5/5/2015) - 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth It's royal baby time again and the world is buzzing with the news of baby princess Charlotte born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. With the drama and pageantry of royalty, Kate emerged from the hospital just hours after giving birth... Read more »
  • What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA training different? What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? (4/28/2015) - What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.... Read more »
  • What is it like when my water breaks? What Is It Like When My Water Breaks? (4/14/2015) - What is it like when my water breaks? If you are pregnant, you have probably started to wonder what it is like when your water breaks. And if you have ever watched television or movie depictions of birth, you may have some very firm ideas about what happens when your water breaks. Maybe it looks... Read more »
  • cesarean rates lowered with childbirth education Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates (4/10/2015) - Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates At Birth Boot Camp we love being a part your life as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world. There are many things we strive to teach in our comprehensive childbirth education classes. From nutrition and exercise for mom, to common tests and procedures, to... Read more »
  • Postpartum Afterpains Postpartum Afterpains (4/7/2015) - Postpartum afterpains Many first time mothers have never even heard of them, and some won’t even notice the cramping sensation known as afterpains. Occurring after the delivery of the child, afterpains consist of postpartum cramping that is felt (or not noticed) after delivery of a baby and continues for a few days. Especially noticeable during... Read more »
  • doula training discount Win Doula Training Discount! (3/23/2015) -   Win Doula Training Discount! To celebrate Wold Doula Week, Birth Boot Camp DOULA has organized a contest. You can win a doula training discount for our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA training! We believe that doulas can make birth better, improve the experience for the birthing mother, her partner, her baby, and her... Read more »
  • What is involved in being a Birth Boot Camp instructor. What It Means To Be A Birth Boot Camp Instructor (3/19/2015) - We can't even express how much we appreciate our 120+ instructors. From those joining us now, to that first group who took a chance with a new company, they are amazing, dedicated and intelligent women who strive every day to make birth better for women and their partners. Today we share a post from one... Read more »
  • No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS (3/17/2015) - No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS Tradition is wonderful, but sometimes it becomes necessary to question why a certain tradition lives on. In the doula certification world, there is a long tradition of “certification births” that must be finished before you are officially a doula. While there are good intentions behind the certification... Read more »
  • supporting arms booklet Preview Of “Supporting Arms,” Birth Boot Camp DOULA’s Client Booklet (3/6/2015) - Preview Of "Supporting Arms," Birth Boot Camp DOULA's Client Booklet Every Birth Boot Camp DOULA client receives the incredible "Supporting Arms" booklet from their Birth Boot Camp DOULA. We are so proud of this little book and our doulas love it. The "Supporting Arms" booklet contains wonderful and useful information for both the doula and... Read more »
  • 5 Secrets To Breastfeeding Success 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success (3/2/2015) - 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success We have all heard about breastfeeding and the benefits it can have for baby. There are posters in hospitals and waiting rooms and WIC offices. Yet when it comes down to actually breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months (and six more after solids are started), success rates are low.... Read more »
  • 4 reasons dad needs a doula 4 Reasons Dad Needs A Doula (2/23/2015) - We are excited to share this guest post today from Megan Hughes, BBCI, about four reasons dad needs a doula. We often talk about why the birthing mother needs a doula, but the truth is that a doula can benefit dad just as much. There are many reasons a couple can both benefit from the presence... Read more »
  • Screenshot 2015-02-16 at 9.35.32 AM “Why I Loved My Natural Birth” WINNER! (2/16/2015) - We are so excited about all the people who participated in our "Why I Loved My Natural Birth" contest. So many wonderful videos with touching, amazing, funny stories. Birth does matter and you all showed us why it mattered to you. If you haven't seen the videos, please go check them out. The YouTube playlist... Read more »
  • lovedmynaturalbirth Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! (2/2/2015) -   Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! Valentine’s Day is coming soon and for most that means thoughts of love, budding romance, flowers, and chocolates. But for those who have expanded our families beyond the couple, Valentine’s Day, and the love it focuses on, means so much more. To celebrate this love, Birth Boot Camp... Read more »
  • preparingforhomebirth Preparing for a Home Birth (1/26/2015) - Preparing for a Home Birth Should you prepare for a home birth?  While it is true that you are more likely to have a natural birth when birthing at home, there are still many things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a fabulous experience. In truth, a home birth requires just... Read more »
  • switch today 2 Are you a childbirth educator looking for a change? (1/15/2015) -   NEW! $200 discount applies to those instructor training applicants who have previously certified as a childbirth educator with another organization. In order to receive this discount, submit your application being sure to note that you have previously certified and with which organization. After your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a... Read more »
  • doulas don't empower women (doula backrub) Doulas Do Not Empower Women (1/12/2015) - One common belief about doulas is that hiring a doula will automatically "empower" you. This isn't quite the case. What is true is that doulas can help you empower yourself. We love this guest post from doula and VBAC mom, Alex Rounds. Read it and share it with someone you care about. A doula just... Read more »
  • Carrollton, TX birth class Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX (1/7/2015) - We love introducing you to our many AMAZING birth teachers. Today you get to meet Caryn who is amazing for a reason. (Can you say "VBAC warrior!?") And if you happen to need a childbirth class in Carrollton, TX, then she is the gal for you! Check her out. Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX First,... Read more »
  • doula at water birth 50 Things Doulas Do Best (1/5/2015) - 50 Things Doulas Do Best What do doulas do best? Well, that is actually a much longer list than the one below. Doulas have an amazing array of skills, many of which can't really be put into words. It is no secret that at Birth Boot Camp we love doulas. Here are just 50 of the... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in College Station and Bryan. TX Childbirth Classes in College Station, TX (12/23/2014) - We are pleased to introduce today one of our childbirth instructors in College Station, TX. Cheryl is a busy mother of five who taught natural childbirth classes prior to her becoming a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor. We are so glad to have her join us! Her sweet passion and knowledge have helped make us a better... Read more »
  • blueberries are a great food for pregnancy 10 Most Nutritious Foods For Pregnancy and Postpartum (12/10/2014) - We are so excited to feature a post today detailing the 10 Most Nutritious Foods for Pregnancy & Postpartum from our resident pregnancy exercise and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. We believe that part of preparing for a healthy, natural birth is preparing our bodies with optimal nutrition. Katie's list is something every pregnant woman should... Read more »
  • removingfearbirthpreperation Taking The Fear out of Birth Prep- The Cycle of Cs (12/8/2014) - How do we take the fear out of birth prep? Every childbirth educator is aware of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. It is frequently talked about as we help prep students for birth. Helping students understand that their emotional state can impact their physical experience of an event such as birth is eye opening and important. However, our words... Read more »
  • Julia West teaches childbirth classes in Grapevine, TX Childbirth Classes in Grapevine, TX (12/3/2014) - Today, we introduce Julia, a hardworking and beautiful wife, mother and childbirth educator in Grapevine, TX. We love our natural birth instructors and appreciate all the work they are doing as they promote childbirth education and Birth Boot Camp in their own communities. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you and let... Read more »
  • 14288537129_c1e4fd0d91_k Foam Rolling For Pregnancy (12/1/2014) - Foam Rolling For Pregnancy Today we are pleased to share a guest post about foam rolling for pregnancy from our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. Katie has created a program for our online and in-person childbirth education classes that is second to none. In fact, there is nothing that even comes close in... Read more »
  • newborn breastfeeding Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt (11/24/2014) - Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt Trouble with breastfeeding often starts with the newborn. In fact, the common but often unknown 10th day growth spurt can cause confusion when nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding success has always been an important goal for Birth Boot Camp and breastfeeding education is included in our online and in-person... Read more »
  • 5 things you need from your doula certification 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification (11/17/2014) - 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification We are pleased to share thoughts from Amanda Devereux today. We first met Amanda when she certified to become a Birth Boot Camp childbirth instructor. Struck by her passion and intelligence, we soon recruited her to help form the Birth Boot Camp DOULA program along with Maria... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator on Whibley Island, Washington State Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA (11/14/2014) - Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA Today we will introduce you to Kim Graves. She was one of the incredible women who has taken our training. Now residing and teaching childbirth classes in Washington State on Whidbey Island, she is dedicated to helping women have better births no matter where she is. The choice to... Read more »
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care (11/10/2014) - Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care during pregnancy is something that we have always encouraged for our students. The reasons for this are many and can  include: -Increased comfort during pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can be helped with chiropractic. The benefits can extend beyond this issue and help other... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp both at MANA with Dona Ryan and Alexa Gumm Birth Boot Camp Visits MANA Conference! (11/3/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been busy lately. With a recent instructor training and a pending doula training, we managed to fit in a visit to the MANA (Midwives Association of North America) Conference last week. Alexa Gumm (our recruiter) and Donna Ryan (our founder) had a great time and were able to meet so many... Read more »
  • IMG_27166236577829 Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes For a Pregnant Belly (10/31/2014) - Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes for a Pregnant Belly Happy Halloween all you lovely pregnant ladies! Need a quick idea for the party this weekend? Here are a few easy ways to dress your bump for halloween from our favorite women and fabulous Birth Boot Camp instructors. Too cute! Meet D'Andra, She teaches birth... Read more »
  • 8things 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Doula Certification (10/27/2014) - 8 Things To Consider When Choosing Doula Certification There are a variety of doula certifications available for women venturing into the thrilling and rewarding work of supporting families at the time of birth. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose when you are new to the birth scene. We love... Read more »
  • header Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October 2014 (10/23/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October, 2014 We just finished up our 10th (!!!) natural childbirth instructor training for Birth Boot Camp. It is hard to believe that we have achieved this milestone. Here are some highlights from our most recent training in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. This picture shows our instructors geared up and... Read more »
  • travel 4 Reasons You Should Travel For Doula Training (10/7/2014) - Have you checked out Birth Boot Camp DOULA? You probably noticed some big, exciting differences between our training and other trainings out there These differences are well thought out, purposeful and based on the experience and expertise of the birth professionals who created this professional doula certification program. One of the things that sets Birth... Read more »
  • doctorbirth What Your Doctor Wants To Tell You About Birth, But Can’t (9/29/2014) - Too often, medical doctors are portrayed as the bad guys in the birthing world. In truth, there is a lot we don't see and which they really can't talk about. We are excited to share this guest post today from Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. Jessica is currently raising... Read more »
  • childbirth education Changing Lives Through Childbirth Education- An Interview With Rebecca Grochowski (9/25/2014) - Today we want you to meet Rebecca, a natural childbirth teacher in Mansfield, TX. We love our instructors and all the talents they bring to our company as a whole. If you would like to become a childbirth educator, we would love to have you at training! The process is a big one but well... Read more »
  • prodromal Prodromal Labor- What Is It and What Can You Do About It? (9/22/2014) - Prodromal Labor- What is it and what can you do about it? You are 38 weeks pregnant. It is 10pm at night and your labor starts. YAY! Contractions are 7 minutes apart, steady and lasting about 45 seconds. They don’t feel like Braxton-Hicks contractions, so this must be the real thing! Steady, real, feeling like... Read more »
  • 21things 21 Things Women Are Really Thinking In Labor (9/15/2014) - Labor. The BIG day. Birth. What is a partner to do?! How do you remember it all? How can you make it through with all well and a mama who still loves you? Here are some fabulous tips from moms who KNOW what a woman in labor needs from her partner. Compiled from our expert... Read more »
  • class From Epidurals To Home Birth- Meet Instructor Hailie in Abilene, TX (9/10/2014) - We are excited to share with you a series of articles highlighting our diverse group of birth instructors. These are the amazing women who are doing real work trying to make birth better for women and their families all over the world. Today we introduce Hailie Wolfe, a birth teacher in Abilene, TX, mother of... Read more »
  • rockyournaturalbirth Rock Your Natural Birth…at the Hospital! – Guest Post By Lauren Rauseo (9/8/2014) - Today we have a guest post from Lauren Rauseo. A mother of three and author of the recently published book, "Natural Birth for the Mainstream Mama," we are excited to share her thoughts on some basic things that can help you have an amazing natural birth in a hospital. Her book just happens to mention... Read more »
  • doulamyth_o Doula Myth: I Don’t Need A Doula, My Nurse Will Help Me! (9/4/2014) -   Today we are excited to share a guest post from an incredibly experienced doula and one of the driving forces behind our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA program, Maria Pokluda. Maria’s words of wisdom on the importance of and difference between both a doula and a labor and delivery nurse are so important.  Enjoy... Read more »
  • Edited 1 (1) Registered Nurse and Natural Birth Instructor- Meet Shazia! (9/2/2014) - Birth Boot Camp now has over 100 instructors spanning from coast to coast in the United States and a couple in other countries (and more to come!) We simply adore our birth instructors and are so glad they have taken this leap with us to help make birth better through education. Because there are so... Read more »
  • headerpregnancyexercises Exercises For A Great Birth Pregnancy (& Birth!) (8/27/2014) - We are honored to share a guest post today from one of our newest board members, Katie Dudley.  Katie first became interested in natural birth as she prepared for the birth of her own child and attended our founder, Donna Ryan’s, birth class.  Our newest student manuals include her contributions in both exercise and nutrition.... Read more »
  • circ Should I Circumcise My Baby? Guest Post By Dr Adrienne Carmack, Urologist (8/25/2014) - We are honored today to share a guest post from Dr Adrienne Carmack, a board certified Urologist and mother of three who is also a strong voice in the growing tide of medical personnel questioning and challenging the common practice of routine infant circumcision. Dr Carmack has also recently published a book detailing her fascinating story as she... Read more »
  • DSC_0558 New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes (8/20/2014) - Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of... Read more »
  • Print Birth Boot Camp Has Launched A New Website! (8/18/2014) - There are lots of changes going on around here at Birth Boot Camp Headquarters, and it is very exciting! We want to take a moment to show you around our brand new website. We have added lots of things, so take a little tour with us. There is so much to see!
  • nutritionebook Free Pregnancy Nutrition eBook (8/14/2014) - Something that is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy (and sometimes even a natural birth) is nutrition. Not only can nutrition have the power to make you feel better and help with common pregnancy “symptoms,” but it just makes life more pleasant.
  • video_doula Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA (8/11/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Announces...Birth Boot Camp DOULA! Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn't be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission... Read more »
  • hannahbirth The Birth of Hannah- A Birth Boot Camp Natural Hospital Birth Story! (7/26/2014) - We are honored today to share a birth story from one of our recent online birth class graduates. As you read you will find that the end of pregnancy and the labor were not without some unexpected surprises, but because this mom and her partner had worked so hard preparing for their birth, they were... Read more »
  • topthree_2 Top 3 Things To Bring To Your Birth (7/26/2014) - When it comes to pregnancy, birth and babies it seems as though the lists are never ending. From the “layette” to countless nursery items, monthly pregnancy clothes and even various and sundry age appropriate toys the experts say you will “need”, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
  • postpartumdad 10 Ways to Support Dad Postpartum (7/26/2014) - When we talk about the postpartum period, we tend to concentrate on the help and rest that mom needs after the labor and birth. In our often nuclear families, the expectation is that dad will automatically do the bulk of the work that needs to be done around the house. He is also expected to... Read more »
  • doulasupporttashina Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story (7/26/2014) - Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a... Read more »
  • tomato Down With Anti-Nutrients!- Tips For Feeding Your Family Healthier (5/20/2014) -   Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield.  Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her... Read more »
  • photo-1_160X110 Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness (5/12/2014) - At Birth Boot Camp we are surrounded by simply amazing and talented instructors. We love them and the skills they bring to the table. One of our most recently certified instructors is Carmen Calvo who teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist (and an excellent writer) and a mother of two. Today... Read more »
  • naturalbirthadoption-160x120_2 Natural Birth Matters To Adoptive Parents – A Guest Post By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (5/5/2014) - One of the founding principals behind Birth Boot Camp’s dedication to natural birth education is the belief that birth actually matters. To families this is clear, especially after the baby is born and they see the lasting impact it has made on their life. But the importance of birth does not end with those who... Read more »
  • about_image You Can Have an Amazing Birth! (5/4/2014) - Birth Boot Camp trains couples in natural birth. Our natural childbirth education classes are available with independent instructors throughout the country and around the world through professionally recorded streaming video online birth classes.
  • Seated-Straddle-300x200 5 Fabulous (and Simple) Exercise Ideas for Pregnancy (4/21/2014) - We believe that an integral part of any comprehensive childbirth education includes appropriate pregnancy exercise. When you take a Birth Boot Camp class it will include an exercise program created just for you and this time in your life.   But maybe you are wondering what you can do right now (before you start your... Read more »
  • IGT Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding (4/15/2014) - Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding We are pleased to bring a guest post to you today from Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC.  Mellanie is an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who stars in our breastfeeding DVD, “Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.”  Mellanie is a wealth of knowledge and we are so excited to have her write about... Read more »
  • Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros (4/8/2014) - Tasha after her vaginal birth after four c-sections. It can be done. You can read her story here. Melek Oz Speros, founder of Black Women DO VBAC!, has made it her mission to bring research, birth stories, and inspiration to Black women giving birth.  We are excited to share her and her knowledge with you... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery (4/1/2014) - Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery An important part of our mission at Birth Boot Camp is to encourage and truly support mothers in breastfeeding.  From day one we have had on staff an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, and every one of our students receives a two-disk breastfeeding DVD titled: Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.... Read more »
  • Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond (3/25/2014) - Pregnancy can bring both nesting (clean house!) and nausea (boo!), so what better time to find some more natural friendly cleaners. While the March of Dimes says that most commercial cleansers are safe during pregnancy, many women find the smells overwhelming or would rather just be on the safe side when it comes to chemical... Read more »
  • breastfeeding resources for new moms Breastfeeding Resources for New Moms (3/18/2014) - Breastfeeding Resources For New Moms Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should.  While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.   There are a... Read more »
  • Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural? (3/11/2014) - One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this: “I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?” The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what... Read more »
  • Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis (3/3/2014) - We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”   (Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis) When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in... Read more »
  • Tips-for-Finding-a-Chiropractor-During-Pregnancy-11-200x300 Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy (2/25/2014) - Tips For Finding A Chiropractor During Pregnancy During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor. Here are some tips for finding a... Read more »
  • 14931245617_c502a5cb1d_z 10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep (2/18/2014) - *Please note that there are affiliate links in this post. For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help... Read more »
  • Cytotec in Birth (2/11/2014) - Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth? Basic facts about Cytotec Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically... Read more »
  • Birth Story (2/4/2014) - We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!    PREGNANCY Nothing... Read more »
  • UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor (1/28/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been honored to have so many amazing instructors who can be found across the country. Today we want to recognize one of them, Debbe Canonne. Debbe certified as an instructor in September at our San Clemente, CA training.   Debbe volunteers as a doula with Heart & Hands, a volunteer doula... Read more »
  • Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!) (1/21/2014) - Every woman who gives birth will deal with postpartum recovery.  Despite the universal nature of this time in our lives, we seem reluctant to talk about the realities of what happens and what we need to be more comfortable.  Here are a few items and tips that you won’t regret preparing before the birth of... Read more »
  • stat1 Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013 (1/14/2014) - Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students. Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online... Read more »
  • Pre Birth Acupuncture (Guest Post by Peyton Theodore, L.Ac., MTCM, BBCI) (1/7/2014) - Pre birth acupuncture is acupuncture that is administered when a woman reaches full term, or 37 weeks. The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to prepare a woman for birth - both physically and emotionally, and to promote a healthy, natural labor and birth.
  • Do It Yourself Newborn Photography Tips (12/24/2013) - In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby. Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking... Read more »
  • California Training Wrap-Up! (12/17/2013) - In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California.  We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors!
  • 11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class (12/10/2013) - When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some... Read more »
  • What is Mother Friendly Care? What is Mother-Friendly Care? (11/26/2013) - What is Mother-Friendly Care? Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).  There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”.   They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others.  Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly.... Read more »
  • The Rh Factor & Your Pregnancy (11/19/2013) - Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive.  My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own.
  • Birth Boot Camp Wins Best Childbirth Class Award (11/18/2013) - Last year, we were honored to be named the #1 Childbirth Class in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) by Fort Worth Child magazine. We have been nominated again this year and would be honored to have you vote for us! Just follow the link below to cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFMB14
  • Natural Birth FAQ for Families (11/12/2013) - Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a... Read more »
  • circumcision Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner) (11/5/2013) - Circumcision: Basic Facts Every parent should know the basic facts about circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult.  It seemed like everything I... Read more »
  • What should I take to my birth place? (10/29/2013) - What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)? When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things: 1)  all the things you will need for your birth 2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor True, you... Read more »
  • Making Room For Baby (10/22/2013) - The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way! Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed... Read more »
  • Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters (10/8/2013) - Recently, I stood in a parking lot speaking with a woman I had never before met. I quickly learned that she, like me, was the mother of three little ones. Soon enough she began telling me her birth story. Within less than 10 minutes of having met this total stranger, she used the term “vaginal”... Read more »
  • Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain (9/24/2013) - Unless you have or once had a breech baby, you probably aren't even reading this first sentence. Breech is rarely on a woman's radar because it is rare and, well, what is there really to know about an upside-down baby? Unfortunately, a lot of women get caught at the end of pregnancy with a surprise... Read more »
  • Transition From Couple to Family (9/17/2013) - Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special. However, with all... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Doula (9/10/2013) - Sometimes called a labor assistant, a doula is person who assists a woman in labor.  In recent years, doulas have become more popular and widespread.  Research and personal experience show that a doula can be an integral part of a woman's birth team, not only during labor but before and after.  What is a doula's... Read more »
  • 5 Simple Reasons You Should Take a Birth Class (9/3/2013) - Anyone who has experienced the joy of pregnancy knows that as soon as that little blue line appears, so too does a seemingly endless list of expenses.  From the fun things, like decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes, to the more serious preparation for childbirth, everything just seems to add up.  Which, of course,... Read more »
  • doula at a birth Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! (8/27/2013) - Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to... Read more »
  • Win a Free Copy of Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE! (8/15/2013) - In celebration of our 4,000th Facebook “like," Birth Boot Camp is giving away a free copy of our new and incredible DVD, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This two disk DVD set is so full of information, you will want to watch it again and again. Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), is over... Read more »
  • Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often (8/14/2013) - After the thrill of discovering you’re pregnant, most women’s high quickly drops when the first trimester pregnancy symptoms roll in. Let’s face it – bloating, constipation, nausea, indescribable gas and much more can leave you wondering, what exactly is baby doing to me? But I’ve come to realize, even in the most uncomfortable moments, why... Read more »
  • Can I still have a natural birth if I am over 35? (8/6/2013) - Women are often considered of an advanced maternal age if they are delivering their baby after their 35th birthday.  While there is some increased risk in pregnancy and birth over 35, most women can look forward to a wonderful and positive birth experience.   Does being 35 make me high risk? While some research concerning birthing... Read more »
  • announcing your pregnancy Announcing Your Pregnancy (8/1/2013) - Announcing Your Pregnancy The coming of a new baby is a wonderful thing.  Now with the benefits of social media, there are as many ways to announce the beginning of your newest adventure as there are types of personalities.  Here are a few cute (or fun or creative or just plain silly!) ways to share... Read more »
  • Rules for Talking to a Laboring Woman (7/26/2013) - Preparing for birth is a unique time in a woman's life. Many women spend their lives looking outward, seeking to serve others. But in labor and birth a woman has the opportunity to be at the center for a brief moment, and to have those around her serve her, listen to her, and help her... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Johnson (7/23/2013) - The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest... Read more »
  • Birth of Axle (7/19/2013) - We have the privilege today of sharing a birth story from one of our students.  We are so grateful to them for sharing such a private event with all of us and so glad that they had a great birth.  Education really does make a difference! The Birth of Axle I think my biggest fear... Read more »
  • Prep Work for Pregnancy (7/16/2013) - Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and... Read more »
  • Choosing a provider: Understanding the medical and midwifery models of care (7/9/2013) - What is the difference between the midwifery and the medical model of care? One of the first decisions that a woman makes, after her discovery of pregnancy, is her choice of care provider. In most countries, there are two basic care providers available- the obstetrician and the midwife. There are many factors that contribute to... Read more »
  • Protected: Workbook Preview (7/3/2013) - There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Three Basic Baby Carriers (7/2/2013) - Three Basic Baby Carriers From Newborn To Toddler Babywearing is one of the seven B’s of attachment parenting. While Dr. Sears told us all the benefits of babywearing, he could have written a completely separate book on the different WAYS to wear your baby. Like most things with babies, I am of the mindset that... Read more »
  • Birth Story – Kadence (6/25/2013) - One of our goals at Birth Boot Camp is to train couples in natural birth.  This tender birth story from one of our former students exemplifies everything we hope for our couples.  You will see a father go from scoffing the idea of natural birth and frightened of birth videos to being an amazing and... Read more »
  • What are people saying about Birth Boot Camp online classes? (6/18/2013) - “The class on actual labor and pushing was a favorite. It helped me know what labor looked like.” “We LOVED the birth films! They especially helped my husband. We enjoyed class on vocalizing labor, that really helped.” "Birth Boot Camp told me I could do it. It taught me how to be verbal and make... Read more »
  • What is Pitocin? (6/11/2013) - What is Pitocin? First synthesized around 1953, Pitocin is now commonly used in labor and delivery both to begin or speed labor.   It can also be used postpartum to stop excessive bleeding or  hemorrhage, which can be life threatening if left untreated. While Pitocin is chemically the same as your body's naturally produced oxytocin, there... Read more »
  • Natural Mothering eBook Bundle Sale (6/10/2013) - {please note that this post contains affiliate links} UPDATE: This sale is now over. We are happy to be offering a $30 coupon to those who purchase this eBook Bundle! Keep reading to find out all of the fabulous deals that are being offered... Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood... Read more »
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  • Cilantro – Lime Fajitas (6/4/2013) - Cilantro Lime Fajitas This fajita, taco thing was inspired by Chipotle's vegetarian burritos... only I like mine better :) I highly recommend making your own tortilla's for this. It really makes a difference and it's not that hard.   Protein: 22g for two (will be slightly less with vegan tortillas). Serves 4 or so people, I'm... Read more »
  • Prenatal Massage Therapy (5/29/2013) - Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience... Read more »
  • Instructor Training Highlights from April 2013 (5/23/2013) - While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes.  Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops.  Now, just about a year into... Read more »
  • How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives (5/21/2013) -   One thing that is very important to us at Birth Boot Camp is supporting and encouraging the midwifery model of care. We are honored to have a very experienced and insightful midwife, Melody Morrow, CPM, as a member of our Advisory Board. Why is Melody so excited about Birth Boot Camp? She has seen... Read more »
  • Oxytocin (5/14/2013) -   What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is an amazing little hormone. Even if you don't know what oxytocin is, you probably notice its effects each day. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and it has a unique role in many of life's important events. Oxytocin is released by activities such as cuddling, nursing,... Read more »
  • Mother’s Day Sale (5/9/2013) - Happy Mother's Day! This sale runs Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
  • Cloth Diapers – Not What Your Mama Used (5/7/2013) - I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies... Read more »
  • 4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth (4/30/2013) - Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Many women desire a natural birth but preparing for one can seem overwhelming.  Here are some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the best natural birth possible.  There is so much you can do to ready yourself and your family for birth.  With these four simple things: education, nutrition, birth place,... Read more »
  • I’m pregnant! What’s happening here? (4/17/2013) - Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human... Read more »
  • should you kegel Should You Kegel? (4/4/2013) - Should You Kegel? Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses... Read more »
  • Happy World Doula Week! (3/29/2013) -   You CAN have an amazing birth!  Register today for your live or online birth class. Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor. Apply today!  
  • Happy Birthday! (3/24/2013) - What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes. Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students,... Read more »
  • Voted #1 Childbirth Class! (2/26/2013) - Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted "Best Childbirth Class" by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online).  We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an... Read more »
  • What Does Labor Feel Like? (2/21/2013) - What does labor feel like?  This is a question that almost every soon-to-be mother asks.  It fills us with trepidation, excitement, and even fear.  So what DOES labor feel like? The answer is a little different to everybody because, of course, labor is as individual as the women who experience it.  To begin deepening our... Read more »
  • Top 10 Foods to Stock for Postpartum (2/16/2013) - One day you are pregnant, and the next day a mother! One of the most important things a new mom can have is a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, easy to grab foods for those first few weeks. Nursing a baby frequently, recovering from the work of labor and birth, while adjusting to a... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight (2/7/2013) - At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that the education our instructors receive will help make them teachers who can change birth, impact couples, and improve the world. We strive to give our instructors the best childbirth educator instruction out there. We are so proud of them and the impact they are making. We are excited... Read more »
  • Common Swelling in Pregnancy (2/6/2013) - Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help... Read more »
  • Protein rich snacks (1/17/2013) - Healthy, protein rich snacks are a pregnant woman's BEST friend!
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  • Why a live training? (1/11/2013) - We are so happy at the interest people have shown in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor!  We have had people travel from all over the country to attend our instructor training workshops in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Often, we are asked why we don't do "online instructor training." We are a company specializing in natural birth... Read more »
  • Allow Your Baby to Choose His Own Birthday (1/10/2013) - Here at Birth Boot Camp we educate couples about the risks of induction and encourage allowing our babies to choose their own birthdays.
  • Is it safe to have sex while pregnant? (1/7/2013) - Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care... Read more »
  • Happy New Year! (1/4/2013) - Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp! As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for.  Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board.  We started offering the first, full series of... Read more »
  • What is Group B Strep (GBS)? (1/3/2013) - Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract... Read more »
  • How to have a Natural Birth (12/31/2012) - Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for. 1) Take a natural... Read more »
  • What is a doula? (12/27/2012) - In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So... Read more »
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  • When will I start showing? (12/20/2012) - Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
  • Well Prepared Partner (12/17/2012) - Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can't neglect the birthing woman's... Read more »
  • Childbirth Education Training Sale! (12/12/2012) - Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program. All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Birth Video (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer's full birth story - please... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Maternity Photography (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the maternity pictures and you can find pregnancy, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts.
  • Elf on the Shelf Pregnancy Pictures (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the pregnancy pictures and you can find maternity, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. Our ice breaking picture is on the #InappropriateElf Blog... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Nursing Photos (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the newborn, welcome home & nursing pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity and birth photography (and slideshow) pics in separate posts.  
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding Preparing for Breastfeeding (12/3/2012) - Preparing For Breastfeeding I often ask women who are expecting if they have preparing for breastfeeding.  Sometimes I get “I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital” or “I read a book,” but often I just get a blank stare.  Prepare for breastfeeding?  Why prepare for breastfeeding?  It is natural, right?  Yes, breastfeeding is instinctual... Read more »
  • What We Can Learn From Other Mammals (11/29/2012) - Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We can learn a lot from other mammals.    
  • Support Breastfeeding with us for #GivingTuesday (11/24/2012) - As part of #GivingTuesday, Birth Boot Camp® will be donating $75 from every online childbirth education class sale to Best for Babes from Tuesday November 27 through Tuesday December 4. The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream non-profit cause dedicated to helping women overcome the many barriers they face that end their breastfeeding... Read more »
  • Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin (11/5/2012) - Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn't... Read more »
  • Protein in Pregnancy (10/8/2012) - Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in... Read more »
  • Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin (9/17/2012) - Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills... Read more »
  • Getting Enough Iron in Pregnancy (9/3/2012) - Many women struggle during pregnancy with anemia or iron deficiency.  Diet can often be helpful in improving this.  Having adequate iron is important for lots of reasons.  Women who have low levels of iron are often tired.  In addition, very low iron levels can impact your labor and birth and even increase postpartum hemorrhage.  Here... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding in Public With Ease (8/6/2012) - Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared. One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already... Read more »
  • Using a Midwife (Types of Midwives) (7/9/2012) - Many women desire the benefits of midwifery care for their pregnancy but become overwhelmed when they start to look into it and find that there are many different types of midwives to choose from. While options, certifications, and even legality vary from one state to another and from one country to the next, here are... Read more »
  • Morning Sickness Solutions (6/4/2012) -     Many women struggle with morning sickness while pregnant.  This nausea upon waking can vary greatly, from a mild irritation to being so bad that hospitalization is necessary.  For some women, morning sickness isn't just morning sickness, it is all day long sickness. Luckily there are little tricks that can help ease and even... Read more »
  • Choosing a Birth Photographer (5/7/2012) - Birth is one of life's most amazing events.  It is natural to want to capture it in images that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.  How should you choose the best birth photographer for you? Ask your childbirth educator who she recommends.  As a professional in your community, she will have contacts... Read more »
  • Five Ways to Avoid a C-section (4/9/2012) - The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section. 1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth... Read more »
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  • online vs live childbirth classes Online vs Live Childbirth Classes (8/24/2015) - Online vs Live Childbirth Classes- Which is right for you?   We are excited to be able to offer both online and in-person childbirth classes to our students. We also realize that each couple has different needs and what works perfect for one may not be great for another. So how do you decide what... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in bowie and annapolis, Maryland Birth Classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland (8/17/2015) - Birth Classes In Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing instructors today. Lauren McClain is an incredible woman, former school teacher, mother of three, gatherer of breech baby knowledge, and she teaches birth classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland. Those in her area are lucky to... Read more »
  • chiropractic care for pregnant women Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women (8/10/2015) - Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women Birth workers who pay attention have long realized that chiropractic care for pregnant women can make an incredible positive difference in the birth experience. This guest post from our resident chiropractic expert, Dr Kristin Hosaka, explains not just the benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women, but exactly how it... Read more »
  • Supporting Arms, Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 (8/3/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 At Birth Boot Camp, we love educating couples through online and in-person childbirth classes. We also love watching our instructors and doulas grow in knowledge and education. Every three years (despite begging for more often) we have committed to hosting a Birth Boot Camp Retreat. A few months ago we... Read more »
  • Low Amniotic Fluid Levels Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (7/27/2015) - Low Amniotic Fluid Levels About 4% of women will be diagnosed as having low amniotic fluid levels. The diagnosis of low fluid levels can bring feelings of worry and many questions about what this means for the mom and her baby. Each couple deserves to better understand this important diagnosis and how it can impact... Read more »
  • Childbirth Classes in San Antonio, TX Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX (7/20/2015) - Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX We have incredible women teaching childbirth classes all over the country. Today we would like to introduce you to Valerie Lopez, who teaches birth classes in San Antonio, TX. If you are planning an amazing birth- you should take a birth class with her! First, could you introduce yourself?... Read more »
  • strengthen the pelvic floor without kegels Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels (7/16/2015) - Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels What pregnant or post-baby mama doesn't worry about their pelvic floor? Those sudden sneezes that make you need to clench up and cross your legs...they don't have to be part of your life! Yes, the stressed or weakened pelvic floor is the culprit behind those "oops" moments. We all... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp noncompete The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete (7/9/2015) - The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete My name is Donna Ryan and I am the founder of Birth Boot Camp. I've taught childbirth education since 2003 and have seen couples transformed with the birth of their babies. I am honored to bring Birth Boot Camp to the world with an amazing team of women. When Birth... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp DOULA training, April 2015 Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 (6/30/2015) - Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 We are pleased to announce the certification of our second crop of Birth Boot Camp DOULAS! These women are just so incredible and we are excited to bring them to towns across America (and one in Canada)! So what happens at Birth Boot Camp DOULA training? Well, our... Read more »
  • Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? (6/23/2015) -   Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? At Birth Boot Camp, we require that all of our natural childbirth educators have themselves had a natural childbirth. Reactions to our natural birth requirement for instructors are sometimes interesting. For some, the response is, “Of course my natural birth teacher should have had a... Read more »
  • Changing our perceptions of birth Changing Our Perceptions of Birth (6/16/2015) - Changing Our Perceptions of Birth "Going in to labor with no *real* knowledge of what is happening is scary. So many of our perceptions come from the media where birth is very fast and very dangerous. When we take a comprehensive childbirth class and surround ourselves with positive ideas about birth, it actually alters the... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp Gives Back Birth Boot Camp Gives Back (6/8/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Gives Back At Birth Boot Camp we have an incredible respect for the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, or CIMS. So much so, we have based our 10-week childbirth education curriculum on its principles. Our childbirth statistics show that a strong basis and education in... Read more »
  • 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks (6/2/2015) - 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling,... Read more »
  • What are Braxton HIcks Contractions? What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? (5/26/2015) - What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are named for the doctor who “discovered” them in 1872. We can only assume, however, that women did, in fact, feel Braxton Hicks contractions in the centuries before their naming in 1872. So what are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions usually feel like spotty, painless, or... Read more »
  • Cascade of interventions The Cascade of Interventions (5/12/2015) - The Cascade of Interventions If you are taking a childbirth class, you will inevitably hear the term, “cascade of interventions.” No, we aren’t talking about a waterfall or dishwasher soap that leaves your glasses sparkling. When it comes to childbirth, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe how one intervention in birth... Read more »
  • 471976636 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth (5/5/2015) - 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth It's royal baby time again and the world is buzzing with the news of baby princess Charlotte born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. With the drama and pageantry of royalty, Kate emerged from the hospital just hours after giving birth... Read more »
  • What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA training different? What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? (4/28/2015) - What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.... Read more »
  • What is it like when my water breaks? What Is It Like When My Water Breaks? (4/14/2015) - What is it like when my water breaks? If you are pregnant, you have probably started to wonder what it is like when your water breaks. And if you have ever watched television or movie depictions of birth, you may have some very firm ideas about what happens when your water breaks. Maybe it looks... Read more »
  • cesarean rates lowered with childbirth education Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates (4/10/2015) - Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates At Birth Boot Camp we love being a part your life as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world. There are many things we strive to teach in our comprehensive childbirth education classes. From nutrition and exercise for mom, to common tests and procedures, to... Read more »
  • Postpartum Afterpains Postpartum Afterpains (4/7/2015) - Postpartum afterpains Many first time mothers have never even heard of them, and some won’t even notice the cramping sensation known as afterpains. Occurring after the delivery of the child, afterpains consist of postpartum cramping that is felt (or not noticed) after delivery of a baby and continues for a few days. Especially noticeable during... Read more »
  • doula training discount Win Doula Training Discount! (3/23/2015) -   Win Doula Training Discount! To celebrate Wold Doula Week, Birth Boot Camp DOULA has organized a contest. You can win a doula training discount for our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA training! We believe that doulas can make birth better, improve the experience for the birthing mother, her partner, her baby, and her... Read more »
  • What is involved in being a Birth Boot Camp instructor. What It Means To Be A Birth Boot Camp Instructor (3/19/2015) - We can't even express how much we appreciate our 120+ instructors. From those joining us now, to that first group who took a chance with a new company, they are amazing, dedicated and intelligent women who strive every day to make birth better for women and their partners. Today we share a post from one... Read more »
  • No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS (3/17/2015) - No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS Tradition is wonderful, but sometimes it becomes necessary to question why a certain tradition lives on. In the doula certification world, there is a long tradition of “certification births” that must be finished before you are officially a doula. While there are good intentions behind the certification... Read more »
  • supporting arms booklet Preview Of “Supporting Arms,” Birth Boot Camp DOULA’s Client Booklet (3/6/2015) - Preview Of "Supporting Arms," Birth Boot Camp DOULA's Client Booklet Every Birth Boot Camp DOULA client receives the incredible "Supporting Arms" booklet from their Birth Boot Camp DOULA. We are so proud of this little book and our doulas love it. The "Supporting Arms" booklet contains wonderful and useful information for both the doula and... Read more »
  • 5 Secrets To Breastfeeding Success 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success (3/2/2015) - 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success We have all heard about breastfeeding and the benefits it can have for baby. There are posters in hospitals and waiting rooms and WIC offices. Yet when it comes down to actually breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months (and six more after solids are started), success rates are low.... Read more »
  • 4 reasons dad needs a doula 4 Reasons Dad Needs A Doula (2/23/2015) - We are excited to share this guest post today from Megan Hughes, BBCI, about four reasons dad needs a doula. We often talk about why the birthing mother needs a doula, but the truth is that a doula can benefit dad just as much. There are many reasons a couple can both benefit from the presence... Read more »
  • Screenshot 2015-02-16 at 9.35.32 AM “Why I Loved My Natural Birth” WINNER! (2/16/2015) - We are so excited about all the people who participated in our "Why I Loved My Natural Birth" contest. So many wonderful videos with touching, amazing, funny stories. Birth does matter and you all showed us why it mattered to you. If you haven't seen the videos, please go check them out. The YouTube playlist... Read more »
  • lovedmynaturalbirth Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! (2/2/2015) -   Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! Valentine’s Day is coming soon and for most that means thoughts of love, budding romance, flowers, and chocolates. But for those who have expanded our families beyond the couple, Valentine’s Day, and the love it focuses on, means so much more. To celebrate this love, Birth Boot Camp... Read more »
  • preparingforhomebirth Preparing for a Home Birth (1/26/2015) - Preparing for a Home Birth Should you prepare for a home birth?  While it is true that you are more likely to have a natural birth when birthing at home, there are still many things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a fabulous experience. In truth, a home birth requires just... Read more »
  • switch today 2 Are you a childbirth educator looking for a change? (1/15/2015) -   NEW! $200 discount applies to those instructor training applicants who have previously certified as a childbirth educator with another organization. In order to receive this discount, submit your application being sure to note that you have previously certified and with which organization. After your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a... Read more »
  • doulas don't empower women (doula backrub) Doulas Do Not Empower Women (1/12/2015) - One common belief about doulas is that hiring a doula will automatically "empower" you. This isn't quite the case. What is true is that doulas can help you empower yourself. We love this guest post from doula and VBAC mom, Alex Rounds. Read it and share it with someone you care about. A doula just... Read more »
  • Carrollton, TX birth class Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX (1/7/2015) - We love introducing you to our many AMAZING birth teachers. Today you get to meet Caryn who is amazing for a reason. (Can you say "VBAC warrior!?") And if you happen to need a childbirth class in Carrollton, TX, then she is the gal for you! Check her out. Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX First,... Read more »
  • doula at water birth 50 Things Doulas Do Best (1/5/2015) - 50 Things Doulas Do Best What do doulas do best? Well, that is actually a much longer list than the one below. Doulas have an amazing array of skills, many of which can't really be put into words. It is no secret that at Birth Boot Camp we love doulas. Here are just 50 of the... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in College Station and Bryan. TX Childbirth Classes in College Station, TX (12/23/2014) - We are pleased to introduce today one of our childbirth instructors in College Station, TX. Cheryl is a busy mother of five who taught natural childbirth classes prior to her becoming a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor. We are so glad to have her join us! Her sweet passion and knowledge have helped make us a better... Read more »
  • blueberries are a great food for pregnancy 10 Most Nutritious Foods For Pregnancy and Postpartum (12/10/2014) - We are so excited to feature a post today detailing the 10 Most Nutritious Foods for Pregnancy & Postpartum from our resident pregnancy exercise and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. We believe that part of preparing for a healthy, natural birth is preparing our bodies with optimal nutrition. Katie's list is something every pregnant woman should... Read more »
  • removingfearbirthpreperation Taking The Fear out of Birth Prep- The Cycle of Cs (12/8/2014) - How do we take the fear out of birth prep? Every childbirth educator is aware of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. It is frequently talked about as we help prep students for birth. Helping students understand that their emotional state can impact their physical experience of an event such as birth is eye opening and important. However, our words... Read more »
  • Julia West teaches childbirth classes in Grapevine, TX Childbirth Classes in Grapevine, TX (12/3/2014) - Today, we introduce Julia, a hardworking and beautiful wife, mother and childbirth educator in Grapevine, TX. We love our natural birth instructors and appreciate all the work they are doing as they promote childbirth education and Birth Boot Camp in their own communities. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you and let... Read more »
  • 14288537129_c1e4fd0d91_k Foam Rolling For Pregnancy (12/1/2014) - Foam Rolling For Pregnancy Today we are pleased to share a guest post about foam rolling for pregnancy from our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. Katie has created a program for our online and in-person childbirth education classes that is second to none. In fact, there is nothing that even comes close in... Read more »
  • newborn breastfeeding Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt (11/24/2014) - Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt Trouble with breastfeeding often starts with the newborn. In fact, the common but often unknown 10th day growth spurt can cause confusion when nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding success has always been an important goal for Birth Boot Camp and breastfeeding education is included in our online and in-person... Read more »
  • 5 things you need from your doula certification 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification (11/17/2014) - 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification We are pleased to share thoughts from Amanda Devereux today. We first met Amanda when she certified to become a Birth Boot Camp childbirth instructor. Struck by her passion and intelligence, we soon recruited her to help form the Birth Boot Camp DOULA program along with Maria... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator on Whibley Island, Washington State Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA (11/14/2014) - Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA Today we will introduce you to Kim Graves. She was one of the incredible women who has taken our training. Now residing and teaching childbirth classes in Washington State on Whidbey Island, she is dedicated to helping women have better births no matter where she is. The choice to... Read more »
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care (11/10/2014) - Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care during pregnancy is something that we have always encouraged for our students. The reasons for this are many and can  include: -Increased comfort during pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can be helped with chiropractic. The benefits can extend beyond this issue and help other... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp both at MANA with Dona Ryan and Alexa Gumm Birth Boot Camp Visits MANA Conference! (11/3/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been busy lately. With a recent instructor training and a pending doula training, we managed to fit in a visit to the MANA (Midwives Association of North America) Conference last week. Alexa Gumm (our recruiter) and Donna Ryan (our founder) had a great time and were able to meet so many... Read more »
  • IMG_27166236577829 Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes For a Pregnant Belly (10/31/2014) - Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes for a Pregnant Belly Happy Halloween all you lovely pregnant ladies! Need a quick idea for the party this weekend? Here are a few easy ways to dress your bump for halloween from our favorite women and fabulous Birth Boot Camp instructors. Too cute! Meet D'Andra, She teaches birth... Read more »
  • 8things 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Doula Certification (10/27/2014) - 8 Things To Consider When Choosing Doula Certification There are a variety of doula certifications available for women venturing into the thrilling and rewarding work of supporting families at the time of birth. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose when you are new to the birth scene. We love... Read more »
  • header Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October 2014 (10/23/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October, 2014 We just finished up our 10th (!!!) natural childbirth instructor training for Birth Boot Camp. It is hard to believe that we have achieved this milestone. Here are some highlights from our most recent training in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. This picture shows our instructors geared up and... Read more »
  • travel 4 Reasons You Should Travel For Doula Training (10/7/2014) - Have you checked out Birth Boot Camp DOULA? You probably noticed some big, exciting differences between our training and other trainings out there These differences are well thought out, purposeful and based on the experience and expertise of the birth professionals who created this professional doula certification program. One of the things that sets Birth... Read more »
  • doctorbirth What Your Doctor Wants To Tell You About Birth, But Can’t (9/29/2014) - Too often, medical doctors are portrayed as the bad guys in the birthing world. In truth, there is a lot we don't see and which they really can't talk about. We are excited to share this guest post today from Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. Jessica is currently raising... Read more »
  • childbirth education Changing Lives Through Childbirth Education- An Interview With Rebecca Grochowski (9/25/2014) - Today we want you to meet Rebecca, a natural childbirth teacher in Mansfield, TX. We love our instructors and all the talents they bring to our company as a whole. If you would like to become a childbirth educator, we would love to have you at training! The process is a big one but well... Read more »
  • prodromal Prodromal Labor- What Is It and What Can You Do About It? (9/22/2014) - Prodromal Labor- What is it and what can you do about it? You are 38 weeks pregnant. It is 10pm at night and your labor starts. YAY! Contractions are 7 minutes apart, steady and lasting about 45 seconds. They don’t feel like Braxton-Hicks contractions, so this must be the real thing! Steady, real, feeling like... Read more »
  • 21things 21 Things Women Are Really Thinking In Labor (9/15/2014) - Labor. The BIG day. Birth. What is a partner to do?! How do you remember it all? How can you make it through with all well and a mama who still loves you? Here are some fabulous tips from moms who KNOW what a woman in labor needs from her partner. Compiled from our expert... Read more »
  • class From Epidurals To Home Birth- Meet Instructor Hailie in Abilene, TX (9/10/2014) - We are excited to share with you a series of articles highlighting our diverse group of birth instructors. These are the amazing women who are doing real work trying to make birth better for women and their families all over the world. Today we introduce Hailie Wolfe, a birth teacher in Abilene, TX, mother of... Read more »
  • rockyournaturalbirth Rock Your Natural Birth…at the Hospital! – Guest Post By Lauren Rauseo (9/8/2014) - Today we have a guest post from Lauren Rauseo. A mother of three and author of the recently published book, "Natural Birth for the Mainstream Mama," we are excited to share her thoughts on some basic things that can help you have an amazing natural birth in a hospital. Her book just happens to mention... Read more »
  • doulamyth_o Doula Myth: I Don’t Need A Doula, My Nurse Will Help Me! (9/4/2014) -   Today we are excited to share a guest post from an incredibly experienced doula and one of the driving forces behind our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA program, Maria Pokluda. Maria’s words of wisdom on the importance of and difference between both a doula and a labor and delivery nurse are so important.  Enjoy... Read more »
  • Edited 1 (1) Registered Nurse and Natural Birth Instructor- Meet Shazia! (9/2/2014) - Birth Boot Camp now has over 100 instructors spanning from coast to coast in the United States and a couple in other countries (and more to come!) We simply adore our birth instructors and are so glad they have taken this leap with us to help make birth better through education. Because there are so... Read more »
  • headerpregnancyexercises Exercises For A Great Birth Pregnancy (& Birth!) (8/27/2014) - We are honored to share a guest post today from one of our newest board members, Katie Dudley.  Katie first became interested in natural birth as she prepared for the birth of her own child and attended our founder, Donna Ryan’s, birth class.  Our newest student manuals include her contributions in both exercise and nutrition.... Read more »
  • circ Should I Circumcise My Baby? Guest Post By Dr Adrienne Carmack, Urologist (8/25/2014) - We are honored today to share a guest post from Dr Adrienne Carmack, a board certified Urologist and mother of three who is also a strong voice in the growing tide of medical personnel questioning and challenging the common practice of routine infant circumcision. Dr Carmack has also recently published a book detailing her fascinating story as she... Read more »
  • DSC_0558 New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes (8/20/2014) - Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of... Read more »
  • Print Birth Boot Camp Has Launched A New Website! (8/18/2014) - There are lots of changes going on around here at Birth Boot Camp Headquarters, and it is very exciting! We want to take a moment to show you around our brand new website. We have added lots of things, so take a little tour with us. There is so much to see!
  • nutritionebook Free Pregnancy Nutrition eBook (8/14/2014) - Something that is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy (and sometimes even a natural birth) is nutrition. Not only can nutrition have the power to make you feel better and help with common pregnancy “symptoms,” but it just makes life more pleasant.
  • video_doula Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA (8/11/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Announces...Birth Boot Camp DOULA! Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn't be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission... Read more »
  • hannahbirth The Birth of Hannah- A Birth Boot Camp Natural Hospital Birth Story! (7/26/2014) - We are honored today to share a birth story from one of our recent online birth class graduates. As you read you will find that the end of pregnancy and the labor were not without some unexpected surprises, but because this mom and her partner had worked so hard preparing for their birth, they were... Read more »
  • topthree_2 Top 3 Things To Bring To Your Birth (7/26/2014) - When it comes to pregnancy, birth and babies it seems as though the lists are never ending. From the “layette” to countless nursery items, monthly pregnancy clothes and even various and sundry age appropriate toys the experts say you will “need”, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
  • postpartumdad 10 Ways to Support Dad Postpartum (7/26/2014) - When we talk about the postpartum period, we tend to concentrate on the help and rest that mom needs after the labor and birth. In our often nuclear families, the expectation is that dad will automatically do the bulk of the work that needs to be done around the house. He is also expected to... Read more »
  • doulasupporttashina Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story (7/26/2014) - Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a... Read more »
  • tomato Down With Anti-Nutrients!- Tips For Feeding Your Family Healthier (5/20/2014) -   Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield.  Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her... Read more »
  • photo-1_160X110 Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness (5/12/2014) - At Birth Boot Camp we are surrounded by simply amazing and talented instructors. We love them and the skills they bring to the table. One of our most recently certified instructors is Carmen Calvo who teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist (and an excellent writer) and a mother of two. Today... Read more »
  • naturalbirthadoption-160x120_2 Natural Birth Matters To Adoptive Parents – A Guest Post By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (5/5/2014) - One of the founding principals behind Birth Boot Camp’s dedication to natural birth education is the belief that birth actually matters. To families this is clear, especially after the baby is born and they see the lasting impact it has made on their life. But the importance of birth does not end with those who... Read more »
  • about_image You Can Have an Amazing Birth! (5/4/2014) - Birth Boot Camp trains couples in natural birth. Our natural childbirth education classes are available with independent instructors throughout the country and around the world through professionally recorded streaming video online birth classes.
  • Seated-Straddle-300x200 5 Fabulous (and Simple) Exercise Ideas for Pregnancy (4/21/2014) - We believe that an integral part of any comprehensive childbirth education includes appropriate pregnancy exercise. When you take a Birth Boot Camp class it will include an exercise program created just for you and this time in your life.   But maybe you are wondering what you can do right now (before you start your... Read more »
  • IGT Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding (4/15/2014) - Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding We are pleased to bring a guest post to you today from Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC.  Mellanie is an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who stars in our breastfeeding DVD, “Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.”  Mellanie is a wealth of knowledge and we are so excited to have her write about... Read more »
  • Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros (4/8/2014) - Tasha after her vaginal birth after four c-sections. It can be done. You can read her story here. Melek Oz Speros, founder of Black Women DO VBAC!, has made it her mission to bring research, birth stories, and inspiration to Black women giving birth.  We are excited to share her and her knowledge with you... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery (4/1/2014) - Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery An important part of our mission at Birth Boot Camp is to encourage and truly support mothers in breastfeeding.  From day one we have had on staff an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, and every one of our students receives a two-disk breastfeeding DVD titled: Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.... Read more »
  • Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond (3/25/2014) - Pregnancy can bring both nesting (clean house!) and nausea (boo!), so what better time to find some more natural friendly cleaners. While the March of Dimes says that most commercial cleansers are safe during pregnancy, many women find the smells overwhelming or would rather just be on the safe side when it comes to chemical... Read more »
  • breastfeeding resources for new moms Breastfeeding Resources for New Moms (3/18/2014) - Breastfeeding Resources For New Moms Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should.  While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.   There are a... Read more »
  • Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural? (3/11/2014) - One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this: “I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?” The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what... Read more »
  • Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis (3/3/2014) - We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”   (Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis) When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in... Read more »
  • Tips-for-Finding-a-Chiropractor-During-Pregnancy-11-200x300 Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy (2/25/2014) - Tips For Finding A Chiropractor During Pregnancy During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor. Here are some tips for finding a... Read more »
  • 14931245617_c502a5cb1d_z 10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep (2/18/2014) - *Please note that there are affiliate links in this post. For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help... Read more »
  • Cytotec in Birth (2/11/2014) - Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth? Basic facts about Cytotec Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically... Read more »
  • Birth Story (2/4/2014) - We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!    PREGNANCY Nothing... Read more »
  • UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor (1/28/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been honored to have so many amazing instructors who can be found across the country. Today we want to recognize one of them, Debbe Canonne. Debbe certified as an instructor in September at our San Clemente, CA training.   Debbe volunteers as a doula with Heart & Hands, a volunteer doula... Read more »
  • Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!) (1/21/2014) - Every woman who gives birth will deal with postpartum recovery.  Despite the universal nature of this time in our lives, we seem reluctant to talk about the realities of what happens and what we need to be more comfortable.  Here are a few items and tips that you won’t regret preparing before the birth of... Read more »
  • stat1 Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013 (1/14/2014) - Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students. Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online... Read more »
  • Pre Birth Acupuncture (Guest Post by Peyton Theodore, L.Ac., MTCM, BBCI) (1/7/2014) - Pre birth acupuncture is acupuncture that is administered when a woman reaches full term, or 37 weeks. The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to prepare a woman for birth - both physically and emotionally, and to promote a healthy, natural labor and birth.
  • Do It Yourself Newborn Photography Tips (12/24/2013) - In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby. Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking... Read more »
  • California Training Wrap-Up! (12/17/2013) - In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California.  We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors!
  • 11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class (12/10/2013) - When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some... Read more »
  • What is Mother Friendly Care? What is Mother-Friendly Care? (11/26/2013) - What is Mother-Friendly Care? Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).  There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”.   They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others.  Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly.... Read more »
  • The Rh Factor & Your Pregnancy (11/19/2013) - Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive.  My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own.
  • Birth Boot Camp Wins Best Childbirth Class Award (11/18/2013) - Last year, we were honored to be named the #1 Childbirth Class in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) by Fort Worth Child magazine. We have been nominated again this year and would be honored to have you vote for us! Just follow the link below to cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFMB14
  • Natural Birth FAQ for Families (11/12/2013) - Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a... Read more »
  • circumcision Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner) (11/5/2013) - Circumcision: Basic Facts Every parent should know the basic facts about circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult.  It seemed like everything I... Read more »
  • What should I take to my birth place? (10/29/2013) - What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)? When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things: 1)  all the things you will need for your birth 2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor True, you... Read more »
  • Making Room For Baby (10/22/2013) - The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way! Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed... Read more »
  • Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters (10/8/2013) - Recently, I stood in a parking lot speaking with a woman I had never before met. I quickly learned that she, like me, was the mother of three little ones. Soon enough she began telling me her birth story. Within less than 10 minutes of having met this total stranger, she used the term “vaginal”... Read more »
  • Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain (9/24/2013) - Unless you have or once had a breech baby, you probably aren't even reading this first sentence. Breech is rarely on a woman's radar because it is rare and, well, what is there really to know about an upside-down baby? Unfortunately, a lot of women get caught at the end of pregnancy with a surprise... Read more »
  • Transition From Couple to Family (9/17/2013) - Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special. However, with all... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Doula (9/10/2013) - Sometimes called a labor assistant, a doula is person who assists a woman in labor.  In recent years, doulas have become more popular and widespread.  Research and personal experience show that a doula can be an integral part of a woman's birth team, not only during labor but before and after.  What is a doula's... Read more »
  • 5 Simple Reasons You Should Take a Birth Class (9/3/2013) - Anyone who has experienced the joy of pregnancy knows that as soon as that little blue line appears, so too does a seemingly endless list of expenses.  From the fun things, like decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes, to the more serious preparation for childbirth, everything just seems to add up.  Which, of course,... Read more »
  • doula at a birth Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! (8/27/2013) - Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to... Read more »
  • Win a Free Copy of Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE! (8/15/2013) - In celebration of our 4,000th Facebook “like," Birth Boot Camp is giving away a free copy of our new and incredible DVD, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This two disk DVD set is so full of information, you will want to watch it again and again. Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), is over... Read more »
  • Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often (8/14/2013) - After the thrill of discovering you’re pregnant, most women’s high quickly drops when the first trimester pregnancy symptoms roll in. Let’s face it – bloating, constipation, nausea, indescribable gas and much more can leave you wondering, what exactly is baby doing to me? But I’ve come to realize, even in the most uncomfortable moments, why... Read more »
  • Can I still have a natural birth if I am over 35? (8/6/2013) - Women are often considered of an advanced maternal age if they are delivering their baby after their 35th birthday.  While there is some increased risk in pregnancy and birth over 35, most women can look forward to a wonderful and positive birth experience.   Does being 35 make me high risk? While some research concerning birthing... Read more »
  • announcing your pregnancy Announcing Your Pregnancy (8/1/2013) - Announcing Your Pregnancy The coming of a new baby is a wonderful thing.  Now with the benefits of social media, there are as many ways to announce the beginning of your newest adventure as there are types of personalities.  Here are a few cute (or fun or creative or just plain silly!) ways to share... Read more »
  • Rules for Talking to a Laboring Woman (7/26/2013) - Preparing for birth is a unique time in a woman's life. Many women spend their lives looking outward, seeking to serve others. But in labor and birth a woman has the opportunity to be at the center for a brief moment, and to have those around her serve her, listen to her, and help her... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Johnson (7/23/2013) - The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest... Read more »
  • Birth of Axle (7/19/2013) - We have the privilege today of sharing a birth story from one of our students.  We are so grateful to them for sharing such a private event with all of us and so glad that they had a great birth.  Education really does make a difference! The Birth of Axle I think my biggest fear... Read more »
  • Prep Work for Pregnancy (7/16/2013) - Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and... Read more »
  • Choosing a provider: Understanding the medical and midwifery models of care (7/9/2013) - What is the difference between the midwifery and the medical model of care? One of the first decisions that a woman makes, after her discovery of pregnancy, is her choice of care provider. In most countries, there are two basic care providers available- the obstetrician and the midwife. There are many factors that contribute to... Read more »
  • Protected: Workbook Preview (7/3/2013) - There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Three Basic Baby Carriers (7/2/2013) - Three Basic Baby Carriers From Newborn To Toddler Babywearing is one of the seven B’s of attachment parenting. While Dr. Sears told us all the benefits of babywearing, he could have written a completely separate book on the different WAYS to wear your baby. Like most things with babies, I am of the mindset that... Read more »
  • Birth Story – Kadence (6/25/2013) - One of our goals at Birth Boot Camp is to train couples in natural birth.  This tender birth story from one of our former students exemplifies everything we hope for our couples.  You will see a father go from scoffing the idea of natural birth and frightened of birth videos to being an amazing and... Read more »
  • What are people saying about Birth Boot Camp online classes? (6/18/2013) - “The class on actual labor and pushing was a favorite. It helped me know what labor looked like.” “We LOVED the birth films! They especially helped my husband. We enjoyed class on vocalizing labor, that really helped.” "Birth Boot Camp told me I could do it. It taught me how to be verbal and make... Read more »
  • What is Pitocin? (6/11/2013) - What is Pitocin? First synthesized around 1953, Pitocin is now commonly used in labor and delivery both to begin or speed labor.   It can also be used postpartum to stop excessive bleeding or  hemorrhage, which can be life threatening if left untreated. While Pitocin is chemically the same as your body's naturally produced oxytocin, there... Read more »
  • Natural Mothering eBook Bundle Sale (6/10/2013) - {please note that this post contains affiliate links} UPDATE: This sale is now over. We are happy to be offering a $30 coupon to those who purchase this eBook Bundle! Keep reading to find out all of the fabulous deals that are being offered... Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood... Read more »
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  • Cilantro – Lime Fajitas (6/4/2013) - Cilantro Lime Fajitas This fajita, taco thing was inspired by Chipotle's vegetarian burritos... only I like mine better :) I highly recommend making your own tortilla's for this. It really makes a difference and it's not that hard.   Protein: 22g for two (will be slightly less with vegan tortillas). Serves 4 or so people, I'm... Read more »
  • Prenatal Massage Therapy (5/29/2013) - Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience... Read more »
  • Instructor Training Highlights from April 2013 (5/23/2013) - While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes.  Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops.  Now, just about a year into... Read more »
  • How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives (5/21/2013) -   One thing that is very important to us at Birth Boot Camp is supporting and encouraging the midwifery model of care. We are honored to have a very experienced and insightful midwife, Melody Morrow, CPM, as a member of our Advisory Board. Why is Melody so excited about Birth Boot Camp? She has seen... Read more »
  • Oxytocin (5/14/2013) -   What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is an amazing little hormone. Even if you don't know what oxytocin is, you probably notice its effects each day. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and it has a unique role in many of life's important events. Oxytocin is released by activities such as cuddling, nursing,... Read more »
  • Mother’s Day Sale (5/9/2013) - Happy Mother's Day! This sale runs Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
  • Cloth Diapers – Not What Your Mama Used (5/7/2013) - I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies... Read more »
  • 4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth (4/30/2013) - Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Many women desire a natural birth but preparing for one can seem overwhelming.  Here are some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the best natural birth possible.  There is so much you can do to ready yourself and your family for birth.  With these four simple things: education, nutrition, birth place,... Read more »
  • I’m pregnant! What’s happening here? (4/17/2013) - Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human... Read more »
  • should you kegel Should You Kegel? (4/4/2013) - Should You Kegel? Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses... Read more »
  • Happy World Doula Week! (3/29/2013) -   You CAN have an amazing birth!  Register today for your live or online birth class. Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor. Apply today!  
  • Happy Birthday! (3/24/2013) - What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes. Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students,... Read more »
  • Voted #1 Childbirth Class! (2/26/2013) - Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted "Best Childbirth Class" by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online).  We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an... Read more »
  • What Does Labor Feel Like? (2/21/2013) - What does labor feel like?  This is a question that almost every soon-to-be mother asks.  It fills us with trepidation, excitement, and even fear.  So what DOES labor feel like? The answer is a little different to everybody because, of course, labor is as individual as the women who experience it.  To begin deepening our... Read more »
  • Top 10 Foods to Stock for Postpartum (2/16/2013) - One day you are pregnant, and the next day a mother! One of the most important things a new mom can have is a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, easy to grab foods for those first few weeks. Nursing a baby frequently, recovering from the work of labor and birth, while adjusting to a... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight (2/7/2013) - At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that the education our instructors receive will help make them teachers who can change birth, impact couples, and improve the world. We strive to give our instructors the best childbirth educator instruction out there. We are so proud of them and the impact they are making. We are excited... Read more »
  • Common Swelling in Pregnancy (2/6/2013) - Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help... Read more »
  • Protein rich snacks (1/17/2013) - Healthy, protein rich snacks are a pregnant woman's BEST friend!
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  • Why a live training? (1/11/2013) - We are so happy at the interest people have shown in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor!  We have had people travel from all over the country to attend our instructor training workshops in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Often, we are asked why we don't do "online instructor training." We are a company specializing in natural birth... Read more »
  • Allow Your Baby to Choose His Own Birthday (1/10/2013) - Here at Birth Boot Camp we educate couples about the risks of induction and encourage allowing our babies to choose their own birthdays.
  • Is it safe to have sex while pregnant? (1/7/2013) - Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care... Read more »
  • Happy New Year! (1/4/2013) - Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp! As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for.  Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board.  We started offering the first, full series of... Read more »
  • What is Group B Strep (GBS)? (1/3/2013) - Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract... Read more »
  • How to have a Natural Birth (12/31/2012) - Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for. 1) Take a natural... Read more »
  • What is a doula? (12/27/2012) - In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So... Read more »
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  • When will I start showing? (12/20/2012) - Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
  • Well Prepared Partner (12/17/2012) - Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can't neglect the birthing woman's... Read more »
  • Childbirth Education Training Sale! (12/12/2012) - Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program. All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Birth Video (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer's full birth story - please... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Maternity Photography (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the maternity pictures and you can find pregnancy, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts.
  • Elf on the Shelf Pregnancy Pictures (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the pregnancy pictures and you can find maternity, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. Our ice breaking picture is on the #InappropriateElf Blog... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Nursing Photos (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the newborn, welcome home & nursing pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity and birth photography (and slideshow) pics in separate posts.  
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding Preparing for Breastfeeding (12/3/2012) - Preparing For Breastfeeding I often ask women who are expecting if they have preparing for breastfeeding.  Sometimes I get “I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital” or “I read a book,” but often I just get a blank stare.  Prepare for breastfeeding?  Why prepare for breastfeeding?  It is natural, right?  Yes, breastfeeding is instinctual... Read more »
  • What We Can Learn From Other Mammals (11/29/2012) - Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We can learn a lot from other mammals.    
  • Support Breastfeeding with us for #GivingTuesday (11/24/2012) - As part of #GivingTuesday, Birth Boot Camp® will be donating $75 from every online childbirth education class sale to Best for Babes from Tuesday November 27 through Tuesday December 4. The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream non-profit cause dedicated to helping women overcome the many barriers they face that end their breastfeeding... Read more »
  • Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin (11/5/2012) - Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn't... Read more »
  • Protein in Pregnancy (10/8/2012) - Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in... Read more »
  • Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin (9/17/2012) - Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills... Read more »
  • Getting Enough Iron in Pregnancy (9/3/2012) - Many women struggle during pregnancy with anemia or iron deficiency.  Diet can often be helpful in improving this.  Having adequate iron is important for lots of reasons.  Women who have low levels of iron are often tired.  In addition, very low iron levels can impact your labor and birth and even increase postpartum hemorrhage.  Here... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding in Public With Ease (8/6/2012) - Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared. One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already... Read more »
  • Using a Midwife (Types of Midwives) (7/9/2012) - Many women desire the benefits of midwifery care for their pregnancy but become overwhelmed when they start to look into it and find that there are many different types of midwives to choose from. While options, certifications, and even legality vary from one state to another and from one country to the next, here are... Read more »
  • Morning Sickness Solutions (6/4/2012) -     Many women struggle with morning sickness while pregnant.  This nausea upon waking can vary greatly, from a mild irritation to being so bad that hospitalization is necessary.  For some women, morning sickness isn't just morning sickness, it is all day long sickness. Luckily there are little tricks that can help ease and even... Read more »
  • Choosing a Birth Photographer (5/7/2012) - Birth is one of life's most amazing events.  It is natural to want to capture it in images that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.  How should you choose the best birth photographer for you? Ask your childbirth educator who she recommends.  As a professional in your community, she will have contacts... Read more »
  • Five Ways to Avoid a C-section (4/9/2012) - The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section. 1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth... Read more »
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  • online vs live childbirth classes Online vs Live Childbirth Classes (8/24/2015) - Online vs Live Childbirth Classes- Which is right for you?   We are excited to be able to offer both online and in-person childbirth classes to our students. We also realize that each couple has different needs and what works perfect for one may not be great for another. So how do you decide what... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in bowie and annapolis, Maryland Birth Classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland (8/17/2015) - Birth Classes In Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing instructors today. Lauren McClain is an incredible woman, former school teacher, mother of three, gatherer of breech baby knowledge, and she teaches birth classes in Bowie and Annapolis, Maryland. Those in her area are lucky to... Read more »
  • chiropractic care for pregnant women Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women (8/10/2015) - Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women Birth workers who pay attention have long realized that chiropractic care for pregnant women can make an incredible positive difference in the birth experience. This guest post from our resident chiropractic expert, Dr Kristin Hosaka, explains not just the benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women, but exactly how it... Read more »
  • Supporting Arms, Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 (8/3/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2015 At Birth Boot Camp, we love educating couples through online and in-person childbirth classes. We also love watching our instructors and doulas grow in knowledge and education. Every three years (despite begging for more often) we have committed to hosting a Birth Boot Camp Retreat. A few months ago we... Read more »
  • Low Amniotic Fluid Levels Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (7/27/2015) - Low Amniotic Fluid Levels About 4% of women will be diagnosed as having low amniotic fluid levels. The diagnosis of low fluid levels can bring feelings of worry and many questions about what this means for the mom and her baby. Each couple deserves to better understand this important diagnosis and how it can impact... Read more »
  • Childbirth Classes in San Antonio, TX Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX (7/20/2015) - Birth Classes in San Antonio, TX We have incredible women teaching childbirth classes all over the country. Today we would like to introduce you to Valerie Lopez, who teaches birth classes in San Antonio, TX. If you are planning an amazing birth- you should take a birth class with her! First, could you introduce yourself?... Read more »
  • strengthen the pelvic floor without kegels Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels (7/16/2015) - Strengthen The Pelvic Floor Without Kegels What pregnant or post-baby mama doesn't worry about their pelvic floor? Those sudden sneezes that make you need to clench up and cross your legs...they don't have to be part of your life! Yes, the stressed or weakened pelvic floor is the culprit behind those "oops" moments. We all... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp noncompete The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete (7/9/2015) - The Birth Boot Camp Noncompete My name is Donna Ryan and I am the founder of Birth Boot Camp. I've taught childbirth education since 2003 and have seen couples transformed with the birth of their babies. I am honored to bring Birth Boot Camp to the world with an amazing team of women. When Birth... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp DOULA training, April 2015 Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 (6/30/2015) - Birth Boot Camp DOULA Training, April 2015 We are pleased to announce the certification of our second crop of Birth Boot Camp DOULAS! These women are just so incredible and we are excited to bring them to towns across America (and one in Canada)! So what happens at Birth Boot Camp DOULA training? Well, our... Read more »
  • Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? (6/23/2015) -   Should Your Natural Childbirth Educator Have Given Birth Naturally? At Birth Boot Camp, we require that all of our natural childbirth educators have themselves had a natural childbirth. Reactions to our natural birth requirement for instructors are sometimes interesting. For some, the response is, “Of course my natural birth teacher should have had a... Read more »
  • Changing our perceptions of birth Changing Our Perceptions of Birth (6/16/2015) - Changing Our Perceptions of Birth "Going in to labor with no *real* knowledge of what is happening is scary. So many of our perceptions come from the media where birth is very fast and very dangerous. When we take a comprehensive childbirth class and surround ourselves with positive ideas about birth, it actually alters the... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp Gives Back Birth Boot Camp Gives Back (6/8/2015) - Birth Boot Camp Gives Back At Birth Boot Camp we have an incredible respect for the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, or CIMS. So much so, we have based our 10-week childbirth education curriculum on its principles. Our childbirth statistics show that a strong basis and education in... Read more »
  • 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks (6/2/2015) - 20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling,... Read more »
  • What are Braxton HIcks Contractions? What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? (5/26/2015) - What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are named for the doctor who “discovered” them in 1872. We can only assume, however, that women did, in fact, feel Braxton Hicks contractions in the centuries before their naming in 1872. So what are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions usually feel like spotty, painless, or... Read more »
  • Cascade of interventions The Cascade of Interventions (5/12/2015) - The Cascade of Interventions If you are taking a childbirth class, you will inevitably hear the term, “cascade of interventions.” No, we aren’t talking about a waterfall or dishwasher soap that leaves your glasses sparkling. When it comes to childbirth, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe how one intervention in birth... Read more »
  • 471976636 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth (5/5/2015) - 5 Ways Any Woman Can Feel More Like Royalty When She Gives Birth It's royal baby time again and the world is buzzing with the news of baby princess Charlotte born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. With the drama and pageantry of royalty, Kate emerged from the hospital just hours after giving birth... Read more »
  • What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA training different? What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? (4/28/2015) - What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different? We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.... Read more »
  • What is it like when my water breaks? What Is It Like When My Water Breaks? (4/14/2015) - What is it like when my water breaks? If you are pregnant, you have probably started to wonder what it is like when your water breaks. And if you have ever watched television or movie depictions of birth, you may have some very firm ideas about what happens when your water breaks. Maybe it looks... Read more »
  • cesarean rates lowered with childbirth education Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates (4/10/2015) - Childbirth Education Helps Lower Cesarean Section Rates At Birth Boot Camp we love being a part your life as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world. There are many things we strive to teach in our comprehensive childbirth education classes. From nutrition and exercise for mom, to common tests and procedures, to... Read more »
  • Postpartum Afterpains Postpartum Afterpains (4/7/2015) - Postpartum afterpains Many first time mothers have never even heard of them, and some won’t even notice the cramping sensation known as afterpains. Occurring after the delivery of the child, afterpains consist of postpartum cramping that is felt (or not noticed) after delivery of a baby and continues for a few days. Especially noticeable during... Read more »
  • doula training discount Win Doula Training Discount! (3/23/2015) -   Win Doula Training Discount! To celebrate Wold Doula Week, Birth Boot Camp DOULA has organized a contest. You can win a doula training discount for our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA training! We believe that doulas can make birth better, improve the experience for the birthing mother, her partner, her baby, and her... Read more »
  • What is involved in being a Birth Boot Camp instructor. What It Means To Be A Birth Boot Camp Instructor (3/19/2015) - We can't even express how much we appreciate our 120+ instructors. From those joining us now, to that first group who took a chance with a new company, they are amazing, dedicated and intelligent women who strive every day to make birth better for women and their partners. Today we share a post from one... Read more »
  • No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS (3/17/2015) - No Certification Births For Birth Boot Camp DOULAS Tradition is wonderful, but sometimes it becomes necessary to question why a certain tradition lives on. In the doula certification world, there is a long tradition of “certification births” that must be finished before you are officially a doula. While there are good intentions behind the certification... Read more »
  • supporting arms booklet Preview Of “Supporting Arms,” Birth Boot Camp DOULA’s Client Booklet (3/6/2015) - Preview Of "Supporting Arms," Birth Boot Camp DOULA's Client Booklet Every Birth Boot Camp DOULA client receives the incredible "Supporting Arms" booklet from their Birth Boot Camp DOULA. We are so proud of this little book and our doulas love it. The "Supporting Arms" booklet contains wonderful and useful information for both the doula and... Read more »
  • 5 Secrets To Breastfeeding Success 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success (3/2/2015) - 5 Secrets to Breastfeeding Success We have all heard about breastfeeding and the benefits it can have for baby. There are posters in hospitals and waiting rooms and WIC offices. Yet when it comes down to actually breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months (and six more after solids are started), success rates are low.... Read more »
  • 4 reasons dad needs a doula 4 Reasons Dad Needs A Doula (2/23/2015) - We are excited to share this guest post today from Megan Hughes, BBCI, about four reasons dad needs a doula. We often talk about why the birthing mother needs a doula, but the truth is that a doula can benefit dad just as much. There are many reasons a couple can both benefit from the presence... Read more »
  • Screenshot 2015-02-16 at 9.35.32 AM “Why I Loved My Natural Birth” WINNER! (2/16/2015) - We are so excited about all the people who participated in our "Why I Loved My Natural Birth" contest. So many wonderful videos with touching, amazing, funny stories. Birth does matter and you all showed us why it mattered to you. If you haven't seen the videos, please go check them out. The YouTube playlist... Read more »
  • lovedmynaturalbirth Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! (2/2/2015) -   Why I Loved My Natural Birth CONTEST! Valentine’s Day is coming soon and for most that means thoughts of love, budding romance, flowers, and chocolates. But for those who have expanded our families beyond the couple, Valentine’s Day, and the love it focuses on, means so much more. To celebrate this love, Birth Boot Camp... Read more »
  • preparingforhomebirth Preparing for a Home Birth (1/26/2015) - Preparing for a Home Birth Should you prepare for a home birth?  While it is true that you are more likely to have a natural birth when birthing at home, there are still many things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a fabulous experience. In truth, a home birth requires just... Read more »
  • switch today 2 Are you a childbirth educator looking for a change? (1/15/2015) -   NEW! $200 discount applies to those instructor training applicants who have previously certified as a childbirth educator with another organization. In order to receive this discount, submit your application being sure to note that you have previously certified and with which organization. After your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a... Read more »
  • doulas don't empower women (doula backrub) Doulas Do Not Empower Women (1/12/2015) - One common belief about doulas is that hiring a doula will automatically "empower" you. This isn't quite the case. What is true is that doulas can help you empower yourself. We love this guest post from doula and VBAC mom, Alex Rounds. Read it and share it with someone you care about. A doula just... Read more »
  • Carrollton, TX birth class Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX (1/7/2015) - We love introducing you to our many AMAZING birth teachers. Today you get to meet Caryn who is amazing for a reason. (Can you say "VBAC warrior!?") And if you happen to need a childbirth class in Carrollton, TX, then she is the gal for you! Check her out. Childbirth Classes in Carrollton, TX First,... Read more »
  • doula at water birth 50 Things Doulas Do Best (1/5/2015) - 50 Things Doulas Do Best What do doulas do best? Well, that is actually a much longer list than the one below. Doulas have an amazing array of skills, many of which can't really be put into words. It is no secret that at Birth Boot Camp we love doulas. Here are just 50 of the... Read more »
  • Childbirth classes in College Station and Bryan. TX Childbirth Classes in College Station, TX (12/23/2014) - We are pleased to introduce today one of our childbirth instructors in College Station, TX. Cheryl is a busy mother of five who taught natural childbirth classes prior to her becoming a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor. We are so glad to have her join us! Her sweet passion and knowledge have helped make us a better... Read more »
  • blueberries are a great food for pregnancy 10 Most Nutritious Foods For Pregnancy and Postpartum (12/10/2014) - We are so excited to feature a post today detailing the 10 Most Nutritious Foods for Pregnancy & Postpartum from our resident pregnancy exercise and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. We believe that part of preparing for a healthy, natural birth is preparing our bodies with optimal nutrition. Katie's list is something every pregnant woman should... Read more »
  • removingfearbirthpreperation Taking The Fear out of Birth Prep- The Cycle of Cs (12/8/2014) - How do we take the fear out of birth prep? Every childbirth educator is aware of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. It is frequently talked about as we help prep students for birth. Helping students understand that their emotional state can impact their physical experience of an event such as birth is eye opening and important. However, our words... Read more »
  • Julia West teaches childbirth classes in Grapevine, TX Childbirth Classes in Grapevine, TX (12/3/2014) - Today, we introduce Julia, a hardworking and beautiful wife, mother and childbirth educator in Grapevine, TX. We love our natural birth instructors and appreciate all the work they are doing as they promote childbirth education and Birth Boot Camp in their own communities. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you and let... Read more »
  • 14288537129_c1e4fd0d91_k Foam Rolling For Pregnancy (12/1/2014) - Foam Rolling For Pregnancy Today we are pleased to share a guest post about foam rolling for pregnancy from our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Katie Dudley. Katie has created a program for our online and in-person childbirth education classes that is second to none. In fact, there is nothing that even comes close in... Read more »
  • newborn breastfeeding Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt (11/24/2014) - Newborn Breastfeeding and the 10th Day Growth Spurt Trouble with breastfeeding often starts with the newborn. In fact, the common but often unknown 10th day growth spurt can cause confusion when nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding success has always been an important goal for Birth Boot Camp and breastfeeding education is included in our online and in-person... Read more »
  • 5 things you need from your doula certification 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification (11/17/2014) - 5 Things You Need From Your Doula Certification We are pleased to share thoughts from Amanda Devereux today. We first met Amanda when she certified to become a Birth Boot Camp childbirth instructor. Struck by her passion and intelligence, we soon recruited her to help form the Birth Boot Camp DOULA program along with Maria... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator on Whibley Island, Washington State Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA (11/14/2014) - Birth Classes on Whidbey Island, WA Today we will introduce you to Kim Graves. She was one of the incredible women who has taken our training. Now residing and teaching childbirth classes in Washington State on Whidbey Island, she is dedicated to helping women have better births no matter where she is. The choice to... Read more »
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care (11/10/2014) - Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care during pregnancy is something that we have always encouraged for our students. The reasons for this are many and can  include: -Increased comfort during pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can be helped with chiropractic. The benefits can extend beyond this issue and help other... Read more »
  • Birth Boot Camp both at MANA with Dona Ryan and Alexa Gumm Birth Boot Camp Visits MANA Conference! (11/3/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been busy lately. With a recent instructor training and a pending doula training, we managed to fit in a visit to the MANA (Midwives Association of North America) Conference last week. Alexa Gumm (our recruiter) and Donna Ryan (our founder) had a great time and were able to meet so many... Read more »
  • IMG_27166236577829 Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes For a Pregnant Belly (10/31/2014) - Dress That Bump- Easy Halloween Costumes for a Pregnant Belly Happy Halloween all you lovely pregnant ladies! Need a quick idea for the party this weekend? Here are a few easy ways to dress your bump for halloween from our favorite women and fabulous Birth Boot Camp instructors. Too cute! Meet D'Andra, She teaches birth... Read more »
  • 8things 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Doula Certification (10/27/2014) - 8 Things To Consider When Choosing Doula Certification There are a variety of doula certifications available for women venturing into the thrilling and rewarding work of supporting families at the time of birth. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose when you are new to the birth scene. We love... Read more »
  • header Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October 2014 (10/23/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor Training, October, 2014 We just finished up our 10th (!!!) natural childbirth instructor training for Birth Boot Camp. It is hard to believe that we have achieved this milestone. Here are some highlights from our most recent training in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. This picture shows our instructors geared up and... Read more »
  • travel 4 Reasons You Should Travel For Doula Training (10/7/2014) - Have you checked out Birth Boot Camp DOULA? You probably noticed some big, exciting differences between our training and other trainings out there These differences are well thought out, purposeful and based on the experience and expertise of the birth professionals who created this professional doula certification program. One of the things that sets Birth... Read more »
  • doctorbirth What Your Doctor Wants To Tell You About Birth, But Can’t (9/29/2014) - Too often, medical doctors are portrayed as the bad guys in the birthing world. In truth, there is a lot we don't see and which they really can't talk about. We are excited to share this guest post today from Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. Jessica is currently raising... Read more »
  • childbirth education Changing Lives Through Childbirth Education- An Interview With Rebecca Grochowski (9/25/2014) - Today we want you to meet Rebecca, a natural childbirth teacher in Mansfield, TX. We love our instructors and all the talents they bring to our company as a whole. If you would like to become a childbirth educator, we would love to have you at training! The process is a big one but well... Read more »
  • prodromal Prodromal Labor- What Is It and What Can You Do About It? (9/22/2014) - Prodromal Labor- What is it and what can you do about it? You are 38 weeks pregnant. It is 10pm at night and your labor starts. YAY! Contractions are 7 minutes apart, steady and lasting about 45 seconds. They don’t feel like Braxton-Hicks contractions, so this must be the real thing! Steady, real, feeling like... Read more »
  • 21things 21 Things Women Are Really Thinking In Labor (9/15/2014) - Labor. The BIG day. Birth. What is a partner to do?! How do you remember it all? How can you make it through with all well and a mama who still loves you? Here are some fabulous tips from moms who KNOW what a woman in labor needs from her partner. Compiled from our expert... Read more »
  • class From Epidurals To Home Birth- Meet Instructor Hailie in Abilene, TX (9/10/2014) - We are excited to share with you a series of articles highlighting our diverse group of birth instructors. These are the amazing women who are doing real work trying to make birth better for women and their families all over the world. Today we introduce Hailie Wolfe, a birth teacher in Abilene, TX, mother of... Read more »
  • rockyournaturalbirth Rock Your Natural Birth…at the Hospital! – Guest Post By Lauren Rauseo (9/8/2014) - Today we have a guest post from Lauren Rauseo. A mother of three and author of the recently published book, "Natural Birth for the Mainstream Mama," we are excited to share her thoughts on some basic things that can help you have an amazing natural birth in a hospital. Her book just happens to mention... Read more »
  • doulamyth_o Doula Myth: I Don’t Need A Doula, My Nurse Will Help Me! (9/4/2014) -   Today we are excited to share a guest post from an incredibly experienced doula and one of the driving forces behind our very own Birth Boot Camp DOULA program, Maria Pokluda. Maria’s words of wisdom on the importance of and difference between both a doula and a labor and delivery nurse are so important.  Enjoy... Read more »
  • Edited 1 (1) Registered Nurse and Natural Birth Instructor- Meet Shazia! (9/2/2014) - Birth Boot Camp now has over 100 instructors spanning from coast to coast in the United States and a couple in other countries (and more to come!) We simply adore our birth instructors and are so glad they have taken this leap with us to help make birth better through education. Because there are so... Read more »
  • headerpregnancyexercises Exercises For A Great Birth Pregnancy (& Birth!) (8/27/2014) - We are honored to share a guest post today from one of our newest board members, Katie Dudley.  Katie first became interested in natural birth as she prepared for the birth of her own child and attended our founder, Donna Ryan’s, birth class.  Our newest student manuals include her contributions in both exercise and nutrition.... Read more »
  • circ Should I Circumcise My Baby? Guest Post By Dr Adrienne Carmack, Urologist (8/25/2014) - We are honored today to share a guest post from Dr Adrienne Carmack, a board certified Urologist and mother of three who is also a strong voice in the growing tide of medical personnel questioning and challenging the common practice of routine infant circumcision. Dr Carmack has also recently published a book detailing her fascinating story as she... Read more »
  • DSC_0558 New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes (8/20/2014) - Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of... Read more »
  • Print Birth Boot Camp Has Launched A New Website! (8/18/2014) - There are lots of changes going on around here at Birth Boot Camp Headquarters, and it is very exciting! We want to take a moment to show you around our brand new website. We have added lots of things, so take a little tour with us. There is so much to see!
  • nutritionebook Free Pregnancy Nutrition eBook (8/14/2014) - Something that is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy (and sometimes even a natural birth) is nutrition. Not only can nutrition have the power to make you feel better and help with common pregnancy “symptoms,” but it just makes life more pleasant.
  • video_doula Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA (8/11/2014) - Birth Boot Camp Announces...Birth Boot Camp DOULA! Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn't be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission... Read more »
  • hannahbirth The Birth of Hannah- A Birth Boot Camp Natural Hospital Birth Story! (7/26/2014) - We are honored today to share a birth story from one of our recent online birth class graduates. As you read you will find that the end of pregnancy and the labor were not without some unexpected surprises, but because this mom and her partner had worked so hard preparing for their birth, they were... Read more »
  • topthree_2 Top 3 Things To Bring To Your Birth (7/26/2014) - When it comes to pregnancy, birth and babies it seems as though the lists are never ending. From the “layette” to countless nursery items, monthly pregnancy clothes and even various and sundry age appropriate toys the experts say you will “need”, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
  • postpartumdad 10 Ways to Support Dad Postpartum (7/26/2014) - When we talk about the postpartum period, we tend to concentrate on the help and rest that mom needs after the labor and birth. In our often nuclear families, the expectation is that dad will automatically do the bulk of the work that needs to be done around the house. He is also expected to... Read more »
  • doulasupporttashina Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story (7/26/2014) - Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a... Read more »
  • tomato Down With Anti-Nutrients!- Tips For Feeding Your Family Healthier (5/20/2014) -   Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield.  Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her... Read more »
  • photo-1_160X110 Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness (5/12/2014) - At Birth Boot Camp we are surrounded by simply amazing and talented instructors. We love them and the skills they bring to the table. One of our most recently certified instructors is Carmen Calvo who teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist (and an excellent writer) and a mother of two. Today... Read more »
  • naturalbirthadoption-160x120_2 Natural Birth Matters To Adoptive Parents – A Guest Post By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (5/5/2014) - One of the founding principals behind Birth Boot Camp’s dedication to natural birth education is the belief that birth actually matters. To families this is clear, especially after the baby is born and they see the lasting impact it has made on their life. But the importance of birth does not end with those who... Read more »
  • about_image You Can Have an Amazing Birth! (5/4/2014) - Birth Boot Camp trains couples in natural birth. Our natural childbirth education classes are available with independent instructors throughout the country and around the world through professionally recorded streaming video online birth classes.
  • Seated-Straddle-300x200 5 Fabulous (and Simple) Exercise Ideas for Pregnancy (4/21/2014) - We believe that an integral part of any comprehensive childbirth education includes appropriate pregnancy exercise. When you take a Birth Boot Camp class it will include an exercise program created just for you and this time in your life.   But maybe you are wondering what you can do right now (before you start your... Read more »
  • IGT Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding (4/15/2014) - Insufficient Glandular Tissue and Breastfeeding We are pleased to bring a guest post to you today from Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC.  Mellanie is an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who stars in our breastfeeding DVD, “Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.”  Mellanie is a wealth of knowledge and we are so excited to have her write about... Read more »
  • Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros (4/8/2014) - Tasha after her vaginal birth after four c-sections. It can be done. You can read her story here. Melek Oz Speros, founder of Black Women DO VBAC!, has made it her mission to bring research, birth stories, and inspiration to Black women giving birth.  We are excited to share her and her knowledge with you... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery (4/1/2014) - Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery An important part of our mission at Birth Boot Camp is to encourage and truly support mothers in breastfeeding.  From day one we have had on staff an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, and every one of our students receives a two-disk breastfeeding DVD titled: Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE.... Read more »
  • Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond (3/25/2014) - Pregnancy can bring both nesting (clean house!) and nausea (boo!), so what better time to find some more natural friendly cleaners. While the March of Dimes says that most commercial cleansers are safe during pregnancy, many women find the smells overwhelming or would rather just be on the safe side when it comes to chemical... Read more »
  • breastfeeding resources for new moms Breastfeeding Resources for New Moms (3/18/2014) - Breastfeeding Resources For New Moms Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should.  While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.   There are a... Read more »
  • Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural? (3/11/2014) - One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this: “I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?” The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what... Read more »
  • Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis (3/3/2014) - We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”   (Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis) When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in... Read more »
  • Tips-for-Finding-a-Chiropractor-During-Pregnancy-11-200x300 Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy (2/25/2014) - Tips For Finding A Chiropractor During Pregnancy During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor. Here are some tips for finding a... Read more »
  • 14931245617_c502a5cb1d_z 10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep (2/18/2014) - *Please note that there are affiliate links in this post. For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help... Read more »
  • Cytotec in Birth (2/11/2014) - Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth? Basic facts about Cytotec Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically... Read more »
  • Birth Story (2/4/2014) - We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!    PREGNANCY Nothing... Read more »
  • UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor (1/28/2014) - Birth Boot Camp has been honored to have so many amazing instructors who can be found across the country. Today we want to recognize one of them, Debbe Canonne. Debbe certified as an instructor in September at our San Clemente, CA training.   Debbe volunteers as a doula with Heart & Hands, a volunteer doula... Read more »
  • Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!) (1/21/2014) - Every woman who gives birth will deal with postpartum recovery.  Despite the universal nature of this time in our lives, we seem reluctant to talk about the realities of what happens and what we need to be more comfortable.  Here are a few items and tips that you won’t regret preparing before the birth of... Read more »
  • stat1 Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013 (1/14/2014) - Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students. Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online... Read more »
  • Pre Birth Acupuncture (Guest Post by Peyton Theodore, L.Ac., MTCM, BBCI) (1/7/2014) - Pre birth acupuncture is acupuncture that is administered when a woman reaches full term, or 37 weeks. The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to prepare a woman for birth - both physically and emotionally, and to promote a healthy, natural labor and birth.
  • Do It Yourself Newborn Photography Tips (12/24/2013) - In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby. Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking... Read more »
  • California Training Wrap-Up! (12/17/2013) - In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California.  We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors!
  • 11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class (12/10/2013) - When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some... Read more »
  • What is Mother Friendly Care? What is Mother-Friendly Care? (11/26/2013) - What is Mother-Friendly Care? Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).  There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”.   They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others.  Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly.... Read more »
  • The Rh Factor & Your Pregnancy (11/19/2013) - Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive.  My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own.
  • Birth Boot Camp Wins Best Childbirth Class Award (11/18/2013) - Last year, we were honored to be named the #1 Childbirth Class in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) by Fort Worth Child magazine. We have been nominated again this year and would be honored to have you vote for us! Just follow the link below to cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFMB14
  • Natural Birth FAQ for Families (11/12/2013) - Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a... Read more »
  • circumcision Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner) (11/5/2013) - Circumcision: Basic Facts Every parent should know the basic facts about circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult.  It seemed like everything I... Read more »
  • What should I take to my birth place? (10/29/2013) - What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)? When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things: 1)  all the things you will need for your birth 2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor True, you... Read more »
  • Making Room For Baby (10/22/2013) - The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way! Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed... Read more »
  • Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters (10/8/2013) - Recently, I stood in a parking lot speaking with a woman I had never before met. I quickly learned that she, like me, was the mother of three little ones. Soon enough she began telling me her birth story. Within less than 10 minutes of having met this total stranger, she used the term “vaginal”... Read more »
  • Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain (9/24/2013) - Unless you have or once had a breech baby, you probably aren't even reading this first sentence. Breech is rarely on a woman's radar because it is rare and, well, what is there really to know about an upside-down baby? Unfortunately, a lot of women get caught at the end of pregnancy with a surprise... Read more »
  • Transition From Couple to Family (9/17/2013) - Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special. However, with all... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Doula (9/10/2013) - Sometimes called a labor assistant, a doula is person who assists a woman in labor.  In recent years, doulas have become more popular and widespread.  Research and personal experience show that a doula can be an integral part of a woman's birth team, not only during labor but before and after.  What is a doula's... Read more »
  • 5 Simple Reasons You Should Take a Birth Class (9/3/2013) - Anyone who has experienced the joy of pregnancy knows that as soon as that little blue line appears, so too does a seemingly endless list of expenses.  From the fun things, like decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes, to the more serious preparation for childbirth, everything just seems to add up.  Which, of course,... Read more »
  • doula at a birth Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! (8/27/2013) - Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula! Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to... Read more »
  • Win a Free Copy of Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE! (8/15/2013) - In celebration of our 4,000th Facebook “like," Birth Boot Camp is giving away a free copy of our new and incredible DVD, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This two disk DVD set is so full of information, you will want to watch it again and again. Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), is over... Read more »
  • Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often (8/14/2013) - After the thrill of discovering you’re pregnant, most women’s high quickly drops when the first trimester pregnancy symptoms roll in. Let’s face it – bloating, constipation, nausea, indescribable gas and much more can leave you wondering, what exactly is baby doing to me? But I’ve come to realize, even in the most uncomfortable moments, why... Read more »
  • Can I still have a natural birth if I am over 35? (8/6/2013) - Women are often considered of an advanced maternal age if they are delivering their baby after their 35th birthday.  While there is some increased risk in pregnancy and birth over 35, most women can look forward to a wonderful and positive birth experience.   Does being 35 make me high risk? While some research concerning birthing... Read more »
  • announcing your pregnancy Announcing Your Pregnancy (8/1/2013) - Announcing Your Pregnancy The coming of a new baby is a wonderful thing.  Now with the benefits of social media, there are as many ways to announce the beginning of your newest adventure as there are types of personalities.  Here are a few cute (or fun or creative or just plain silly!) ways to share... Read more »
  • Rules for Talking to a Laboring Woman (7/26/2013) - Preparing for birth is a unique time in a woman's life. Many women spend their lives looking outward, seeking to serve others. But in labor and birth a woman has the opportunity to be at the center for a brief moment, and to have those around her serve her, listen to her, and help her... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Johnson (7/23/2013) - The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest... Read more »
  • Birth of Axle (7/19/2013) - We have the privilege today of sharing a birth story from one of our students.  We are so grateful to them for sharing such a private event with all of us and so glad that they had a great birth.  Education really does make a difference! The Birth of Axle I think my biggest fear... Read more »
  • Prep Work for Pregnancy (7/16/2013) - Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and... Read more »
  • Choosing a provider: Understanding the medical and midwifery models of care (7/9/2013) - What is the difference between the midwifery and the medical model of care? One of the first decisions that a woman makes, after her discovery of pregnancy, is her choice of care provider. In most countries, there are two basic care providers available- the obstetrician and the midwife. There are many factors that contribute to... Read more »
  • Protected: Workbook Preview (7/3/2013) - There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Three Basic Baby Carriers (7/2/2013) - Three Basic Baby Carriers From Newborn To Toddler Babywearing is one of the seven B’s of attachment parenting. While Dr. Sears told us all the benefits of babywearing, he could have written a completely separate book on the different WAYS to wear your baby. Like most things with babies, I am of the mindset that... Read more »
  • Birth Story – Kadence (6/25/2013) - One of our goals at Birth Boot Camp is to train couples in natural birth.  This tender birth story from one of our former students exemplifies everything we hope for our couples.  You will see a father go from scoffing the idea of natural birth and frightened of birth videos to being an amazing and... Read more »
  • What are people saying about Birth Boot Camp online classes? (6/18/2013) - “The class on actual labor and pushing was a favorite. It helped me know what labor looked like.” “We LOVED the birth films! They especially helped my husband. We enjoyed class on vocalizing labor, that really helped.” "Birth Boot Camp told me I could do it. It taught me how to be verbal and make... Read more »
  • What is Pitocin? (6/11/2013) - What is Pitocin? First synthesized around 1953, Pitocin is now commonly used in labor and delivery both to begin or speed labor.   It can also be used postpartum to stop excessive bleeding or  hemorrhage, which can be life threatening if left untreated. While Pitocin is chemically the same as your body's naturally produced oxytocin, there... Read more »
  • Natural Mothering eBook Bundle Sale (6/10/2013) - {please note that this post contains affiliate links} UPDATE: This sale is now over. We are happy to be offering a $30 coupon to those who purchase this eBook Bundle! Keep reading to find out all of the fabulous deals that are being offered... Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood... Read more »
  • How does FEAR make labor hurt? (6/6/2013) -  
  • Cilantro – Lime Fajitas (6/4/2013) - Cilantro Lime Fajitas This fajita, taco thing was inspired by Chipotle's vegetarian burritos... only I like mine better :) I highly recommend making your own tortilla's for this. It really makes a difference and it's not that hard.   Protein: 22g for two (will be slightly less with vegan tortillas). Serves 4 or so people, I'm... Read more »
  • Prenatal Massage Therapy (5/29/2013) - Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience... Read more »
  • Instructor Training Highlights from April 2013 (5/23/2013) - While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes.  Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops.  Now, just about a year into... Read more »
  • How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives (5/21/2013) -   One thing that is very important to us at Birth Boot Camp is supporting and encouraging the midwifery model of care. We are honored to have a very experienced and insightful midwife, Melody Morrow, CPM, as a member of our Advisory Board. Why is Melody so excited about Birth Boot Camp? She has seen... Read more »
  • Oxytocin (5/14/2013) -   What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is an amazing little hormone. Even if you don't know what oxytocin is, you probably notice its effects each day. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and it has a unique role in many of life's important events. Oxytocin is released by activities such as cuddling, nursing,... Read more »
  • Mother’s Day Sale (5/9/2013) - Happy Mother's Day! This sale runs Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
  • Cloth Diapers – Not What Your Mama Used (5/7/2013) - I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies... Read more »
  • 4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth (4/30/2013) - Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Many women desire a natural birth but preparing for one can seem overwhelming.  Here are some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the best natural birth possible.  There is so much you can do to ready yourself and your family for birth.  With these four simple things: education, nutrition, birth place,... Read more »
  • I’m pregnant! What’s happening here? (4/17/2013) - Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human... Read more »
  • should you kegel Should You Kegel? (4/4/2013) - Should You Kegel? Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses... Read more »
  • Happy World Doula Week! (3/29/2013) -   You CAN have an amazing birth!  Register today for your live or online birth class. Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor. Apply today!  
  • Happy Birthday! (3/24/2013) - What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes. Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students,... Read more »
  • Voted #1 Childbirth Class! (2/26/2013) - Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted "Best Childbirth Class" by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online).  We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an... Read more »
  • What Does Labor Feel Like? (2/21/2013) - What does labor feel like?  This is a question that almost every soon-to-be mother asks.  It fills us with trepidation, excitement, and even fear.  So what DOES labor feel like? The answer is a little different to everybody because, of course, labor is as individual as the women who experience it.  To begin deepening our... Read more »
  • Top 10 Foods to Stock for Postpartum (2/16/2013) - One day you are pregnant, and the next day a mother! One of the most important things a new mom can have is a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, easy to grab foods for those first few weeks. Nursing a baby frequently, recovering from the work of labor and birth, while adjusting to a... Read more »
  • Instructor Spotlight (2/7/2013) - At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that the education our instructors receive will help make them teachers who can change birth, impact couples, and improve the world. We strive to give our instructors the best childbirth educator instruction out there. We are so proud of them and the impact they are making. We are excited... Read more »
  • Common Swelling in Pregnancy (2/6/2013) - Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help... Read more »
  • Protein rich snacks (1/17/2013) - Healthy, protein rich snacks are a pregnant woman's BEST friend!
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  • Why a live training? (1/11/2013) - We are so happy at the interest people have shown in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor!  We have had people travel from all over the country to attend our instructor training workshops in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Often, we are asked why we don't do "online instructor training." We are a company specializing in natural birth... Read more »
  • Allow Your Baby to Choose His Own Birthday (1/10/2013) - Here at Birth Boot Camp we educate couples about the risks of induction and encourage allowing our babies to choose their own birthdays.
  • Is it safe to have sex while pregnant? (1/7/2013) - Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care... Read more »
  • Happy New Year! (1/4/2013) - Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp! As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for.  Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board.  We started offering the first, full series of... Read more »
  • What is Group B Strep (GBS)? (1/3/2013) - Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract... Read more »
  • How to have a Natural Birth (12/31/2012) - Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for. 1) Take a natural... Read more »
  • What is a doula? (12/27/2012) - In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So... Read more »
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  • When will I start showing? (12/20/2012) - Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
  • Well Prepared Partner (12/17/2012) - Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can't neglect the birthing woman's... Read more »
  • Childbirth Education Training Sale! (12/12/2012) - Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program. All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Birth Video (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer's full birth story - please... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Maternity Photography (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the maternity pictures and you can find pregnancy, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts.
  • Elf on the Shelf Pregnancy Pictures (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the pregnancy pictures and you can find maternity, birth photography (and slideshow), and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. Our ice breaking picture is on the #InappropriateElf Blog... Read more »
  • Elf on the Shelf Nursing Photos (12/11/2012) - Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth pictures with us. These are the newborn, welcome home & nursing pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity and birth photography (and slideshow) pics in separate posts.  
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding Preparing for Breastfeeding (12/3/2012) - Preparing For Breastfeeding I often ask women who are expecting if they have preparing for breastfeeding.  Sometimes I get “I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital” or “I read a book,” but often I just get a blank stare.  Prepare for breastfeeding?  Why prepare for breastfeeding?  It is natural, right?  Yes, breastfeeding is instinctual... Read more »
  • What We Can Learn From Other Mammals (11/29/2012) - Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We can learn a lot from other mammals.    
  • Support Breastfeeding with us for #GivingTuesday (11/24/2012) - As part of #GivingTuesday, Birth Boot Camp® will be donating $75 from every online childbirth education class sale to Best for Babes from Tuesday November 27 through Tuesday December 4. The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream non-profit cause dedicated to helping women overcome the many barriers they face that end their breastfeeding... Read more »
  • Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin (11/5/2012) - Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn't... Read more »
  • Protein in Pregnancy (10/8/2012) - Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in... Read more »
  • Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin (9/17/2012) - Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills... Read more »
  • Getting Enough Iron in Pregnancy (9/3/2012) - Many women struggle during pregnancy with anemia or iron deficiency.  Diet can often be helpful in improving this.  Having adequate iron is important for lots of reasons.  Women who have low levels of iron are often tired.  In addition, very low iron levels can impact your labor and birth and even increase postpartum hemorrhage.  Here... Read more »
  • Breastfeeding in Public With Ease (8/6/2012) - Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared. One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already... Read more »
  • Using a Midwife (Types of Midwives) (7/9/2012) - Many women desire the benefits of midwifery care for their pregnancy but become overwhelmed when they start to look into it and find that there are many different types of midwives to choose from. While options, certifications, and even legality vary from one state to another and from one country to the next, here are... Read more »
  • Morning Sickness Solutions (6/4/2012) -     Many women struggle with morning sickness while pregnant.  This nausea upon waking can vary greatly, from a mild irritation to being so bad that hospitalization is necessary.  For some women, morning sickness isn't just morning sickness, it is all day long sickness. Luckily there are little tricks that can help ease and even... Read more »
  • Choosing a Birth Photographer (5/7/2012) - Birth is one of life's most amazing events.  It is natural to want to capture it in images that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.  How should you choose the best birth photographer for you? Ask your childbirth educator who she recommends.  As a professional in your community, she will have contacts... Read more »
  • Five Ways to Avoid a C-section (4/9/2012) - The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section. 1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth... Read more »
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