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10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep


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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 in those early days without resorting to less “baby-friendly” methods.

Understanding the basic needs and patterns of a newborn is very helpful.  This does not sound like a tip to help baby sleep, but it will guide you and lend wisdom. Flexibility and realistic understanding of newborn needs can help your baby make more sense to you.   Read more

Cytotec in Birth


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 those caused by NSAIDS. Cytotec is not approved for use in labor induction, despite its common use. Cytotec is also known as Misoprostol or Miso and is a synthetic prostaglandin. Natural prostaglandins are produced and found in many places in the body, including  seminal fluid, which helps show how Cytotec can act as a labor induction agent, like a natural prostaglandin might. Cytotec is also sometimes used in conjunction with mifepristone to cause abortion. Read more

Birth Story


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!



Nothing about my pregnancy was textbook. I had no morning sickness, suffered no constipation and my boobs were never sore. My appetite never changed and I had no weird cravings. In addition, I ended up giving birth to my son at 13lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight (and 7 weeks postpartum I am over 40lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight). Read more

UCSD “Doula of the Year” Awarded to Birth Boot Camp Instructor

H&H Award plaque

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 program associated with the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). The UCSD Heart & Hands program strives to provide a doula for any woman who needs one birthing at their hospital. Debbe (who was also a doula at her own grandchild’s birth!) has volunteered for 675 hours with Heart and Hands and been present at a total of 42 births. Of those only 3 were cesarean sections, proof in and of itself that doulas are a powerful asset to a birth.   Read more

Postpartum Must Haves (That Nobody Mentions!)


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 your baby.

Pads and Diapers

Of course you need some kind of diaper for your baby, but unbeknownst to most women is how helpful grown up diapers are for mom.  Women lose blood immediately after birth and it continues on for weeks.  The time and heaviness of postpartum blood loss (or lochia) varies from one woman to the next and is often heaviest with the first baby. Read more

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