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List of Instructors: California

 

City: Carmel and Salinas

Name: Cori Gentry
Email: cgentry@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.corigentry.com
Through the stories of my mother and family members, I grew up believing that natural birth was normal and medicated births were the rare exceptions. After studying Early Childhood Education at California State Monterey Bay, I became a childcare provider in 2005 and was surprised by how common cesareans and epidurals were among my clients. I married the pop punk rocker of my dreams in 2007, and on Valentine’s Day 2009, we discovered we were finally pregnant. When we could not find a comprehensive natural childbirth class in the area, I knew I would someday offer one. Each of my three births have been very different: I’ve birthed at 41, 38, and 42 weeks, with both obstetricians and midwives at three different, local hospitals, medicated and natural, and my boys have weighed 10, 8, and over 11 pounds! I am not afraid of big babies! We are expecting our fourth this winter. I love sharing with couples that birth is an exciting and rewarding experience and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Birth Boot Camp family as an instructor serving the California central coast.


 
Julia Myers Web

City: Petaluma
Name: Julia Myers
Email: jmyers@birthbootcamp.com
I grew up in a family of seven children and have always been surrounded by mothers and babies. This upbringing instilled in me a love of everything connected to motherhood. After getting married and considering a family of my own, I dove into research about all things pregnancy and birth. While pregnant with my first child, my husband and I took a birth class and had a beautiful natural birth that sparked an even deeper passion into the natural birth world. I find an overwhelming amount of joy in educating parents about healthy pregnancies, natural birth, and intuitive parenting. I am currently in the process of becoming a certified doula with a long term goal of becoming a home birth midwife.


 
Tashina Benning Web

City: Sacramento

Name: Tashina Benning
Email: tbenning@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.indulgentbirth.com
I became passionate about birth during my first pregnancy in 2006 and for several years thereafter, assisted women during their births. In 2012, I completed a training to begin the formal process of becoming a certified doula. During this time, I found I was expecting my second child. This led me to search for the ultimate natural childbirth class, in order to prevent some of the issues that arose during my first birth. The births of both my children were extraordinary, deeply transformative days in my life; which, I feel, positively impacted me and my family in ways that should not go unnoticed. I truly believes the value of a natural birth for both Moms and babies should not be understated, as our birth experience so heavily impacts the hours, days and years of a baby’s and mother’s life. I am thrilled to share my passion and assist couples in gaining the knowledge and confidence to have incredible natural births.

 
Abby Illenberger Web

City: San Clemente &; South Orange County

Name: Abby Illenberger
Email: aillenberger@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.homegrownbirth.com
Since the birth of my first child, I have had a passion for all things pregnancy and childbirth. Despite finding out I was pregnant after having just moved to San Clemente from Redondo Beach via Chicago, I had the good fortune of meeting up with a doula, midwife and natural childbirth class that all created an essential support team for what became an incredibly empowering event in my life. During my second pregnancy, I decided I wanted to support other pregnant women and their families the way I had so lovingly been supported. It was then that I became a natural childbirth educator. Not wanting to stop there, I have since become a labor support doula and enjoy helping women birth in the manner that makes sense to them. Along with natural childbirth education and doula work, I am passionate about health, fitness, and nutrition. I am so fortunate to work with my husband (owner of CrossFit No Boundaries) as the coordinator and coach of our World’s Best Boot Camp Orange County program which has an emphasis on helping pregnant/postpartum moms stay low risk and feel amazing as well as being a CrossFit Kids certified trainer. I encourage anyone who is reading this to contact me with any questions regarding my classes or any pregnancy related concerns.

 
Debbe Cannone Web

City: San Diego

Name: Debbe Cannone
Email: dcannone@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.DoulaDebbeBirthingBasics.com
I am a dedicated DONA and toLabor trained birth doula who is also the mother of three boys. I am a certified lactation educator and childbirth educator as well. I have personally experienced both a medicated birth with an epidural and forceps delivery as well as two beautiful unmedicated births. In my role as a birth doula I have attended over 6o births and witnessed many different types of birth. These birth experiences sparked a passion in me for supporting mothers and their partners through this blessed and transformative period in their lives. Providing parents with the best evidence-based information on labour, birth, and breastfeeding, in addition to empowering parents to make their own decisions about all things concerning the birth of their baby, is my passion and I believe it’s the strongest foundation for achieving an amazing natural birth experience. You will always remember the birth of your baby…I’m committed to preparing you and your partner for a birth you will never want to forget!

 
Holly Scudero Web

City: San Diego

Name: Holly Scudero
Email: hscudero@birthbootcamp.com
When I became pregnant for the first time, I found myself rapidly becoming fascinated with natural birth and intuitive mothering; I read lots of books and spent hours online absorbing all I could. The birth of my son was the most beautiful and empowering moment of my life; after all I had read, I chose home birth with a certified professional midwife, and that decision was one of the best I’ve ever made. My son’s birth is what inspired me to become an instructor for Birth Boot Camp. I still read every pregnancy book I can get my hands on, and I cry every time a friend tells me her birth story. I am so excited to be able to help educate women about birth, and to be able to help them work towards having the kind of birth they dream of.

 

City: Santa Rosa

Name: Sarah Clark
Email: sarah@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.mamabirthblog.com
I have been a natural childbirth educator since 2007. I have helped dozens of couples on their journey toward natural birth and simply LOVE watching people learn, watching couples grow closer together, and seeing worried parents become confident and excited. I have given birth four times in various different places. My first child was born in a hospital, my second in a freestanding birth center, and my third and fourth were born at home. I am confident that I can help couples prepare for their birth no matter where they choose to do it and would feel privileged to join you on your journey.

 
Jeanette Revell Web

City: Solana Beach

Name: Jeanette Revell
Email: jrevell@birthbootcamp.com
I have always been fascinated with the birth process and how it truly transforms a woman’s life. I have 2 gorgeous boys with 2 very different birth experiences. I am trained as a nurse and worked in Pediatrics. I am a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and specialize in Pre/postnatal massage and first Baby Massage. Yoga, health and nutrition are also a big part of my commitment for pregnant women. I am co- owner of Vitality Massage and Wellness Clinic in Solana Beach. I am excited to be teaching this wonderful class for pregnant couples!

 
 
Lorien Lehmer Web

City: Solana Beach

Name: Lorien Lehmer
Email: llehmer@birthbootcamp.com
Website: www.lorienalia.com
I am a Certified Natural Childbirth Educator and Doula. I am the mother of two amazing children born at home. I believe in a woman’s right to have a safe, natural, nurturing, and amazing birth. I honor the birth process as a sacred initiation into parenthood, while deeply respecting parents’ choices. I incorporate my knowledge of holistic health into childbirth education. I am also a Massage Therapist, Energy Medicine Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Herbalist. I enjoy working with those in transitions – pregnancy/birth, grief/loss, divorce, career, and change to support and nurture potentials, clear past pain, and give your gifts to yourself, your family, and the world.

 
Peyton Theodore Web

City: Solana Beach

Name: Peyton Theodore
Website: www.CardiffAcupuncture.com
My passion for working with women and families during pregnancy, through birth, and into the postpartum period comes for my own experiences of carrying, birthing, nursing, and raising her 4 year old son Aspen and 2 year old daughter Savannah. I believe that the birthing system in the United States is failing us and that the entire process from pregnancy, through birth, and into the postpartum period does not provide women with the emotional support they need. My mission is to inform, educate, and empower women and their families to create satisfying birth experiences and to thrive as parents. In addition to my role as a Birth Boot Camp Instructor, I am the President of Cardiff Acupuncture in Solana Beach, California.
 
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