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, begs the question, “Must I really take a childbirth class?”
Well, we might be a little biased, but we would answer with a resounding YES!You should take a birth class. Here are five simple reasons why the money spent on a great birth class is money well spent. Read more
Let’s start with what a doula is.A birth doulaprovides 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 birth.We have a lot to cover in these meetings.We have to develop a relationship and I have to get a feel for what our rhythm will be, how you like to be touched, comforted, spoken to. And how your partner plans to help and is best supported as well.Imagine how long it takes to find this stuff out while dating. . . . at best, I’m doing this in six hours.Yup, doulas are awesome!Read more
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 three hours of breastfeeding information. From getting the proper latch, to storing your pumped milk at work, to information about normal infant sleep cycles, you will be armed with the knowledge you need to have a successful and joyful breastfeeding relationship.Read more
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 trainees about what being a Birth Boot Camp Instructor means to her. (And if you can’t find an instructor close enough to you for a live, our online natural birth classes are available virtually anywhere around the world.)
What got you interested in becoming a natural childbirth educator?
During our first pregnancy we went through 10 weeks of live natural childbirth classes by Birth Boot Camp founder, Donna Ryan. She gave me and my husband accurate, up to date information. We were able to take what we had learned and decide what was best for our pregnancy and baby. We have been married for 8 years and have had three fabulous home births! These experiences inspired me to help make natural childbirth education available for everyone, because it brought reassurance and confidence for some of the most meaningful moments of my life.
There are lots of different birth educator training programs out there. Why did you choose Birth Boot Camp?
I was impressed with Birth Boot Camp materials! They have created an outstanding teacher curriculum, Student Field Manual, and extensive breastfeeding DVD built on a foundation of truth and excellence. Students benefit from the treasury of information that reflect cutting edge statistics and the very best in natural childbirth education.
What most impressed you about the Birth Boot Camp training?
During instructor training I was most impressed with the way that the Birth Boot Camp Advisory Board was determined to serve us and wanted to see us succeed! The marketing training has help me beyond what I could have imagined. I love team teaching as it gave us hands on experience in the art of communicating natural birth knowledge and content to prepare us for teaching live classes. (Part of every training is an opportunity for the instructors to teach to the group.)
How is teaching your own classes going for you? What do you enjoy most about it?
It has been very rewarding teaching live classes and it’s going really well! I started teaching live classes almost immediately after certification, about a month later. Many couples have gone through my classes already.
Tell us a little about your students. Can you see how having a comprehensive natural childbirth education is positively impacting their birth experiences?
My students occupations range from Balloon Artist to Police Officer and everything in between. They have had births in hospitals, birth centers and at home. Several dads told me at the end of the first or second class night something like, “I thought this was going to be boring, but it turns out you make it fun and I actually look forward to class each week.” Students have made friendships that lasted beyond class and I enjoy keeping up with my students as we formed great friendships as well. One of my amazing moms said, “Our Birth Boot Camp classes really helped me achieve such a redeeming childbirth experience in-contrast with my first three births.”
We would love it if you would share (with permission) with us your favorite student birth experience so far.
Student Birth Story: Baby Axle’s Birth Story (Attachment written by my student, given with permission and pictures with permission as well!)
To close, tell us how you see natural childbirth education changing lives and birth in the world.
Women everywhere are becoming more aware that they have choices when it comes to having their babies. Mothers often choose to deliver naturally because they have been educated and embrace the idea that giving birth is a normal, beautiful, and physiological process.
Rachel Johnson is a Birth Boot Camp instructor in Fort Worth, Texas. She is due to have her third baby at home any day. She took her first childbirth class from Birth Boot Camp founder Donna Ryan. As a passionate teacher, she has guided many couples on their journey to a joyful, natural birth experience.
For more information about her Fort Worth natural birth classes click here.
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 integral part of a family birth experience.
This is truly what we seek to do as a company- improve the birth experience for the mother, her partner, and their baby.
Enjoy this amazing birth story!
It was just about a year ago when we found out that we were pregnant.I’d been a little too anxious with the first pregnancy test and despite assuring results up to 5 days sooner; the test still came back negative. A week later when Mother Nature still had not run her course, I tried again.POSITIVE!
For reasons I don’t even completely know, I’ve always desired to have an un-medicated childbirth.Granted, that wasn’t a conversation that really came up in our dating days, so when I told my husband this after we received the pregnancy news, he was a little unsupportive.Okay, he might have even scoffed and said, ‘yeah, we’ll see how you feel when the time comes.’Thankfully, I was with my mother-in-law at the time and she does a wonderful job trying to help me understand my husband.She explained that his only up-front experience with childbirth had not been a very positive experience.My husband has an adorable 6 year-old son (whom I love with my whole heart) from a previous relationship.They were young and unprepared.The mom is tiny and my (step) son’s head is rather large.All of that resulted in a lot of pain and eventually a C-section.This is what my husband had in his mind.
After explaining my desires a little bit more and reading a book that got us both on the same page, my husband jumped on the un-medicated band wagon with me!We enrolled in a local Birth Boot Camp (instructed by none other than Donna herself!) so that we could both be educated.Friday evenings were one of our favorite times.It was great having time to be so intentional about understanding the birthing process.What we both found most useful was the emphasis on the husband’s active role throughout the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond.
What my husband found most uncomfortable was the birthing videos.Seriously, he’d turn away, cover his face, catch glimpses of the video and be totally disgusted.Uh….he was supposed to be my #1 support during the delivery; how were we going to make sure this happened?!As classes went on, the whole birthing process became a little less…disgusting…to him.However, to this day, he still will say he found the videos revolting.Bless his heart.However, having been exposed to un-medicated births via those videos let him know a little bit more about what to expect on D-Day (Delivery day).
When the day arrived (I would say finally but she came a few days early despite me being convinced she would come late – so perhaps unexpectedly arrived would be more accurate), we were as ready as we were going to be.My husband had his affirmations written down for me, lots of lyrics and scripture saved, and an entire playlist put together for during labor.I think we got through a few songs before she came much quicker than anticipated!My husband was my #1 support that day as I had hoped he would be.He was calm, encouraging, supportive and calm.Did I mention calm?When meeting my husband, calm probably wouldn’t be one of the words used to describe him.Yet, thanks to a lot of prayer, the classes and conversation (and, yes, even the videos), he knew what I needed that day to have a positive birthing experience.It was an incredible day all together.
I had a friend there with us taking pictures of the whole experience.When talking to her a few days later, she told me the first thing she told her husband after watching our daughter’s birth was that she was super impressed (and even a little shocked) with how well my husband responded throughout the process.Even my midwife commended him for his support.While he might not have been the one to catch our daughter, he did manage to peak and even caught a glimpse of Kadence coming into the world – with her arm raised high by her head.Really, Kadence?!But to think he might have missed that if not for everything we had learned ahead of time.I’m so incredibly thankful for our experience and how prepared we felt going into all of it.My husband was so enthralled with how alert our daughter was immediately upon entering the world.Really, he’s just enthralled with her in general.I’m so thankful for Donna, Birth Boot Camp, our fellow Birth Boot Campers and the healthy arrival of our tiny newest addition.We couldn’t have asked for anything more; we are incredibly blessed.