Black Women and VBAC- A Guest Post By Melek Oz Speros

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 […]

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.   We recognize that […]

Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy and Beyond

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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 […]

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 variety of ways to prepare […]

11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class

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 […]

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.  Ask them.  These steps […]

Natural Birth FAQ for Families

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 […]

Circumcision: Basic Facts (Guest Post by Rachael Heiner)

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 found was either vehemently anti-circumcision or vehemently pro-circumcision.  It was not […]

What should I take to my birth place?

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 […]

Making Room For Baby

  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 […]