Birth Boot Camp® Natural Childbirth Education Classes – Online and Instructor-

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Happy Birthday!

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, are thrilled with the comprehensive education they are receiving!

“Just wanted to say that my husband and I are LOVING our Birth Boot Camp classes! Our instructor is so knowledgeable and passionate about the material and we love getting to spend time with other like- minded expecting couples! The Field Guide is STUFFED with priceless information. Today will be our third class and I already feel more prepared for this birth than I ever did for my first! Thank you!!” – Rachel

 

 

 

The epidural rate in the USA is estimated by the CDC to be around 61% for women who delivered vaginally.¹  The medicated rate for Birth Boot Camp moms who delivered vaginally was only 9%.

The national C-section rate is around 32% while the Birth Boot Camp student rate is a combined (live and online class) rate of 9%.²  Truly, education does make a difference when it comes to birth.

Our online birth classes have been accessed by over 100 couples around the world. are available to couples around the world.

 

We have been honored to welcome 30 Birth Boot Camp instructors across 7 states to our team this past year. Looking forward, as of October 2013, we will have instructors in over 20 states and 3 countries!

Whether you choose to take Birth Boot Camp from one of our instructors in a live class setting or through our online birth classes, you will be trained in natural birth and breastfeeding through an accessible, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum.

Birth Boot Camp is for couples, moms AND dads. You’ll learn to work together to bring your baby into this world as a team.

Birth Boot Camp is a 10-class course. In addition to a comprehensive and modern class designed for parents planning a natural childbirth, all students will receive the full color, professionally printed Field Manual, relaxation training, links to additional reading on complimentary topics, and an exclusive breastfeeding DVD, The Ultimate MRE, taught by renowned lactation consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC

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!

 

¹ http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr59/nvsr59_05.pdf

² http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db35.htm

Instructor Spotlight

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 to share some of their thoughts with you.

Hannah Reasoner

Fort Worth, Texas
www.intuitivemothering.com

 

What got you interested in becoming a natural childbirth educator?

I believe in natural birth and believe education is a huge part of helping families achieve this.

There are lots of different birth educator training programs out there. Why did you choose Birth Boot Camp?

Birth Boot Camp offers a lot the information I was looking to share on breastfeeding and attachment parenting. The detailed information and education that couples are provided with on how to have a successful and satisfying birth was key to my decision to teach BBC.

What most impressed you about the Birth Boot Camp training?

The pre-training reading and study requirements.

How is teaching your own classes going for you? What do you enjoy most about it?

Teaching has its joys and its challenges. I enjoy seeing the light bulb moments and being challenged by my students to know and learn more.

In what ways did the Birth Boot Camp teacher training help prepare you for teaching actual classes?

I enjoyed the mock teaching topic. It was helpful to see others present and gain ideas. It also helped calm my nerves as a teacher about to start a class.

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 love class. Since June, I have had 20 couples come through class. Four hospital birth, five home and eleven birth center births. All have given birth and when I hear from them, they are all eager for the reunion and to share their birth stories with their fellow classmates. I can definitely see how the classes have helped my students prepare for birth, especially the emotional aspect. Watching the birth videos has been helpful for them as they prepare as well.

We would love it if you would share with us your favorite student birth experience so far.

One of my couples from my first class was having their second baby. Her first labor was 56 hours before she transferred from the birth center to the hospital for maternal exhaustion. She had an epidural. Her mother had been sitting at the end of the bed she was laboring in at the birth center. Each time a contraction came on, her mother would grip the arms of the rocking chair. The tension in the room was obvious, as she felt like a watched pot. During Birth Boot Camp, she discovered that having her mother come to the 2nd birth was not a good idea. She hired a doula and prepared for a home birth. When labor came on late one night, she sent her husband for last minute necessities and she labored alone and was happy. Her midwife arrived 30 minutes before the baby was born. Doula and birth photographer missed her short, 4 hour labor. She was very happy with what class had taught them and that they had chosen the birth support team that they did this time around.

To close, tell us how you see natural childbirth education changing lives and birth in the world.

The more that women have natural births in a variety of settings, the more stories that can be told to provide inspiration, hope, and encouragement for others who desire to do the same. I believe that a lot of women feel empowered when they hear stories and think “if she can do it, then so can I!”

Is it safe to have sex while pregnant?

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 provider if you have specific problems or questions. But, in general, sex during pregnancy is perfectly safe.

In fact, there can be many benefits of sex during pregnancy.

As a transitional time of life, keeping the intimacy in your marriage alive is both healthy and important for both of the partners. Also, sex during pregnancy can be very stress free for many couples. They don’t have to worry about trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid getting pregnant.

There are also known benefits to sex during pregnancy. Semen is a natural prostaglandan (cervical ripener) and some midwives report that their clients who are sexually active during pregnancy are less likely to go overdue. In fact, many women report that they start labor after making love. Sex with orgasm causes an oxytocin release that can kick start an overdue baby.

Despite the ability of sex to start labor, unless you have a history of preterm labor, sex is still perfectly safe throughout pregnancy. Your body will know when it is time.

Happy New Year!

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 professionally filmed, streaming online childbirth education classes.  Our online and in-person classes have now been taken all over the country, and even in other countries.

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In June, we did our first training for childbirth educators in Dallas, Texas.  We had a wonderful group of birth professionals that included a midwife, some doulas, a massage therapist and an amazing lactation consultant.  We had a great time and learned a lot.

 

This summer, Donna met with Gail Tully of Spinning Babies.  We are honored to have Gail’s Belly Mapping represented in our Field Manual (student workbook).

 

 

 

 

September brought another instructor training workshop and added teachers all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area along with a few in Oklahoma.

Our company was featured on the Bring Birth Home website, the Australian based website Natural Childbirth World, and on Natural Parenting Tips .

We are so grateful for all the people who have reached out and helped us share the news of Birth Boot Camp with the world!

Another fabulous instructor training workshop was held in November. New instructors were sent all over the country; to Washington, Utah, Oregon, California, Oklahoma and more locations in Texas.  It was so much fun and incredibly flattering to see all those women put their faith in us and take the leap with Birth Boot Camp.

We have had over 150 students take our live and online classes in 2012 (21 different states and 6 countries!) and we know that 2013 will be even better!  Three instructor training workshops are scheduled and filling up quickly.

Thank you all who have been involved in this first fabulous year at Birth Boot Camp. We are honored to be a growing force for good in the birth world.  We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.

 

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