List of Instructors: TexasCity: Abilene Name: Hailie Wolfe Email: email@example.com Website: www.countrybumpkinbirthservices.com My name is Hailie Wolfe and I'm a devoted wife, and mother of five. As a former teacher, I have a passion for education. I love teaching Birth Boot Camp because it combines my love of birth with teaching! My personal experiences have had a huge impact on my birth beliefs. After a horrible experience and recovery with my 3rd child, a knew there had to be a better way to birth. I did lots of research and self educating! I went on to have two unmedicated births - one in the hospital and then a surprise breechling at home.I believe all couples deserve an education that prepares them for the mental and physical challenges of a birth, as well as the ability to make informed decisions regarding their care. I am an advocate for attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and cloth diapering. I also vlog my life as a mother on my YouTube channel, Our Wolfe Pack Life.
City: Aledo and Fort Worth Name: Laura Morrow Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fortworthbirth.com Although I have three business degrees from TCU, my passion is teaching others about birth, babies, and breastfeeding! I have seen firsthand how education and information make such a difference in a woman having a positive birth experience. I am the mother of two precious little kids and the wife to a great guy. I gave birth to my son in the summer of 2011 with a midwife in an un-medicated hospital birth, and I gave birth to my daughter in early 2014 at a birth center – such an amazing experience! I believe that natural birth is normal. My class will empower couples to make informed decisions and will give them confidence on their baby’s BIRTHday!
City: Arlington and East Fort Worth Name: Caren Nugent Email: email@example.com Website: www.BabySTEPSbirth.weebly.com My name is Caren. I’m a wife and mother of 2. My journey into the natural birth world started when my sister used a midwife when she was pregnant with my niece. I was able to be at the birth center with her through labor and delivery and saw just how amazing birth could be. 3 years later, when I became pregnant with my first, I knew I was going to use the same midwife. Thus began my birth obsession. I knew I wanted my future career to be involved in the natural birth realm of things, but wasn’t quite sure what that would be. After attending my first birth (that wasn’t my own), I knew this is where I needed to be. I needed to educate women on the powerful experience natural birth can be. I needed to be with women during this stage of their lives. I was not able to pursue that dream until after my 2nd child was weaned. I love Birth Boot Camp’s curriculum and the way it empowers women to make educated choices for themselves. I hope my passion for birth and education comes across in the classes I teach. I am striving to let every pregnant woman know that she can have the birth she wants.
City: Arlington and Fort Worth Name: Shazia Lackey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.abovebeyondbirth.com As a registered nurse and certified childbirth educator, I am passionate about educating and empowering couples throughout their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. I have enjoyed working in pediatrics ever since. I married my high school sweetheart back in 2006 and together we have 2 beautiful sons. They both were born naturally with the help of a Certified Nurse Midwife. My first birth was in a hospital and my second birth at a birth center. I love helping moms achieve an amazing birth and a successful breastfeeding relationship for as long as they desire! I also offer postpartum support to my students! Visit my website for more information.
City: Austin Name: Melek Speros Email: email@example.com Website: www.birthblissfully.com I planned three natural, out of hospital births and after two cesareans, my dream finally came true when I gave birth to my youngest son peacefully at home in 2012. As a doula and student midwife, I am passionate about informing women and couples about the benefits of natural childbirth and breastfeeding. An inactive attorney, I also work to inform mothers of their rights in childbirth, especially VBAC mothers, who often face barriers other mothers do not. I love working with all different kinds of women and families and supporting them on their journeys into parenthood. I am excited to be on the Birth Boot Camp team and hope to see you in class soon!
City: Azle and Weatherford Name: Dawn Bowden Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I am a loving wife and proud mother who is passionate about educating expecting families on their options and helping them on their journey to an amazing birth. As a Registered Nurse of 9 years, I have learned the value of preventative care and has sought more natural health for my family. My husband and I prepared for the birth of our son by taking natural childbirth classes and he was born at a birthing center in 2011. I want to help every woman feel confident in their birth choices through knowledge and support.
City: Bryan/College Station and Katy Name: Cheryl Amelang Email: email@example.com Website: www.darlingbirth.com I have been passionate about natural birth, education, and support since the birth of my first baby in 2004. Over the few years that followed I attended the births of several family members and friends, serving as their doula. I also went on to have four more babies myself! I finally decided it was time to turn my passion into my career. I began teaching and assisting at home and birth center births with our local midwife in the spring of 2012. I also certified as a Lactation Educator and teach breastfeeding classes. I am excited to bring Birth Boot Camp to Bryan/College Station and Katy, providing excellent education on the benefits of natural childbirth and breastfeeding to new families. I love being part of their journey through pregnancy and birth. My husband, John, and I have been married for 15 years, we have four boys and a girl who were all born at home with wonderful midwives and a doula. In addition to teaching, you can find me homeschooling my children, drinking coffee, playing board games, and folding laundry. Life is pretty sweet (except the laundry part)!
City: Bryan and College Station Name: Ashlea Bruno Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.anindulgentbirth.com Having obtained a Master’s degree in English education and having taught at the high school and collegiate levels, I am excited to start training eager new couples in natural childbirth. With the support of my husband, I gave birth naturally to our daughter at home on our second wedding anniversary in October 2013. Since then, I have experienced the benefits of co-sleeping, baby wearing, and handmade cloth diapering. I joined the Birth Boot Camp team as an instructor in the spring of 2014. I enthusiastically believe in the strength and ability of each laboring woman and am eager to train couples in an amazing natural birth of their own.
City: Burleson Name: Megan Hughes Email: email@example.com Website: birthhigh.com I am a college graduate with a strong interest in education. I have had a positive experience with water birth with the support of midwives in a hospital setting and the unfailing strength of my husband and am the happy mother of a beautiful daughter. I am looking forward to the upcoming birth of my son at home with midwifery care and hope to bring the knowledge that both a hospital and home setting experience have given me to my students. I also have experience and knowledge in serving special needs families. I believe informed decision making on the part of both mom and dad leads to much higher rate of positive birth experiences no matter the circumstances or location. In order to make those decisions both parents need to be educated on the full scope of the birth process, starting with pregnancy and continuing through labor, birth and postpartum and all the choices and variables involved. I believe birth is a normal, natural process that has the power to transform a woman’s perspective of herself. As such, respect and compassion should be priorities in the relationship between mother, supporting partner and care provider. I am excited and motivated to help other couples on the road to their very own wonderful birth experience and introduction to parenthood!
City: Burleson and Cleburne Name: Rachel Johnson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dfwbirthclass.com Do you want a transformative birth experience? I LOVE providing parents with the best evidence-based information on pregnancy, labor, birth and breastfeeding! It's a passion of mine to empower parents with options to make their own decisions and I believe it is the strongest foundation for achieving the birth you want. I have attended births at birth centers, homes and hospitals. I am married to my high school sweetheart. He is amazing, supportive, and everything a woman can hope for in a husband and is an excellent father. Andrew and I met over 17 years ago. I am a woman of God. I love Him, and love His leading in our life. In 2008 he became a music minister here in Ft. Worth. Together Andrew and I prepared with natural childbirth classes, under the founder of Birth Boot Camp. Since then, three of our daughters have been born at home. Parents who have taken my class have left feeling prepared and dads have told me my class is fun! Dads give the confidence their partner really needs in labor. Together you can have the tools necessary to achieve an AMAZING birth! For details on my Full Series or Reboot Refresher classes check my website, email me or find me on Facebook.
City: Carrollton Name: Caryn Westdyk Email: email@example.com Website: www.inspiringbirth.com Do you want to have an inspiring and empowering birth? My approach to education is unique because I have birthed in two completely different ways. My passion for natural birth started when I realized that my lack of education led me to have three unnecessary cesarean births. With the cesarean rates climbing each year, I believe that education is the key to see change in the birthing community. My husband Steve and I have been married since 2005 and have five children. Our first three children were born by cesarean section and our last two children were born by VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) Both were empowering natural births in a hospital with a very supportive Doctor. I love to help other hopeful VBAC Moms achieve their goals as well as help first time Moms make the right decisions for their first birth. I am excited to be a part of the Birth Boot Camp team and help other Moms have inspiring births too!
City: Cleburne Name: Melody Morrow Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.midwifemelody.com I have been actively involved in supporting natural birth options since the fall of 1998 when I first began my training as a student midwife. Four years later I became a Texas licensed midwife. I have participated in over 1000 births and assisted in the training of over 70 students. I am nationally recognized as a Certified Professional Midwife. I am very enthusiastic about my calling and love to help families become empowered as they are informed and educated about their choices during their maternity and birth experiences. I believe that education is key to a successful natural birth experience and I'm excited to be teaching under Birth Boot Camp!
City: Colleyville and Denton Name: Suzanne Brown Email: email@example.com Website: www.bun-bundle.com I am a wife and full-time mother of two. I received my B.S. in Development and Family Studies in 2004. My first pregnancy took place overseas and I experienced just how difficult it can be to locate a supportive care provider and birth place. Thorough research and education enabled me to achieve an unmedicated birth. That experience and a second natural delivery have shown me that when a woman and her partner are educated in how her body is designed to work with her baby to give birth, the labor and delivery process is transformative.
City: Dallas Name: Alecia Cumberworth Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mybelovedbirth.com Hi, I'm Alecia Cumberworth and I teach in Dallas, TX. I have had many different birth experiences, ranging from an intervention filled hospital birth with my first baby, to a natural birth attended by midwives at a birthing center, and then homebirth with a midwife. In these births I utilized many different positions, had the loving support of my husband, and the help of a wonderful friend as my doula. I have over 7 years of breastfeeding experience. One thing I am passionate about is teaching and enabling couples to have a natural birth, and empowering them to parent in the best way for their family. Every woman, and every labor, is different. Birth Boot Camp doesn't just teach a method. It teaches couples all the information they may need to pull from to decide what works best for them, both through pregnancy, labor, birth, and into those special early months with your newest addition. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm so excited to be able to share it with you!
City: Dallas and Grapevine Name: Hollie Hauptly Email: email@example.com Website: www.sweetserenitybirth.com Hi, I’m Hollie Hauptly, a natural childbirth educator and birth doula. My passion for all things pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding began in 2009 after the natural birth of my first child. Both of my children have been born naturally in a hospital with a CNM and without intervention. I have seen firsthand how education and preparation play an important role in having the birth you desire. I encourage all expecting couples to learn about birth and the many options available to them in order to be able to make informed decisions. Birth is a natural, normal process and has the power to change your life forever. I’ve been a part of many births in many different settings and it is always an honor to be invited into a family’s life as they prepare for and welcome a new member of their family. Hollie also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education.
City: Dallas Name: Leslie Geick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, I’m Leslie! I’m a wife and mother of two. I am a full-time Doula and Birth Boot Camp Instructor in Dallas, Tx. After the birth of our first daughter, I quickly realized that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. After that, I began learning with a passion. I read, and watched, and learned some more. I shared my knowledge with my friends and family. In 2013, I had an unmedicated VBAC birth for our second daughter. My education, as well as my support team, really helped to achieve a birth experience that made me proud. My goal as your educator is for you to know your options so that you are able to make the best choices for your family. I look forward to seeing you in class!
City: Denton Name: Holly Faske Email: email@example.com Website: www.birthconfidently.com I am a wife and stay at home to two young boys, and am expecting our third boy August 2014! My interest in birth began during my first pregnancy, which resulted in an unplanned Cesarean Section. My second son was birthed at home through a wonderful and healing VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). As a childbirth educator, my goal is to inform others about the natural process of birth in order to eliminate fear and to impart confidence to mothers (and their partners!) about their bodies’ ability to give birth. I am so excited to be a part of your pregnancy and I look forward to helping give you the tools you need for an amazing birth!
City: Fort Worth Name: Erin Golden Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: victoriousbirthservices.com Although I taught high school for seven years, nothing can compare to the rewards of being a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and helping babies and their families achieve the best possible start in life. My husband and I have two wonderful boys with whom I had completely opposite birth experiences. The traumatic birth of our first son, which ended in a cesarean section, started me on a journey of learning everything I could about birth and getting involved in groups like the International Cesarean Awareness Network and the Tarrant County Birth Network. The knowledge I gained in the three years that followed led to the amazing, unmedicated VBAC of our second child in 2011 and to my passion to equip other parents with evidence-based information about pregnancy, care providers, birth, and breastfeeding. This journey also led me to become both a Birth Boot Camp Instructor as well as a certified birth doula with DONA. I love educating others and helping parents become so confident in their ability to birth that they eliminate their fears and approach birth with a sense of excitement, expectation, and trust in the amazing process of bringing their children into the world.
City: Fort Worth Name: Megan Martin Email: email@example.com Website: www.MeganMartinDoula.com I have a strong passion for pregnancy, natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and cloth diapering. I married her high school sweetheart in 2005 and together we have a son and two daughters. After a classic 39 week hospital induced birth of her first child in 2006, I became interested in natural childbirth after hearing about the home birth experience of my close friend. Soon after I began educating myself in all things related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth. In 2009, I gave birth to my second child at home and experienced an amazing water birth. Two years later, my third child was also born at home in an equally amazing water birth. I aspire to help other couples achieve the birth of their dreams, in whatever place they choose, through childbirth education.
City: Granbury Name: Andrea Brannock Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.adorebirthservices.com I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Andrew, a mother to three beautiful daughters and just welcomed our first son the end of April. I have always had a passion for pregnancy and birth but didn’t know that I options with my first two pregnancies. With my third pregnancy, I finally had the education I had been looking for and chose midwifery for my prenatal care. My third baby was born at home and it completely changed mine and my husband’s life. Ever since that incredible experience, I have wanted to share this knowledge with others so that they, too, can experience the power behind having an educated birth. As a doula I have seen the difference childbirth education can make in every birth experience. I am beyond excited to share this wonderful curriculum with my students as well as my doula clients.
City: Grand Prairie Name: Allison Record Email: email@example.com Website: www.trustmybirth.com I’m a Birth Boot Camp Instructor, domestic engineer, and current lactator. I have always loved babies, believing that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy, sacred aspects of life and should be treated as such. The births of my five children, 3 in the hospital and 2 at home, have been quite an education and I am a passionate supporter of VBAC. My Birth Boot Camp students have told me that my enthusiasm about the amazing process of pregnancy and birth can be contagious – I believe the more you learn about birth, the deeper trust you can have in your body and its natural power to birth your baby!
City: Grapevine Name: Julia West Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.inspiredbybirths.com I started reading about birth and pregnancy in the early days of my marriage, and came to realize the birth process is so often overcomplicated and unnecessarily micromanaged. My first pregnancy changed my life! I became more active and healthy than ever and prepared daily for the birth of my son. He was born in 2011 at a birth center after a peaceful, uninterrupted labor that bonded my husband and me in ways we did not imagine. I fell in love with birth that day and was anxious to find a way to help other mothers take control of their births. When I found Birth Boot Camp, I knew THIS was the class I wanted to teach! I am so excited to share this all- encompassing curriculum with couples and help them grow confident in their decisions, the birth process and each other. I believe every mama needs encouragement and education and I would love to provide that for you!
City: HoustonName: Andrea Powell Email: email@example.com Website: www.BayouCityBirth.com I am a native Houstonian, proud wife, and busy mom to an active toddler. My interest in all things pregnancy and birth became evident as we prepared for the birth of our son. My husband and I attended a natural childbirth class that gave us the knowledge to not only achieve a natural childbirth, but to make informed decisions when we were faced with a medically necessary induction. As someone who initially struggled with breastfeeding, I am passionate about breastfeeding education and encouraging moms throughout their breastfeeding journey. I truly believe that an amazing birth experience begins with preparation. I am dedicated to helping couples achieve an amazing birth and leave class feeling confident in their role as new parents.
City: Houston Name: Kacy Bunte Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.HoustonBirthClass.com I'm Kacy Bunte, the mother to one adorable son who was born at home with the support & encouragement of my husband, Justin, and our incredible birth team. Becoming pregnant set us on an unexpected & eye-opening journey where knowledge played an important role in our amazing birth experience. My desire is to help educate couples on the benefits & beauty of natural childbirth. As a former elementary school teacher and librarian, my love for teaching is now channeled into educating & empowering couples to have an amazing, natural birth. I love a good birth story and look forward to helping you write yours!
City: Houston Name: Kristi Keen Email: email@example.com Website: www.KeenDoulaCare.com I am a wife, mother, flutist, and lover of all things birth. I am married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, and we are parents to two adorable little girls. Born and raised in Louisiana, I moved to Houston in 2008 to pursue my Master of Music degree. During that time I worked in the Women's Studies department and was fortunate to work with a woman who was a doula and a childbirth educator. When I became pregnant during my final semester of graduate school, I ran to my co-worker with the news, who offered great advice. Heeding my co-worker's advice, I had an amazing birth that completely transformed my life. Because of my experience, I felt inspired to begin training as a birth doula. I have been serving women and their families as a birth doula in the Houston and Sugar Land areas since the summer of 2011. In February 2014, I decided the time was right to attend the Birth Boot Camp Instructor training that I had been eagerly awaiting since first hearing about Birth Boot Camp. I am excited to offer these outstanding classes to couples in the Houston area.
City: Hurst Name: Nancy Rebarchik Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.empoweringbirthdfw.com Hey there, I'm Nancy! I was fortunate to be one of the very first Birth Boot Camp Instructors certified in June of 2012, and have been teaching classes regularly in Hurst, Texas ever since. I'm a happily married mother of two with two very different birth experiences. My daughter was born in 2006, a medicated birth with almost no childbirth education prior to delivery. Realizing that my body was able to nourish my baby through 13 months of breastfeeding inspired me to explore what else I had been blissfully unaware of during my first pregnancy. In 2008 I became a certified doula and have had the honor of serving families in North Texas as their doula in hospitals, homes, and birth centers ever since. My son was born completely unmedicated, at home in 2009. I attribute the difference in my births to the comprehensive childbirth education series my husband and I attended during our second pregnancy. I'd love for you to join my class! I believe you CAN have an amazing birth!
City: Katy and Houston Name: Courtney Alva Email: email@example.com Website: www.awaywegobaby.com Courtney is a mother of two, a doula, and an enthusiastic advocate for breastfeeding. She is passionate about educating families so they too can have an amazing experience. Courtney is excited to be a part of the Birth Boot Camp team and can't wait to share her love of birth with you. Email or visit her website for details on upcoming classes.
City: Katy and West Houston Name: Kristen Powers Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.BeautifulMomma.webs.com
I am Mommy to two awesome boys: Marcus, my sweet autistic 3 year old and Titus, my extroverted 2 year old. My first birth was an induced hospital birth with a not so great Midwife. I did not educate myself or gather support around me and ended up with an unnecessary epidural and not succeeding with breastfeeding. My second birth was a home birth with a great Midwife. My partner and I did our best to be more knowledgeable this time around, taking a class and reading a lot of books. Labor was hard work but our little team did great together and we succeeded in getting the birth we wanted. I also have able to breastfeed successfully for two years now. I believe that every woman should know how amazing her body is and what she is capable of. I believe every father should know how valuable he is to his partner during labor. I believe you are capable of making wise decisions and deserve the support you need to see them through. I am a Birth Boot Camp instructor because I believe you deserve a great birth and you deserve to be well informed about how to achieve one. You are amazing already and will be amazing parents to this little one! I look forward to supporting and encouraging you and your family as you take this journey through pregnancy and birth.
City: Keller Name: Daniela Lee Email: email@example.com Website: www.mamamiabirth.com Born and raised in Argentina and making my home in the US for the last 15 years, I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I have been blessed with a husband and family of four children, all born naturally; one hospital birth and three water home births. To help couples prepare for the birth of their babies, I am committed to serving families as a certified doula, prenatal yoga and birth boot camp instructor. I believe passionately in creating a climate of confidence around birth, minimizing fears and providing the knowledge necessary for couples to make informed decisions. Your Birth Boot Camp experience with me will provide you with an invaluable education, hands-on tools to use in labor, and a fun couple’s “date night” atmosphere!
City: Keller Name: Jillian Blakeman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.TheBestBirthClass.com I made Biology everybody’s favorite class; I look forward to making The Best Birth Class your favorite class. I discovered my passion for education when, at thirteen, I started working as a math tutor. I continued to teach math, horseback riding lessons, and floral design until 2007 when I became a high school Biology, Physics, and AP Biology teacher. I am confident that I could teach a dog to knit. My son’s outdoor homebirth sparked a desire to help other people experience natural childbirth. Though we had an exceptional birth, my husband and I could have done a better job preparing ourselves for this beautiful challenge. When I found Birth Boot Camp and its amazing curriculum I knew I had found just the tool to equip expecting couples. When I’m not learning about all things birth, I enjoy travel, bike riding, goat watching, and Post-Impressionism art.
City: Keller and Fort Worth Name: Tami Zubke Email: email@example.com Website: www.empoweringyourbirth.com I am Mom to 2 wonderful kids. I am so proud of my son, he is 21 and will graduate college soon. I have cloth diapered, my 4 year old little girl and I still enjoy breastfeeding, co-sleeping with, baby wearing and homeschooling her. I am married to an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran. I believe women should know their options regarding birth. My son was born in the hospital while I was in the Marine Corps. I wanted to give birth naturally, however, I had no real training. I was laying in bed for the entire labor and after a few hours I needed some pain relief. I also had an episiotomy. Seventeen years later I had my daughter at home in my bathtub with a wonderful midwife. This empowered me and made me realize I wanted all women to know they had options and that they can learn how to have an amazing natural birth.
City: Lake Jackson and Brazoria County area Name: Taylor Barnes Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.numabirth.com I am a wife and stay at home mom of one son who was born in the water, at home with the support of my husband. While learning about the benefits of birthing naturally, I also became interested in achieving health through nutrition, exercise and natural medicine. I enjoy seeing couples become informed decision makers and confident parents. I believe that education can relieve the stigma surrounding natural birth and I love meeting and educating couples who desire to have a healthy pregnancy and an amazing labor and birth!
City: Lewisville Name: Christina Upchurch Email: email@example.com Website: http://bitly.com/livelifebirth I am a wife and mother. I married my high school sweetheart and friend. As a chiropractor, I love serving pregnant women and families. After having a wonderful natural birth, I could not stop talking about my great experience. I realized that chiropractic and natural birth work well together. They both have the same principles, by allowing the body to work without the use of interventions. When I was pregnant, my husband and I took Birth Boot Camp classes and both benefited from them. I had no idea that there were so many birthing options and my husband could effectively communicate and understand why natural birth is important. After seeing how much he gained from the classes, I knew that educating and empowering couples about natural birth is what I was meant to do.
City: Lewisville Name: Elisha Adams Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.MyBabyMyBirth.com My husband and I were married in 2010 in the Dallas Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were excited to start growing our family, but the reality of PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) halted that desire for a little while. After being diagnosed, I took the initiative to seek better understanding and knowledge of this condition and the effect it has on fertility. When pregnancy was achieved, my thirst for knowledge grew which lead me to choose to have a natural birth. In 2013, our sweet boy was born peacefully in the water at a birth center. These experiences have created this burning desire inside my heart to share and empower other women to take control of their bodies and make informed decisions. My goal as a Birth Boot Camp Instructor is to provide education, enlightenment, and encouragement. This childbirth class provides phenomenal instruction which will ensure a satisfying birth experience and a wonderful start to parenthood. I am excited to be your Birth Boot Camp Instructor, and I look forward to seeing you in my class!
City: Little Elm Name: Rebecca Grochowski Email: email@example.com Website: www.tinyblessingsbirth.com I believe that birth matters and that education is the key to achieving an amazing birth. I am the wife to a wonderful husband and the mother to a beautiful little girl. Through my own pregnancy, I experienced firsthand how taking classes shaped my understanding of the birth process and eliminated many fears. My daughter was born into her daddy’s arms in a wonderful, natural hospital birth. This was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life and I became passionate about helping others achieve the birth of their dreams. I am thrilled to offer the tools to equip everyone to achieve their own amazing experience!
City: Lubbock Name: Melissa McCauley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I am a northern girl who got swept away by a Texas boy. We love to travel the world and hope to instil wonder and adventure in our boys. I had participated in over 400 births before having my first baby. Though I knew natural childbirth was challenging, my own labors were longer and more intense than I expected. I'm so glad we chose a great birth team for all three of them. Bringing Birth Boot Camp to Lubbock is a dream come true and I'm so excited this option is out there for couples in west Texas. I've been involved in nearly all aspects of childbirth for over 15 years and want to help couples prepare for an amazing birth.
City: Midlothian Name: Hillary Stillwell Email: email@example.com Website: www.delightfulbirths.com Hillary has a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology. She is a mother of two and has been passionate about childbirth since she was a little girl. After having a cesarean birth with her son, Hillary learned the value of childbirth education. With the birth of her daughter, Hillary equipped herself by taking a Birth Boot Camp class and did a lot of research to ensure a satisfying and delightful birth. She did go on to have a completely natural, unmedicated VBAC and has since wanted to teach other couples the power of education, natural childbirth, and attachment parenting. By taking this class you will find you CAN have an amazing and delightful birth!
City: Midlothian Name: Jennifer Heintschel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I am a wife and mother of three precious girls. I went into the birth of my first child with very little real knowledge and ended up having an unwanted cesarean. With my second, I wanted a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), but I was told I couldn't. With my third, I gained a lot more knowledge about birth and how amazing our bodies really are, and I went on to have a transformative, unmedicated hospital birth in 2013. I have realized how imperative education is and believe that God has so much purpose in natural birth. I am excited to help more couples in Midlothian, Texas learn how amazing birth really can be!
City: Round Rock area Name: Adria Dawidczik Email: email@example.com Website: www.rocknbirth.com Adria believes her greatest work is raising her three boys, and it is their births that have inspired her to help others on the road to natural childbirth. Each of her children has a unique birth story - adoption, cesarean, and natural birth - and she cherishes the moment she first locked eyes with each son. It is the birth of her third, however, that opened her eyes to the power of natural childbirth. The bond was instantaneous; the feeling of accomplishment overwhelming. It is this feeling that she hopes to help every mother unlock with the experience of a natural, unmedicated birth. Adria is teaching in the greater Round Rock area where she resides with her incredibly supporting husband and best buddy, Michael.
City: San Angelo Name: Regina Woodley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.PowerInBirth.com While getting a degree in animal science and now living on a farm I have seen a lot of animals give birth. It never ceases to amaze me how often the babies and mother do just fine if they're kept calm and feel safe. I am the mother of eight children, and raising them is my purpose in life. Their births have all been quite different (two in the hospital and the rest at home), but they all ended up being natural and teaching me so much about trusting our bodies. I would love to pass along some of my knowledge and see other couples experience the same ecstatic, healthy births.
City: San Antonio Name: Kelley Young Email: email@example.com
Hi folks! I'm Kelley Alyce Young, and I'm very excited to be sharing my passion in lovely San Antonio. My husband is currently stationed at JBSA Lackland, which is why I get to share this awesome time with you all.
At the moment, we have three children: a five year old daughter who loves ballet, a three year old daughter who was born with Cornelia deLange Syndrome and a one year old son who is toddling everywhere, flirting with all the ladies. Each of my pregnancies/births were very different experiences. During my first, I read and studied everything I could about birthing, different methods/philosophies and what to expect with hospital births. After she was born I continued to read and study. Our second daughter was a preemie, born via emergency Cesarean due to extreme complications, and before she was even out of the NICU I was researching VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Two years later, I achieved that goal with the birth of my son, which was a quick and complication free experience, without any medication and a fair amount of laughter. Despite all my personal research during each pregnancy, however, I wanted to take a class, but I could never find one that satisfied my desire for varied information and equipped me to make my own decisions. That is until I found this course! Now I want to impart my experience and knowledge on to you, sharing my passion and empowering you to take control of your own birth experience.
City: San Antonio Name: Valerie Lopez Email: AlamoCityBirth@gmail.com Website: www.AlamoCityBirth.com Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting is a lifelong learning experience. My husband and I have four hilariously vibrant daughters. We often question who is learning more in this parenting gig; the kids or us? I've discovered people laugh a lot in my presence. I'm not sure if it's because of my awesome comedic talent, if I forgot to zip my pants again, or have a large booger on my face. Either way, laughing just happens. A thorough childbirth education is more than just learning when to contact your provider (Spoiler alert: It’s before you see the baby’s head). It is about sharing resources, building a community and support system, fostering a partnership, providing options and tools that can be carried with you from pregnancy, birth, and beyond. So yes, while I am a huge advocate of birth education, contain immense knowledge of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and beyond in my noggin, I am also a huge advocate for laughing up life. You may laugh so hard in my class that you tinkle a little. We even cover that!
City: Spring Name: Carrie Williams Gomez Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Originally a Michigander, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Women Studies. After college I headed to the beaches of San Diego where I earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership and lost my ideology of “never getting married and never having children” when I met a hot Navy SEAL. Now, I currently reside in Spring, Texas. I am a wife to a retired sailor and mother to two incredible daughters and a beautiful stepdaughter. I love to unravel the awesomeness/power/strength of women, and what better way to do this than helping couples discover the life-changing journey of growing, birthing, and nurturing another human being. With my passions for women’s studies, leadership, and my babies it’s no wonder I love birth.
City: Waxahachie and Ellis County Area Name: Jennifer Flachman Email: email@example.com Website: www.HaveABetterBirth.com Hi! My name is Jennifer Flachman, and I am excited to help you learn how to have the birth you desire! After induced and medicated births of my first three children (a singleton, followed by twins), my husband and I finally decided to take a natural childbirth class and had a fulfilling natural water birth at a birth center. If only I could go back and educate myself about natural birth before my first three sweet babies! I believe that every couple deserves to experience the exhilaration that comes with natural birth, and that education and preparation are key. In addition to natural birth, I am also passionate about breastfeeding. Although I lacked support when struggles arose with my first baby, I went on to nurse my youngest three, despite the same challenges, for a total of six years... and counting! Just as with natural birth, breastfeeding is more possible- and more enjoyable- with education, preparation, and support. Teaching Birth Boot Camp is one way that I am able to pass on the information that I wish I had received earlier in my journey to motherhood, and my background as both a teacher and a Registered Nurse allow me to bring a unique perspective to my class. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and support with you!