Our Advisory Board

We are proud to have a variety of professionals that make up the Birth Boot Camp Advisory Board. These women have been touched by their own experiences with natural birth and are ready to serve you.

Donna RyanWeb

Donna Ryan
Founder and President

With the un-medicated birth of her second baby in 1999, Donna was transformed!  Giving birth naturally began a journey and desire to help other women have empowering births.  Since 2003, she has had the honor of working with and teaching hundreds of couples through natural childbirth education classes.  Advocacy is also a part of Donna’s passion. She is the co-founder of the Tarrant County Birth Network, Fort Worth, Texas, growing it to be the largest chapter of BirthNetwork National.  On a personal level, she has given birth to four beautiful babies in a variety of settings, with three types of care providers and in four different positions! On the side, she writes a blog called Banned From Baby Showers.  She is incredibly humbled by the opportunity to work with an amazing group of women to bring Birth Boot Camp curriculum to the world.

Sarah ClarkWeb


Sarah Clark, BBCI
Curriculum Development

Sarah Clark has long been passionate and outspoken about the joy and beauty involved in natural birth. After taking a natural birth class before her first child was born, she felt the need to share the knowledge that had helped her achieve a natural birth with other women. She has taught natural birth classes since 2008 and had four natural births. A writer, Sarah is probably best known for her active work on her natural birth and mothering blog, Mama Birth. She has been published in several natural birth related magazines and is a regular contributor on the Mothering Magazine blog. As part of the Birth Boot Camp Advisory Board, Sarah helps train teachers on the art of communicating natural birth knowledge and helps develop content for teachers and students.

April Francom Web

April Francom, BBCI
Administrator and Instructor Certification

April Francom has been passionate about motherhood since before her first natural birth in 1999. With a Bachelor’s degree in Education, April brings over 16 years of experience to Birth Boot Camp from various educational pursuits, including owning a preschool. April has given countless hours of service to her local birth network and twice organized a community Birth Fair, helping to raise thousands of dollars. She enjoys working with those who desire to become Birth Boot Camp instructors; guiding them along the path to certification.

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Shannon Blackwell

Shannon Blackwell has over 15 years experience in professional marketing with an emphasis on small business. She has trained over 400 small business owners in marketing their new and growing businesses. As a birth activist, Shannon has facilitated thousands of dollars in funding for local and national birth organizations.

Alexa GummWeb

Alexa Gumm, BBCI, CD(DONA)

Alexa Gumm has been married to Joe since 1997 and is mother to their four little ladies. In 1999 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Texas Christian University. Since her first daughter’s home birth in 2001, she has felt obligated to share the beauty and innate strength of women that occurs in natural birth and in 2010 became a DONA certified birth doula. One of her favorite places to be is assisting families during the births of their precious babies. In 2011, she was invited to join a powerhouse group of women as a Chapter Leader with the Tarrant County Birth Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Her role included recruiting sponsors for community birth events and media relations. A natural born networker, these skills perfectly complement her position as a recruiter for Birth Boot Camp. She genuinely enjoys expecting parents and is currently an Apprentice Midwife at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas. Alexa is also one of our certified Birth Boot Camp Instructors.



Ceci Massa

Ceci Massa is an acclaimed birth photographer and videographer working in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She leads birth photography/videography workshops in conjunction with other leaders in her field through Birth Stories 101. A former chapter leader in her local birth network, Ceci has been advocating for Mother-friendly care since the birth of her first child.

Melody MorrowWeb

Melody Morrow, CPM, LM, BBCI

Melody Morrow, CPM, LM loves babies and birth. Since 1998 she has attended over 1,100 births and assisted in the training of over 70 midwifery students. She is passionate about preventative, respectful care for mothers, babies, and their families. Melody works in Texas at Edenway Birth Center as the clinical director and senior consulting midwife. She is enthusiastic about her calling and loves to help empower families as they become informed and educated about their choices during their maternity and birth experiences.

Hannah ReasonerWeb

Hannah Reasoner, BBCI, LMT, CD(DONA)

Hannah Reasoner is passionate about pregnancy, childbirth, and the amazing journey of motherhood. With education and training in the areas of Massage Therapy, Acupressure, Birth and Postpartum Doula Services, Holistic Nutrition, Fertility, and Childbirth, Hannah has cared for and served the many needs of pregnant women and growing families since 2005. Hannah enjoys growing her business, Intuitive Mothering, and lives with her family in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC, BBCI

Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC is a lactation consultant in private practice with more than 12 years experience working with breastfeeding families. She is an avid proponent of educating expectant families on Mother-Friendly Childbirth and a co-founder and leader of the Tarrant County Birth Network. A leader in her field, Mellanie frequently presents at conferences and events on topics including breastfeeding the special needs infant, the effects of induction of labor on breastfeeding, and how birth and breastfeeding are inter-connected.


Abbey Robinson, BBCI

Abbey’s passion for birth began with her own journey into motherhood in 1996 when things went opposite of what was expected and planned for.  She experienced firsthand how simple guideline changes can derail and unravel healthy birth plans.  Through trial and error in her own births, she finally achieved an unmedicated VBA3C in 2010 which set her on fire to educate and advocate for pregnant and birthing women.  Abbey has been a chapter leader with Tarrant County Birth Network since 2012, bringing big names to North Texas like Ina May Gaskin and Dr. Sears.  She stays active with the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and is passionate about support during birth and beyond.  She has helped mothers achieve all kinds of births including VBAMC and VBAssC as a doula, and can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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Katie Dudley, HHC, CPT, CES, PES

Katie is passionate about natural health and wellness. She enjoys educating and empowering others to take control of their own health. She believes women can have an amazing pregnancy and birth. Katie earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia with a focus in Child and Family Development and Educational Psychology. Following her love of fitness and nutrition, a trainer since 2005, she is a Certified Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialist and a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. Katie currently has a private Holistic Health Coaching Practice, Cornerstone Integrative Fitness and Wellness, where she works with women and families all over the country. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family. Katie Dudley is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and Master Trainer, Certified Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialist. She has a private Health Coaching and Personal Training practice, where she works with women and families all over the country.




Dr. Kristen Hosaka, Chiropractor

Dr. Kristen Hosaka, Chiropractor, has been combining her passion for chiropractic with her passion for natural birth since she graduated Cum Laude from Parker College of Chiropractic in 2002. She is Webster Certified for pregnancy chiropractic care. She regularly adjusts women during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, as well as infants and children. Having had positional issues with her first two babies, she is passionate about helping others attain optimum health and easier births for both themselves and their babies through chiropractic care, which she experienced first hand with her third birth.