Birth Boot Camp 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 birth experiences and are ready to serve you.
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 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.
April Francom, BBCI, BBCD, Certification Coordinator
April Francom is a Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator and doula in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. She loves helping families prepare for the birth of their child. Caring for and supporting mothers during this vulnerable time in their life is a passion for her. April has 4 children and 1 son-in-law with her husband, Corey. April brings over 20 years of experience to Birth Boot Camp from various educational pursuits. As the company’s Certification Coordinator, she enjoys working with those who desire to become Birth Boot Camp Instructors and Doulas; guiding them along the path to certification and providing support and mentorship once they have completed their workshop.
Cheryl Amelang, BBCI, Administrator
Hi, I’m Cheryl, mama of six littles, wife to a super cool dude, Birth Boot Camp Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and homeschool mama. I have been passionate about birth and education since the birth of my first baby in 2004. I wanted everyone to know how amazing birth could be. I began teaching classes in 2011 and certified with Birth Boot Camp in 2014. I love helping couples prepare for their amazing birth. It is so rewarding watching their confidence and excitement grow as the classes progress.
My husband, John, and I have been married for 19 years, we have four boys and sweet girls who were all born at home with the help of wonderful midwives and doulas. In addition to teaching (expecting couples and my own children!) you can find me drinking coffee, playing board games, organizing something, and sorting laundry. Life is pretty sweet (except the laundry part. *wink*)
Hailie Wolfe, BBCI, BBCD,
Hailie Wolfe is a mother to five children and is married to her favorite person, Micah. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayland Baptist University in 2009. As a former elementary special education teacher, she loves helping others reach their fullest potential. After having her first unmedicated birth, she became passionate about childbirth education and her career shifted into birth work. Now she teaches Birth Boot Camp to help other women reach their childbirth goals and is also a certified doula offering hands-on labor support to women in Midland, TX. Her incredible gifts as a doula have led her to be chosen as one of our first doula trainers. She also loves mentoring and supporting her doula trainees.
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. Mellanie is the breastfeeding expert featured on our comprehensive breastfeeding video, Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE, which comes complimentary with every full-length birth class and can also be purchased separately.
Katie Dudley, HHC, CPT, CES, PES, BBCD
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 on 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. You can also find Katie’s influence and knowledge throughout our curriculum, but especially in our Food & Fitness class.
Dr. Kristen Hosaka, Chiropractor
Dr. Kristen Hosaka, Chiropractor, has been combining her passion for chiropractic with her passion for childbirth 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.