Meet Our Advisory Board

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 experiences with natural birth and are ready to serve you.


bbc_ryanDonna 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.


bbc_sarah-clarkSarah Clark, BBCI, BBCD, Curriculum Development

Sarah Clark has long been passionate about the joy and beauty involved 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 an amazing birth with other women. She has taught birth classes since 2008 and had four natural births. A writer, Sarah is probably best known for her active work on her birth and mothering blog, Mama Birth. She has been published in several magazines and was 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 birth knowledge and helps develop content for teachers and students.


bbc_april-francomApril Francom, BBCI, BBCD, Instructor Certification Coordinator

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. 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.


bbc_alexa-gummAlexa Gumm, BBCI, BBCD, Recruiter

Alexa Gumm has been married to Joe since 1997 and is a 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 during childbirth and in 2010 became a 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. Alexa is also one of our certified Birth Boot Camp Instructors and head doula trainer for Birth Boot Camp DOULA.


BBC-Instructors-feb-2016-9-webHailie Wolfe, BBCI, BBCD, Social Media

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 Abilene, 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.

After establishing her own birth business, Hailie learned the importance of social media and made it a priority to learn as much as she possibly could in order to grow her business. Now she provides support to other instructors and doulas to help them have a great social media presence. She also creates graphics for Birth Boot Camp’s blog and various social media platforms and makes sure it all gets shared far and wide.


bbc_mellanie_sheppardMellanie 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.


bbc_katie-dudleyKatie 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 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 curricuillium, but especially in our Food & Fitness class.


Kristin Hosaka WebDr. 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.


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