We are proud to have a variety of professionals that make up the Birth Boot Camp Headquarters Team and Advisory Board. These women have been touched by their own birth experiences and are ready to serve you.
April Francom, BBCI, BBCD, Project Manager
Hi! I’m April Francom, and I am the Project Manager for Birth Boot Camp. I have been a certified childbirth educator and member of the headquarters team since our launch in 2012. I certified as a Birth Boot Camp Doula in 2015.
As the Project Manager, I am busy working behind the scenes to help everything run smoothly. I enjoy serving all of our childbirth educators, birth doulas, and postpartum doulas by helping guide them in their business pursuits.
Cheryl Amelang, BBCI, Certification Coordinator
My name is Cheryl Amelang, and I am the Certification Coordinator at Birth Boot Camp! My job is to help upcoming childbirth educators, birth doulas, and postpartum doulas work through the training and certification process. I, with your trainer, will walk alongside you from the moment you sign up, to completing your certification, and throughout your Birth Boot Camp career. Giving birth is life changing and being a part of a birth story is magical. I love watching our amazing women go out into the world and make a positive impact in the lives of so many families.
Robmikia Bailey-Holman, BBCI, BBCD, Administrator
Hi, my name is Robmikia Holman, certified doula, childbirth educator, massage therapist, and Administrator with Birth Boot Camp. For some birth workers it was their own birth experience that lit the fire and passion prompting them to become a doula, a midwife and/or childbirth educator. For me…it was the birth of my first grandchild. Even though I had given birth to four beautiful children of my own (three vaginal births, a cesarean, and a natural birth via VBAC), it was my daughter’s pregnancy and delivery that moved me to be a part of something different.
My daughter was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 34 weeks and was rushed in for an emergency cesarean. We were both fearful. For me I was devastated that I couldn’t answer the concerning questions my daughter had, nor did I know how to support her like she needed to be supported. When the storm cleared, we had a beautiful granddaughter and I hit the ground running! Reading, researching and receiving my certification with Birth Boot Camp. Doing all I could do to never find myself in that dark place again of lack of knowledge. This experience projected me into my desire to become a doula.
As a childbirth educator and certified doula, I feel honored to be able to share my knowledge with women and their families. I love the opportunity of educating, equipping, and empowering women for the birth they desire. As well as physical support during labor, my role is also to encourage a woman to advocate for her birth intentions. The support and wisdom that a doula offers to a laboring mom is essential.
My best friend and husband of 22 + years and I live in Texas surrounded by our children and grandchildren. When I’m not at a birth or teaching a class, you can find me baking, playing sand volleyball, or cruising the seas!
Hanan Webster, BBCI, BBCD, Head of Marketing and Social Media
Hello, I’m Hanan Webster! A wife to an amazing dude, mother of four (ages 15, 12, 10, and 8), two-time surrogate, and mother to four fur babies. Originally from the PNW, we have now been in the beehive state (Utah) since 2015. I fell in love with the idea of being a surrogate and doula around the same time. What can I say, I love birth! I have now been a Birth Boot Camp Certified Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator for over five years. I truly have a passion for serving families in our community with information and resources to help families make informed decisions and helping families to prepare for the best birth experience possible, no matter their outcome. My goal as a doula is to work more with my clients in pregnancy to better prepare their bodies for birth, as well as becoming a certified birth photographer. I absolutely love being a part of the BBC headquarters team, as the Head of Marketing and Social Media, and cannot say enough about how amazing our classes and trainings are, and just what a fantastic community we have here at Birth Boot Camp! Come join us!
Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC, BBCI
Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC is a lactation consultant in private practice with more than 12 years of 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 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.
Andrea Brannock, BBCI, BBCD, LMT, Birth Boot Camp Trainer
Hey! My name is Andrea Brannock, certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor and Doula, certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor and Doula Trainer, licensed massage therapist and mom. I have always had a passion for all things pregnancy. I have five children and each of their births was different. It was during my third pregnancy that I learned about midwifery and found Birth Boot Camp. Her birth was the most amazing experience, and I knew that I had found my passion and calling in life. I wanted to help other families experience the kind of joy I felt during her pregnancy and birth. I trained in 2013 as a childbirth educator and continued to grow my practice from there. It is an honor and a privilege to serve each of the clients that invite me to their sacred space. As much as I love helping expectant families, I love training new birth workers just as much. Helping others to find their passion and joy. I am now the owner of Adore Birth Services where I serve expectant parents in the greater Fort Worth area and train new birth professionals across the country. I want all families to have an amazing birth. Doesn’t matter the location or how. I want you to feel empowered and educated. That you’ve been heard. All families deserve a positive experience! When I’m not teaching childbirth classes, at a birth, training new birth workers or in a massage you’ll find me walking Target or hanging out with my kids.
Donna Ryan, Founder
After an 18-year career in childbirth education, I sold Birth Boot Camp on my 50th birthday in January 2021. It has been an honor to work with thousands of couples over the years. I am so proud of the Birth Boot Camp curriculum and the hundreds of childbirth educators I’ve had the privilege of training since our launch in 2012. Advocacy has also been a passion of mine over the years. I co-founded the Tarrant County Birth Network, the Black Hills Birth Network, and served on the BirthNetwork National Board. Encouraged by my dear friend, Alisa, I was the first person to blog about birth through Banned From Baby Showers. While I am happy to move on to the next phase of life, Birth Boot Camp will always be my baby! She is in good hands, and I am excited to watch her grow.