Birth Boot Camp is not a method, yet it incorporates many of the best and most effective components of the most popular childbirth education courses out there today. It is a comprehensive preparation and education in prenatal nutrition, exercise, birth physiology, birth interventions, relaxation techniques, pain management strategies, breastfeeding support, newborn procedures/care, and so much more. The materials and supplemental information provided are all up to date and evidence-based. They rely on your experience and practice with them to prepare you in creating the birth experience you envision for you and this baby. As a birth doula, I always ask my couples what childbirth education course, if any, they took. I am familiar with most of them and have witnessed their results. I knew I wanted to provide my doula clients with a childbirth education, along with my lactation counselor support, to give them the best chance of having the birth they had envisioned. So I exhaustively researched and investigated the childbirth education courses currently being offered to new parents and attended many with my clients. Birth Boot Camp was the most comprehensive and engaging training I found in my research. It contains all the elements I saw being effective in the labours and births of my clients. It is also geared to be engaging for adult learners, including the mama’s partner! I believe that it is well worth BOTH your time and money to invest in this most important and transformative event in your lives. There are no do-overs in birth! Take a moment to review what this comprehensive curriculum covers in 10 weeks.
THE BIRTH BOOT CAMP CURRICULUM:
CLASS 1 DEFINING THE MISSION: WHY NATURAL CHILDBIRTH Birth Boot Camp is about natural, unmedicated birth. You’ll learn why natural birth is best for baby, best for mom, and even best for your partner. You’ll discover how the history of childbirth in America has set us on this course of medicated and surgical birth. Take part in an in-depth discussion on how drugs interfere with the natural process. You will walk away from the first class with a clear vision of your mission and its importance. CLASS 2 P.T. & CHOW: PHYSICAL TRAINING AND NUTRITION FOR YOUR BIRTH Preparing your body – both inside and out — for the challenge of labor is exciting. Learn from a personal trainer how to properly tone the muscles you’ll need to birth your baby. Proper nutrition will help ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. Following the nutritional program Birth Boot Camp teaches will give you a solid foundation in remaining healthy, strong, and low-risk. Finally, part of your Physical Training is the preparation of the mind, body, and spirit through relaxation practice in each class. Partners will learn helpful hints about the process of practicing relaxation at home. Taking P.T. & Chow seriously will pay off in the natural birth of your baby. CLASS 3 Part 1 SETTING UP CAMP: CHOOSING WHERE TO BIRTH What should a couple look for when choosing a birth place? Whether you are planning to birth at home, birth center, or hospital, this class will empower you to know what questions to ask your care provider. Hear first hand some of the differences in various birth places.
Part 2 CHAIN OF COMMAND: WHO IS IN CHARGE OF YOUR BIRTH? With so much birth lingo, it’s easy to get confused! Learn the difference between a doula and different types of midwives. How much influence does your insurance have in your birth? The people you choose to have present will affect your birth. The Chain of Command begins with you.
CLASS 4 COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY: FINAL PREPARATIONS BEFORE GIVING BIRTH The last few weeks of pregnancy can be overwhelming – physically and emotionally. Know and understand various testing and procedures often done in the final weeks of pregnancy. Understanding your options, you will be able to face the last few weeks of pregnancy with confidence and excitement.
CLASS 5 DEPLOYMENT: BABY ON THE MOVE Baby has decided to move out! Knowing what to expect takes the fear out of labor – for moms and their partners! Learn about the different phases of labor and what you can most likely expect to physically take place.
CLASS 6 SUPPORTING ARMS: MOM’S MOST IMPORTANT ALLY Partner is mom’s most important ally. By Week 6, Birth Boot Camp has given you both a good foundation. You have been working together week by week. In Supporting Arms, your partner will learn very practical ways to help Mom during labor. This is his/her most important class! Moms will also learn some very effective – and unique — techniques in coping with the challenges of labor. Anyone invited to your birth is encouraged to sit in on this class as well.
CLASS 7 CADENCE: THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF NATURAL CHILDBIRTH The moment you’ve been waiting for – the birth of your baby! Cadence: the Sights and Sounds of Birth will tie together the birth videos viewed throughout the class series, giving you a clear picture of birth. Water birth and optimal positioning for mom and baby will be covered. Replace fear with joy and anticipation of meeting your baby for the very first time.
CLASS 8 THE FOG OF WAR: KEEPING A CLEAR HEAD IN LABOR The Fog of War is about all the things you can do to avoid a cesarean section and when they are actually necessary. You will be prepared for unexpected circumstances that may come up during labor or birth.
CLASS 9 Part 1 THE PLAN OF ACTION: ESTABLISHING YOUR PRIORITIES AND MAKING A PLAN Now that you are armed with knowledge and information, you are ready to create your unique birth plan. You will learn to write a birth plan that is easy to read and that won’t be tossed aside. No matter where you are birthing, deciding what you want, knowing your options, and learning to communicate with your partner and your birth team is paramount.
Part 2 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! THE IMMEDIATE POSTPARTUM PERIOD You are making choices for your baby from his first breath. Learn about placenta delivery, cord clamping, skin to skin contact, initiating breastfeeding, and common procedures. The first moments after birth are so precious!
CLASS 10 LIFE WITH A NEW RECRUIT Your new recruit comes with special needs. This class is your manual! Enjoy those early days and weeks by learning techniques that will enhance bonding and make the transition to parenthood easier and more enjoyable. To watch an informational video about the Birth Boot Camp curriculum here. While a live class is always recommended, we do offer online classes too.
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To watch an informational video about the Birth Boot Camp curriculum here. While a live class is always recommended, we do offer online classes too.
Birth Boot Camp's mission is a commitment to training couples in natural childbirth and breastfeeding through accessible, contemporary education. I look forward to working with you on preparing for and creating the birth experience you desire.