Birth Boot Camp is a 10-week comprehensive and modern class designed for parents planning a natural childbirth. All students will receive a Field Manual, relaxation training, weekly links to additional reading, and a comprehensive breastfeeding DVD, The Ultimate MRE, taught by lactation consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC. Check out the course curriculum below for more information.
1/18/14 - 3/22/14
For moms due in
April or May
Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
4/12/14 - 6/14/14
For moms due in July
Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Most students prefer to take a childbirth class in person in order to benefit from feedback and to learn through interactive participation. However, if your schedule does not allow, you may be interested in online classes.
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 dad.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
SUPPORTING ARMS: 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, the partner will learn very practical ways to
help Mom during labor. 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.
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
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.
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
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
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