This is the most popular class!
If you desire an unmedicated birth, are first-time parents, are planning for a VBAC, or simply want to know all your options, the Comprehensive Series will prepare you on all levels – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- $500 group / $650 private
- 2.5 hours per class
- 10 weeks
- Class FAQ
- 10 once-weekly group live classes
- Full-color 170+ page student workbook
- Access to “Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE” online curriculum taught by Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC
- Group discussion, interaction, & community
- Relaxation training
- Nutrition & fitness education
- Access to my lending library
- New parent goodie bag
- Opportunity to make up two missed classes online
- Weekly email with additional resources
Why Natural Childbirth
You learn why natural birth is best for baby, best for the birth giver, and even best for the birth partner. You discover how the history of childbirth in America has set us on a course of over-saturation of medicated and surgical birth. Take part in an in-depth discussion on how drugs interfere with the natural process. You walk away from the first class with a clear vision of your mission and its importance.
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 about how to properly tone the muscles you will need to birth your baby. Proper nutrition helps 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 learn helpful hints about the process of practicing relaxation at home.
Taking P.T. & Chow seriously will pay off in a more comfortable pregnancy and in the amazing birth of your baby.
PART 1 – Setting Up Camp: Choosing Where To Birth
What should a couple look for when choosing a birth place? Whether you’re planning to birth at home, birth center, or hospital, this class empowers you to know what questions to ask your care provider and know the differences between 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! What’s the difference between a doula, midwife credentials, and types of care models? How will your birth be affected by the people you choose to have present? How much influence does your insurance have in your birth? These decisions might be among the most important ones you make in achieving your natural birth. The Chain of Command begins with you.
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’ll be able to face the last few weeks of pregnancy with confidence and excitement.
Deployment: Baby on the Move
Baby has decided to move out! Knowing what to expect takes the fear out of labor for birth givers and their partners. Learn about the different phases of labor, anatomy, and what you can most likely expect to happen in a physical sense.
Supporting Arms: Mom’s Most Important Ally
The primary partner is the birth giver’s most important ally. By Week 6, Birth Boot Camp has given you both a good foundation as you’ve been working together week by week. Here, the partner learns practical ways to help the laborer, who also learns effective techniques for coping with the emotional and physical challenges. Anyone else invited to your birth to fill a supportive role (mom, sister, best friend) 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! This class ties together the birth videos and material shared up to this point, giving you a clear picture of birth. Water birth and optimal positioning for the birth giver and baby are covered. It’s time to replace fear with joy and anticipation of meeting your baby for the very first time!
The Fog of War: Keeping a Clear Head in Labor
At Birth Boot Camp, we don’t believe birth is like war! Instead, you get prepared for unexpected circumstances that may arise by covering an extensive chart on labor variations. The Fog of War is about all the things you can do to avoid a cesarean section and when cesarean sections are actually necessary. We also dive into information on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) and what to do in case of emergency.
PART 1 – The Plan of Action: Establishing Your Priorities and Making a Plan
You learn to write a birth plan that’s easy to read and won’t be tossed aside. No matter your birth location, deciding what you want, knowing your options, and learning to communicate with your birth team is paramount.
PART 2 – Mission Accomplished! The Immediate Postpartum Period
You start making choices for your baby even before their first breath. Learn about placenta delivery, cord clamping, skin-to-skin contact, initiating breastfeeding, and common procedures immediately following birth for you and your baby. The first moments after birth are so precious!
Life With a New Recruit
This class is your infant care manual! Enjoy the early days and weeks by learning techniques that enhance bonding and make the transition to parenthood much smoother. In addition, we learn about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and how to navigate changing family dynamics.