Birth Boot Camp is a comprehensive and modern 10-week childbirth course designed for parents planning a natural childbirth. All students will receive a full color field manual, relaxation training, weekly links to additional reading on complimentary topics, and a comprehensive breastfeeding DVD, The Ultimate MRE, taught by renowned lactation consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC.
Birth Boot Camp is for couples, moms AND dads. You’ll learn to work together to bring your baby into this world as a team.
Class 1 – Defining the Mission: Why Natural Birth
Class 2 – P.T. and Chow: Physical Training and Nutrition for Birth
Class 3 – Setting Up Camp: Choosing Where to Birth
Chain of Command: Who is in Charge of Your Birth?
Class 4 – Countdown to D-Day: Final Preparations Before Giving Birth
Class 5 – Deployment: Baby on the Move
Class 6 – Supporting Arms: Mom’s Most Important Ally
Class 7 – Cadence: The Sights and Sounds of Birth
Class 8 – The Fog of War: Keeping a Clear Head in Labor
Class 9 – The Plan of Action: Establishing Your Priorities and Making a Plan Mission Accomplished: The Immediate Postpartum Period
Class 10 – Life With a New Recruit
For a full description of classes, click here.
Why do you need a childbirth class?
Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. Why do we need a class to prepare us for something our body naturally does? Many dads have this question, especially when it involves spending $300! Unfortunately, many of our ideas about birth come from the media, which rarely presents birth in a positive — even enjoyable — manner. With each passing year, we become more comfortable with a rising cesarean rate. When a couple is trying to avoid interventions, medication, and a cesarean, it is crucial that they know their options and how to help themselves in the throes of labor. Birth Boot Camp gives you those tools and wants you to have fun along the way.
What my students have to say about BBC classes:
“Attending Birth Boot Camp classes with other like-minded couples helped us feel empowered. Our class was made up of couples like us who were first-time parents and those with multiple children. There were couples who were birthing in a hospital, at a birth center, and at home. There were couples who were trying for a VBAC. The diversity of the experiences of those attending, combined with our knowledgeable and fun instructor, provided multiple perspectives on class topics and helped us learn and grow much more than if we had just studied from books. Time was always given to share our opinions and ask all of our questions, a huge difference from the medical model. And when it came time to have our son, my husband and I were immensely prepared from the content provided in class and felt as though we had a huge cheering section comprised of our instructor and fellow classmates. Now that we’ve all had our children, the group continues to provide a source of support and friendship. And while we grew closer together as a class, my husband and I grew closer together as a couple. I was nervous about adding a baby to the mix after being married for over ten years, but preparing together through Birth Boot Camp helped me know that our relationship would only become stronger after the birth of our son. We are incredibly grateful for our Birth Boot Camp experience and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a natural birth.”- Stacy (first time mom)
“I took BBC from Melody when we were pregnant with our fourth child and our second natural birth. We took the class with our first natural birth and it was such a help and a MAJOR component of having a vba2c. So we decided to take it again this go around. Melody is amazing! Her knowledge on nutrition and experience as a midwife added to the amazing curriculum. It gave real world example, tender understanding and sometimes comic relief! I would whole heartedly recommend her class and Birth Boot Camp! We went in confident that whatever may come our way in something that is often out of control we had the information to make educated decisions so no matter the outcome we were prepared. God blessed us with an amazing natural 2vba2c and I would do it again and again!”- Tara (fourth time mom)
“Birth Boot Camp over exceeded my expectations. Melody is a great teacher and very knowledgeable! I really appreciated how up-to-date she was on all the current research related to birth, as well as all the resources she gave us. I knew I wanted a natural childbirth, but never imagined there were so many other questions that I needed to think about. Every week I looked forward to attending class and was anxious to learn something new. By the end of the 10-week course I felt very prepared and confident in my birth decisions. For all of these reasons and more I had a wonderful natural birth experience in the hospital! I will cherish the wonderful friendships made with Melody and the other couples in our BBC class! I highly recommend Melody’s Birth Boot Camp classes to any couple interested in learning more about their birth options or wanting to prepare for a natural childbirth.” -Halley (first time mom)