Contemporary natural childbirth education for the modern couple.  

The next session Begins April 7.

This is an excellent format for couples to learn about childbirth and beyond, and to prepare to have a safe and satisfying birth.
— Martha Sears, RN

This is a comprehensive 10 week natural childbirth course that will prepare you for any type of birth you are planning. Not only will both you and your partner be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally for labor and birth, the class also includes an amazing breastfeeding course so you will be set for success! Even if you're not sure that natural is the route for you, you will learn how to reduce your risk of interventions and cesarean birth.

The course fee is $350 and includes 20+ hours of life changing classes! All classes are taught at Play and Grow Studios in the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center at 3900 General Taylor, New Orleans. We meet at 6:30 and finish class between 8:30 and 9.

Student Manual – a 150 page full color workbook which compliments the 10 week course topics. It includes pictures and demonstrations of relaxation techniques, positions for laboring and pushing, “chow charts” to help mom track nutrition, and MORE!

Breastfeeding - This is a complete breastfeeding class by lactation consultant & Birth Boot Camp board member Mellanie Shephard, IBCLC. It covers everything from proper latch, feeding positioning, pumping, milk storage, and MORE! The full course runs over 2 hours, and is divided into chapters for you to easily find the information you need once your little one has arrived!

Additional Weekly Resources! - Each week I will send you an email with some additional resources as well as further information on any other topics that arise in class.

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I understand that sometimes schedules don't permit time for a 10 week course.  Fortunately, Birth Boot Camp is also available online.  We can also do a combination of online and live classes, should you register for in-person classes.



Class Descriptions:

Class 1 –   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 medications may interfere with the normal physiological process of birth. You will walk away from the first class with a clearer vision of your birth options and your birth's importance.

Class 2 - 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. Caring for your mind, body and spirit pays off in the natural birth of your baby.

Class 3 –  What should a couple look for when choosing a birth place? Whether you are planning to birth at home, at a birth center, or at a 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.  Who is in charge of your birth? You are!  Feel empowered and learn language to help facilitate conversations with care providers.  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 – 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. Also included in the Countdown is planning your postpartum period, including breastfeeding support and finding a pediatrician. Understanding your options, you will be able to face the last few weeks of pregnancy with confidence and excitement.

Class 5 - Your baby has chosen it's birthday!  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 - The birth parnter 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 this class, titled Supporting Arms, Dad will learn very practical ways to help Mom during labor. This is his most important class! Moms will also learn some very effective – and unique — techniques in coping with the challenges of labor. Anyone who is part of your birth team is encouraged to sit in on this class as well.

Class 7 -  The moment you’ve been waiting for – the birth of your baby! This class 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 -  This class is about all the things you can do to avoid an unnecessary cesarean birth and understanding when cesarean birth is best. You will also be prepared for unexpected circumstances that may come up during labor or birth.

Class 9  -  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. In the Immediate Postpartum Period you are making choices for your baby from his or her 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 – Your new baby 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. Life postpartum can be very different than expected, learn about local resources, tips and the reality of having a newborn.