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Birth Boot Camp Classes in Cleveland
We are thrilled to offer Cleveland families the Birth Boot Camp® natural childbirth education and parenting series! The following comprehensive courses are designed for couples planning to have informed and empowering pregnancy, birth, and parenting experience! Birth Boot Camp boasts a modern and fun curriculum. It presents the most current, evidenced-based information from midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, chiropractors, nutritionists, physical therapists, and a community of perinatal experts. Our training will help you have an intentional, empowering, and positive pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience. Preview the Birth Boot Camp curriculum, HERE!
We offer several Birth Boot Camp courses, including, an early pregnancy class, a nutrition and exercise program, comprehensive 10-class natural birth training, home birth preparation series, an amazing hospital birth course, birth refresher course, labor comfort measures, holistic newborn care class, online study, and private workshops. Please see below for a complete description of each class and upcoming schedule!
You will LOVE Birth Boot Camp® + leave confidently knowing:
- Why healthy prenatal nutrition + exercise facilitates an easier birth
- How to choose a care provider that encourages natural birth
- Why regular chiropractic care is beneficial during pregnancy and birth
- That your partner is prepared to be an amazing birth companion
- Common pregnancy tests, procedures, + alternative options
- Several labor comfort measures + coping strategies
- How mindfulness and relaxation improve pregnancy and birth
- Essential breastfeeding information and troubleshooting resources
- All about postpartum healing, recovery, + support
- Normal newborn behaviors and infant care skills
Comprehensive Training For Natural Birth
This 10-class series is the foundation course for Birth Boot Camp. This exceptional in-depth series is designed for couples that want to have an informed and healthy pregnancy, a natural, un-medicated birth, and an amazing breastfeeding experience. The 10-class training gives families the ultimate physical, mental, and emotional preparation on their journey to parenthood. Below are the descriptions of each of the 10 classes for the Comprehensive Birth Boot Camp training course. 10, 2 hour classes
Class 1 – 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 its 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.
Class 3 – Deciding Where to Birth + Who is in Charge of Your 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. 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 – 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. 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 – Anatomy + Physiology of Labor
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 – A Birthing Woman's Most Important Ally
Mom’s birth partner is her most important ally. By Week 6, Birth Boot Camp has given parents a good foundation. You have been working together week by week. In 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 invited to your birth is encouraged to sit in on this class as well.
Class 7 – The Sights and Sounds of Natural Childbirth
The moment you’ve been waiting for – the birth of your baby! 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 – Keeping a Clear Head in Labor
This class is dedicated to variations of labor, things you can do to avoid a cesarean section, and when interventions are actually necessary. You will be prepared for unexpected circumstances that may come up during labor or birth.
Class 9 Part 1 – Making A Birth Plan + Immediate Postpartum Period
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. You are making choices for your baby from 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 – 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.
Nutrition + Exercise Program
This Food and Fitness workshop provides a rich foundation, so expectant mothers can remain healthy and strong during the entire childbearing year. The program offers exceptional nutritional information, discusses pelvic floor health, demonstrates beneficial prenatal and postpartum exercises, introduces chiropractic, answers several pregnancy ‘FAQs’, and discusses the concept of mindfulness and relaxation. You will leave this program with a greater sense of self-reliance, as you journey to achieve optimal wellness for both you and baby. 3 hours. Preview the Food and Fitness student workbook.
Natural Pain Relief Strategies
This workshop is designed for couples that want to know more about natural pain relief options and labor comfort measures to help them confidently navigate birth. During this hands-on class, we explore valuable tools and techniques that can help mom and her partner stay relaxed, comfortable, and positive during labor. We will also address a variety of labor positions and their benefits. Birth partners will leave this class with a deep understanding about how touch and intimacy can impact a person in labor. We will conclude this class with a discussion on the importance of relaxation in labor, and a guided visualization exercise. Partners will approach their baby's due date with confidence, knowing how to support mom throughout labor and birth. 2 hours
Comprehensive Hospital Birth Series
The Training For An Amazing Hospital Birth series is designed for couples who desire the absolute best hospital birth experience. This 6-class course covers common tests, procedures, and alternatives during pregnancy and labor, anatomy and physiology of birth, variations of labor, birth plans, natural comfort measures, medical pain management, avoiding unnecessary interventions and a c-section, labor scenarios, and discusses mindfulness practices and relaxation exercises. If you are planning an unmedicated birth, are first time parents, or desire a VBAC, this course provides the ultimate physical, emotional, and mental preparation. 6, 2-hour classes
Comprehensive Home Birth Series
The Birth Boot Camp Out-Of-Hospital Childbirth Education program is designed, specifically for families planning to have their baby at a freestanding birth center or at home. This 4-session course covers anatomy and physiology of labor, normal variations of labor and birth, natural pain relief strategies, comfort measure techniques, and discusses the practice of mindfulness with relaxation and visualization exercises. Couples leave this course feeling exceptionally confident, excited, and prepared for their transformative birth center or home birth experience! 4, 2-hour sessions. Preview the Out-Of-Hospital Curriculum.
Homebirth Preparation EXPRESS
This course is designed for couples planning a homebirth. Some of the topics covered include: variations of normal labor, relaxation and visualization exercises, preparing your home, and extended comfort measures. Couples leave this course feeling exceptionally confident, excited, and prepared for their transformative homebirth experience! 2, 2 hour sessions
If you have already had a natural birth and simply want to brush up on your childbirth education, a refresher course is available. 3 hours
Holistic Newborn Care Workshop
This class, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is an amazing manual to parenthood! This course discusses routine newborn tests and procedures, infant characteristics, normal newborn behaviors, baby comfort and soothing techniques, safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, babywearing, and infant grooming. In addition to the Homecoming manual, students also receive a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC. You will leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for your sweet newborn. 4 hours. Preview the Homecoming workbook.
If you are unable to attend our group classes, or are looking for a more tailored experience, we are thrilled to offer private study courses in your home. Please contact us for more information. Additionally, if you are a wellness practitioner, and would like for us to facilitate a program at your studio, or for your clients, please contact us!
If you want to take a thorough and comprehensive childbirth class, but have a hard time committing to a specific time and day each week, consider enrolling for the online courses. Birth Boot Camp online training will give you access to the 10-class program, and can be completed at your own pace. Find more information, and enroll in the online program, here.
Class Schedule and Location
We are excited to offer Birth Boot Camp Courses to both East and Westside families! The following list our current and upcoming classes:
FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION MINI WORKSHOP: Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm
Meets at She COLLECTIVE, 16511 Hilliard Road, (located on the 1st floor of Faith Lutheran Church) Lakewood, OH 44107 (FREE, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged)
NATURAL PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES FOR LABOR WORKSHOP: Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm
Meets at Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center, 3681 South Green Street, suite # 406, Beachwood, OH 44122 ($50 per couple)
HOLISTIC NEWBORN CARE WORKSHOP: Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Meets at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5001 Mayfield Road, suite #130, Jefferson Centre Building, Lyndhurst, OH 44124 ($75)
If you are interested in a course, but it is not on the schedule, please reach out to us! We are happy to accommodate your schedule and preferences with private classes.