Five Reasons Couples LOVE Birth Boot Camp

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We are thrilled to offer Cleveland families Birth Boot Camp® childbirth preparation classes. This comprehensive 10-class course is designed for couples planning an unmedicated birth. Birth Boot Camp offers a modern, fun curriculum to help parents achieve an amazing birth! Our Birth Boot Camp training can help you have an intentional, empowering, and positive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. Here are the top five reasons couples love their Birth Boot Camp courses!

Thoughtful and Complete Curriculum
Birth Boot Camp presents the most current, evidence-based information from midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, chiropractors, and a community of birthing experts. Our 10-class series offers approximately 25 hours of in-person instruction time, complete with birth and prenatal exercise videos. Couples also receive a beautiful 170-page workbook featuring weekly nutrition and fitness information, labor comfort measures, and relaxation exercises. All students also receive a breastfeeding video download from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over three hours of pertinent breastfeeding and troubleshooting information. Additionally, after each class, we send couples a weekly email containing further research, information, and articles related to that evening’s topic.

Supportive and Encouraging Community
It feels awesome to be surrounded by supportive people that share your values. All of our students come to Birth Boot Camp because they want to have an amazing birth. Birth Boot Camp instructors love helping couples access the resources and information they need to have a healthy pregnancy, empowering birth, and restorative postpartum experience. The 10-week series is also wonderful because it allows students to connect with other couples planning a natural birth. The Birth Boot Camp village is strong, thriving, and growing!

Your Partner is Prepared to be an Amazing Birth Companion
The Birth Boot Camp 10-week series is for couples, not just mom, and this is purposeful. The pregnancy and birth journey is a transformative time in your relationship. We help teach your partner how to lead you into deep relaxation, find and support your rhythm, and confidently provide labor comfort measures. Dads also learn all about the physical and emotional side of pregnancy, labor, and birth. Birth Boot Camp gives couples so many tools to be successful partners-in-birth.

Infant Care and Postpartum Planning Resources
Birth is just the beginning! Many couples have an awesome birth experience, but once baby is here, they are unsure about how to proceed with their little one. Caring for a fragile newborn can be a cause of anxiety for new parents. Birth Boot Camp knows this, and we dedicate an entire class to infant care. We discuss common newborn procedures, typically performed just after birth, and the alternatives. As prepared, informed parents, you will learn to confidently decide what is right for your baby. We also learn about newborn sleep patterns, normal infant behavior, breastfeeding, and soothing techniques. We help mothers and their partners prepare and plan their best postpartum experience. We want parents to have a realistic understanding of what birth recovery and infant care may look like. We talk about postpartum nutrition, healing, setting expectations and boundaries with family and friends, finding professional support and resources, postpartum emotions, breastfeeding, and even, sex and intimacy!

Birth Boot Camp Works!
Our students rock their natural births. The statistics from 2016 report that 84% of Birth Boot Camp graduates achieved a vaginal birth, and only 16% of students delivered their baby by Cesarean section. Of our students that had vaginal deliveries, nearly 80% birthed WITHOUT ANY pain medication! By comparison, the national C-section rate (2015) was 32%, and only about 20% of women who delivered vaginally did so without pain medication. These statistics speak truth! Birth Boot Camp students have the information, resources, support, intent, and confidence to have their ideal birth experience!

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It is such an honor to teach Birth Boot Camp childbirth education classes in Cleveland and help couples reach their birth goals! Birth Boot Camp childbirth and parenting education classes are now available through Cleveland Natural Birth. Please check out their website for a full description of courses and workshops and upcoming community events. (updated April 8, 2018)

Free Breastfeeding Support Groups in Cleveland

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It takes a village to breastfeed a baby! Supporting new and breastfeeding mothers is an awesome social responsibility, and The Nurturing Root wants to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. So we have gathered information about the various breastfeeding groups in the greater Cleveland area, to help you find your community of nursing women.

Your healthy newborn was born to breastfeed. This is the biologically normal, ideal, and healthiest way to feed your infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all babies be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six month of life. But it takes practice, patience, and support to master this skill. Ideally, try to find a breastfeeding support group while pregnant. You will be able to connect with other women, lactation professionals, and see what nursing a newborn actually looks like. Once baby is born, a support group provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with women who are sharing similar experiences. You can troubleshoot breastfeeding issues, discuss Cleveland parenting resources, and receive emotional and practical support.

La Leche League of Ohio

La Leche League has multiple chapters, hosting meetings throughout Northeast Ohio. Find more information about your local chapter here.

Cleveland Heights
Meets at various locations on the second Friday of each month at 10:00am.
Call Martha at 216.321.4356 or Halle at 216.291.4313 for meeting location information.

Cleveland Southwest
Meets on the third Monday of each month at 10:00am at the Strongsville Public Library. An evening meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the North Royalton Public Library.

Cleveland Westside Suburbs
Meetings are multiple times per month at various locations in Lakewood, Rocky River, and North Olmstead. Join the LLL of Cleveland Westside Suburbs Facebook group for meeting time and place information.

Oberlin and Lorain County
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9:30am at Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. More information is available on the LLL of Oberlin Facebook group.

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. Email Rachel for more information: [email protected]

Painesville and Lake County
Meets monthly at the Morley Library at 10:00am. Check the library event calendar for meeting day information.

Geauga County
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00am at the Middlefield Library. Contact Adele for more information: 440.724.2058

Free Breastfeeding Guide The Nurturing Root Ohio Placenta Encapsulation, Birth Boot Camp Classes

PREP + Mom’s Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:30am at Senders Pediatrics
in South Euclid. For more information call 216.291.9210

Lakewood Family Room – Nursing Mom’s Chat
Meets every Wednesday at 9:30am at the Lakewood Methodist Church.
For more information call: 216.521.7580

Mama Chat Baby Group 
Meets every Thursday at 11:00am and the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at The Breastfeeding Center in Massillon. For more information call 330.837.0220

University Hospitals

Elyria Breastfeeding Support Group
Holds meetings multiple times per week at the Elyria Medical Center Lactation Services.
For more information call 440.329.7466 or email Tina at [email protected]

Westlake Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at St. John Medical Center, community outreach room. For more information call 440.827.5451

Eastside Mom and Baby Support Group
Meets every Tuesday at 11:00am and the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at Landerbrook Health Center. For more information call 440.995.3830

Lake Health

Lake County Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at Tripoint Medical Center in the obstetrics conference room. For more information call: 440.354.1929

Cleveland Clinic

Independence Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am at Independence Family Health Center, Crown Center building. For more information call: 216.986.4000

Solon Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm at the Solon Family Health Center, fourth floor conference room. For more information call: 440.519.6800

Strongsville Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 1:30pm at the Strongsville Family Health Center, community room. For more information call: 440.878.2500

Willoughby Hills Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Thursday at 1:00pm at the Willoughby Hills Family Health Center.
For more information call: 440.516.8312

Rocky River Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00pm at the Fairview Wellness Center, room 205. For more information call: 440.356.0347

Mayfield Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00am and the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at Hillcrest Hospital, North Campus, west entrance.
For more information call: 440.312.5332

Medina Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Thursday at 1:00pm at Medina Hospital Family Birthing Center.
For more information call: 330.721.5090

There are so many great breastfeeding support groups in Cleveland. For optimal nursing success, connect with several community resources. Taking a comprehensive childbirth education course to learn about how your pregnancy and birth experience influence your nursing success. Talk with Cleveland mothers who chose placenta encapsulation to help enhance lactation and boost milk supply, and consider hiring a postpartum doula, who will provide your family with practical assistance, guidance, and encouragement.

What Do I Wear Now That I’m Breastfeeding?

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Now that you’ve gotten this breastfeeding thing figured out, you may be trying to find the best things to wear for comfort, access and you may be worrying about coverage. Here’s a round-up list of some crowd favorite breastfeeding attire.

The key is layering! Each layer serves a purpose.

1) A well-fitting bra. This is ESSENTIAL. Don’t just make whatever cheap, half-functional nursing bra you can find work. This is a commitment and your breasts deserve to be supported for the foreseeable future! Also, keep in mind that for most women, it’s best to stick with a non-underwire option, at least in the beginning, so you’re avoiding any unnecessary pressure on your milk ducts.

First, get a good, in-person bra fitting. Some local options include, Necessary Secrets in Greenspring Station, Lingerie Lingerie at Kenilworth, and Nordstrom at Towson Town Center where they can make any bra into a nursing bra for you by sending it off.

Some favorite brands you’ll find while there include Cake, Anita and Elomi.

2) Nursing tanks. These offer support and shape all around, and are convenient as they open and close as you unlatch or latch the bra for feedings/pumping. An overwhelmingly popular favorite here is the Bravado nursing tank. Many local moms report they got 2-4 tanks in basic colors and wear them daily. Other brands include the Undercover Mama, and Cake lingerie tanks.

3) The top layer. Here, you can wear a breastfeeding-specific top or dress, a v-neck or other top. If you go with a non-breastfeeding specific top, it’s easy to do the “one up, one down” with a nursing tank underneath covering your belly and back.  You just pull up the top layer enough to access the latch on the tank.  You can always just pull your breast up and over in a v- neck, too.

Favorite breastfeeding-specific brands include Milk Nursing Wear, Latched Mama, and Momzelle Breastfeeding Apparel.  A non-breastfeeding-specific dress that some have raved about is the Lands End Fit and Flare dress. A personal favorite, is this hoodie from target that has a great side-split for easy access.

A Mama’s Mailbox nursing apparel subscription is a really fun option and great way to build a versatile, stylish breastfeeding/pumping wardrobe.

4) The scarf. Finally, toss on a lightweight scarf or infinity scarf as we head into cooler weather. These provide a nice distraction for baby to play with and can allow discreet breastfeeding, providing enough coverage that many may not even know you’re feeding your baby. Bonus, they’ll add some style too.

Now that you’ve built your layers, go out and breastfeed feeling comfortable and confident!