Favorite Posts from Birth Boot Camp

Did you know that Birth Boot Camp has a blog? On the main site, where you can find out more about the organization, the curriculum, ourBBC Blog instructors & board, and how to become and how to become an instructor, there is also a really great blog where you can find all kinds of useful information about pregnancy, birth, and birth education!  The blog features original articles by the people who run Birth Boot Camp as well as guest posts by instructors and other well known people in the birth community.

One of the things I love about being a BBCI and the community that came along with it is that I am surrounded by women who are passionate about the same things I am, but also by women who are experts in certain aspects.  I know if I have questions about Breech, I can talk to Lauren, or if I want to know about VBAC, I go to Abby and Caryn.  For breastfeeding questions, we have a lactation consultant on the board!  These are the people sharing their knowledge with me, and sometimes also with you through the Birth Boot Camp blog!  Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite posts!

Happy Birthday!

This is one of my favorites because it includes the first statistics about Birth Boot Camp and the babies that are birthed by mamas who attend our classes.  After the first year, 93% of our students went on to have un-medicated vaginal births!  For more happy news, click on over & check out the rest of the post.

Should You Kegel?

This is a great post by MamaBirth blogger and Birth Boot Camp board member and instructor Sarah Clark.

“Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape.

This article discusses the function of the pelvic floor, how to properly incorporate Kegels into your lifestyle and alternatives if Kegels are inappropriate for you.”  continue reading

How Birth Boot Camp Supports Midwives

A great article written by Melody Morrow, CPM, LM, BBCI, who has attended over 1,100 births and assisted in the training of over 70 midwifery students.

“I began to require that all my primips and women birthing outside the hospital for the first time take a childbirth class. While something was better than nothing, I didn’t necessarily notice a significant difference in outcomes for my clients who took a short class (4-6 weeks). However, I did notice that clients who took a longer Birth Boot Camp class did often have very different outcomes. Women were less fearful and more determined. They participated in their care and were making informed choices. Dads were providing excellent, confident support throughout pregnancy and, noticeably, in labor. Moms who would have otherwise had epidurals or C-sections, were having unmedicated births.”  read full post

Yes, my dear, you do need a childbirth education, even if you have a doula!

One thing that comes up a lot is mamas or couples who look at a doula and a childbirth education as an OR instead of an AND.  In Birth Boot Camp, we recommend doulas wholeheartedly for many reasons, but a doula can’t take the place of a full education.  In this post, Amanda, a nurse, doula, and BBCI explains why.

“As a doula, I am here to support you in your birth decisions.  This is not my birth and when I’m at your birth, I won’t be talking to your health care provider.  It’s just not my role. I’m there to support you and should you want to clear the room and use me as a sounding board or ask me some questions, I’m there for you 100%, but it’s too late for education.” read full post

Breech Options – Guest Post by Lauren McClain

Fellow BBCI Lauren McClain runs the website My Breech Baby, and wrote this post about options for mamas who find out their babies are breech.  In the U.S. many women have c-sections for breech, but it’s not the only option!

“I planned a home birth and ended up with a footling breech and a cesarean, in part because I felt I had no options. Without information, I didn’t have any options. Learning some basics about breech birth ahead of time can save you a lot of anxiety and hassle in case you discover a breech at the end of your pregnancy. I created a website to help parents of breech babies learn and make decisions about their care.” continue reading

Preparing for a VBAC

Abbey Robinson is a natural birth teacher and doula.  A mother of four, she had three cesarean sections before her vaginal birth (yes, it IS possible!).  Here she shares some of her best tips for preparing for your own VBAC.

“Preparing for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) isn’t a whole lot different than planning for a natural birth. Tell people you want to push a baby out of your vagina without drugs, they may look at you like you have three heads…the same goes for VBAC.  There tends to be a lot of fear surrounding VBAC and a woman who is planning one may unexpectedly invite opinions from dozens of people around her, most of them negative.  People often want to spread rumors about the very worst scenario because it’s far more interesting than what is normal.

There are some things you have to take really seriously in order to accomplish your goals.  Below is a list of some of the most important steps you should take when planning your VBAC.” continue reading

What is Pitocin?

If you’re pregnant, or have friends who’ve had children, you most likely have heard of pitocin.  Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin, which is a chemical naturally released in the brain during labor (and sex!).  This is a great introduction to pitocin along with a wonderful Birth Boot Camp created hand-dandy infographic for you!

Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters

Birth stories are amazing.  I have probably read hundreds.  During my second pregnancy, I devoured birth stories, and I run a local birth story and resource website, Born in Bellingham.  There are so many reasons to write down your story and to share it if you so choose.  In this post, Meagan Church, of Unexpectant, shares why writing your birth story matters.

“Here’s the truth: every mother has a story. Some are funny. Some are embarrassing. Others are full of unpredictable twists and turns. Some went according to plan and others were rude awakenings. But every woman has one. And every story matters.” read full post

Making Room for Baby

I know and talk so much about birth, sometimes I have to remind myself to tell my students that birth is just the beginning!  When you bring home a baby, your family changes forever. This is a great article by Jennifer Lundy-Aguerre, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who is a Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator.

“The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come.  One thing is for certain:  No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way!

Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed by the Gottman Institute and is based on years of research studying young couples during this transition period.  The Gottman group has found that 67% of couples showed some decline in relationship satisfaction during the first year after their baby is born, while 33% of couples showed no decline or even had an increase in relationship satisfaction.  To help shift these numbers in a positive direction and keep YOUR relationship in the “satisfied” group, let’s talk about some of the common changes you can expect during that first year.” continue reading

I hope you enjoy these articles, and head over to the blog to check out all it has to offer!  It’s such a great resource.

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