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Do YOU desire to have a natural birth?

Taking a childbirth class is a KEY step in preparing for the birth of your baby.  I would love to take this next step with you while you learn about the process of birth.

BBC add RachelJohnsonWebAbout Me: Hi! I’m a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor, teaching childbirth education classes in the southern Dallas/Fort Worth area. I’ve merged my love of pregnancy, birth, and babies with my love of teaching and have enjoyed working with expecting couples while preparing them for birth. Birth Boot Camp classes have the modern Mom & Dad in mind. They are comprehensive and up-to-date classes that actively involve couples in the learning process. Please click around my blog and contact me with any questions.                                                                                                                        Rachel Johnson, BBCI 

Our Mission: Birth Boot Camp is committed to training couples in natural birth and breastfeeding through accessible, contemporary education. Birth Boot Camp Education provides: unsurpassed information on childbirth, comfort techniques and relaxation exercises. It is designed for couples wanting a natural birth and wishing to avoid a cesarean or for those planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). You’ll learn to work together to bring your baby into this world as a team. Join my 10-week Childbirth classes offer a unique and personal environment to ask questions, discuss fears, and connect with your spouse or birth partner. Classes are filled with many opportunities for discussion, interaction, and lots of fun along the way.

Fortworth Child 2014 voted best classAwards/Recognitions: Birth Boot Camp has been voted as the “Best Childbirth Class” by the Fort Worth Child and North Texas Child magazines two years running and LOVED by Dr. William and Martha Sears.

Education Includes: Over 25 hours of personalized education in a unique and personal environment where you can ask questions, discuss fears, and connect with your spouse or birth partner. Classes are filled with many opportunities for discussion, interaction, and lots of fun along the way! You also receive a full color, 170+ page Student Field Guide (preview) and Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE download: This exclusive breastfeeding video by lactation consultant Mellanie Shephard, IBCLC, gives you approximately 4 hours of valuable breastfeeding information to download and refer to as needed! After each class, you will receive Weekly Research Resources by email containing the most up-to-date, current research, along with links and articles, on topics that pertain to what we covered that week. This information will help you make the most educated decisions about your birth.  Click here to read a detailed outline of classes 1-10.

I recommended you start classes around 25-28 weeks of pregnancy. If the dates of my upcoming classes do not fit your schedule, please contact me to see how I can accommodate your needs.  There are opportunities to make up missed classes or start late if you’re just a few weeks behind.

Classes fill quickly, however, so reserve your spot as early as possible!

Instructor: Rachel Johnson, BBCI

Phone: 850.791.8377

Email: rjohnson@birthbootcamp.com

Facebook: Rachel Johnson

Am I in Labor?

Read Leah’s Birth Story written by her mother Alicia, who attended my 10-week Birth Boot Camp series with her husband Kiason. I know little Leah will one day cherish knowing the entire story of her birth and you will also find encouragement from this amazing Mama!

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quotation_mark_openOk, so let me start from the beginning. Leah was my second pregnancy. My first baby was born in a hospital. We did the entire modern day “typical” birth. We induced a week early b/c we just couldn’t wait to see our baby. I got an epidural when I was dilated to a 4. The epidural slowed down my labor and stopped working by the time it was time to push. I pushed for an hour. It was a horrific pain that I just can’t explain. So when I found out I was pregnant again natural childbirth was the LAST thing on my mind. I thought what I went through was “natural” childbirth and I didn’t want to experience it again! I wanted the epidural and just hoped it would work this time. But we didn’t have insurance, and we didn’t qualify for any kind of assistance. So our choice was a $15-$30,000 hospital bill or a $4,000 midwife bill. I know, it sounds silly, but money was our original reason for choosing Edenway Birth Center. When we started the process I was scared. I was terrified of the pain I was going to feel. I wasn’t one of those ladies with the mindset of “I am a woman and my body is designed to give birth.” I was more of the mindset of “I don’t like pain, I cry when I stub my toe. This is the 21st century and this is why hospitals were invented.” My midwife assured me I would make it through. It WOULD end. I wouldn’t be in labor forever. She was always that perfect mixture of reality and sarcasm I needed when I would go into anxiety mode.

We went through Birth Boot Camp learning everything we needed to know for a natural birth. And while I felt more prepared, in the back of my mind I was still  very worried about being in labor. So it was 3 am, and I kept having what I thought was still Braxton hicks contractions. But they seemed to be happening pretty often. So I started timing them with an app. They were about 8 minutes apart for an hour. I woke my husband to tell him. We were deciding if they were significant enough to text our doula Jenni, but when he saw the first one he knew it was time to text her. I still wasn’t sure and didn’t want to bother her at 4am if this wasn’t real. She got there about an hour later. I was rushing around like a crazy person trying to put dishes in the dish washer and get my other kids clothes ready to go to with grandma! I would lean against the wall about every 7-8 minutes through the contractions.

When Jenni arrived, she immediately started rubbing my face through the contractions and reminding me to relax. My first sentence to her was “do you think this is really it?” Someone told me the week before “If you have to ask yourself whether you are in labor or not, chances are you’re not.”  Well…I was questioning it, and I was! The contractions were about every 5 minutes, and it was around 6 am. I was walking around my room, on my knees on my bed, and consistently putting my arms around my husband’s neck through every contraction. He was my rock and my comfort zone through the entire process. I’m so glad he was prepared from our Birth Boot Camp classes. Jenni (my doula) knew the right places to massage, give pressure and when to back off. Haha. The contractions hurt and sometimes I would cry out and say “no, not another one, no no no” but Kiason and Jenni would remind me to stay positive. So every time I would feel the pressure coming on I would force myself to say “yes yes yes, come on Leah” and just changing the way I was thinking changed the way the pain felt. It was still painful, but I was reminded it was pain with a purpose. Every contraction brought me one step closer to holding my baby girl. I heard that through birth boot camp, but it didn’t make sense until it was happening.

It was about 7am, and my midwife, Rosetta was almost there. I wanted to get in the water. I stepped in and it was a very comfortable temperature at the top of the water, but the bottom of the pool was cold! Kiason forgot to turn up the water heater and let the pool fill up with cold water. So Rosetta said I needed to get out so they could put warm water in. Someone actually said “Go boil the water!” during my home birth just like in old movies. It cracked me up. Anyways, I was already in the water, and I wasn’t coming out. I begged them to let me stay. The contractions were back to back. Once I felt one stop another would start. I started realizing that right when it got to the point where I couldn’t take the contraction anymore, it would start easing off. I could take a breath, get my composure and the next one would start. That was the oxytocin and endorphins working together. At the time I was just thanking God for knowing how much I could handle.

After being in the water for about 30 minutes, I did get to a point where I didn’t know if I could make it. The contractions were painful, and I had a split second thought. I could be in a hospital bed with an epidural with the possibility of having zero pain. I said out loud “I have to go, I need to get out of here.” and Rosetta said “Um, where are you going to go? This is almost over. You are doing an awesome job! You are about to meet baby Leah!” See, there was that reality I needed. Haha. Looking back I know I was at that transition period I had learned about in Birth Boot Camp. At the time, for a total of 5 minutes I thought I was in an eternal contraction. I had what seemed like a massive contraction and a lot of pressure. I asked Rosetta to come check me. She put her hand under the water and felt me and said “Oh, there’s her head!” It was all happening so fast, I hadn’t asked her before then to check me. I was surprised and Kiason and I both felt and could feel her head still in the caul. The next contraction was starting, and I felt a gush. That was my water breaking! My body pushed on it’s own. Kiason thought I was just holding my breath. He said “Breathe!!” Rosetta said “No, it’s ok, she’s pushing.” At that point he said he looked up and saw that Jenni and his sister, Tashina were standing there with pots of boiling water. They poured them into the tub to warm up the water. I pushed with the next contraction and felt Leah’s head come out. I reached down with the next contraction and pushed one more time and felt her come all the way out. That last push was a complete relief of pressure. One of the best feelings ever! Kiason caught her, picked her up out of the water, and brought her to my chest. At 7:51am Leah Ann Turner was calmly and completely naturally born into the world. Leah was perfect. She had a beautiful head of hair, squishy cheeks, and big bright eyes. I remember saying, “Breathe baby girl.” because she wasn’t breathing right away but Rosetta assured me she was ok and it was normal for her to catch her breath. I was so in love. I don’t even remember what happened in the first 30 minutes, but I know at some point Kiason cut her cord and I delivered the placenta. All I remember was holding on to her. I worked hard for her. And she was here. Kiason held her while they got me out and cleaned me up. They moved me to the bed and then gave her back to me. She immediately latched on and started nursing. Did I say she was perfect? She was and is. When I think back to all the fear I had continued to hold on to about birth, the pain was there, but it was drastically different than the pain I experienced laying on my back when laboring with Joel. I wasn’t attached to machines that had me restricted to a bed. I could walk around my room in the comfort of my own home. I could allow my body to move where it wanted. I could eat and drink. I didn’t have to follow the direction of a Dr. or nurse who wasn’t feeling what I was feeling. There was no one telling me when to push. I did that when my body decided it was time. I know it sounds crazy, but I ENJOYED child birth!! If our house wasn’t full, if we could split our time with another child, I would choose to do it again, completely naturally. But as a family of 6 we have decided we don’t want any more children, so I am so happy to have this great memory of labor and delivery. And I can’t wait to share with Leah her birth story.

Baby, You’re Early

I was thrilled to receive this exciting news today from my former students! They just experienced their 2nd natural birth since taking my 10-week Birth Boot Camp Series a few years ago….

BBC baby Arnold

“Hi Rachel,
Just wanted to let you know that taking Birth Boot Camp is still paying off for us! Joel Frederick was born yesterday (19 days early) after about 6 hours of all natural labor. He was born in the water and was mostly in the caul! He is 6lb 12oz and 20″ long. He’s so tiny! No tongue tie, thankfully. His birth was so easy and amazing!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                     Courtney & Brian Arnold”

Getting Started with dōTERRA

Getting started with dōTERRA

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Ok- so you are ready to get started with dōTERRA essential oils?

Or maybe you’ve come across this page because you are not sure…

GREAT!

But — oh MAN — you don’t want to have to order ‘monthly’ or do anything fancy or be part of an MLM.

I know. I’ve been there.

The beauty of dōTERRA is you can order DIRECTLY from the website. No memberships. No commitments. Nothing Fancy.

You just pick out your oils- pay- and receive. That is totally cool. If that sounds like you- then please proceed and order HERE

Now—

Do you like paying full price, for anything?

Me neither.

In that case-you would pay a ONE TIME low membership fee (Introductory Packet “Kit”) of $35. After that, you order when you want AND get discounted pricing! FOR REAL. This isn’t a monthly or yearly fee. It’s one time. $35. You would make up for that in 1-3 bottles of oil.

If the ABOVE sounds like you, then do this:

Click here to access the site

Then, in the upper right hand corner, you would click JOIN

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Then, choose the 2nd option: ‘Join as a Preferred Member’ and click continue

(If you want to receive the BEST discounts, then read on to learn how to Join as a Wellness Advocate!)

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Fill out the requested information, and please make sure at the very top where it says “Enroller ID’ it matches what is below. It should be filled in automatically for you.

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Add your items to your cart

THEN

Choose if you want to sign up for Loyalty Rewards Points (LRP).

Loyalty Rewards is a monthly program. Nothing to hide there. You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t sign up. I want you to love doTERRA and I want it to be an easy, peasy, pleasant experience. If you think you won’t love keeping up w/ the Loyalty Rewards, then don’t sign up. It’s for people who think they DO want to place an order each month, and it automatically gets shipped based upon the day you choose. There are many pros with this program. 1) You earn points each month towards FREE products. The points go up (up to 30% of your order!) based upon how many months you continue with the Rewards program. That is essentially what it is- rewarding you for placing monthly orders.

 

If you choose not to sign up for Loyalty Rewards at this time- that’s OK! You can always sign up later.

I participate in Loyalty Rewards. It makes total sense for me and I’d be silly not to. I use my oils on an everyday basis and know my favorites. I also love to leave the option to try new products as they come out. PLUS now I get 30% off the already discounted wholesale membership, FREE products each month and my LRP- which I use to PAY for my Loyalty Rewards items every few months! (Oh…and did I mention that as a Wellness Advocate, you can earn additional $ just for sharing doTERRA with others!?

If you are choosing to participate in Loyalty Rewards, you can go into your cart each month and CHOOSE what you want to receive. As long as it’s 48 hours before your order is set to ship- change your cart in and out each month, or keep your favorites and most used oils so you never run out.

So- once you’ve made your decision, LRP or not, click continue to check out. That’s it!

You think you want to become a Wellness Advocate?FANTASTIC!

I’m not kidding when I say this was a no brainer for me. Yes I’m in the world of Childbirth Education as a Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor and I’m pretty well versed on all things Natural- BUT there are so many people I talk to who are fed up with using toxic waste on their bodies, in their bodies and with their families.

If that’s you- then you are a perfect candidate to become a Wellness Advocate.

Sure, you can lead workshops and do house parties and all that. The people who I’ve known to make great extra $ simply chat (in a normal, non-creepy way!) with their friends, families and people in their communities about how essential oils have affected their lives. They might post on social media here and there. They might let a friend borrow an oil to try. Really, all they do is tell their story about how they use essential oils instead of all the toxic chemicals. About how easy they are to use and about how much $$ they save because they don’t have to buy all that toxic garbage anymore.

Just because you signed up to be a Wellness Advocate doesn’t mean you HAVE to sell anything. You simply can if you want. You receive additional doTERRA discounts and get to be a part of an amazing, top of the line essential oil community!

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, then you would choose ‘Join as a Wellness Advocate’

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You then set up your account (you will have what is called a Back Office) to see sales, teams, orders, etc.

And to also become an Advocate, you have to purchase a kit. Personally, I always recommend the Natural Solutions Kit. Can you see why? It’s amazing!!!

This really gives you a great savings! The perfect set of oils (7 15ml oils, 9 5ml oils) complete with essential products, wooden storage box, diffuser etc… It’s perfect to use and get to know in order to share with others!

Go as big or as small as you want here. You want the Diamond Kit and want to take the doTERRA world by storm??? Go right ahead you shining star you!

The bigger kits give you more products and demos to share with others. The smaller kits like The Family Physician Kit give you a good family set of 10,  5ml oils that you’ll love! You will see the least expensive “kit” is the Introductory Packet which is the ONE time membership I mentioned earlier. $35.

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I am here to help. For real.

If you are trying to sign up and have any questions at all, just email me: prov3130beauty@gmail.com and I will get back with you within 2 business days.

I love oils and I love sharing my passion for things I love. I did a lot of research before I joined doTERRA, and love the decision I’ve made.

I can’t wait until you get started- so what are you waiting for? Sign up so we can chat everything oils!

Sign up here

Getting started with doTERRA was one of the best things I’ve done for my family!

Parent Magazine and Local Saver Coupon Promote Birth Boot Camp

“Birth Boot Camp truly does empower couples to get the birth that is right for mother and baby. This course equips you to both prevent common health problems during pregnancy, and if they do occur, how to complement natural home remedies with medical treatment. Birth Boot Camp prepares a laboring mom to recognize her unique internal signals of the hormonal symphony playing inside her body to grow and birth a little human being. You will also learn how to work with your birthcare provider to have a satisfying birth and a healthy mother and baby. We are pleased to recommend Birth Boot Camp.” 

~Martha and William Sears, Authors of The Healthy Pregnancy Book and developers of the health program for expectant mothers called LEAN Expectations.
 Parent Magazine and Local Saver Coupon Promote all my classes!
“This is an excellent format for couples to learn about childbirth and beyond, and to prepare to have a safe and satisfying birth.
I am excited to share it with our son, Matt, and his wife, Kristin, expecting their first child in early September. I am thrilled that Birth Boot Camp combines the best from all the approaches to childbirth preparation that I have taught and we have written about.”
~ Martha Sears, RN, Childbirth Educator, LLL Leader, and Lactation Consultant

Reboot Refresher Class Registration NOW OPEN

Do YOU need a REBOOT for your next birth?

You can have an amazing birth — AGAIN!

REBOOT is intended for people who have already had an unmedicated birth.  I charge $75 and it runs 3 1/2 hours. It is kept to a minimum of 4 couples for comfort. Dads will have a lot of fun too! I schedule this particular class on an *as-need basis.  My next one will be July 17th.  I have two spots left.  Contact me with your due date and birth experience for more details and registration!

All Birth Boot Camp Instructors teach a Reboot Class, but they might spread it over a couple of nights. The outline is the same either way.  I have found that most of my Reboot couples are referral clients from my 10-week Birth Boot Camp series. It’s such a privilege to be a part of these growing families and their friends.  Each couple will receive the Reboot booklet and a cool Birth Boot Camp water bottle.

What is included in the Refresher Course?
The full 20-page Birth Boot Camp Reboot Refresher course booklet, a custom Birth Boot Camp water bottle, relaxation practice, lots of hands on review for labor. Couples will leave encouraged and revitalized for their birth! (The Breastfeeding DVD, The Ultimate MRE, is not included but may be requested for an additional $20. It contains 3 1/2 hours of indispensable breastfeeding education . It is included in the 10 week classes. The Ultimate MRE is also sold on Amazon for $29.95)

Editorial Reviews of The Ultimate MRE

BREASTFEEDING IS THE ULTIMATE “READY TO EAT” MEAL. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, BREASTMILK IS THE IDEAL FOOD FOR YOUR BABY. WITH PROFESSIONALLY FILMED AND EDITED CONTENT, THE ULTIMATE MRE IS HOSTED BY RENOWNED EXPERT MELLANIE SHEPPARD, IBCLC (INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT) AND DESIGNED TO HELP YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL NURSING RELATIONSHIP. RUNNING TIME: APPROXIMATELY 3 1/2 HOURS

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REBOOT Payment is currently accepted via Paypal, Cash or Check. A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is required at least two weeks before the start of class to guarantee your spot in class. The remaining $50 balance is due at the beginning of class, and receipts will be issued.

*Found out about classes at the last minute? That’s ok! Call me 850.791.8377 and I’ll be happy to try and make arrangements for you.

When should the class be taken?
Mom should be as close to 36 weeks as possible.

How can I contact you? Email ~ rjohnson@birthbootcamp.com    Phone ~ 850.791.8377.



Goodreads and Recommended Videos

Books Every Expectant Parent Should Read Each Pregnancy!

Book Description

Every mother knows – birth is not just labor and delivery. It’s triumph, heartache and falling in love with a new baby wrapped in mere hours, or sometimes days, of work and expectation. The Birth Next Door is an anthology of 28 births in and around Tarrant County, Texas. These are stories, in their own words, of moms who experienced birth in almost every way. Birth in cars, after days of labor, full of surprises or deep contentment, in awe of their bodies and their partners and the capacity for one day to truly change their lives (for better or worse). Publication Date: September 2011

Book Description

•real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
• new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
• strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
• reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
• recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
• helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work
• nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
• guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications


Book Description

Focusing on the essential needs of babies–eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort–it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. THE BABY BOOK is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting–for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.

Book Description

Concerned about making enough milk for your baby? Wondering how to make more? Two lactation experts are here to help.

Separate fact from fiction with help from this comprehensive book about improving low milk supply. Written by two leading experts who have been there themselves and officially recommended by La Leche League International, The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk incorporates the latest research and discoveries about causes of low milk supply, the way your body makes milk, and how babies contribute to your milk production. Best of all, you’ll find valuable suggestions for both time-honored and innovative ways to make more milk.

Learn the facts about:

  • Determining if baby is really getting enough milk
  • Supplementing without decreasing your supply
  • Maximizing the amount of milk you can make
  • Identifying the causes of your low supply
  • Increasing your supply with the most effective methods, including pumping, herbs, medications, foods, and alternative therapies
  • Making more milk when you return to work, exclusively pump, have a premie or multiples, relactate, or induce lactation

Book Description

The Definitive Guide to Breastfeeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding may be natural, but it may also be more challenging than you expect. Some mothers encounter doubts and difficulties, from struggling with the first few feedings to finding a gentle and loving way to comfortably wean from the breast.

This second edition of Breastfeeding Made Simple is an essential guide to breastfeeding that every new and expectant mom should own-a comprehensive resource that takes the mystery out of basic breastfeeding dynamics. Understanding the seven natural laws of breastfeeding will help you avoid and overcome challenges such as low milk production, breast refusal, weaning difficulties, and every other obstacle that can keep you from enjoying breastfeeding your baby.

Breastfeeding Made Simple will help you to:

  • Find comfortable, relaxing breastfeeding positions
  • Establish ample milk production and a satisfying breastfeeding rhythm with your baby
  • Overcome discomfort and mastitis
  • Use a breast pump to express and store milk
  • Easily transition to solid foods

Book Description

Prepare for a safe and joyful birth-with the help of America’s foremost baby and childcare experts Since women enjoy more birthing options today than ever before, the path toward a safe and satisfying birth can be fraught with important decisions. Planning, understanding the resources available to you, and developing your own birthing philosophy can make all the difference. In this comprehensive, reassuring, and authoritative guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on pregnancy, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, thoroughly explore the abundant choices couples face when anticipating the birth of their child. The topics covered in The Birth Book include: * Selecting the right birthing environment and team *preparing physically and emotionally for childbirth *using prenatal tests and technology wisely *defining the father’s role *selecting a childbirth class *lessening the discomfort and speeding the process of labor *choosing or avoiding anesthesia *finding the birthing position that’s best for you and your baby *decreasing your chances for a cesarean birth *turning a surgical birth into a rewarding experience As the parents of eight children and as medical professionals with nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears are uniquely qualified to answer virtually every question you might have about the birth process. Their one-of-a-kind guide, rich in information as well as inspiration, enables you to plan and create the birth you want.

 

Books That Every Expectant Parent Should Read At Least Once!

Book Description

One in seven mothers suffers from a disorder on the postpartum depression spectrum; another 20–30 percent of them deal with above-average anxiety. First published in 1994, This Isn’t What I Expectedbecame the go-to resource for postpartum depression. This second edition has been updated in an effort to help women and their partners sort through all the noise and myths to focus on getting the help they need. Dr. Valerie Davis Raskin and social worker Karen R. Kleiman offer their expertise in this guide to self-help and professional treatment for one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. They provide compassionate support and solid advice for mothers with post-partum depression and the partners who can help them through it.

 

SPECIAL SITUATIONS 

Book Description

When Survivors Give Birth is written for a mixed audience of maternity care professionals and para-professionals, mental health therapists and counselors, and women survivors and their families. The authors expertly and compassionately address the unusual and distressing challenges that arise for abuse survivors during the childbirth experience.The first section informs the reader of the impact of early sexual abuse on children, adults, and on all aspects of childbearing. The second section teaches skills in communication, self-help skills, counseling and psychotherapy techniques. The third covers clinical challenges and solutions for doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, and others. Case histories throughout the book clarify and apply the content. Publication Date: April 2004

Book Description

The expectant mother’s guide to vaginal birth after cesarean.



Testimonial: The Fourth Time Around

I really enjoyed having this couple in my class! They exercised, practiced relaxation outside of class, ate nutritiously and had a real thirst for knowledge. I was thrilled that they enjoyed my classes and motivated to pass along what they experianced in hopes that it will help you…

"I ended up having the beautiful birth that I always wanted and I attribute a large part of that to what we learned in our Birth Boot Camp classes."                                                                                                            -B.H.

“I ended up having the beautiful birth that I always wanted and I attribute a large part of that to what we learned in our Birth Boot Camp classes.” -B.H.

As a fourth time mom, I had to be convinced by my midwife that I needed to invest the time and money into the classes because I was sure that I was ready for birth the fourth time around. Although my fourth birth, it was only my 2nd natural birth and I still had a lot of ‘what if’s’ that needed to be answered before I could go into labor and have the beautiful birth I dreamed of.

After going through Birth Boot Camp with my husband, ALL if not more than ALL, of my ‘what ifs’ were answered. I loved Birth Boot Camp! So much was covered so thoroughly that I went into my natural out of hospital birth with such confidence that if anything happened we were prepared whether it be c-section, prolapsed cord, hemorrhaging, resuscitation of baby, etc….

We were prepared. My husband became so involved during the classes! He learned how to be there for me during the birth and because of that I could see how much confidence that gave him going into the birth. I ended up having the beautiful birth that I always wanted and I attribute a large part of that to what we learned in class.

I recommend taking this class! It’s a great refresher course no matter how many children you have had and also a special bonding time with your husband. We loved the classes and now I recommend it to all my friends!

My husband and I have very busy schedules, work long hours and live an hour from where class was held. We really appreciated the way Rachel conducted the class, due to the fact that we traveled 1 hour every Friday night for 10 weeks after getting a babysitter for our 3 other kids. She was very respectful of our time and stayed on task so well, making sure that we got the most out of the classes. It was always punctual and fun as well. We all laughed together and had a good time!

During the 10 weeks not only was she a great teacher but she also became a friend. She was more than willing to answer any questions we had throughout the week and as our due dates approached she checked on us periodically and let us know that she was praying for us. Her kindness didn’t stop there. After the babies were born she met with us and was available if we needed her. I think she must be the best Birth Boot Camp Instructor. She really knows how to make the mommas feel special and has a great gift in the area of teaching. This is why we highly recommend the Birth Boot Camp classes taught by Rachel Johnson. She is very knowledgeable and a blessing to families and babies during this special time in our lives.



FAQ

~ Frequently Asked Questions ~

“Why should I take a birth class?”
In many cultures, women are raised to view childbirth as a normal, natural process, often observing births of family members. Unfortunately our society has portrayed birth to be a fearful and mysterious experience. Knowledge is the key to overcoming those obstacles and having an accurate perspective of birth. Couples have a right to be fully informed about their options for care providers, birth place, interventions and the atmosphere for their first moments with their new baby. The more you know, the more you can be involved with each of these decisions. Birth Boot Camp can give you the education you need to be confident in your choices!

“What makes Birth Boot Camp different from other natural childbirth methods?”
The Birth Boot Camp curriculum is largely based on the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. It is designed for couples, teaching them how to work as a team in labor and is equally geared toward dads and moms. Dads will learn how to support mothers during pregnancy, labor and even breastfeeding! Birth Boot Camp focuses on upright birth, teaching mothers how to use movement to speed the birth process. We provide relaxation practice exercises for couples to do together, as well as specific questions to ask your care provider. Birth Boot Camp’s board members continually update our material to make sure it is current and accurate. I believe this class can change your life!

“How much do classes cost?”
Classes are $295 per couple. This fee includes:

“When should I start a class?”
I recommend starting class in your second trimester. If you have questions or need to make special arrangements, feel free to ask!

“What if I cannot attend one of the class nights?”
No problem! Included in your fee is the option to make up a class you miss with Birth Boot Camp online.

“I already had a natural birth and do not need a whole series, but would like a reminder course. Do you offer something like that?”
Yes, I do! I teach a 1 day, 2 1/2 hour Refresher Class. It is not a condensed Birth Boot Camp class, but is a refresher course. It comes with a 20 page Birth Boot Camp refresher course booklet and a water bottle. Check my class schedule for dates or reserve a private class today! Refresher classes are $75 per couple.



Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE

In addition to the comprehensive and modern class, students enrolled in my Birth Boot Camp Series will receive the full color, professionally printed Field Manuel, relaxation training, links to additional reading on related topics, and a free

breastfeeding video download called, The Ultimate MRE (Sold on Amazon for $29.95) 

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Breastfeeding is the ULTIMATE “ready to eat” meal. Anytime, anywhere, breastmilk is the ideal food for your baby. With professionally filmed and edited content, The Ultimate MRE is hosted by renowned expert Mellanie Sheppard, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and designed to help you have a successful nursing relationship. Running time: Approximately 3 1/2 hours

MRE DVD front cover

MRE DVD back coverThe Birth Boot Camp Series do NOT include this 2-disk DVD as pictured above, however it DOES come with a complimentary video download of The Ultimate MRE.) To sign up for one of my live Childbirth Education Classes start HERE.