Here is a simple overview of all there is to be learned and to prepare for in your Birth Boot Camp classes! The same curriculum is used by every BBC Instructor so you can be sure you are getting the best information at your live class right here in Estes Park!
Defining the Mission: Why natural childbirth?
Birth Boot Camp is about natural, unmedicated birth. You will learn why natural birth is best for baby, best for Mom, and even best for Dad. You will discover how the history of childbirth in America has set us on the 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 it's importance.
P.T. & Chow: Physical training and nutrition for your birth.
Preparing your body, both inside and out, for the challenge of labor is exciting! Learn how to properly tone the muscles you will need to birth your baby. Proper nutrition will help ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. Following the nutritional program we teach 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. Each partner will learn helpful hints about the process of practicing relaxation at home. Taking P.T. & Chow seriously will pay off in the natrual birth of your baby.
Setting Up Camp: Choosing where to birth.
What should a couple look for when choosing a birth place? Whether you are planning to birth at home, a birth center, or a hospital, this class will empower you to know what questions to ask your health care provider. Hear first hand some of the differences in various birth places.
Chain of Command: Who is in charge of your birth?
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.
Countdown to D-Day: 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.
Deployment: Baby on the move!
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.
Supporting Arms: Mom's most important ally.
Dad 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 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 challnges of labor. Anyone invited to your birth is encouraged to sit in on this class as well.
Cadence: The sights and sounds of birth.
The moment you've been waiting for, the birth of your baby! This class will tie toether 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.
The Fog of War: Keeping a clear head in labor.
The Fog of War is about all the things you can do to avoid a cesarean section and when they are actually necessary. You will be prepared for unexpected circumstances that may come up during the labor or birth.
The Plan of Attack: Establishing priorities and making a plan.
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 will be taken more seriously by health care providers.
Mission Acomplished! The immediate postpartum period.
You are making choices for your baby from his first breath. Learn about placenta delivery, cord clamping, and common procedures. The first moments after birth are so precious and very important for baby and Mom!
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.