I had a table at the Just Between Friends sale at the Pueblo Convention Center this past weekend. It was a lovely experience, if you have never been to the sale check it out! There is one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The next one is in October. The number one thing I heard from people was “That sounds scary,” or “I couldn't do that.”
A boot camp is intended to prepare you for a major life event, in this case childbirth. Birth Boot Camp is not scary, in fact it is designed to do just the opposite, to take fear away by replacing it with knowledge. There IS a lot of knowledge in a 10 week series. That is why it is 10 weeks. We cover so many topics that one might not find at another birth class, including talking about the immediate postpartum period, life with a newborn, and breastfeeding! To learn more about what is in each class click here.
The thing that helped me the most is that we learned and practice relaxation. There are 8 relaxation exercises that you participate in when you take a Birth Boot Camp class.
I was calm and relaxed through 95% of my second daughters labor. (The 5 minutes at the end got a little hectic and intense.) The information learned in class kept my husband so much calmer through that labor than he was during our oldest child's birth. He knew what to expect, he knew what was going on. This carried over onto my son's birth. Knowledge is power, not scary. Knowledge is empowering, not scary. Knowledge helps remove fear, which is of course not scary.