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Birth Boot Camp Podcast

Hollie, Cheryl, Liana & Megan

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Welcome to the Birth Boot Camp® Podcast, where every birth story is a celebration waiting to be shared, every family journey is honored, and every listener finds inspiration and support. Are you eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new baby? Or perhaps you're a doula or childbirth educator, seeking new insights and perspectives to enrich your practice? Maybe you're simply curious about the miraculous journey of pregnancy and birth? Whatever your reason for tuning in, you've found your commu ...
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Dearest Doula with Nathalie Saenz

Nathalie Saenz chats with top birth workers and birth experts such as Demetria Clark & Maria Pokluda, with Inspiration from Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Pam England, and Sheila Kitzinger.

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On Dearest Doula we will learn about a host of birth related topics from top professionals in our field, and connect with doulas and other birth workers so they can share their wisdom with you. Our topic based shows are chock-full of knowledge bombs, tips and resources that you can arm yourself with and add to your doula arsenal of awesomeness. Our birth worker features are all near and dear to my heart, and I invite you to let their journey light your path. Listening to their struggles, the ...
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Join us for this heartwarming episode all about the magical "golden hour" right after birth. We talk all about why this precious time is so important for bonding with your baby and getting breastfeeding off to a great start. You'll hear some of our personal stories and practical tips on creating a peaceful environment, from keeping the lights low t…
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Managing money is an essential skill for doulas, yet many need time, patience, and effort to develop this skill. Doulas must practice setting aside money for taxes to avoid being caught off guard during tax season. When that tax bill hits, it can hit hard. The unpredictable nature of birth work also requires budgeting your income. Without a budget …
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In our latest episode, we’re diving into a hot topic: the role of doulas in advocacy. Hollie, Liana, and Megan share their personal experiences and thoughts on what it means to be an advocate as a doula. They explore whether the term 'advocate' fits or if we need a new way to describe the unique support doulas provide. From navigating hospital dyna…
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Navigating the challenges of working with independent contractors as an agency owner is no small feat. Your agency's reputation, especially your own, hinges on contractors doing their jobs well. Many owners feel compelled to control contractor performance to ensure the work meets their high standards. However, regulations for independent contractor…
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Join us for an engaging discussion as Hollie, Liana and Megan dive into the essentials of the pushing stage of labor. Discover how to navigate this crucial part of childbirth with confidence. We share personal stories highlighting the wide range of experiences, from quick 10-minute pushes to marathon 4-hour efforts. Learn about the unique sensation…
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In this episode, we discuss recent events that have come to our attention and give our thoughts and feedback. A recent case that has gained national traction involves the passing of a mother and baby. What can we do as doulas if we are in a situation where we don't see a provider meeting the standards of care? Speaking up can be difficult, yet help…
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Join Megan and Liana from Birth Boot Camp HQ for an insightful discussion on the postpartum period, a pivotal time for new parents. Discover the joys and challenges of those initial weeks after childbirth, including essential tips for rest and recovery after birth. Explore the importance of skin-to-skin bonding, maternal mental health, and self-car…
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Join us for an inspiring episode as Hollie and Megan chat with the amazing Jen McLellan, a certified childbirth educator and passionate advocate for plus-size pregnancy. Jen opens up about her personal journey and the challenges she faced, which led her to become a voice for plus-size individuals during pregnancy and childbirth. We discuss the impo…
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Join us as we explore the complexities of gestational diabetes with Susan Johnson, a seasoned birthing and diabetes educator. From understanding the condition and its testing procedures to managing it with dietary changes and exercise, Susan provides invaluable advice and shares her personal experiences. Don't let gestational diabetes take the enjo…
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As a doula, navigating unexpected situations will become a part of our work. Perhaps a client who has a premature baby. Or those whose labors begin and progress too quickly to get to their chosen birth location. Thinking on our feet and embracing the unexpected will inevitably become a part of our work. When navigating these unexpected situations, …
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🎙️ Ready to learn about the hospital policies that could shape your birth experience? Tune in to our latest podcast episode, "Hospital Restrictions Nobody Is Talking About" (Episode 119)! In this episode, we discuss the often-overlooked policies that play a significant role in your labor and delivery experience. From the rules surrounding eating an…
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For many birth workers, where they enter this work is not the same place where they wind up. For example, some may enter this work providing labor support. Yet they may find once they have their own children, that postpartum work is a better fit. Others may enter into the field via postpartum support. Then, life leads them into childbirth or newbor…
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As doulas, it's not uncommon to encounter individuals with a fear of birth. This fear can be rooted in many sources. First, the way in which TV represents birth. Second, the stories our friends and family share; and third, an individual's lived experiences. The media often portrays birth as a dramatic process. The water breaks and the camera cuts t…
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In our newest Birth Boot Camp podcast episode, we're talking All About Babywearing. Hollie Hauptly, Liana Wolfe, and Megan Busk share their own experiences and practical tips for using baby carriers. From the freedom of having your hands-free to the special bond it creates with you and your baby, this episode reveals why babywearing is a must for a…
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Doula mistakes come in all shapes and sizes. We're human, so it's understandable that mistakes will happen. Some mistakes will be unavoidable and only discovered through trial and error. Others can be avoided. Common mistakes include a lack of effective communication, such as being slow or failing to follow up on inquiries or client communications.…
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Ever wonder what experienced moms would tell their pregnant selves? We are spilling the tea on what we REALLY wish we had known about pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. From financial prep to capturing those precious early moments, this episode is packed with hilarious confessions and wonderful advice. Tune in to hear how to navigate the emotional …
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One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do we navigate the question of how many clients we have supported when we first start out?" The question "How many births have you attended?" Or "How many families have you supported postpartum?" is not uncommon. Certain personality types are more inclined to ask these types of questions. For them, …
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Back for another round, our latest episode takes a look into postpartum and breastfeeding, shedding light on five additional TikTok myths that have been making the rounds. Join the Birth Boot Camp HQ Team as they sift through the noise and provide evidence-based insights into the realities of postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. From debunking mi…
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Supporting single parents through pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period looks different than supporting those who are partnered. How we approach labor or postpartum support with an unpartnered parent will look different. Many factors will be different when planning for labor. For example, will they get to their birth location? Or who will mak…
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Join Holly, Cheryl, Liana, and Megan from the 'Birth Boot Camp' podcast as they take on five common myths circulating on TikTok and social media. In this episode, they dive into the misconceptions surrounding uterine recovery, childbirth pain, colostrum collection, and more. Drawing from their own experiences and expert insights, they debunk these …
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In our latest Birth Boot Camp podcast episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Karameli Thomas, an experienced 18-year veteran licensed massage therapist. Join us as we discuss our shared passion for childbirth education and the fascinating world of midwifery. Explore Karameli's compelling journey, where she shares her firsthand experienc…
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As birth professionals, providing evidence-based information to our clients is essential. However, it's not uncommon to wonder where to find quality research. Knowing how to read and interpret the evidence is also a skill that takes time and discernment. The first step is understanding the types of studies that exist. From randomized controlled tri…
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In this latest Birth Boot Camp podcast episode we are fortunate to be able to sit down with Ali Low as she discusses the critical topic of Trauma-Informed Care. In this insightful discussion, Ali sheds light on the significance of recognizing and addressing past trauma experiences among clients, particularly in the context of birth work. Drawing fr…
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Step into the world of neonatal care with Mary Farrelly, a certified NICU nurse and founder of The NICU Translator. Join us as we explore the complexities and challenges faced by families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and discover invaluable insights to support you through this journey. In this episode, Mary talks about he…
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According to the American Cancer Society, vulvar cancer accounts for 6% of all cancers of the female reproductive organs. Over 1600 individuals will die from vulvar cancer per year. Cancers of the uterus, cervix, and ovaries are far more well-known, identified, and diagnosed. Yet, cancer of the vulva is a diagnosis that is often hard to obtain. Oft…
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Advanced maternal age is defined as a pregnant individual who is 35 years of age or older at the estimated due date or date of delivery. Pregnancy at or beyond this age is considered a risk factor for adverse outcomes in the birthing person and baby. When one is considered "advanced" in age, it is common for closer monitoring to be recommended duri…
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Combination feeding is one of many approaches families choose when feeding their baby. It may be the plan from the start. Or, clients may find themselves settling into combination feeding due to postpartum challenges. Some parents may feel that taking on 100% of the responsibility for infant feeding is an overwhelming task. For these individuals, s…
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Join us as we talk with Dr. "Bill" Chun the founder of Doc & Doula. We discuss the maternal health crisis, birth inductions and how we can work together to provide better care for women nationwide. Dr. Bill has created a foundation called Douls for Everyone which aims to have doulas become accessable to all birthing people. Doulas for Everyone prov…
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Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders impact 15-21% of pregnant and postpartum individuals, according to the National Institute of Health. As birth professionals, it is likely that you will encounter a client who experiences a mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy or after birth. We must be able to identify the signs and symptoms of those who ma…
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It's been a busy, amazing year of growth, learning, and success. Here we are again at the end of another amazing season. Looking back over the past year, it's always fun to see our most popular episodes and share our favorites. As always, your love and passion for the topics we talk about are seen, heard, and felt so very much. We appreciate the in…
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This summer we heard Andrea Rudy's first birth story. When we chatted with her, she was just a few weeks away from having her second baby. We were so excited when she wanted to share her second story as well. You'll get to hear how she prepared for her second birth and how it was different than preparing for her first. Then hang on while she shares…
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In this week's episode Hollie and Cheryl enjoyed talking with Dr. Jay Warren, a chiropractor and expert in prenatal and pediatric care, to debunk common myths surrounding fatherhood. He published "9 Myths About Becoming a Dad" and you're luck enough to learn about 3 of those myths in this episode. Dr. Warren begins by challenging the notion that fa…
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When it comes to your website, there are a few website essentials that you should be sure to include. There are also common traps that you should avoid. Your website is the virtual storefront of your business. Often, it will be the first impression that a prospective client will encounter. As a result, you must make an excellent first impression. T…
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In this week's episode Cheryl and Liana talk with Dr. Toya about the gaps that we find in United States when it comes to postpartum care. They discuss what postpartum care currently looks like, and what it should look like. Our role as birth professionals is to help support our clients in getting the care that they need postpartum, whether that be …
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In September, our headquarters team attended DoulaCon in Denver and we had an amazing time. We were able to attend as sponsors, vendors, and we were even able to speak about the importance of childbirth education. Even though it's been a couple of months we chat about our experience and how much we enjoyed the weekend. Get your FREE Guide: Your Bir…
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Choosing between virtual or in-person training is one of the first choices often made when considering the many pathways to becoming a doula. Both formats offer pros and cons to learners. Which format may work best for you will depend on many factors. Do you thrive in more independent learning? Or do you thrive in a classroom setting? Do you learn …
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The methods of support provided during the third stage of labor are many. How the third stage progresses will determine the type of support appropriate for each client. Assistance with bonding, the initiation of breastfeeding, and supporting a client through a perineal tear are all ways in which a client may need the support of their doula. It is a…
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Join us as your Birth Boot Camp HQ team discusses the ARRIVE trial. This hot topic has been buzzing around the birth community and we are excited to share our thoughts, insights, and most importantly the real life implications. Tune in and share your thoughts! Find us on all major podcast platforms! Simply look for the 'Birth Boot Camp Podcast' on …
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Understanding birth-related trauma is an essential skill for all individuals who work in the perinatal field. The fundamental definition of trauma is: a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. When working with birthing or newly postpartum families, we may encounter clients who will identify their experience as traumatic. It is never our role …
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Join us as we discuss ways dads and partners can support their pregnant loved ones through the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum periods. Get great tips from our Birth Boot Camp HQ team and show your partner that you are on this journey together! Availabe on all major podcast station. Search for the 'Birth Boot Camp Podcast' on your favorite app…
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Join us for the latest episode of the Birth Boot Camp Podcast, where we sit down with the incredible Ruth Hildreth. As a dedicated Birth Boot Camp instructor, she shares her inspiring birth stories and her personal journey. Get your FREE Guide: Your Birth Plan Blueprint Let's Connect! Our WEBSITE: www.birthbootcamp.com INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/…
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The expectations vs the realities of doula work can be vast. Many people consider entering this work, thinking it will be sunshine and rainbows. Experiencing birth and cuddling babies is often high on these lists. One of the very first stark realities that most doulas face is the fact that they are starting a business. It's easy to focus on just wo…
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Dive into the incredibel journey of motherhood with Alexis Partridge as she shares her unique birth stories of her four beautiful babies. From her first hospital birth to the heartwarming twin deliveries, and a surprise twist with her third. This episode is filled with empowering tales and unexpected outcomes. Tune in now for inspiration and valuab…
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Join us as we talk with Madelynn Meyer a Birth Boot Camp birth doula. She talks us through her first birth induction journey in a hospital to an incredible birth center bith with a remarkable support team. Get your FREE Guide: Your Birth Plan Blueprint Let's Connect! Our WEBSITE: www.birthbootcamp.com INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/birthbootcamp/ FAC…
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Tune in for a candid conversation with Caren Nugent a Doula and Childbirth Educator Trainer with Birth Boot Camp. This episode is full of humor and heartwarming moments as we hear Caren's birth journey unfold. Contact Caren online on Instagram Get your FREE Guide: Your Birth Plan Blueprint Let's Connect! Our WEBSITE: www.birthbootcamp.com INSTAGRAM…
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Childbirth education is a way for pregnant individuals to learn about the process of birth and what options may exist. It does this through expelling fear and increasing knowledge. In addition, it teaches pregnant people how to advocate for their wishes. However, the role of the doula and the role of the childbirth educator seem very similar but th…
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Join us as we hear another AMAZING birth story from Kristine Ortiz who is an instructor with Birth Boot Camp. She shares about her 26 hour labor and her profoundly empowering experince with her labor and delivery. Find Kristine online. Get your FREE Guide: Your Birth Plan Blueprint Let's Connect! Our WEBSITE: www.birthbootcamp.com INSTAGRAM: www.in…
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Join us for the Birth Boot Camp podcast with Vanessa Stepan. She talks to us about her three births and the experiences she had with each. Find Vanessa on Instagram Get your FREE Guide: Your Birth Plan Blueprint Let's Connect! Our WEBSITE: www.birthbootcamp.com INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/birthbootcamp/ FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/birthbootcamp/…
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Join us as we meet with Francesca Albright who is a certified Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator and is currently training with Birth Boot Camp to become a postpartum doula. She talks to us about the births of her two children and the experiences she had delivering both at a birth center and then having a home birth. Find her on Instagram, Faceboo…
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Welcome to the Birth Boot Camp Podcast. This Summer we are sharing amazing birth stories and in the process learning and changing the way women view birth. In this AMAZING birth story we meet with Andrea Rudy who shares her unique path to a positive hospital birth. Discover how she prepared, the challenges she faced, and the empowering choices she …
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