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Denton, TX

Callie provides childbirth classes in North Dallas and Flower Mound, TX and birth doula services in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. The Swaying Doula provides birth services for pregnant mothers and their families, as well as prenatal exercise and dance fitness to help pregnant mothers have a healthy pregnancy and prepare their bodies for labor, birth, and postpartum recovery.

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3 Simple Things To Add To Your Birth Bag

Callie Corless

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1. Hair Ties

Have you ever gone to a workout and realized just how important that little band of elastic is? Hair plastered to the side of your face, stray strands falling in your eyes - majorly annoying. Birth is another equally bad time to forget a hair tie. Pack a few extras in your bag asap. You won’t regret it.

2. Depends

I brought this up at a visit with a client recently and they scoffed a bit at the suggestion. Then we discussed what it’s like if your water breaks early on in labor, and you’re leaking everywhere you go. Yeah. The benefits of not having to worry about constantly changing pads/clothes, and the many other charms of having these on hand soon won her over. Plus, they beat those flimsy mesh panties you get at the hospital any day!

3. Phone Charger

It’s no secret most of us really like our phones. But if you want to catch a sweet moment in labor, or tell family when the little one has arrived - only to find your battery is dead? Not good! It’s even worth it to buy an extra to keep in your bag so there’s no last minute scramble when it’s go time. 

Now go and have an AMAZING birth! 

Why Take A Natural Birth Class - Even If You're Planning on an Epidural

Callie Corless

Why take a natural birth class if I’m planning to have an epidural?

Short answer: Because you learn way more than how to have a natural birth.

When people ask me about the Birth Boot Camp Classes I teach in Flower Mound TX, they often say “oh, I don’t need a natural birth class. I’m getting an epidural.” Now this isn’t an anti-epidural post, just to be clear. I think everyone knows what is best for them, and I certainly wouldn't recommend you birth in a setting you aren't comfortable with. Birth doesn’t go so well if the mother is anxious or afraid.

What I do want to do is make sure you know that planning on an epidural doesn’t mean you won’t ever feel any pain. I also want to show you why investing in your birth is worthwhile. (And considering the benefits, the cost of a birth class is fairly minimal. For example, have you seen how much the average couple spends on a wedding? The amount we spend on preparing for our births pales in comparison.)
Birth Boot Camp gives couples the evidence and current information they can use to plan their birth, specifically tailored to what works for them.

You might not have thought of the following when planning your birth. Here are a few reasons a Birth Boot Camp class is a good idea; even if you plan to birth with medication.

Hot Spots

This isn't as fun as it sounds.

Sometimes when an epidural is placed women will have a spot that the medication doesn’t reach and they will feel contractions just in that location. In this case, you’ll need those comfort measures to rely on! 

It Might Be Awhile...

Even with an epidural early labor can last hours or even days. If you plan to birth in a hospital, this means you’ll have a lot of time trying to cope with contractions before pain medication is even an option. 

Think You're Guaranteed An Epidural? Not Quite.

I'd like to tell you about a good friend of mine(with her permission) who planned on an epidural for each of her births. Her last birth was so fast she delivered the baby soon after arriving at the hospital, with no time for an epidural. She was never planning to birth without pain medication(natural birth actually terrified her!), but it happened.
Another common occurrence is when the anesthesiologist is overwhelmed with other patients, and you are essentially "in line" for medication. I’ve seen moms who waited for an epidural for HOURS and didn’t know what to do in the meantime. Don’t get caught off guard! Taking a class is worth it.

Know Your Stuff

With any intervention, there are pros and cons to weigh. If you are planning on an epidural, you should find out how that works. What are the risks? Benefits? How is it placed? Our class covers common medications and interventions so you can make decisions about your care, fully informed. 

The Partner Needs Support Too!

Birth can be intense. Mom might be really focused during birth. Sometimes she is so focused she can’t voice what she wants and needs as well. The last thing we want is a partner who feels helpless. Helpless is no bueno. Birth Boot Camp gives partners lots of tools to use, and in class I pass out little card reminders for Dads to bring to the birth - a sort of cheat sheet for supporting mom, if you will. In class couples learn together, so they are on the same page as they plan their birth.

Fail To Plan, Plan To...Not Get What You Want

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If you want something to go well, you wouldn’t just show up and wing it(see this post if you need a little help with your birth plan). You'd prepare ahead of time. That would help you to feel a little more ready, confident, and calm. (All of these are important for a safe, happy birth!) A childbirth class should prepare you so that if plans change or something comes up, you’ll know what to do because you’ve prepared for it, whether it’s a long labor, change of birth location, a necessary induction, or even a cesarean.

A Finals Day Birth - Harlee

Callie Corless

Abbey, a full time student at BYU-Idaho at the time, had her baby in place of taking a final at the end of the semester; her baby girl just couldn't wait!

Abbey, a full time student at BYU-Idaho at the time, had her baby in place of taking a final at the end of the semester; her baby girl just couldn't wait!

"When I was expecting my first baby I was a full time college student at BYU-Idaho. We had planned and timed it just right for the baby to be due right after the semester ended so I could spend the whole summer connecting with my baby until school started again. My due date was April 21st and the last official day of the semester was April 8th. It was perfect! It left me with a few weeks to get things dialed in and ready for baby to arrive!

On the morning of April 8th, I was scheduled to take my last final of the semester. *I should note that the final was on Labor and Delivery. I wasn't feeling well; really lethargic and feeling blah and really considering taking my teacher up on the option to take the test the next day instead if I really wanted to. I contemplated waiting until the next day since I was feeling so crummy but decided to just power through and get it over with. After my final, my husband picked me up from school and we went home to grab some lunch and finish up our taxes before my doctor's appointment at 4:00 that afternoon. I made myself a taco for lunch and with my clumsy pregnant hands I spilled greasy taco juice all over the belly of my favorite maternity shirt. I was so mad and emotional and pouted all afternoon about my shirt. I was so fed up with my giant belly that seemed like it was always in the way. 4:00 rolled around and I was off to my 38 week doctor's visit. I was excited since my doctor was going to finally start checking for progress and I was eager to know if anything was starting to happen. I was getting eager!

She was so tiny but I'll never forget the warmth of her tiny body when they placed her in my arms for the first time. - Abbey

After taking my blood pressure and noting that it was quite a bit higher than usual and finding that I was dilated to 3 cm, my doctor decided to send me to the hospital in fear that I was preeclamptic. We hurried home to pack a bag and call my mom. In my panic I had a million things running through my mind, "I need to finish soaking my taco stained shirt!", "I need to clean my house!" "What do I even need to take to the hospital?" "What outfit should she wear home?" 'How do we install the car seat?" "I'm not ready for this!" 30 minutes later we were at the hospital and they were quickly whisking me into the delivery room leaving my husband with all of the paperwork. My blood pressure was still elevated and I had dilated to 4 cm in that half an hour. At this point, the nurses were thinking that my elevated blood pressure was because I was in labor not because of preeclampsia. Whew! With that, the doctor came in to break my water and the waiting game began. Since this was my first baby and I didn't know what to expect I had told myself that I was going to go as long as I could tolerate before asking for anything to control pain . My goal was AT LEAST 6 cm before caving but if I could go the whole way, that would be great too. I didn't want to be too stuck in a birth plan. An hour after my water breaking, I was in incredible pain. So much pain that I was shaking uncontrollably and lightheaded. My husband couldn't bear to watch it anymore and my stubbornness was slowly weakening as the pain worsened so I agreed to get the epidural. I felt so weak and silly needing an epidural after only being there an hour! My contractions were so intense and close together that I didn't feel anything while getting the epidural and was having a hard time not wanting to punch someone in the face for constantly telling me to stay hunched over during the procedure while I was having the worst contractions of my life!

Immediately after the epidural, my nurse decided to check me for progress. With a funny look on her face and huge eyes she said, "you are 100% dilated and effaced. It's time to push." Nobody was expecting things to go so quickly, especially for my first baby. Being night time and having been totally wiped out by the pain of contractions I struggled having the strength to push. I pushed for just over an hour before my sweet baby girl was finally here. She was so tiny but I'll never forget the warmth of her tiny body when they placed her in my arms for the first time. All of my fears melted away and I felt that indescribable mother's love that I'd always read about."

-Abbey's first birth, with her surprisingly quick labor, is a beautiful example of the unpredictability of labor! Sometimes when we think we have a long way to go and we can't go on any longer, the end is just around the corner. 

Callie teaches Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Classes and serves couples as a Birth Doula in Flower Mound and Denton County, TX. Some of her favorite things are birth, Brene Brown, her three precocious little girls, making new creations for her family or Etsy shop, and stashing treats in her closet for a rainy day. You can check out other posts on her blog or contact her at