Birth Boot Camp Instructor
The Short Story
I'm Kacy Bunte, the mother to two adorable sons, both born at home with the support & encouragement of my husband, Justin, and our incredible birth team. Becoming pregnant with our first son set us on an unexpected & eye-opening journey where knowledge played an important role in our amazing birth experience. My desire is to help educate couples on the benefits & beauty of natural childbirth. As a former elementary school teacher and librarian, my love for teaching is now channeled into educating & empowering couples to have an amazing, natural birth. I love a good birth story and look forward to helping you write yours!
On a personal note, I love getting to work from home with my boys. We frequently spend our days playing with anything on wheels. If we're not at home we're probably at the playground or Chick-fil-A. After my babies are in bed I can be found staying up entirely too late binge-watching The Office or Parks & Rec. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my love languages.
The Long Story
(Official Birth Boot Camp Interview on September 7, 2015)
First, could you introduce yourself? Tell us a little bit about your own birth experiences and how they influenced your desire to teach birth classes in Houston, TX.
I never imagined I would be at the place where I am, loving birth. I fully expected myself to be the girl that was requesting the epidural before labor even began. But when I became pregnant with my son, something changed. I wanted the absolute BEST for him, so I went on a mission to find out exactly what that was for us. In the process of finding out what was best for baby, I figured out what was also best for me, personally, which ended up being a home birth under the care of a midwife.
What first got you interested in childbirth?
I love love loved my birth, which actually quite surprised me. All I had ever heard about was how painful and awful birth was. Nobody ever told me that birth could be AMAZING. (You can read about & watch my amazing births here and here.) After I had my first son at home, au natural, I thought, "This is the best kept secret! Everybody should experience this!" All of a sudden I had a passion and desire to tell everyone about how incredible birth could be.
I like to say that I had the passion, but I needed a verb--an action step. Something to do with all my pent up passion. I am a teacher by trade, so it made perfect sense to merge my birth passion with teaching so I became a Birth Boot Camp Instructor.
There are lots of different birth educator training programs out there. Why did you choose Birth Boot Camp?
My midwife told me about Birth Boot Camp because she had heard such great things about it. I started researching and very quickly fell in love with the concept & the Birth Boot Camp curriculum. The founders & the instructors I have met along the way are just icing on the cake.
Tell us a little about your Birth Boot Camp training experience. In what ways did the Birth Boot Camp teacher training help prepare you for teaching actual classes?
I attended the training in Dallas with a group of incredible fellow instructors. I loved that there was an in-person component to training that created a camaraderie among us & gave us a chance to really interact & engage with the curriculum & its creators. It brought everything to life for me, and, in turn, the collaboration of the instructors brought such insight into how to bring the curriculum to life for my students.
How is teaching your own classes going for you? What do you enjoy most about it?
After every class I teach I feel like I'm on a birth "high" again. My oxytocin cup overfloweth! I love talking birth with like-minded individuals and getting to share my stories and experiences. Every couple is unique and I love learning from them along the way, as well.
Tell us a little about your students. How do you believe childbirth education is having a positive impact on them?
The proof is really in the pudding--after my students have their babies & I'm hearing the birth stories, I feel like a proud mama hen when I hear phrases such as, "We weighed the risks and benefits..." That helps me know that they had the knowledge & confidence to make the best choice in that moment for their specific situation. My biggest desire is to instill hope in my students to know that their birth can be amazing and the confidence to make educated decisions along the way.
To close, tell us how you see natural childbirth education having a positive impact?
I believe every woman should have the right to birth the way she wants to. Some women don't know that they have rights or options outside of hospital policy. Some women (such as myself, previously) don't know that birth can be AMAZING. But I'm here to tell them!
Where can we find you?
I teach Birth Boot Camp classes in Houston. Specifically, I am near Cypress on the Northwest side.