All requirements must be completed prior to attending the workshop.
- Applicant is required to have had a natural birth, free of pain medication.*
- Applicant must have breastfed at least one child, preferably for at least 12 months.
- Apply for Birth Boot Camp Instructor training. Please apply as soon as possible, to ensure that your application is approved before you continue on with the requirements.
- Complete the pre-workshop study guide.
- Complete required reading and movie list.
Kitzinger, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised) , most recent edition
Davis, Heart and Hands, Fifth Edition: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth , most recent edition
Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth , most recent edition
Sears, The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library) , most recent edition
Simkin and Ancheta, The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia , most recent edition
Newborn and Breastfeeding:
Mohrbacher, Kendall-Tackett, and Newman, Breastfeeding Made Simple, most recent edition
Kleiman and Raskin, This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression , most recent edition
Simkin and Klaus, When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women , most recent edition
Korte, The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (Non) , most recent edition
6. Observe 2 different types of labors/births, preferably at different locations than what you experienced. If you have attended births in the past, you may document those for training. These do not have to be unmedicated births.
7. Compile a list of community resources.
8. Attend all sessions of the Birth Boot Camp Training Workshop.Instructor Application
* Exceptions made for Licensed Midwives who have been licensed for a minimum of 3 years and/or have attended at least 50 births. In addition, if they have given birth it must have been a natural birth, free of pain medication.