In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California. We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors! Read more
The backbone of Birth Boot Camp lies in our amazing instructors. Our natural birth instructors can now be found from coast to coast and more are training all the time. We love working with these wonderful women and watching them change lives through education. Today we are featuring an interview with one of our earliest trainees about what being a Birth Boot Camp Instructor means to her. (And if you can’t find an instructor close enough to you for a live, our online natural birth classes are available virtually anywhere around the world.)
What got you interested in becoming a natural childbirth educator?
During our first pregnancy we went through 10 weeks of live natural childbirth classes by Birth Boot Camp founder, Donna Ryan. She gave me and my husband accurate, up to date information. We were able to take what we had learned and decide what was best for our pregnancy and baby. We have been married for 8 years and have had three fabulous home births! These experiences inspired me to help make natural childbirth education available for everyone, because it brought reassurance and confidence for some of the most meaningful moments of my life.
There are lots of different birth educator training programs out there. Why did you choose Birth Boot Camp?
I was impressed with Birth Boot Camp materials! They have created an outstanding teacher curriculum, Student Field Manual, and extensive breastfeeding DVD built on a foundation of truth and excellence. Students benefit from the treasury of information that reflect cutting edge statistics and the very best in natural childbirth education.
What most impressed you about the Birth Boot Camp training?
During instructor training I was most impressed with the way that the Birth Boot Camp Advisory Board was determined to serve us and wanted to see us succeed! The marketing training has help me beyond what I could have imagined. I love team teaching as it gave us hands on experience in the art of communicating natural birth knowledge and content to prepare us for teaching live classes. (Part of every training is an opportunity for the instructors to teach to the group.)
How is teaching your own classes going for you? What do you enjoy most about it?
It has been very rewarding teaching live classes and it’s going really well! I started teaching live classes almost immediately after certification, about a month later. Many couples have gone through my classes already.
Tell us a little about your students. Can you see how having a comprehensive natural childbirth education is positively impacting their birth experiences?
My students occupations range from Balloon Artist to Police Officer and everything in between. They have had births in hospitals, birth centers and at home. Several dads told me at the end of the first or second class night something like, “I thought this was going to be boring, but it turns out you make it fun and I actually look forward to class each week.” Students have made friendships that lasted beyond class and I enjoy keeping up with my students as we formed great friendships as well. One of my amazing moms said, “Our Birth Boot Camp classes really helped me achieve such a redeeming childbirth experience in-contrast with my first three births.”
We would love it if you would share (with permission) with us your favorite student birth experience so far.
Student Birth Story: Baby Axle’s Birth Story (Attachment written by my student, given with permission and pictures with permission as well!)
To close, tell us how you see natural childbirth education changing lives and birth in the world.
Women everywhere are becoming more aware that they have choices when it comes to having their babies. Mothers often choose to deliver naturally because they have been educated and embrace the idea that giving birth is a normal, beautiful, and physiological process.
For more information about her Fort Worth natural birth classes click here.
While Birth Boot Camp began with a mission to take childbirth education to more people through online classes, we have been honored to see incredible growth in our live classes. Women with a passion for birth, from all around the country, have signed up for our instructor training workshops. Now, just about a year into this business, we have instructors across the country and trainings beginning to span from coast to coast!
Let’s hear what these fabulous new instructors have to say about the comprehensive trainings that Birth Boot Camp organizes.
- “It (the workshop) has been invaluable in giving me the hands on prep I needed. I love having a village to help us.” Maggie
Included in the price of your training are all the materials you will need to get started as a childbirth educator. Each new instructor receives an Instructor Manual, Instructor Handbook, Field Guide (student workbook), all of the Birth Boot Camp birth videos (you don’t have to find or buy your own) and supplemental videos for teaching specific subjects.
The only thing you will be required to buy when you start a class are workbook kits for your students. Not only that, Birth Boot Camp has developed detailed lesson plans and game ideas that you can use when teaching your own class.
- “The materials and all of the ideas given are so helpful and useful. I can’t wait to get started.”
One of the most important aspects of training is the opportunity that each instructor has to practice teaching to the entire group. Everyone is assigned a topic and we meet together to listen and learn from each other. Not only is this a wonderful time to practice and get used to teaching in a group setting, there are also some incredible ideas shared by these amazing instructors.
- “I thought the teaching part would be scary but I ended up loving it during training. It was fun and so helpful!”
- “I feel much more prepared to teach and more confident.” Beth
- “I loved practice teaching!” Beth
And with that, we would like to introduce you to our newest crop of trained, natural birth instructors! You can find all of our instructors, from coast to coast, on our Find a Live Class page.
What an amazing year it has been! Birth Boot Camp launched one year ago in March 2012. This has been a year of learning and growth. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve so many couples through our live and online birth classes.
Our natural childbirth instructors, along with their students, are thrilled with the comprehensive education they are receiving!
“Just wanted to say that my husband and I are LOVING our Birth Boot Camp classes! Our instructor is so knowledgeable and passionate about the material and we love getting to spend time with other like- minded expecting couples! The Field Guide is STUFFED with priceless information. Today will be our third class and I already feel more prepared for this birth than I ever did for my first! Thank you!!” – Rachel
The epidural rate in the USA is estimated by the CDC to be around 61% for women who delivered vaginally.¹ The medicated rate for Birth Boot Camp moms who delivered vaginally was only 9%.
The national C-section rate is around 32% while the Birth Boot Camp student rate is a combined (live and online class) rate of 9%.² Truly, education does make a difference when it comes to birth.
Our online birth classes have been accessed by over 100 couples around the world. are available to couples around the world.
We have been honored to welcome 30 Birth Boot Camp instructors across 7 states to our team this past year. Looking forward, as of October 2013, we will have instructors in over 20 states and 3 countries!
Whether you choose to take Birth Boot Camp from one of our instructors in a live class setting or through our online birth classes, you will be trained in natural birth and breastfeeding through an accessible, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum.
Birth Boot Camp is for couples, moms AND dads. You’ll learn to work together to bring your baby into this world as a team.
Birth Boot Camp is a 10-class course. In addition to a comprehensive and modern class designed for parents planning a natural childbirth, all students will receive the full color, professionally printed Field Manual, relaxation training, links to additional reading on complimentary topics, and an exclusive breastfeeding DVD, The Ultimate MRE, taught by renowned lactation consultant, Mellanie Sheppard, ICBLC, RLC
You CAN have an amazing birth!
Join our team as a natural childbirth instructor! Apply today!
Birth Boot Camp® is honored this year to be voted “Best Childbirth Class” by the Fort Worth Child Magazine. We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we have had to our natural birth classes (both live and online). We look forward to many more years of teaching couples that they CAN have an amazing birth!
Check out the list in the 2013 DFW Child found here!