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New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes

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Donna Ryan (right), founder of Birth Boot Camp, and Sarah Clark during the filming of the new and updated online classes.

Yes, you heard that right: we have completely updated our online classes! We loved the original birth classes featuring Donna Ryan, but felt it was time to mix things up. Our online childbirth classes are not just a few handouts that you print off yourself with some articles to read, they are literally HOURS of streaming video with a beautiful workbook included. By the time you are done, you will feel as though you know your instructors!

The new classes are even more fun and entertaining. Featuring Donna Ryan with her trusty sidekick, Sarah Clark (Board Member and writer over at the Mama Birth blog), the new childbirth classes feature a morning talk-show style. Donna and Sarah chat together about the things that matter most as you prepare for your birth.

They are joined by dozens of couples, women, care providers and experts telling their stories in a professional, documentary-style video.

We have also added weekly “comfort techniques” led by Sarah. After most classes you can watch a few minutes where she walks you and your partner through some comfort techniques to use in labor. These are fun, interactive, and helpful in confidence-building as you prepare for your birth. These further supplement the many color photos included in your “Field Manual” that comes with your online class.

In addition, we have fully expanded our pregnancy exercise videos. Led by our resident fitness expert, Katie Dudley, the exercise videos are found throughout the series. They include more exercises, stretches, ideas, and pain-reducing foam rolling. You will love this program! We strongly believe that this program is another piece in the puzzle that can help you prepare for your birth. It’s like having a pregnancy personal trainer all to yourself.

The classes also have additional birth videos. We seek to constantly update and add diverse birth videos to our library. We want women to see a variety of births in a variety of places with all different kinds of women birthing their own way. Have your tissues handy, because these birth videos will show you the beauty and hard work inherent in birth.

We couldn’t update the classes and not update the workbook to go along with it. Your workbook, or “Field Manual”, as we like to call it, is over 170 full-color pages of concise birth information and at-home work The recently expanded “Chow Chart” includes so much more than nutrition and gives you a chance to record not just what you eat but all the other things that go into your day and your pregnancy.

We can’t wait to have you join us! If you aren’t pregnant but want to share the happiness that your fabulous natural birth has brought, sign up to become a Birth Boot Camp instructor. Our team of amazing women are changing birth across the country, one couple at a time. Or, if you prefer, we are now training doulas! Supporting families as a doula is deeply satisfying work that changes your life and the lives of others.

There are so many wonderful things going on, we invite you to be a part of them!

Join us!

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Donna Ryan and Sarah Clark at a recent Birth Boot Camp instructor training in Indiana.
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Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story

Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a comprehensive birth class in order to achieve this. This is something that she has shared with us and which has had an incredible positive impact not just for her, but mostly for her clients. Her story is beautiful and her deep belief that women need somebody to truly support their desire for a natural birth is something that sets her apart. We are so glad to have her be part of our Birth Boot Camp team, and excited to share her words. Enjoy! Read more

Are Birth Classes For Women Planning An Epidural?

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One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this:

“I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?”

The short answer is a surprising yes.  And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes.  No matter what kind of birth you are planning, we highly recommend that you take a comprehensive class of some sort.  Yes, our classes certainly do focus on preparing you for a natural birth, but they are so much more than that.   Read more

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Birth Boot Camp Statistics 2012-2013

Birth Boot Camp® childbirth classes strive to prepare couples for natural birth. In an effort to continually improve our curriculum and provide the absolute best education available, we seek feedback from our students.

Our instructors are required to compile statistics from their students. As a company, we spend many hours reaching out to our online students to find out how their births went and their thoughts on the class. We compile all of the information we receive and use it to make updates and improvements. Read more

Yes, my dear, you do need childbirth education, even if you have a doula!

Let’s start with what a doula is.  A birth doula provides physical, emotional and informational support for a family through pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum.  Doulas usually meet with birth clients for an interview and two prenatal visits prior to birth.  We have a lot to cover in these meetings.  We have to develop a relationship and I have to get a feel for what our rhythm will be, how you like to be touched, comforted, spoken to. And how your partner plans to help and is best supported as well.  Imagine how long it takes to find this stuff out while dating. . . . at best, I’m doing this in six hours.  Yup, doulas are awesome!  Read more

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