New and Updated Online Childbirth Classes

Birth Boot Camp talk show
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!

Donna Ryan and Sarah Clark at a recent Birth Boot Camp instructor training in Indiana.

Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis

Just after birth

We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”


(Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis)

When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City four years ago she had just a few minutes with him, skin-to-skin, as she had requested, and then he was taken out of her arms to be examined by a pediatrician, weighed, have a PKU heel prick, and warm up in an incubator. The obstetrician instructed her to push harder to deliver the placenta. Read more

10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep


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For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help in those early days without resorting to less “baby-friendly” methods.

Understanding the basic needs and patterns of a newborn is very helpful.  This does not sound like a tip to help baby sleep, but it will guide you and lend wisdom. Flexibility and realistic understanding of newborn needs can help your baby make more sense to you.   Read more

Natural Birth FAQ for Families


Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a natural birth. Read more

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