Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Education FAQ

Q: What do I receive with my natural childbirth online class?

A: 154-pg Field Manual, breastfeeding DVD, 3 months access to the 10 week program, 10 weeks of supplemental links and materials that complement the information you learned in class.

Q: What is this company? Who created the materials?

A: Birth Boot Camp core curriculum was created by Childbirth Educator Donna Ryan, who has taught classes for nearly a decade. Contributors that have made the program complete come from other educators, a personal trainer, CNMs, CPMs, doulas, a massage therapist, a lactation consultant, a Webster-certified chiropractor, and many other resources. It is a complete and accurate program for today’s couples.

Q: Should I take a live childbirth class or an online class?

A: You know yourself better than anyone. There is no accountability with online classes. Your online instructor cannot look you in the eye and ask how relaxation practice is going or how your diet is. Many people do fine with that and even prefer it that way. If your schedule is hectic, you may have a hard time getting into a live class. You may be 34 weeks into the pregnancy and with online classes, you can still get the full course.

A live class is preferred for many couples. The community from a class environment is a wonderful way to feel supported on this journey. Your questions are answered immediately and then there is that accountability! Discuss with one another which form of learning will accommodate you best.


Q: When should I start classes?

A: Birth Boot Camp is a 10-week course with a comprehensive breastfeeding DVD included — essentially 11 classes. It is recommended to start classes in the last trimester and preferably not before 25 weeks. You want the information to be fresh in your mind come birth day! Classes fill quickly, however, so reserve your spot as early as possible.


Q: Who should take Birth Boot Camp classes?

A: Birth Boot Camp is designed for couples wanting a natural birth and wishing to avoid a cesarean. Both partners will be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. Visit Class Descriptions for more details on what you can expect to be covered in class.


Q: How much do classes cost?

A: Online classes cost $295. Contact your local Birth Boot Camp Instructor for prices and schedules .


Q: What sets Birth Boot Camp apart from other programs?

A: Birth Boot Camp was created with today’s couples in mind. It is interactive, utilizing the internet and social media. The materials are relevant and up-to-date. No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection, you have access to a complete course preparing you for a natural birth.


Q: Why do I need a childbirth class?

A: Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. Why do we need a class to prepare us for something our body naturally does? Many dads have this question, especially when it involves spending $295! Unfortunately, many of our ideas about birth come from the media, which rarely presents birth in a positive — even enjoyable — manner. With each passing year, we become more comfortable with a rising cesarean rate. When a couple is trying to avoid interventions, medication, and a cesarean, it is crucial that they know their options and how to help themselves in the throes of labor. Birth Boot Camp gives you those tools and wants you to have fun along the way.


Q: What is covered in these natural childbirth classes?

A: Hot topics include:

* Nutrition and exercise

*Relaxation training

*Carefully choosing a care provider, birth place, and birth team

*Interventions and procedures — when you need them and when you don’t!

*The process of labor and birth

*An entire class just for the partner

*Ways to avoid a cesarean

*Immediate postpartum period

*Newborn testing & procedures including circumcision

*Breastfeeding initiation

*Parenting techniques to help you enjoy your new baby

Visit the Class Descriptions page for complete course description.


Q: Are the online classes video or webcast? Do I have to set a certain time to view them?

A: The online classes, taught by Birth Boot Camp founder and childbirth educator Donna Ryan, are professionally recorded and edited. They are peppered with birth stories from several former students, as well as various professionals on a number of topics. Each class runs between 1-2 hours and may be done on your own time schedule.


Q: What is the format of the live classes?

A: The live classes will follow the Birth Boot Camp curriculum with your instructor’s special twist. Rest assured, you will be learning from a woman who has given birth without medication (or is a Licensed Midwife) and has attended other births besides her own. She will be able to share that wisdom with you — incorporating games, live relaxation practices, and birth videos — in order to help you be fully prepared to give birth naturally.


Q: What kind of assignments will we have?

A: Each week there will be Physical Training and stretching exercises as well as a Chow Chart, helping you stay on track with a well-balanced diet. Weekly relaxation, kegel exercises, reading, and lots of communication between one another and your care provider will help you in achieving your goal of having a natural birth. Learn how to write a unique and effective birth plan that won’t be tossed aside. Study various charts and labor/pushing positions in your Field Manual. Learn the art of Belly Mapping as taught by Spinning Babies’ Gail Tully. These weekly assignments are listed at the end of each class in your Field Manual, and you are encouraged to take them seriously and complete them each week .