Below are a list of commonly asked questions and the answers. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us on the form below.
You’ll have unlimited access to the classes for 3 months.
Most people are able to watch classes without any issues. If you do run into any problems, however, we try to handle them immediately. The video is streaming, so if you have a data plan that caps out, this will deplete your data very quickly.
Often, materials are mailed out the same day, but allow up to 1-2 business days. They will be shipped in a Priority Mail Envelope.
I do not live in the United States? Can I still take Birth Boot Camp online classes? Do I have to pay extra shipping?
As long as you can stream video, you can take Birth Boot Camp online classes. There is no extra charge to ship out of the United States. Your materials will also arrive in a Priority Mail envelope.
You will receive your Field Manual, Breastfeeding video “The Ultimate MRE”, and a Birth Boot Camp pen. You’ll also receive a receipt which you are encouraged to turn in to your insurance for coverage or reimbursement from your Flexible Spending Account.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept your FSA card, but you will receive a receipt with your materials. You should be able to turn in your receipt for reimbursement.
Donna Ryan, the founder of Birth Boot Camp, teaches the classes with Sarah Clark, co-curriculum-writer and instructor trainer. Classes are laid out morning-talk-show style, and they are interesting and interactive. Donna and Sarah have known each other for many years, even before becoming childbirth educators. Their chemistry is obvious, as they’ve been told at instructor trainings, watching them teach “is like watching a morning talk show.” When they recently re-recorded the Birth Boot Camp classes, they decided to run with what already comes so naturally.
Both Donna and Sarah are available to answer your questions. You will receive their business cards with your materials and will be able to email them directly. They consider themselves your childbirth educators and are here to answer your questions just as if you were in their live classes.
Treating your online classes as you would a live class is the best bit of advice. Pick a class night, put it in your calendar, then do the “homework” (relaxation, Chow Charts, exercises, discussions with each other and/or care provider, etc.) during the week. Don’t try to cram the classes all at once, even if you are getting a late start. Space them out by at least a few days and work on the “weekly assignments” even if it’s not for an entire week. Be accountable to each other. Other useful tips can be found once you log on after registration.
The first thing you will watch is the actual class. Periodically, you might stop the video and have a short discussion with one another. At some point during the class, you may pause the class video, scroll down to the birth video, and then come back to the class for more discussion. Also included are several links related to the topics discussed in that particular class. Each week also includes exercises, relaxation downloads, and a comfort measure to practice. The relaxation exercises are also written in the Field Manual so you can practice them together.