Due to Covid-19, what should I do about the required birth observations?

Covid-19 has made it difficult for trainees to attend their required birth observations. We are being very lenient about this requirement. We still want you to reach out to those in your community to try and find births to attend. Keep in contact with your trainer and let her know how things are going with this requirement. If needed, we can grant an extension so that you can complete this after attending the training workshop. Be sure to contact us with any further questions at [email protected]

What if I can’t attend the workshop I am registered for?

If a registered applicant desires to change their original specified training date, a $250 fee will be applied. This fee must be paid in order to reserve the applicant’s spot in the newly chosen workshop. If it is not possible for a trainee to attend an in-person workshop, we do offer online workshops.

How much time will it take to complete the workload?

  • What is your personal life like? Do you have a newborn? Small children? Do you have a job outside the home? Do you have a lot of obligations?

  • Are you a fast reader? Are you familiar with the material? Are you already a birth professional? These are the people who are able to get through the workload within the deadline of 8 weeks before the workshop.

  • If you are brand new to birth work, are a slow reader, have a busy personal life, or have small children, you might need 4-6 months to complete the pre-workshop reading and study modules.

  • Set realistic goals for yourself. Enjoy the journey of getting certified. Remember, the more prepared you are coming to the workshop, the better equipped you will be to help couples work towards their amazing births.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Laptop/ipad for note taking and for the online exam, 2 bed pillows, comfortable clothing, a jacket or sweater, your own snacks and beverages

How do I get students for my classes?

Birth Boot Camp strives to help our teachers fill their classes. We have an accessible and searchable online directory where all of our instructors are listed. Your training covers not just how to teach classes, but also includes marketing information on some basic self-promotion. Much of your work will be in your own community. We encourage you to contact other birth professionals and be part of local community resources such as La Leche League or BirthNetwork.

How long do I have to complete my certification?

Keep in mind that there is a significant amount of work involved in this training. After your application has been approved, allow yourself plenty of time to complete all certification requirements. The study modules must be submitted three business days before the workshop. Certification should be completed within one year of applying.

How much is it to certify or re-certify?

Instructor Certification fees can be found along with the Training Dates.

The current recertification fee is $150.

Can I make payments?

Yes! Our fees are already broken up into two separate payments.

1) Pay your Certification Fee to Birth Boot Camp

2) Pay your Training Fee to your Instructor Trainer. You may communicate with your specific trainer about payment plans that she may offer.

Can I be certified with another organization, as well?

Yes, instructors may be certified through (approved) organizations, as long as there is not a conflict of interest in your classes. We do expect our instructors to teach and use Birth Boot Camp materials when a class has been advertised as such, and only in such instances. For example, you may not use Birth Boot Camp materials (written, video, or otherwise) for a non-Birth Boot Camp class. We believe that our materials and support are the best in the industry and you will not feel the need to have or continue with another CBE certification.

Are students able to make up classes online?

One of the advantages of Birth Boot Camp’s online comprehensive classes for the instructor is that students are able to take up to 2 missed classes via the Internet.  While we encourage students to come to every class, we realize that things come up, people must travel, and, sometimes, people don’t find out about a class until it has already begun. Should a student need to make up a live class, we will set them up with the appropriate online class. Their access will last one week from the time of issuing.

Please note that make up classes are only available for the comprehensive class.

Can I bring my baby to the workshop?

We encourage long-term breastfeeding and want nursing mothers to be included. Training, however, is intensive and requires long hours and a quiet room, so that all who have invested their time and money can hear and participate. Training also requires that all be able to participate in relaxation and various other floor exercises. If you are nursing a baby or child you must have someone with you who can bring your baby to you and take them out of the training room when they are done feeding. This enables both the nursing mother and others in attendance to maximize their workshop experience.

Will the online classes compete with my live classes? I am worried that people will just opt for online classes.

One of the goals of Birth Boot Camp is to provide classes that are accessible to ALL, even those away from an instructor, overseas, or with very hectic schedules. That is why we developed the online course. We still see much value in live classes such as: one-on-one instructor interaction, friendship and camaraderie with other class members, and personal accountability each week in class. We encourage those who CAN to take live classes. We believe that most couples DESIRE a live, in-person class. Our online classes exist for those who simply cannot make a live class work.

Is there ongoing support and training for instructors?

Yes! Ongoing, daily support can be found on the Instructor Facebook Group. Our wonderful instructors have formed an amazing support system there. Headquarters and members of the Advisory Board are available by email, at any time. We are thankful for our instructors and do all that we can to help and support them!

In addition, Birth Boot Camp is hosting a company-wide retreat every three years with the purpose of providing new information and helping Birth Boot Camp instructors and doulas stay motivated and excited about their birth business. Fees are kept to a minimum. You will not regret making an effort to be at every single Birth Boot Camp retreat.

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Training ends with you taking your exam. Within a few weeks, you will be notified of your status and will be off and running as you help women learn how to have an amazing birth in your area!