Meet Your Instructor Trainers

Be Amazing: Birth Boot Camp Retreat 2018Meet Your Birth Boot Camp Instructor Trainers

Birth Boot Camp has women leading childbirth educator and doula training all over the country. We are working hard to bring birth doula and childbirth educator training to you.

Each Birth Boot Camp Trainer is carefully selected and trained by our headquarters team. They will make sure you have the same comprehensive training that we have become known for, as well as ongoing mentoring, incredible materials, and support from the Birth Boot Camp community of educators and doulas. Do you have questions? Feel free to contact us or any of our trainers. We are here to help!

You can have an amazing career! Working as a childbirth educator or doula is one way to live fully, make a difference, and love what you do.

You can find a complete list of current childbirth educator training dates here. 

You can find a complete list of current doula training dates here.

Cheryl Amelang – Instructor Trainer

Hi, I’m Cheryl, mama of six littles, wife to a super cool dude, Birth Boot Camp Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and homeschool mama. I have been passionate about birth and education since the birth of my first baby in 2004. I wanted everyone to know how amazing birth could be. I began teaching classes in 2011 and certified with Birth Boot Camp in 2014.  I love helping couples prepare for their amazing birth. It is so rewarding watching their confidence and excitement grow as the classes progress.

My husband, John, and I have been married for 19 years, we have four boys and sweet girls who were all born at home with the help of wonderful midwives and doulas. In addition to teaching (expecting couples and my own children!) you can find me drinking coffee, playing board games, organizing something, and sorting laundry. Life is pretty sweet (except the laundry part. *wink*)

Amy Anderson – Instructor and Doula Trainer

My name is Amy Anderson born and raised in Oklahoma, Go Pokes! I love a good storm, which I guess you have to when you live in Tornado Alley. I’ve lived in several other southern states but always come back to good ol’ home sweet home.

I have five littles, each of them have their own wonderfully unique birth stories. One emergency cesarean, one repeat cesarean, two hospital VBA2C’s and an HBA2C. Through my own birth journey, my passion for birth grew, so I became a birth doula in 2009. Then, seeing the need for better education before labor I decided to find a comprehensive childbirth education program, that is when I found Birth Boot Camp and I have been a Birth Boot Camp Instructor since 2012. I’m thrilled to be offering Birth Boot Camp Instructor and doula training in many different locations.

Jillian Blakeman – Instructor Trainer

I love Birth Boot Camp.

It is unsurpassed in curriculum and preparation for couples wanting an amazing birth experience. As a former high school teacher, I know the value of solid curriculum, of entertainment that also teaches and information that makes a difference.

When I began teaching childbirth classes, I knew that someday I wanted to train teachers too. I am thrilled to bring training across the country. I thrill at the “a-ha!” moments with my students and I can’t wait to have those same experiences with future instructors.

Andrea Brannock – Instructor Trainer

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As a mother of five and a former elementary school teacher, I love that working as a childbirth educator, and childbirth educator trainer, brings together some the things I am most passionate about: education and childbirth. I have had a range of birthing experiences myself, and childbirth education was a turning point for me.

I didn’t take a childbirth class until my third baby and it changed so much. I have loved teaching couples in the last few years and I can’t wait to help you find that same joy, as a childbirth educator. I live in the DFW area, but am thrilled to be traveling the country, visiting some of my favorite places, and meeting new people.

Carmen Calvo – Instructor Trainer

My name is Carmen Calvo and I am so excited to be bringing Birth Boot Camp instructor training to Baltimore! I’ve lived in Charm City all of my life and welcome you to see all the charm for yourself while preparing to bring the best childbirth education curriculum to your own community.

My husband and I have two sons and their very different birth experiences were the catalyst for my career as a birth worker. My first birth went from a planned homebirth to hospital induction due to pre-eclampsia. The quick change of plans left me and my husband feeling scared and unsure how to navigate an intervention-heavy birth. My second son was welcomed peacefully at home only 14 months later, but my husband still wasn’t confident in supporting me as I labored.

Because of my own experiences, I knew when researching childbirth curricula that training the partner how to support a laboring mom was crucial. I am passionate and committed to helping couples achieve their birth goals and I am thrilled to be able to help you do the same as a Birth Boot Camp instructor.

Jillian Freeland- Instructor and Doula Trainer

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My personal birth experiences led me to become a doula. After experiencing the amazing support of a doula at my last birth, I knew this was what I wanted to do.  I have loved every moment of being a doula – it’s my sweet spot! I have a passion to see women rise up and find out how strong they truly are. As a childbirth educator, I see couples do this throughout Birth Boot Camp classes. As a doula, I see women do this in their births. No matter what the outcome is, be it a natural birth, an epidural birth, or a cesarean birth, women grow and find out that there is a well of strength inside of them.

Another place I see this happen is when I am training new doulas and childbirth educators. They begin to blossom and become more and more fragrant as they open up to becoming everything they hoped could be possible. Their knowledge grows, their intuition grows, their confidence grows and they find out how amazingly strong they truly are! They find that this inner strength, coupled with their training, will be what equips them to become amazing doulas or educators who support couples as they have amazing births! I would love to be part of your journey as you train to become a childbirth educator or doula. Join me!

Hollie Hauptly – Instructor and Doula Trainer

Hello! I’m so excited to finally be an instructor trainer! I’ve been with Birth Boot Camp sine 2013 and I absolutely love teaching this curriculum. I can honestly say that it’s the best out there! I love having nervous, anxious couples come to class and leave feeling confident and excited for their upcoming birth. Seeing them have those “lightbulb” moments and really dispelling fear is extremely rewarding role to play in a family’s journey. After working as a doula for a few years, I was continuously noting that the couples I worked with that had taken a good quality childbirth education were having better birth outcomes. Soon after, I found Birth Boot Camp!
I have four amazing kids, three of which were born with CNM’s naturally in a hospital, and one was born at home. I’m also married to an amazing prenatal and pediatric chiropractor so both of our careers revolve around pregnancy and birth on a daily basis. I also have a B.S. and M. Ed. in Education. My husband was the person that urged me to put my passion for birth and teaching together and teach childbirth classes and now that has also led me to being a trainer!
I love everything that Birth Boot Camp stands for and the community they create amongst an amazing group of women. I can’t wait to bring a training to your area so that you can join in as well!

Donna Ryan – Instructor Trainer and Founder of Birth Boot Camp

After having my first amazing unmedicated birth in 1999, looking back, it was education that really made the difference. I have given birth four times – my last three without medication, and I knew if I could do it, other women could do it, too! I wanted all women to have the opportunity to have an amazing birth, so I started teaching childbirth education in 2003. I’ve taught hundreds of couples over the years. It’s been the most rewarding career, and even though I am past having babies myself, I live “vicariously” through my students. I have been involved in starting a birth network (and growing it to be the largest in the country) and have served on the Board of Birth Network National. Advocacy has been a big part of my career. Change starts with the consumer.

Since writing and launching the Birth Boot Camp curriculum in 2012, we have trained nearly 300 instructors, including our Instructor Trainers! We look forward to getting to know you when you join the Birth Boot Camp family, regardless of where you do your training.

Jennifer Valencia – Instructor and Doula Trainer

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Hello! I am so pleased to be a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and Doula Trainer! My name is Jennifer Valencia and I am proud to be a doula and Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor. This curriculum never ceases to amaze me, and I am thrilled to be able to bring it right to your doorstep! I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Human Behavior and have pursued studies in labor support, education, leadership, social services, and entrepreneurship.

My goal, as your trainer, is for you to leave feeling confident and prepared to empower families with the gift of knowledge. I have complete confidence that after training as a Birth Boot Camp Instructor or Doula, you will do just that! On a personal note, I am married to my best friend and my biggest fan. We have three beautiful children, each with their own unique birth story, of course. When I am not working with other perinatal professionals or expectant families, I enjoy hiking, rocking climbing or anything to pump my adrenaline, and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know you, what you’re passionate about, sharing this amazing childbirth curriculum.

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