Introducing Sarah Clark, Birth Boot Camp Instructor Trainer
Donna Ryan and Sarah Clark were the two original Birth Boot Camp instructor trainers. With our revamped system and individual trainers, we are excited to see them doing more trainings and hitting venues closer to their homes on their own.
Today we want to take a moment to let you get to know Sarah, who is stoked (that’s a word they use in California, where she lives) to be training in some of her favorite places.
The reason a profession is chosen tells us a lot about the person; in essence it tells us their “why,” their reason for caring about what they do.
“When Donna Ryan told me she was starting Birth Boot Camp and what she had planned for it, I secretly hoped that I would be able to train instructors with her. I had been a childbirth educator for a few years at that point and I loved the work.
I had also tried to innovate and add things to my classes to make them more memorable, enjoyable, and help couples really learn what they needed to prepare for their birth. I wanted to share the things that worked for me with other childbirth educators.
I have loved training childbirth educators for the last several years with Donna. I’m super psyched about doing them on my own now! I know that education makes a difference in birth, and more educators means more families having a positive start to an important thing in their lives; the birth of their children.”
The women who take the leap from teacher to trainer have a passion for birth work that shines through. Sarah is no different. She says,
“For a long time I had a burning desire to do something important with my life. When I had my first baby in 2004, it was like an epiphany. Motherhood and birth changes people. For me it gave me confidence, passion, and clarity that I had never experienced before.
I started running after he was born. I wasn’t good at it. I was slow. I was out of shape. But as I ran my first race I told myself, “You had a baby. You can do this!” That birth was a pivotal experience for me. It showed me my strength and my weakness.
Yet all around me I met women whose birth experience’s had been very different. Birth didn’t leave them feeling happy or confident, they were traumatized, hurt, and sometimes defeated. I knew birth could be amazing. I knew it in my bones. And I wanted every woman, every family, to have that experience. ”
Love runs deep with birth workers. When we asked Sarah what she loved about being an educator and a trainer, she said,
“Whether I’m training instructors or teaching couples, I think my favorite thing about the whole process is the relationships I get to have. I love leaving a training and feeling like I am friends with all these incredible women. I can honestly say that each and every one of them brings something unique, something special to their classes. Their experiences, their love, their passion for others- it shines through and it’s a beautiful thing.
I love that I get to know people that otherwise would be outside my tiny sphere of influence in a small town in Northern California.
I feel the same way about teaching couples. I love walking, for a few hours, with these couples as they prepare for the birth of their baby. I love watching them connect. I love running into them with their sweet baby at the grocery store in the coming months and years. It’s a blessing to my life.
I think life is about love, relationships, and connection. It makes me so indescribably happy to have these connections with people, often people who I would never meet otherwise. Birth can bring all kinds of people together. It doesn’t matter who we vote for or what kind of car we drive or how we dress; birth unites us. That is my favorite thing about this work. I love it.”
Sarah has done most of her trainings in Dallas/Fort Worth in the past. The new plan allows her to train so many other places. She says,
“I live in Northern California, in Mendocino County, in a town called Ukiah. It’s small town and I grew up there. I love it. I will be training in:
Ukiah, CA- Ukiah is a beautiful oasis an hour from the Redwoods and an hour from the California coast- you should come! It’s also my home town and a great place to have a baby. But we need more childbirth educators here. Many people live rurally and don’t have classes near them and also don’t have great internet so online classes aren’t an option. Northern California needs you!
Sacramento, CA– I’m pretty pumped to be heading to Sacramento, CA, the state capitol, to do a training. It’s close enough for me to drive (bonus!) and I know there is a strong network of birth wokers there. I can’t wait to meet some of them.
San Diego, CA– San Diego is a city that is totally justified in claiming it is amazing. I have family down that way and have spent lots of time there over the years. I can’t wait to do a training there! We’ll have to schedule in a beach day…
Albuquerque, NM- I went to college in Albuquerque at UNM (Go Lobos!) and it is one of my favorite places. The high desert, the Summer storms, the cool nights, everything about it really is enchanting. I’ll be heading to Albuquerque the weekend before Balloon Festival. If you haven’t been to Balloon Fest, you need to come. It’s incredible. I’d love to meet you at training!”