I have been a Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor since November, and I wanted to take a moment to share more about my training experience with you guys.
My second baby was born in May of 2019. After a few months of laying low and taking care of my now two little children, I started getting this itch to do something. I wasn't sure what. Just something!
I started doing some research on good ways to earn a little income while still staying home with my children. There were many options I saw that just didn't sound appealing to me or that I knew I just wasn't skilled enough to do (like copywriting...I hate writing! haha). When I saw the word "doula", I paused.
I have always been intrigued with the process of birth, especially natural childbirth. When we were pregnant with our first baby, I insisted that my husband and I take Birth Boot Camp's 10-week childbirth class (which was one of the best decisions we made!). I had played with the thought of becoming a doula before, but I tend to doubt my capabilities in many areas, so I had pushed the thought aside.
But now I was curious. I hopped onto Birth Boot Camp's website to see if there were any doula trainings coming up near me. When I looked, I found that the soonest doula training in Colorado wouldn't be until April 2020 (it was July 2019 when I was searching this).
A little bit bummed, I clicked on the dates for Instructor training. November 2019! Yes, I thought, I can do it in that time. I knew I would have to work really hard to get all the reading and online classes completed in time for the November training, but I was confident that I could do the work. I had never considered becoming an instructor before, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I filled out the online application and quickly got a response of acceptance.
The next few months were very busy, but also very enlightening. There was a lot of required reading, and with each new book, I found myself growing more and more passionate about evidence-based birth. Watching through all of the online Comprehensive Class sessions again was a great reminder of the things I had learned with my own Birth Boot Camp Instructor prior to my daughter's birth. Each day I grew more excited about being able to one day share these things with the women in my own community and empower them in their births.
November finally came! I finished up all of my work right on time, about a week before the three-day training was to begin. Thankfully this training was in Denver, about a 30- to 45-minute drive for me in good traffic, so I was able to stay at my own house and commute each of the three days.
When I arrived at the training location (a hotel room, since there were only three of us training), I immediately felt at home. Jen, my trainer, greeted me with such warmth and welcome, and allowed me some time to relax since I had accidentally arrived an hour early (oops!).
Our group consisted of myself, a doula from South Dakota, a former Birth Boot Camp Insructor and Doula who was there to recertify, and our trainer, Jen. I have always felt more comfortable with smaller groups of people, so this was wonderful for me.
We had so much fun over our three-day training. Jen was a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we all gleaned so much from her. We each had multiple opportunities to teach each other different portions of the class. I was nervous about it at first, but quickly grew more comfortable as I got to know the other ladies better and became more confident in my knowledge of the material. It was like attending an actual birth class. We did comfort measures, teaching activities, foam rolling and exercises, and labor positions. We taught about hospital procedures, how to choose a care provider, the actual birth process, and how to care for your newborn. There was no part of the class that we didn't practice teaching!
In addition to learning how to teach our classes, we also learned very practical information about how to run our new businesses as certified instructors. There were many things taught that I had never thought of before, from creating a website, to networking with local care providers.
After I finished my exam and left for home on the final day of training, I left feeling quite prepared to take on this new venture of being a Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor. I had learned so much and gained so much encouragement from being with the other ladies in my training.
Many months have passed since completing my training, and I can tell you that I am so grateful for the training I received and the beautiful family I am now a part of. The Birth Boot Camp community is so united, helpful, and encouraging. And not just Birth Boot Camp, but the whole birth community in general. In making efforts to network, I have seen just how strong and supportive this community is. It's not just about our individual businesses. It's about being there for each other and for women and couples who are having babies. I've seen doulas and instructors working together and supporting one another when struggles arise. I've seen women giving encouragement and sharing experiences with one another. It's a wonderful thing to be a part of. We really can accomplish so much more when we are in this together!
Are you interested in becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor or Doula?
At the time I am writing this, training fees are discounted! If you have read my story and feel called to become an instructor or doula, see below for links to training dates and locations.
For Doula Training Dates, CLICK HERE.
For Doula Training Requirements, CLICK HERE.
For Instructor Training Dates, CLICK HERE.
For Instructor Training Requirements, CLICK HERE.