Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of commonly asked questions and their answers. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us.
How much does it cost?
You will be charged a one-time fee of $75 for six months’ access to all course materials.
What is the format of the course?
The course is online and self-paced, although it is recommended that you complete one module each week. There are eight weekly modules. Please see the Course Description for more detailed information about what’s included with registration and the topics covered in each module.
What materials will I receive?
Once you register, you will receive a welcome email with instructions for logging in to the course. Each module contains an instructional video, your weekly exercises and assignments, downloads, and a bonuses area with information about links, books, and videos to supplement your learning. The downloads include cheat sheets, printable guides, charts, articles, and much more. The links and books help you to explore additional topics of interest at your leisure. You can bookmark links that you find useful or relevant to return to after your six-month access to the course is over.
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have unlimited access to the course for six months. The downloads included in the modules are yours to keep. You will have lifetime access to the facebook discussion forum (we hope you’ll keep sharing your stories, questions, and thoughts with the group after your baby is born!)
What will I do each week?
Every module is a little different and strives to keep the material fresh and engaging. In each module you will have a video to watch and some material to read. In addition there are audio recordings, relaxation exercises, activities to make you think and clarify your feelings, and pain coping techniques. Videos feature the instructor, parents, various health practitioners, and others. The modules are designed to help you prepare your body for childbirth, learn ways to encourage progress and increase comfort during childbirth, and help you prepare for parenting.
How much time will I need for the course?
You will most likely need 2-3 hours per week for each of the eight modules to watch the videos, complete the readings and activities, and do your own research. You can set aside this time once a week or spread it out over several days – it’s up to you. This investment in yourself and your birth will be greatly worth it!
I just found out about this course in my third trimester. Is it too late to register?
Nope! It’s recommended that you complete one module each week, but you can certainly move through the course more quickly if you want or need to. The format is designed for you to move at your own pace.
How can I get the most out of this online instruction format?
Our best advice is to treat this course with the same commitment as you would a live, in-person class. Schedule a time each week for you and your birth partner to watch the videos, read the material, journal your thoughts and questions, practice the exercises, positions, and pain coping techniques, and explore the links and resources. Even if you are late to start, try not to cram all the modules into one or two days – space them out by at least a few days and work on the assignments in between.
Is this course for birth partners too?
Yes, the course is designed for you to participate with a birth partner. This may be a spouse, significant other, family member, friend, or doula. Information for birth partners includes: suggestions and tips for how they can support and care for you during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum; the biology and physiology of the birth process itself; activities for releasing fear and dealing with anxiety; and general topics such as sexuality, baby care, and relationships. The terminology and content is not specific to spouses or significant others in recognition and support of varied family structures.
Can I share my log in information with friends or family?
Access to the course is intended for you and your birth partner only. If you have a friend or family member who will be attending your birth with you, you are welcome to log in with them, but please don’t share information for them to log in separately. If there are too many IP addresses used on one account, you will get locked out and will need to email us to get back in.
I’m planning to give birth in the hospital (or at home or a birth center). Is this course right for me?
Absolutely! There are many ways to prepare for birth. Other childbirth education courses focus on methods or outcomes such as natural birth, pleasure, orgasmic birth, or pain-free birth. This course is different. The focus here is on evidence based, holistic information that will help you to prepare mind, body, and spirit for the process of birthing your baby. You won’t find judgements or opinions about where or how to birth your baby in this course! You will find information, tools, and resources to help you face whatever your labor brings you. What feels safe, satisfying, and empowering is different for every family, this course will help you identify and clarify your unique needs and desires.
I might need a cesarean. Will this course still be helpful?
Yes. Module Six is devoted to cesarean birth. Here you will find information to help you avoid an unnecessary cesarean as well as help you have a satisfying, safe, and empowering birth experience – even in the operating room. Plus, information in other modules about exercise, nutrition, postpartum healing and sexuality, baby care, and lactation will still be useful and relevant.
I’m planning a VBAC. Is there specific information in this course about how best to achieve that?
Yes! There is information in Module Six about how to talk to your provider about VBAC, tips to increase your likelihood of a successful VBAC, and also information for planning a future VBAC if a cesarean for this birth becomes necessary.
This is my second (or third or fourth, etc.) baby. Why would I need this course?
This course is designed for all parents-to-be. You will find useful and helpful information even if you’re having your eighth baby! If your previous birth(s) didn’t go as you planned or thought they would, this course will help you identify ways you can change the course of events this time around. If your previous birth(s) were wonderful and completely satisfying, this course can give you additional tools and insights, plus help you set aside time in your busy life to focus completely on this pregnancy without distractions from your other child(ren).
I think I want an epidural. Is this course right for me?
Of course! Even if you feel pretty decided about pain medication during childbirth, you still need to be informed about your options and the benefits and risks of all interventions. This course will help you make informed decisions for the care you want to receive and will encourage you to explore all your options.
What if I have technical difficulties accessing the course or its materials?
If you run into any problems logging in, watching the videos, listening to audio recordings, downloading content, or with broken or outdated links, please let us know as soon as you can. We try to handle these issues immediately.
I live outside the United States. Can I still take this course?
Sure! As long as you understand English and can stream video and download/print materials you can take this course. The information and techniques presented in this course will help you have a satisfying and empowering experience no matter where you live. The information provided is centered in a U.S. context because that is where Sandra has the most experience, but may certainly apply to folks in other countries as well. We don’t charge any transaction fees for you to use a foreign credit card, but your bank or credit card holder may charge you additional fees.
What if I have other questions or need one-on-one support during the course?
We are available to answer your questions—shoot us an email anytime! During your six-month access to the course, Sandra is your childbirth educator and is happy to answer your questions just as if you were in a live, in-person class. Additionally, there is a closed facebook group and live monthly Q&A calls with Sandra. These Q&A calls will be recorded for future reference in case you are unable to attend live.
I’ve found several other online childbirth preparation courses. What makes this course different?
First of all, this course is taught by a certified and licensed healthcare provider. Sandra brings 18+ years of knowledge, experience, and skills from working with families as a doula, childbirth educator, registered nurse, certified nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner to this course. Sandra is passionate and enthusiastic about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care, as well as dedicated to evidence based, non-judgmental information. Learn more about Sandra on the Meet the Midwife page.
Secondly, you won’t be pressured, coerced, or guilt-tripped into accepting any one particular way of giving birth in this course. There is no “right” way to give birth and no “right” way to parent. In this course, you will be gently guided through a process of self-discovery so you can find out for yourself what works best for you and your family.
Thirdly, much of the information available as downloads is unique content you won’t find anywhere else.
Finally, and most importantly, this course is explicitly designed to be inclusive and welcoming to all types of parents and families. Gender-neutral and relationship-neutral language is used throughout the course to refer to birthing parents and their birth partners. We celebrate the diversity and beauty of your unique family! If you are LGBTQIA, a single parent, or a person of color you will find yourself represented, included, and welcomed in this course. Materials and content created by BirthRoot Midwifery for this course are inclusive and celebratory of all types of parents and families, however there may be links, articles, or other resources from national or international organizations that have a straight, caucasian, cis-gender bias.
Do you really give 5% of your profits to charity?
Yes, we do! The security and equality of all families is extremely important to us. We want to give back in order to help change attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated. Click here to learn more about the Family Equality Council.
What is your refund policy?
We believe so strongly in the value of this course that we want to make it completely risk free for you. Give the BirthRoot Online Childbirth Preparation Course a try for 30 days. If you don’t think our course will help you become better prepared for childbirth and parenting, we’ll refund your money. No hassles, no hard feelings.
I’m ready to register! How do I sign up?