Meet Your Instructor Trainers

Meet your regional trainers

Some of our Birth Boot Camp childbirth educator trainers! From left to right: Sarah Clark, Melissa Meyer (Oregon), Jennifer Valencia (Colorado), Carmen Calvo (Maryland), Amy Anderson (Oklahoma), and Donna Ryan (Birth Boot Camp Founder).

Meet Your Instructor Trainers

Birth Boot Camp now has women leading childbirth educator trainings all over the country. From the green forests of Oregon, to the sunny beaches of Florida, and the deep history of Maryland, we are working our hardest to bring childbirth educator trainings to you.

Each Birth Boot Camp Instructor Trainer is carefully selected and trained and each will make sure you have the same comprehensive childbirth educator training that we have become known for.

Feel free to contact us or any of these women individually and get your questions answered.

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

Our Instructor Trainers, listed alphabetically:

Birth Boot Camp Instructor Trainer, Jillian Blakeman

Jillian Blakeman

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Dallas, TX, Lubbock, TX, Houston, TX and, Minneapolis, MN –

I love Birth Boot Camp. It is unsurpassed in curriculum and preparation for couples wanting an amazing birth experience. As a former middle 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 teacher 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.

You can read more about Jillian here.

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Andrea Brannock

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Dallas, Chicago, and Austin-

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.

You can learn more about Andrea by reading here.


Amy Anderson

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Oklahoma City, OK, Nashville, TN, and Orlando, FL-

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 Trainings.



Carmen Calvo

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Baltimore, MD-

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 2 sons and their very different birth experiences were the catalyst to 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 am thrilled to be able to help you do the same as a Birth Boot Camp instructor.



Sarah Clark

-Hosting Childbirth Educator Training in Ukiah, Sacramento, and San Diego, CA, and Albuquerque, NM-


I always believed in natural birth- it seemed logical to me and I sensed the innate power of women. When I had my first baby in 2004, I labored for over 50 hours and had a natural hospital birth. After that amazing birth experience, I knew that I would have had a very different experience if my husband and I had not been given the knowledge we needed to make it through.

My belief in birth was just a small part of that great birth; education was what truly made it possible. I knew I needed to pay it forward and I knew every couple deserved an incredible start to their parenting journey!

So much has happened since that first birth- the birth that taught me how strong I truly was. I now have four children, and I started teaching other couples how to have their own great births in 2008. I have a passion for this work- helping couples have incredible birth experiences is truly the best job ever and I feel lucky every time I walk out of teaching a birth class.

In 2011, my friend and the woman who taught my own childbirth class, Donna Ryan, founded Birth Boot Camp and I was honored to join her. Donna and I have trained hundreds of future childbirth educators and it is AMAZING every time.

Come join us! We have a good time, but more than that, you get to make money and do work that truly matters. I love this job because it is MORE than a job- it is your way of making a positive difference in the world every single day.

You can read more about Sarah Clark here.



Melissa Mayer

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Corvallis and Portland, OR and San Jose, CA-

My name is Melissa and train instructors out of Oregon, the West Coast, and beyond. I am also a certified yoga instructor and President of the Mid Valley Birth Network. I am passionate about normal birth and breastfeeding. Just ask my kids and they will tell you Mama loves birth!

My husband, Eli, and I have three beautiful children, Ethan, Lillian and Cora who were all born naturally, the first two in a birthing center and the newest at home. After the birth of our son, my passion and love for the normal process of birth grew into a desire to teach others. We moved to Oregon in March 2012 and in November of that same year I joined the Birth Boot Camp family as an Instructor.

I am excited to start offering Birth Boot Camp Instructor Training on the breathtaking West Coast. Join me in the Pacific Northwest in the beautiful, historic Corvallis, Oregon



Donna Ryan

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Utah and South Dakota-

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 BirthNetwork 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, Sarah Clark and I have trained nearly 200 instructors, including your new 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

-Hosting childbirth educator training in Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ-

Hello! I am so pleased to be a Birth Boot Camp Instructor 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, 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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