Choosing an online birthing class can be a difficult decision. There are a lot of classes out there, but the quality can vary widely. Even some of the best online birth classes may be better for certain mamas than others. And some birth classes are (let’s face it) just long and boring.

It’s no secret that we think the Mama Natural Birth Course is the best online birthing class out there. Midwife Maura and I set out to create a course that is lively, brisk, informative, and, best of all, fun! And over the past five years, we’ve helped thousands of women have their best, most natural births. (Don’t take our word for it. See what hundreds of them have to say.)

However, as much as we love our course, we want you to make the best decision for you and baby, and that means finding the class that works best for you.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve done our best to create a comprehensive, accurate comparison of our childbirth course to some other online birthing classes.

Choose a class below to see how Mama Natural compares, or scroll to the bottom for a complete comparison chart of all the classes we covered.

Best Online Birthing Classes Comparisons

Mama Natural vs Birth Boot Camp

Birth Boot Camp is a military-themed childbirth education course that offers parents a variety of different online birthing class options. Click for full Comparison.

Mama Natural vs Kopa Birth

Kopa Birth began as a local natural childbirth class in Atlanta, GA, and has since expanded to include online childbirth classes as well. Click for full Comparison.

Mama Natural vs Lamaze Online Classes

Recognizable brand in the childbirth world offers “slideshow” style online education. Click for full Comparison.

Mama Natural vs Moms on Top

Moms on Top is a more expensive video-based childbirth education course that also blends in live phone and/or video chats. Click for full Comparison.

Mama Natural vs SupportingHer

SupportingHer focuses on the support people who assist the mama during labor, including dad or partner. Click for full Comparison.

Online Birthing Classes Comparison Chart

Here’s a complete “at-a-glance” comparison of all the best online birthing classes.

Class Specifics Mama Natural Birth Boot Camp Comprehensive Kopa Prepared Plus Lamaze Class Moms on Top SupportingHer Birth Course
Course Length 8 classes / 10 hours 10 classes / 25 hours 8 classes / 12 hours Varies by class, typically 1 hour+ per class Varies by class, typically 4 classes / 8 hours 2 hours
Course Access 1 year 3 months 7 months 1 year Scheduled, some videos can be downloaded for continued referral 10 months
Instructor Genevieve Howland & Maura Winkler, CNM, IBCLC Donna Ryan & Hailie Wolfe, Doula Katie Griffin, RN, LCCE Varies by class Gail Janicola, Childbirth Educator Alice Turner, Doula
Taught by a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Format HD video-based, hands-on HD video-based HD video-based, hands-on HD video, slideshow, interactive images HD video-based or live streamed HD video-based
Approach Conversational, informative, “talk show style,” evidence-based Military-themed, based on in-person classes Clinical, evidence-based for hospital births Informative, evidence-based Informative, personalized Laid back, informative
Printable Worksheets
Real Natural Birth Footage
Community Group Moderated By Certified Doula
Pricing $264 $345 $245 $30+ $349 $49
Audio Tracks
Section for Dad
VBAC Training Class Available
Breastfeeding Training Class Available
Accepts FSA/HSA
Donate 10% to Charity
Physical Bonus via Mail Optional printed workbook for an additional fee
Extras Mama Natural Affirmations App and physical copies, Prenatal workout video, Natural Birth Playbook, and more Online workbooks Meal plans, prenatal fitness tips, babywearing advice Email support via instructor, Class discussion board Four 30-minute live videos or phone consultations included with Gai 3 labor cheat sheet handouts
30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

 

As you can see, you have several good online birth class options to choose from, which is amazing! We are happy and hopeful that more people are getting on board with childbirth education.

As you can also see, The Mama Natural Birth Course stands apart in many key areas. If you’re planning a natural hospital, birth center, or home birth, we think it’s the best birth class you can choose.

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How to Compare Online Birthing Classes

When evaluating a birthing class, we think it’s important to consider all of the following factors:

Course Length

There are two primary components to course length: the total number of classes and the total course duration. Some courses have fewer, longer sessions, while others spread the content over more sessions to break things up. The key here is your learning style. Are you more of a sponge who likes to suck up a bunch of knowledge at once, or do you prefer to learn at your own pace? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if too much knowledge is being thrown at you at once.

At Mama Natural, we believe we offer the best of both worlds by combining a plethora of knowledge into easy-to-follow, enjoyable segments. We know there’s a lot to learn, so we don’t want to bog you down with lengthy sessions.

That said, if you need to cram and get all your education in a weekend, you could do so with Mama Natural.

Instructors

First and foremost, Mamas need to examine an instructor’s credentials before tuning in. You and baby’s health are important, and you need to trust the advice being given to you. Some online birthing classes are taught by certified childbirth educators, while others may not be. It’s important to do your homework.

We’re proud to say that Mama Natural Birth Course is the only online birthing class that is taught by a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Additionally, Midwife Maura is an IBCLC-certified lactation consultant.

Teaching Approach

There’s nothing worse than a boring instructor. Instruction can range from clinical to conversational. You want to seek out the type of instructor that works for you, as teaching styles vary by instructor from predominantly charts and medical simulations, to hands-on, approachable instruction.

We believe that learning should be fun, and with so much information waiting for you, we aim to make your online childbirth class as enjoyable as it is informative. We keep the mood upbeat with the Mama Natural Birth Course, preventing the dreaded brain fog that can come from information overload.

Course Access

We believe you should be allowed to learn at your own pace, which is why Mama Natural Birth Course students get access for one full year. Not only is this helpful while you’re learning, but it allows you to refer back for a refresher as needed. Heck, you might even want to re-watch everything to take more notes.

Several other online birthing classes allow access for up to a year, though 7-10 months is more common. Others are only accessible for up to 3 months, which may force you to cram your learning, which can impact retention. Worst of all, you’re barred from referring back.

Community Group

Some mamas prefer to have a group connection despite the distance learning of an online birthing course. This connects you with mamas-to-be learning the same material and offers a sounding board if you have a question.

The Mama Natural Birth Course includes a members-only community group that is moderated by a certified doula, maintaining a positive, facts-first environment of learning and connection.

Section for Dad

Partners are often left out of online birthing courses, and we aren’t quite sure why. Partners are in this just as much as mamas and educating them is just as important (hello! they’re your support). That’s why The Mama Natural Birth Course features sections just for partners.

Accepts FSA/HSA

If you have benefits, we think you should be able to use them, which is why the Mama Natural Birth Course accepts FSA/HSA payments. For mamas with these benefits, this can save you out-of-pocket costs in a time when you need it most. This is rare in online birthing courses but incredibly beneficial.

30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Online birthing courses aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. They come in all different styles, and mamas may find that one course really doesn’t jibe with them after purchase. We totally get that, which is why the Mama Natural Birth Course offers a 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee. In our humble opinion, the best online birthing courses offer this assurance, allowing you to make an educated decision about what works for you and baby.

You have enough to worry about, mamas. Canceling a course within a narrow time frame that doesn’t work for you shouldn’t be added to your stress load.

Closing Thoughts On The Best Online Birthing Class For You

You may have been told that childbirth is scary, excruciating, something out of your control.

That it’s a medical condition instead of a natural biological process.

Or that you’ll need interventions like labor induction and pain medication.

But Mama Natural is here to tell you the truth about your childbirth.

You can do this.

It will be one of the most challenging and powerful things you will ever do. You will grow in ways that you never knew possible. You will emerge a stronger and more confident woman — no matter how your birth unfolds.

Seriously, you can do this. And we can help.

The Mama Natural Birth Course will help you achieve the birth of your dreams and give your baby the best start in life.

Thousands of our students have gone on to have life-transforming natural childbirths.

And, since we donate 10% of our profits to charity, our students have helped us help thousands of moms in the developing world gain access to lifesaving midwifery care.

Click here to learn more about our best-selling childbirth education course.

And, no matter which course you choose, we wish you and your baby the best!

The Mama Natural Birth Course