You got this,

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You’ve been told birth is scary, excruciating, something completely out of your control.

You’ve been told it’s a medical condition instead of a natural biological process

You may have even been told you won’t be able to give birth without interventions like labor induction and pain medication.

But we’re 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.

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Discover how to have an incredible birth—without leaving your couch.

If you want to achieve the birth of your dreams, The Mama Natural Birth Course will equip your mind, body, and spirit to do just that

It’s 100% online and on-demand, so you can take it at your own pace. You can repeat modules if needed, and if time is an issue, you could do the whole course in a weekend. (Almost as good as a Netflix binge. 😉)

Hosted by Genevieve Howland, bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth, and Maura Winkler a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), this is the bestselling online childbirth class, brought to you by the #1 natural parenting brand.

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Here’s what to expect when you take our course:

  • You will be prepared. We walk you through the entire process of preparing for your best natural birth so you can be calm and in control on delivery day.

  • You’ll have all your questions answered. This course is midwife and doula approved. It’s also evidence-based and up to date with the latest research on everything from water births, gentle cesareans, and skin to skin contact so you won’t have to wonder what’s best for you. You’ll know.

  • You’ll have your best, most natural birth. For most of our mamas, this means ZERO interventions and feeling in control and empowered on their big day. For the mamas who do need some help, we teach them how to optimize and “naturalize” any intervention for the best outcome possible.

  • You can stream anywhere. Our course is HD and streams easily on your laptop, phone, or tablet so you can pause and play whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

  • You’ll have fun! No boring lectures or unnecessarily long sessions. Our course is fresh and uses images, illustrations, and animations to bring your lessons to life.

  • You can test it out risk-free. If you are unhappy for any reason, we offer a no-hassle 30 day money back guarantee.

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Guys love our course too!

  • It’s convenient. Watch the classes on his own schedule. No traveling across town after a long day at work.

  • It’s comfortable. Learn in the privacy of your own home—no awkward hours spent in a room full of pregnant women.

  • It’s fast. Other birth classes can run over 24 hours in total length. We’ve cut out all the fat and “preaching to the choir” to bring you a comprehensive course in a fraction of the time.

  • It’s affordable. Our course is priced lower than in-person classes, and less than most online alternatives as well.

  • Natural birth is cheaper. An unmedicated birth can save you tens of thousands of dollars when compared to a medicalized delivery.

  • We’ve got sections just for papas. Each of our 8 classes features segments made by dudes, for dudes.

  • Money back guarantee. Try the course out for 30 days. If you’re not feeling it, just write us for a no-hassle refund.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the Mama Natural Birth Course

Over eight classes, we walk you through the entire process of preparing for your best and most natural birth.

With this course, you will:

  • Discover the #1 key to achieving a natural childbirth

  • Learn how to avoid the “cascade of interventions” that sabotages so many natural birthing attempts.

  • Get the 411 on optimal pregnancy nutrition

  • Discover natural remedies for swelling, back pain, heartburn, insomnia, placenta positioning, breech babies, and more

  • Do exercises to optimally position your baby for birth (this can shave HOURS off your labor time)

  • Equip your mind and spirit with practical tools, techniques, and visualizations to help you achieve a peaceful birth (think of this as your natural epidural :)

  • Find the right support team to assist you in your birth

  • Pick the best birthing location for you

Our comprehensive program merges the laughter with the labor, the community with the kegels, the convenience with the colostrum. It is the resource you’ve been looking for to help you prepare for and deliver your sweet baby au naturel.

Watch this video to see what other moms say about the course:

Meet your host Genevieve Howland.

Hello there! I’m Genevieve, bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth and creator of, the most popular natural pregnancy and parenting site online.

With my first child, I gave birth naturally in a birth center, supported by a midwife and two doulas (long story). BUT, in spite of all that amazing support, I almost didn’t make it.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do... a 27-hour endurance event, complete with four hours of pushing. Looking back, I see that I went into that birth naively. I made mistakes. I didn’t prepare as well as I could have.

For my second birth, I did things differently. I trained. I got the tools I needed. I recruited the right people. I prepared physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And that birth experience was nothing short of supernatural.

Now I’m on a mission to help other mamas have the empowered births that they desire! This course has been years in the making, and I’m so proud of all the resources and life-changing information we can offer you.

Meet your co-host, midwife Maura Winkler!

Hello, I’m Maura Winkler, a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Doula (CD), and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I’m also a mom and a wife!

I started my career in medical school. But, after a year and a half of study and hands-on experience, I knew without a doubt that the medical approach was not for me!

The hospitals where I worked had an “intervention-first” approach that was the exact opposite of how I intuitively knew birth could be. So I dropped out of medical school to pursue a more natural approach to childbirth.

I’ve attended hundreds of natural births - including my own! I delivered both of my children in the comfort of my own home.

I look forward to giving you the practical, evidence-based tools you need to have the birth you desire!

Here’s a recap of all the training and bonuses you get with The Mama Natural Birth Course

Complete course access 🎓

Our “Birth Scholar” option will give you all the resources and support you need to have a natural childbirth. It includes:

  • A comprehensive 8-part video series

    The course is divided into 8 classes that will take you from being a natural childbirth newbie to an experienced upperclassman before you even know it. All the videos are ready for you now - no waiting!

  • Practice videos for you & your partner

    The best way to learn is by doing. With these videos, we get you and your partner out of your seat and into action! Each week you’ll practice physical exercises to get you and baby in the best shape possible for natural delivery, along with comfort measures that will help you relax and cope with the intensity of birth.

  • Natural childbirth videos

    Each week, we will have a real natural childbirth video for you to study, complete with our commentary. It’s unbelievably powerful to see other natural mamas in the throes of labor and delivery and emerge victorious!

  • Printable cheat sheets and resource guides

    In addition to great videos, you’ll also get a variety of simple, printable guides that you can reference whenever you need clarity or focus, making the course even easier to follow and apply.

  • Student groups moderated by a Certified Doula

    Learning is more fun with friends! Connect with other natural couples in our private Facebook groups that are moderated by Genevieve as well as a certified doula. Get inspiration from each other, and expert advice too.

  • Special training class for VBAC birth

    Discover if you’re a good candidate for vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) and the exact steps you need to take to prepare your mind and body.

  • Breastfeeding master class

    In this 90-minute bonus class, Genevieve and Maura walk through everything a new mama needs to know about nursing, from that very first breast crawl to eventual weaning, and everything in between.

Plus, these amazing bonuses 🎁

Our AP option includes everything you’ll get as a Birth Scholar, PLUS $80 worth of additional bonus items.

  • Natural pregnancy affirmation cards

    Sent to your doorstep, this 50 card deck will fill your spirit with positive thoughts and inspirations. Each card features a gorgeous illustration and affirmation, along with an encouraging note from Genevieve (a $16 value).

  • Childbirth affirmations audio recordings

    Train your mind to get out of the way and let your body do its natural mama thing! Written by Genevieve, professionally performed and scored, you can choose from either secular or scripture-based affirmations (or both!) for mothers-to-be (a $16 value).

  • Natural labor playbook

    This is a visual, step-by-step guide of exactly what to do during each stage of labor. Formatted for your phone, the Playbook will tell you and your partner:

    • Which stage you’re in
    • What you should be doing
    • What baby’s doing

    It’s a cheat sheet of everything you’ve learned in the course (an $8 value).

  • Prenatal exercise video

    Stream an exercise video with simple, easy tips to help you prepare your body and optimize baby’s positioning for your best possible childbirth. (a $10 value).

  • Handmade bracelet from our charity partner

    These beautiful bracelets are handmade in Haiti, and the proceeds support Haitian mamas and babies with midwifery care. The beads are hand-rolled, kiln fired, and glazed with non-toxic paint. The bronze charm is hand stamped with an inspirational message 😘 (a $17 value).

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We believe so strongly in the power and effectiveness of our course that we want to make it completely risk free for you.

Give the Mama Natural Birth Course a good, honest try. If you don't think our course will help you have the birth you desire, we'll refund your tuition, less the cost of the cards and bracelet we ship to you when you sign up.

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Dig into what you'll learn in each of our 8 classes

You can do one class each week, or you can cram and do them all in a weekend. Go as fast or slow as you like!

Click each class below for a glimpse into what you’ll experience.

We take it easy on you in this quick and fun first session ;)

  • Meet your instructors and hear their stories
  • Meet the natural mamas and papas you’ll hear from every week
  • Meet “the dudes” who’ll discuss the lighter side of childbirth every week
  • Discover even more benefits of going natural
  • Get a little reality check about exactly what to expect with YOUR natural birth
  • Watch another couple deliver their baby naturally
  • Hear the #1 most effective preparation technique that helped couples just like you deliver naturally
  • Get active with unique exercises and comfort measures that will prepare your body and mind for birth

This class is my personal favorite, because the way we take care of our bodies, minds, and spirits can make such a HUGE difference in our births.

  • Learn about optimal pregnancy nutrition from an expert, including the top Superfoods which will make all the difference!
  • Discover natural remedies for all sorts of common pregnancy conditions (hello pregnancy heartburn!)
  • Practice the 7 easy exercises to get your body and baby optimal for delivery
  • Prepare your mind and spirit with practical, hands-on exercises
  • Hear how the natural papas in our class prepared for the birth
  • Explore more advanced comfort measures that you can use during labor
  • Watch another intense and awesome natural birth!

This is a pivotal class because it covers topics that can greatly affect your likelihood of achieving the natural birth you desire.

  • Learn the three most crucial components for a successful natural childbirth
  • Get clear on the role of your husband or partner
  • Discover exactly what a doula does - and how to find the right one for you
  • Determine whether or not your healthcare provider is the best fit for you
  • Hear other couple’s experiences in various birth locations
  • Write your birth plan
  • See what’s in a well-packed bag for the hospital or birthing center
  • Get active with new exercises and comfort measures
  • Then watch another natural birth where the mom is supported in a rather... unusual way

In this class we dive deep into the action. The fun part! Your actual labor.

  • Learn how to tell when you’re REALLY in labor (it’s different than what you see on TV)
  • See what’s actually going on in your body during the first stage of labor
  • Discover what to do during your first stage of labor (and not to do!)
  • Learn how to tell the difference between early and active labor
  • Know when it’s time to go to the birth center or hospital
  • Learn what happens when your water breaks (and what to do when it does)
  • Get informed about the common interventions that can happen during this stage of labor
  • Discover natural tips that can help you if you “get stuck”
  • Explore the “Cascade of Interventions” (and how to avoid them)
  • Get hands-on with practice exercises and comfort measures for this critical phase of your delivery
  • See real footage from other mamas in early and active labor

Ding ding! This is it, the “main event” of your childbirth, when you’re actually going to push your baby out and into the world.

  • Understand what happens anatomically during transition and the second stage of labor
  • Explore how you’ll REALLY know when you’re in transition
  • Hear how other natural couples reacted to transition
  • Discover 8 new pain relief strategies that you can use during transition
  • Explore the natural pain relief strategies that worked for other natural mamas
  • Learn what to do when you think you can’t do it, when you want to beg for pain medication (or, if you’re like me, saying you’ll go to sleep and deliver in the morning :)
  • Practice helpful positions you can use to speed up and embrace transition
  • Hear from the dudes about their experiences during transition
  • Know when and how to PUSH (hint: most moms get this wrong, including me during my first birth)
  • Prepare your body, mind, and spirit with new exercises and comfort measures
  • See real scenes from other mama’s natural transitions and childbirth

Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Take in that amazing “new baby” smell. This class is where all of your hard work pays off. When you get to hold your baby and drift into what I like to call “new baby bliss.”

Okay, moment’s over. Now it’s time to jump back into the game, because there’s plenty of action and decisions to make after your rockstar childbirth.

  • Hear from other parents on how it felt to hold their babies for the first time (awesome!)
  • Get educated on the “third stage” of labor that no one posts photos of on Facebook (aka delivering the placenta)
  • See examples of the “breast crawl” (and learn how to facilitate this awesome instinct with your baby)
  • Explore all the “housekeeping” that happens post-birth, like the APGAR test and elective things like the Vitamin K shot, eye ointment, Hep B shot and more
  • Know what happens during the three main newborn tests
  • Hear the dude’s thoughts on circumcision (and what they chose for their sons)
  • Watch some other awesome natural births
  • And of course practice new exercises and comfort measures that will aid you during birth (see a reoccurring theme here?)

Even when you’re totally prepared, unexpected stuff can happen. In this class, we equip you with the tools and information you need to face any setbacks or surprises.

  • Learn evidence-based methods of stimulating labor when you’re past your due date, including one that puts your man’s stamina to the ultimate test
  • Get informed on your rights and choices around medical induction
  • Hear what was unexpected about other parent’s natural childbirths
  • Discover what happens (and what to do) if labor begins prematurely
  • Know what to do if baby is in breech or transverse presentation
  • Get the facts on what to do when baby needs extra help
  • Walk through the process of unplanned or emergency cesarean
  • Discover resources on how to recover naturally from cesarean
  • And of course practice new exercises and comfort measures that will help you avoid the unexpected to the very best of your ability

In this final class, we tell you things about what happens after birth that that no one will (no stevia coating here). Like, you’ll probably bleed as if it’s the worst period of your life - and it can last for up to 8 weeks postpartum. Or that you may have extraordinary gas for several months. Or that you’ll probably be leaking from every orifice. Yeahhhh.

Good times!

  • Discover natural remedies for after birth pains
  • Learn how to get out ahead of the inevitable soreness that you’ll feel
  • Hear what other natural mama’s healing processes looked like
  • Learn if placenta consumption is right for you
  • See my doula encapsulate my placenta (TMI?)
  • Hear from the dudes on how their sex lives changed after childbirth
  • Get the info you need to start breastfeeding with success (this is vital)
  • Explore postpartum blues (and some natural remedies)
  • Discover the basics of natural newborn care
  • Hear from other natural parents about those first few days with baby
  • And just for good measure, more exercises, comfort measures, and another natural birth video :)

Included with every enrollment, we created this bonus class for all the moms who’ve had a caesarean section before but desire a natural childbirth this time around. As a doula, my co-host Maura has helped dozens of mamas have successful VBACs, and she shares all her wisdom here with you too.

  • Learn how, according to some data, VBACs are actually safer than repeat caesarean
  • Discover if you are a good candidate for VBAC
  • Get educated on the benefits and risks of VBACs and repeat caesarean
  • Equip yourself with the tools and practices that can help you have a successful VBAC
  • See how to find a provider who is supportive of VBAC

The breast is best! And while up to 95% of women are biologically able to breastfeed exclusively, only about 40% make it to 3 months, and only 20% make it to 6 months.

And yet, if I had to choose between breastfeeding or natural birth for my baby, I’d have to go with breastfeeding. It is just so vital. This bonus class equips you with as much information as possible to help you and your baby have a successful, long term breastfeeding relationship.

  • Learn what to expect (think it’ll be easy? Think again!)
  • Get the download on ALL the nursing positions
  • Understand the perfect latch
  • See what to do when your latch is painful
  • Discover how to boost your supply
  • Explore the many available resources for breastfeeding help
  • Learn the common breastfeeding pitfalls to watch out for
  • Get the scoop on pumping
  • See what the weaning process will look like when the time comes

More Praise for the Mama Natural Birth Course

We love hearing our students’ awesome birth stories!

Katie B.

Thank you a million times over for helping me have such an amazing birth!

We had a successful VBAC and were able to follow our birth plan perfectly. I was so nervous going into this delivery, yet felt so equipped to do what our bodies were created to do. Thank you a million times over for helping me have such an amazing birth!

Amy K.

I don’t know if I could have had a intervention-free birth without this course.

I don’t know if I could have had a intervention-free birth without the information, direction, and encouragement I received from this course. Nor do I know if my body would have been as prepared as it was for labor if I wouldn’t have taken your nutritional advice and so many other things. I had 7 hours of very intense labor in the hospital and pushed for 20 minutes. Thanks to you guys I had the knowledge to confidently go in the hospital setting knowing my rights, my body, and my goal!!!

Kate E.

I was struggling with fears of not being able to give birth naturally.

After a c-section with my daughter a year and a half ago, I was still struggling with fears of not being able to give birth naturally. The Mama Natural Birth course helped me conquer those fears. With a perfect mix of information, inspiration, and online support, I was able to work through various issues and find the confidence to birth my baby with calm joy. I will be forever grateful to Maura and Genevieve for this wonderful course.

Jessica A.

Taking the Mama Natural Birth Course was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.

Bonus points that my husband enjoyed the course as well, as the guys’ perspective is included. I felt extremely prepared for what was to come and confident that I could have the natural birth that I wanted. When I found out I was going to medically induced, I was able to ask my midwife educated questions about the necessity of the induction and, with her support, I felt prepared to go into labor and birth without an epidural. All in all, my labor was about six hours, and within two pushes, I had my new baby! Although there were times where the pain was intense, I knew I could handle it. I felt empowered in the decisions I made. Recovery has been an absolute breeze! Thank you again for creating such a wonderful and informative program. I recommend the class to pretty much everyone I know.

Alexira R.

After an hour in birthing tub and one hour of pushing, he was here!

I had an unbelievably fast delivery! After an hour in birthing tub and one hour of pushing, he was here! The most important lesson I learned from Genevieve, Maura and this amazing community was: Trust your instincts and your body! Thank you—I could not have done it without all the support!

Kara B.

With a spouse in the Air Force, this was a convenient way to prepare for my successful, non-medicated birth.

I am so grateful for the Mama Natural Birth Course! With a spouse in the Air Force, this was a convenient way to prepare for my successful, non-medicated birth. After being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I thought my hopes for a natural birth were dashed. But the course gave me the confidence to know and advocate for my rights. Comparing notes with a fellow course member with GD on Facebook gave me hope as well. My birth was long and hard, but this course prepared me by continually reminding me of the normalcy and beauty of natural birth. Thank you Mama Natural!


Questions about the course? We’ve got answers!

Class Basics

The total course content is around 12 hours in length. Technically, you could flex the binge-watching muscles Netflix gave you and power through it in one day! But, if you’ve got the time, it’s best to space the classes out so you can really practice and absorb everything.

Yes. Childbirth classes are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), and we do accept FSA / HSA / HRA cards as well. If you have additional questions about getting reimbursed with your FSA, HSA, or HRA account, contact [email protected].

Nope. You’ve got enough of a long-term commitment growing inside of you.

You can pay all at once or in monthly installments. The monthly installments work like this: If you enroll on July 1, the first charge will take place then, the second charge will be on August 1, and the final charge on September 1. Never anything more. We split payments up like this to make life easier for you, as we know pregnancy can be an expensive time.

You have a full year to work through the course at your own pace.

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not happy within the first 30 days, we will refund your tuition paid minus the $35 for the bracelet and affirmation cards that we send students in the mail.

We believe so strongly in the power and effectiveness of our course that we want to make it completely risk free for you.

We most certainly do. Maternal health is a passion of mine, whether it’s here in North America or on the other side of the world.

The bad news is that maternal mortality rates in the developing world are truly horrifying.

The good news is that the money you and I can raise together makes a huge and significant difference in the lives of so many mamas and babies.

Click here to learn more about our charity partner.

Who It’s For

Heck yes! We designed the Mama Natural Birth Course to be informative and entertaining for mamas and their significant others as well, whether that’s a husband, boyfriend, partner, or family member.

Nope. The only time it’s too late is if you’re in transition (and even then you could watch some videos about post birth). The course is designed for you to complete it as quickly or as slowly as you’d like.

The total course content is around 12 hours in length. Technically, you could power through and do it all in one day! But, if you’ve got the time, it’s best to space the classes out so you can really practice and absorb everything you need to know.

If you want a natural childbirth, yes! The course is aimed at all parents-to-be, whether this is your first or your twentieth birth. (And if it’s the latter, we can connect you to our TV talent agent as well.)

Absolutely! In fact, it’s even more important for you to take this class! The information, strategies, practices, and tools you will learn in the Mama Natural Birth Course will help you have your best, most informed birth no matter where you choose to deliver.

First, congratulations! Second, yes! You will learn so many tools and exercises that will help you with your home birth. You’ll develop an awareness of your body and the birth process that will put your mind at ease. You’ll also master comfort measures that will help you ride through the intensity of birth and help you embrace this transformative event!

Yes, yes, and yes! We’ve got a special bonus class just for moms who are preparing for a vaginal birth after cesarean. As a doula, co-host Maura has helped dozens of mamas have successful VBACs, and she’ll share all her wisdom with you too.

Sure! We want international mamas to get in on the love. The techniques and principles that we cover in the course are universal, and will inform and enrich your childbirth no matter where you live. You’ll have to put up with our funny accents, though!

Oh, and you’ll need to pay for the class in US dollars via your credit card. We don’t charge any pesky transaction fees for you to use a foreign credit card, but your bank or credit card holder may charge you one of these:

  • A conversion fee to put your payment into US dollars
  • A “foreign transaction” fee since our business is based outside of your country

I’m afraid we can’t cover the costs of international shipping with the standard enrollment fees. Instead, we will refund the $35 value of the physical goods from your purchase price. Just sign up now at the regular price and we will refund you automatically. :)