Some expectant parents are eager to know everything about pregnancy, birth and beyond and actively seek information from all sorts of sources. Other parents having a baby may not realize how much there is to learn, or they may simply be uninterested. Sometimes parents are busy with other areas of life, and/or believe they will learn what they need to know as they go. Regardless of where they are starting their journey of learning, all parents benefit from being prepared for the changes pregnancy can bring and becoming informed about the process they will go through during labor and birth.
As an educator, doula or health care provider, you can...
Gone are the days of mothers crunching on ice chips during labor. Evidence-based practice supports (and even encourages!) mothers to eat during labor. Why? Because your car won’t run well on an empty tank, and neither will you!
Even the American Society of Anesthesiologists, just last year, said that
An educator provides private, one-on-one classes typically in her home or her clients’ homes.
Certification and Requirements: While it is a good idea to go through training and become certified through a reputable organization, this is not technically required for a private childbirth educator.
An educator is self-employed and teaches classes in her home or in a rental location.
Certification and Requirements: You build your expertise and reputation when you go through training and become certified through a reputable organization. It is not technically required for an independent childbirth educator, but often parents ask about your credentials.