When you have been teaching for a while, it is easy to get stuck in a routine. Sometimes, using a fresh idea or making a few small adjustments brings a new level of excitement to classes. Try one or more of these ideas to help shake things up:
1. Get active with stages of labor
Maybe you usually show a video and then give a quiz. Mix it up with a new approach...
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...
Reading levels for health information are recommended to be between 6th and 8th grade when measured using the SMOG Readability Index. CDC Guidelines state that written resources should be developed with these goals:
- Give the most important information first
- Limit the number of messages
- Tell audiences what they need to do
- Tell your audience what they will gain from understanding and using the material
- Choose your words carefully
All of our parent resources were developed with these goals in mind and contain reading levels calculated using the SMOG Readability Index. You can find them in the "Specification" information for each product.
Questions? We are happy to discuss reading levels or assist you in choosing the resources that work best for your clients. Contact us!
We were a bit shocked to read that a recent study found half of young women (age 26 to 35 years) were unable to locate a vagina on a diagram. We knew from experience teaching childbirth classes and with doula clients, that some moms and dads-to-be can be confused about the location of some anatomical parts and we often get questions like "can you see the cervix dilating?"
We knew that the unique anatomical changes of pregnancy are not often well understood prior to taking a childbirth class, but this article made us realize we can't take for granted that parents understand even basic anatomy and that it helps to use simple illustrations and words to cover this information before we go further into pregnancy anatomy, stages of labor and birth.