Teaching Tips: Four Ways to Refresh Your CBE Classes

Teaching Tips: Four Ways to Refresh Your CBE Classes

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...

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Updates to the Finding Comfort Booklet

Updates to the Finding Comfort Booklet

The Finding Comfort booklet is a popular resource for comfort measures workshops! It provides practical and detailed information on popular and useful relaxation techniques, along with productive positions for labor and birth. Parents routinely use it as a guide during labor, when they need fresh ideas to help them cope.
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Your Book Cover Matters More than You Think

Your Book Cover Matters More than You Think

Despite the timeless advice not to judge a book by its cover, we know that people do just that.1 Our visual brains are constantly scanning, interpreting and making judgments about the world around us. As perinatal professionals, often one of the first interactions you have with clients is providing them with materials (books or handouts) as part of your classes or services. Providing high-quality resources gives a good first impression and lets clients know that you are professional, trustworthy and competent. As we all know, first impressions are extremely important!
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Five New Posters!

Five New Posters!

Just in time for you to give yourself some new gifts this holiday season, we have five brand new posters ready to go! Take a look, along with all the updates and changes to our poster collection:
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Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

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...

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New Posters

New Posters

We are happy to share some exciting news! We have four new posters available to help you inform parents about healthy pregnancy, comfort measures and postpartum expectations. A new sleek design, eye-catching photos and practical information, make these high-quality visual aids unlike anything else available! 
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Steps for Creating a Curriculum

Steps for Creating a Curriculum

Ask most experienced educators and they will likely tell you that a curriculum is an essential tool for any course. The curriculum provides a "big picture" of your overall goals and then helps you identify the practical steps to reach those goals, such as choosing the specific topics and teaching strategies. 
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Aussies, buy local!

Aussies, buy local!

We are thrilled to announce that Australian customers can now purchase many of our teaching resources from a local source! birthwell birthright stocks many of our items
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International Customers

Learn more about international ordering!
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Reading Levels for our Education Materials

Reading Levels for our Education Materials

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!

 

 

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Anatomy Lessons Needed!

Anatomy Lessons Needed!

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.

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Are cartoons a good teaching tool?

Are cartoons a good teaching tool?

Cartoons are fun. We watched them as children, we laugh at them on Pinterest and maybe we even still enjoy reading them in the newspaper. However, fun illustrations and cartoons show up in the materials we use as childbirth educators, doulas and health care professionals, and we wonder if this is the best place for them. Perhaps smiley faces and line drawings can serve to show labor in a gentler way or to be lighthearted about serious subjects, but when the reality of labor begins or in the first few days with a newborn, did these cartoons do enough to prepare mothers and fathers for their real life experiences, or did they minimize the intensity of it all? Will parents relate to these graphics in the same way that they would to photos and videos of real people?
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