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.
Becoming an independent childbirth educator is exciting and rewarding, but not necessarily straightforward. It is easy to become overwhelmed with your options, or you may not know even where to begin. Becoming a childbirth educator is, in essence, starting your own business.
This article will give you a starting point on your journey to teaching childbirth classes, one of the most rewarding and important jobs you could choose.