Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Expectant parents may be unprepared for their first moments with their new baby, or they don't give it much thought in advance. Educators and healthcare providers play an important role in informing parents about what to expect at birth and supporting them at this pivotal moment.

Education is often needed to address lack of knowledge, misinformation and misconceptions about newborn care topics, and skin-to-skin contact is no exception. Use your listening skills as an educator to identify your client's current understanding of skin-to-skin contact. Then, help them understand the benefits and the do's and don'ts of this practice. Education helps calm fears and encourages this beneficial practice in new families. 

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Become a Better Listener

Become a Better Listener

When someone is speaking to you in conversation, it is easy to become distracted and think about your response instead of fully listening to what they are saying. When this happens with clients, they may sense that they have not been heard and get frustrated, especially if your response does not completely address their thoughts. Fortunately, listening skills can be improved with practice, which in turn helps you serve clients more effectively. Whether you are an educator, healthcare provider or doula, become a better listener by starting with these easy tips: 
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Digital or print resources: Which one is right for your clients?

Digital or print resources: Which one is right for your clients?

During the pandemic, many birth professionals turned to digital resources. Digital materials are convenient and often more cost effective than printed. Still, many of our customers report that their clients prefer printed materials. 

Print does have some advantages over digital. Printed books can be easier to navigate and read than digital versions. Research suggests better comprehension and retention with print. Parents get the benefits of taking notes and filling in interactive portions in their books.

We have provided several ways to help you select what works best and make the best of both worlds:

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Incorporating Learning Models into Childbirth Education: Part 1

Incorporating Learning Models into Childbirth Education: Part 1

There are different opinions about the types and validity of “learning styles” adults use (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic; impulsive and reflective; right brain and left brain, etc.), but most agree that not everyone learns the same way and that a variety of teaching strategies should be used to foster engagement within a group of students. With this in mind, this blog series explores several different types of learning models and provides ideas for how you can incorporate them into your classes. 
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Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

One of the most pressing questions new moms have about breastfeeding is whether their baby is getting enough milk. After all, unlike bottle feeding, you can’t measure how much milk is making its way into your baby’s tummy. Not knowing can be stressful, especially when you are just starting out to breastfeed.

Thankfully, there are a few key signs that can help you know your baby is getting enough milk. Here are the top three:

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Digital Books now Available

Digital Books now Available

With the cancellation of in-person childbirth classes, we have several options to help you continue to provide education materials to your clients. Our direct shipping program is available to ship books directly to your clients. In addition, we are pleased to announce two new digital options: single user purchase (for parents) and bulk access codes (for educators)!

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Direct Shipping to Clients

Direct Shipping to Clients

Over the past year, many childbirth educators have converted their in-person classes to online classes. Despite this change, many parents prefer to have a printed book or packet of materials they can use to follow along in class. We have a solution that can help!
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New Breastfeeding Pocket Guides!

New Breastfeeding Pocket Guides!

A picture is worth a thousand words and when it comes to breastfeeding, having high-quality and helpful photos can make it easier for parents to learn. 

Our new Breastfeeding Pocket Guides (5th edition) have been expanded and 

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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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7 Rules to Have a Happy Birth

7 Rules to Have a Happy Birth

In birth, as in all of life, there are no guarantees. Unexpected events and circumstances can and do happen, but there are several steps that you can take in advance to maximize your likelihood of achieving a happy, joyful birth, even if it does not go exactly according to plan.
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ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

This is such important information for women to have, and we have GREAT news! Birth Choices, the brand new book from Plumtree Baby, includes these recommendations, as well as a reference to the full text Committee Opinion for families who want to go into even more depth. Birth Choices can be used to teach a class on planning and communicating for birth, or it can simply be given to expectant parents as an at-home, interactive guide to simplify and inform their goals and plans for birth. Anyone who works with pregnant women can now inform and empower them using Birth Choices. Take a look at a full preview and see for yourself!
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Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

In Part I of Planning Your VBAC, we introduced the background information for a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). Now, we’re ready to share some concrete steps you can take to prepare your body, mind and support system for a trial of labor after a c-section (TOLAC) and VBAC.
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