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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Three Essentials for Teaching

Three Essentials for Teaching

Prenatal classes should be developed with three keys in mind:

#1 Have a Plan (i.e. a curriculum)

#2 Use Engaging Visuals and Activities

#3 Reinforce Concepts and Learning

See a summary for how to build these three keys into your classes.

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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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Teaching Tips: Ways to Earn More Money as a CBE

Teaching Tips: Ways to Earn More Money as a CBE

When you are an independent childbirth educator, you are essentially running your own small business. It can take time and hard work to get your business off the ground and earn a steady income, but your efforts will pay off and we can't think of a more rewarding field to be in. 

1. Add Value

Don't make money your object; instead decide how you can best help others and then go above and beyond what is expected to give your students truly priceless gifts: knowledge and empowerment.

 

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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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Dynamic Classes with PowerPoint

Dynamic Classes with PowerPoint

PowerPoint has been used for several decades to enhance presentations and courses. Educators often rely on this tool to help them create a logical flow for the course, stay on track and provide visuals that support the course topics. Research shows students prefer slides that use graphs or pictures to clarify information and bulleted lists to organize ideas. 
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Models for Childbirth Educators: Private Educator {Part 4 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Private Educator {Part 4 of 4}

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.

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Models for Childbirth Educators: Independent {Part 3 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Independent {Part 3 of 4}

An educator is self-employed and teaches classes in their 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.

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Models for Childbirth Educators: Teaching in a Business {Part 2 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Teaching in a Business {Part 2 of 4}

An educator contracts with or is employed by a business (such as a OB/GYN practice, pregnancy fitness/wellness center, community organization or other similar business) to provide childbirth education on behalf of the business.

Certification and Requirements: The organization may have training and certification requirements for educators. There may be

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Models for Childbirth Educators: Teaching as a Hospital Employee {Part 1 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Teaching as a Hospital Employee {Part 1 of 4}

There are many ways you can teach childbirth classes, but before you get started, it is a good idea to consider your business model (where, how and when you will teach classes) in order to ensure the training, curriculum and decisions you make are in line with your end goals for teaching. This 4-part series explores some of the ways childbirth educators work and the advantages, disadvantages and other factors to consider.
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Teaching Tips: Time and Money Saving Tips for CBEs

Teaching Tips: Time and Money Saving Tips for CBEs

Who doesn't want to save time and money? When you are trying to grow your childbirth education business, it often takes a lot of time and effort to develop and market your classes and services. You have resources to buy, research and learning to do, and  you have to figure out how to market your classes to potential students. These tips will help make it easier. 
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Teaching Tips: Storing and Displaying Posters

Teaching Tips: Storing and Displaying Posters

Posters are great teaching aids. They have informative visuals and promote dialog and questions from parents. If you use posters in your childbirth classes, you may find it challenging to find the best way to store and display them. Consider some of these ideas to make it easier for you to use and preserve your posters!
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