"Curriculum" is a broad and sometimes confusing term that can have many meanings. Some people call workbooks for parents, PowerPoint slides, or the combination of several of these a "curriculum."
We use a broader and more historical definition for curriculum: a plan for learning.
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.
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...
We will ... move technology where it belongs -
in the service of birthing women, not their master.
Dr. Christiane Northrup
Over the last century, medical interventions have become a widespread and routine part of maternity care. While it is a mistake to claim that every intervention is always bad, evidence has revealed that it is also a mistake to embrace intervention as part of routine care for every mother, and there is increasing emphasis to limit interventions.
When parents learn they are expecting a baby, they often have many questions as they start to consider what this news means. What is normal? What can I do/not do during pregnancy? What can I do to safely help me feel better?
Searching the internet for answers can lead to confusion or worse, harmful or out-dated information.