What is a Curriculum?

What is a Curriculum?

"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

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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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Interventions as Tools

Interventions as Tools

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.

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Celebrating Our Eighth Anniversary, Together

Celebrating Our Eighth Anniversary, Together

This month we are celebrating an incredible eight years of providing birth professionals with modern, professional educational materials. Thank you for allowing us to support you and the families you serve!

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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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We have been busy in 2019!

We have been busy in 2019!

We believe that current, professional resources are essential to providing quality childbirth and early parenting education. We also believe that it is crucial to listen to and respect the needs of our customers. Last year, we outlined plans for product enhancements, focusing on consistency and usability. We have released many new and updated resources over the past six months and are pleased to share these improvements with you.
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Early Pregnancy Resources

Early Pregnancy Resources

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. 

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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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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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Spring cleaning for your teaching supplies

Spring cleaning for your teaching supplies

You have probably heard of the popular Marie Kondo and her decluttering method, KonMari. She recommends that we "[k]eep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy."

Just like a home, decluttering and simplifying your teaching supplies can also be very rewarding. Start with the "easier" categories and work through each one over time. Then, repeat the process for your digital clutter! Start here:

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