10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

As you prepare to welcome your new baby, these are some tips that can help you get breastfeeding off to a great start and keep you on track. 

1. Be Committed

Consider why you want to breastfeed (write your reasons down if that helps) and commit to sticking with it. If challenges come up, use these reasons as motivation to get help and work through them.

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New Ideas for Educators: Early Pregnancy Class

New Ideas for Educators: Early Pregnancy Class

We are creatures of habit and it is easy to get stuck in a routine, teaching the same things in the same way. This new blog series for educators explores some ideas to help you branch out. Read on to be inspired about new topics and effective strategies to help you get creative this year.

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10 Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy

10 Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy

It seems like everyone is focused on dieting and nutrition this time of year, so we felt we should join in and discuss proper nutrition in pregnancy. There are many dietary recommendations that a pregnant woman may follow
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Reducing Stress in Pregnancy

Reducing Stress in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, we tend to focus on taking care of ourselves and being as healthy as we can be. We try to eat a nutritious diet, get a little more sleep and make sure we avoid things that may be unhealthy for us and our baby, but one thing that we sometimes forget to do is deal with the stress that has a way of creeping up in our daily lives. 
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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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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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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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