While Science & Sensibility is geared primarily for birth professionals and health care providers, Lamaze International also has a long running blog that is written by Cara Terreri, specifically with the expectant family in mind. Giving Birth with Confidence (GBWC) offers families a wonderful mix of posts that highlight current best practice and evidence based information, fun and lighthearted topics for the pregnant and parenting crowd, and regular pregnancy week by week features that showcase development and concerns as a people move through their pregnancies. One of my favorite topics on the GBWC blog is the “Great Expectations” series which follows a pregnant person through their pregnancy and birth, with regular posts documenting the progress, emotions and circumstances that are arising for the featured family.
I am not the only one that thinks that the Giving Birth with Confidence Blog is the bomb! Healthline recently named Giving Birth with Confidence one of the top pregnancy blogs for 2015. Cara Terreri has been writing the GBWC blog since its inception, and the honor is well deserved. You may recall Cara from some posts she has done on this blog, as we followed her on her path to becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She has also been a guest blogger here on other topics.
I asked Cara some questions about her experience as writer and community manager for the Giving Birth with Confidence Blog and share her answers with you here now.
Sharon Muza: What do you hope that parents take away from reading the Giving Birth with Confidence blog?
Cara Terreri: I hope that parents take away from GBWC that birth is a normal part of life, not an illness or fearful event, and in fact, that it can be an exhilarating, amazing, and beautiful experience. I also hope they take away practical information to help prepare for and shape their experience.
SM: What are some of the challenges that you see when writing a blog geared for parents in the childbearing year?
CT: I can identify two challenges — giving topics the detail they deserve without overwhelming parents with information. That’s a challenge childbirth educators often face in classes, too. The other is presenting information in a non-biased, non-judgmental way. It can be easy for my opinion to creep in when I should be presenting “just the facts, ma’am.”
SM: There has never been more online information available to parents – what distinguishes GBWC from other online resources?
CT: Evidence based information, first and foremost. Followed by a tendency to address important issues and choices women face, not just what’s “hot” or “trendy.”
SM: What have been some of your favorite posts of all time? What about the favorite posts of the readers?
CT: My favorite posts come from the expectant moms who participate in our Great Expectations series, an every-other-week chronicle of their pregnancy. Often, the posts just contain thoughts and reflections of pregnancy, motherhood, and birth, which is just perfect. Our readers, interesting enough, tend to click through most to our post about Lamaze breathing, which provides clarity on how Lamaze teaches breathing as a coping mechanism in labor. Families might come to us to learn about breathing, but they leave with so much more!
SM: Why should childbirth educators and other birth professionals share this blog with the families that they work with and encourage them to become regular readers?
CT: Birth professionals and CBEs can trust the content, when they recommend it to the families they work with. It supports and mirrors what is taught in a Lamaze class. Our content is also easy to read and understand.
I hope that you will share this blog with the families you teach or work with, so that they can receive the information and community that GBWC offers to readers. If you have suggestions for future post topics, would like to be a guest blogger or have some helpful feedback, please contact Cara directly.
I would like to invite all of you to join me in congratulating my friend and colleague Cara Terreri and the Giving Birth with Confidence blog on a job well done! I know that many families are better prepared and better informed as a result of the exceptional information that is shared on the blog. Make sure that the families that you work with are aware of this valuable resource. This recognition is well-deserved and I am delighted that you have received it. I look forward to more posts on the topics that are important to families everywhere.