In the USA, Father's Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Sunday in June, which is just a few days away. I thought I might highlight some very successful specialized classes that are designed to increase confidence for fathers as they prepare to support the birthing person in labor.
Class evaluations are a great resource to for childbirth educators to be sure that we are meeting the needs of the families we work with. What does one do when an evaluation indicates a dissatisfied customer? It is important to keep my perspective when a negative evaluation comes in.
This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is a fun activity using lots of little manipulatives that will increase learning for families while enjoying themselves in class.
Just like when climbing a mountain, food and fluid are the fuels that keep your muscles working and allow you to keep going in labor. Since hospitals generally discourage eating in labor (or outright won’t allow it), this is a discussion that I have with my childbirth class families.
Newborn and family sleep is often a difficult but critical topic to cover in childbirth classes. Parents are getting a lot of mixed messages from many sources about where the baby should sleep. Is it time to change the message that parents get about bedsharing?