Additional or supplementary courses
Additional courses or services may be offered in conjunction with or additional to the “standard” CBE course. The following are examples of these.
Duration of course: usually held over two to three sessions.
- Promoting physical, mental and social wellbeing of the mother
- Dangers of drugs, alcohol, smoking
- Foetal development
- Positive and realistic approach to pregnancy and birth
- Miscarriage and grief
- Options for choosing caregiver and place of birth
- Discussion of myths surrounding pregnancy and childbirth
- Antenatal care, including tests, terminology etc
- Pelvic awareness and stretching exercises, including posture, pelvic floor exercises
- Breastfeeding with overview of expectations of normal
- Options in childbirth
- Layette and equipment for baby
Duration of course: usually open group with women joining the class throughout the year.
- Anatomy and pelvic awareness
- Benefits and cautions of stretching
- Importance of good posture
- Back care during pregnancy and postpartum period
- Benefits of pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Practical exercises and demonstrations relating to the above topics
Duration of course: minimum of 4 hours, usually over 2 to 4 weeks. Weekend or block courses may also be run according to the expressed needs of pregnant women.
- Discussion and sharing of previous experience/expectations
- Options in care and place of birth
- Breathing awareness, relaxation
- Revision and practice on first and second stages of labour
- Breastfeeding: previous experiences, resources etc
- Postnatal issues, including community resources
- Changing family dynamics, including coping with toddlers, sibling rivalry
To enable the Childbirth educator to vary her teaching and presentation techniques, a range of resources will be necessary. The extent of these resources will vary from Centre to Centre according to circumstances may include most of the following:
- Videos about PCNZ, childbirth, breastfeeding, the first few days after birth, CPR, child safety
- Audio tapes
- Mats, pillows, chairs
- Pelvis and doll, knitted uterus, placenta
- Whiteboard, blackboard, OHP
- Charts showing foetal development, presentation, labour, the newborn, breastfeeding
- Pamphlets on a variety of topics such as caesarean section, infant feeding, resource personnel, community groups as recommended by Parents Centre
- Books and texts: Preparing for Birth
- Well stocked library about birth and parenting
ContactFind out whether any of these courses are offered at your local centre, please contact your centre.