Planning Childbirth Education Classes...Help!

  1. Hi,
    I have recently returned to OB nursing after a 4 year stint on Med/Surg and I am really enjoying getting back to my OB roots. I worked in OB for many years and taught childbirth education classes before I married and moved to a new community. I feel a bit rusty but I am surprised at how fast I remember things.
    My question is: I have been asked by some who know I used to teach to teach some private classes in a few months. I have 3 couples who want to go together and have a class and a few couples on their own. I would love to do this but I don't really have many of my materials from my old teaching days. How do I go about setting up a class syllabus? What is the most important things that I should cover today? Any ideas on how to make it fun but imformative? Where am I going to get handouts, graphics, etc? I can't afford much. It was easy when I taught before. It was a hospital based program and everything, including the syllabus, was provided for me. Help!
    My first class will be in October if I decide to do this.
    All suggestions will be appreciated very much!

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  3. by   CallMePatti
    Quote from nurturing_angel
    Hi,
    I have recently returned to OB nursing after a 4 year stint on Med/Surg and I am really enjoying getting back to my OB roots. I worked in OB for many years and taught childbirth education classes before I married and moved to a new community. I feel a bit rusty but I am surprised at how fast I remember things.
    My question is: I have been asked by some who know I used to teach to teach some private classes in a few months. I have 3 couples who want to go together and have a class and a few couples on their own. I would love to do this but I don't really have many of my materials from my old teaching days. How do I go about setting up a class syllabus? What is the most important things that I should cover today? Any ideas on how to make it fun but imformative? Where am I going to get handouts, graphics, etc? I can't afford much. It was easy when I taught before. It was a hospital based program and everything, including the syllabus, was provided for me. Help!
    My first class will be in October if I decide to do this.
    All suggestions will be appreciated very much!

    First, I suggest assessing what they already know. Is this the first baby for them (do they need pregnancy changes as a topic, or are they looking for How To Survive Labor only?) How many sessions/weeks/hours will your series be? Once you know that, you can start prioritizing topics and writing your class syllabus. I've been teaching CBE for 6 years- PM me if I can help you further.

    Also...are you certified? If not, consider getting certified. Your certifying organization can always help you with structuring your classes.

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