I am a rural nurse in a tiny hospital and we deliver around 60 babies per year. I have been teaching the CB classes for just over a year. I have tried once weekly for 2 hours for 4 weeks, I have tried 4 hour Saturday classes that are divided into early pregnancy, infant care, labor, etc., I have tried an 8 hour Saturday class (still doing that one now).
In my hospital all the nurses can tell who has been to my classes it really helps them know how to advocate for themselves and to know what options they have, etc. I do not charge a fee (it is free), they get lunch and snacks, some small giveaways from typical companies that send freebies to hospitals, and our CRNAs come to talk about options for pain management.
I have a heck of a time getting anyone to come, I have tried writing personal letters, fliers given to each one at the clinic, the docs promote the classes (at least they say they do), I have personally called as well. Just like all facilities we have some very young moms that I know would benefit from the classes, if for nothing else than empower them to make choices and feel good about becoming a mother.
Anyone that does classes have success and any ideas? I am open to about anything and my hospital will let me do pretty much whatever I want. I have thought about charging a small fee (~$20 +/-) and using the money to make "gift baskets" to all that come and have one in the clinic so they can see what they would get????
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Aug 4, '08
I don't know about charging. If they won't come when it is free, why would they come if they have to pay? I don't freebies would make much difference.
It sounds like you have the support of a lot of health care professionals who are recommending your class, so I am suprised at your low numbers.
Also, maybe people are getting information else where? I know that there are quite a few free (good) on-line podcasts for pregnant moms. I have listed to quite a few in my own time and on my own terms, and have learned quite a lot from them. Maybe you could start one yourself and use it as a way to get people to come to your class?
Have you done any survery with your "gradutates" about what they liked or didn't like, what they would want more or less of? Are you catering to the population you are teaching? I would imagine different cultures and maybe even socioeconomic groups may even have different wants or needs for a class.
And it could be you are doing everything you can and should, but you just maybe live in an area where this type of thing isn't valued? My sister didn't go to child birth classes because she was just going to "get an epidural." And didn't see the need. Sadly enough, it often seems like the people who need the education the most are the ones don't get it.
Maybe these young moms-to-be don't have the ability to have someone (or themselves) drive them to another class? Makes me wonder if they cancel or now-show some of their OB appointments as well.
Last edit by scribblerpnp on Aug 4, '08