There's never been a more important time to be well and truly informed
Why trust your baby’s health to anyone but an experienced RN?
Prenatal education is proven to benefit parents and babies by providing a healthier pregnancy and birth. There is no regulation in BC for this field—many people with an interest in supporting babies and moms can and do provide prenatal classes. This is a booming business!
When you're researching prenatal education providers, here are some important questions to ask:
- Does your program support clients of midwives as well as doctors? Tell me how you address the needs of these two different clients.
- Does your program support home births as well as hospital births?
- What other services do you offer?
- What curriculum is taught? When was it last updated, and by whom?
- If I were to use your service, what kind of training has my prenatal instructor had? As an educator? As a health care provider? As a childbirth educator? In post-partum support such as breastfeeding, post-partum depression?
- How does your program stay updated about current best practice?
- How do your instructors find out the latest from/about: Midwives, doctors and doulas, hospital policies and procedures, health and safety concerns, medications, interventions, breastfeeding and local issues
Although women have been giving birth since the beginning of time, the care of the mother and baby, as well as the role of the dad through pregnancy and birth, has changed frequently and rapidly over the last 40 years.
You go to a store for maternity and baby accessories.
Helpful salespeople want to make you happy and comfortable.
You go to school to learn how to prepare for your baby's arrival.
Educators want you to be informed so that you are ready and comfortable.