How To Do Online “Hands-On” Childbirth Classes
Often when I share with others that I teach online childbirth classes the response is enthusiasm for what I do followed by a pause and then the question ” But how do they learn the breathing and positions? Don’t they need live instruction?”
Yes they do and they receive “live,” “hands-on” experience.
More women are seeking information about how to prepare for childbirth on the internet. Many websites offering this information (myself included in the Free Online Childbirth Class) is in text form with no interaction with an experienced professional.
Some websites have video and “home study” programs, but I have seen little that offers “live childbirth classes through webinars. Maybe there are some out there and I just haven’t found them yet.
With more women looking for this information online and a decrease in “live” childbirth education classes in hospital environments or elsewhere, women are not getting the information they really need to prepare for birth, the hands – on experience, or an opportunity to develop a sense of the realities of birth, it’s emotional and physical processes and challenges.
Reading about birth is helpful but it’s only one dimension – a linear one. Depending on the book or article , or even “hear-say” stories circulating mainstream about how painful birth is, it sets the mom-to-be up for premature, unnecessary anxiety, and stress about her upcoming birth experience.
For me, it’s important to present information in a nonjudgmental manner and teach from a framework of what she already knows. This builds confidence in her own knowledge and abilities to birth her baby, trust in her intuition, and understanding and experiencing what her body can actually do through movement.
To nourish this kind of learning it’s valuable to know what technology is available to use to present successful online “live”, “hands-on”, childbirth classes and meet the needs of women seeking online information.
The system I use is easy, fun, visual, and interactive. All the elements you want to have to guide your couples through this exciting time.
Here are couple from Thailand is experiencing a Progressive Relaxation exercise.Here’s what I use:
- Video conference room
- Headset (decreases echos)
- Webcam with built in microphone
- Power Point presentations
- Video clips
- Audio files
- Video Emails to build rapport and genuine connections with couples
Having a “live” online childbirth class promotes rapport with couples, socializing and interaction with other couples and instructor, “hands-on” practice, guidance, question and answer time, and an opportunity for couples to experience preparing for birth together in the comfort of their homes.
If you’re planning to move your childbirth related classes online this is an excellent and rewarding way to present them.