We know that childbirth class numbers are down, and we’ve tried to figure out why people don’t attend classes. Some of the answers we hear are “We were too busy.” “The schedule didn’t suite us.” “We were too tired!” “We figured we could learn all we needed to know from YouTube or the internet.” If people don’t take childbirth classes because they think they can learn everything on YouTube, prove them right! Start a YouTube channel and then offer your knowledge and expertise as an educator for a flipped classroom experience. Let’s start meeting people where they are. Jennie Joseph has seen great results in bringing childbirth education into homes and the difference one-on-one attention makes. What if we could all do the same? I propose that we give today’s learners what they want: 1. Everything they need to know on YouTube (I’ll teach you how to start your own channel).2. Education that comes to them because they are too tired to leave the house– (Your students will watch your YouTube videos and then you can either come to them or skype with them for the flipped classroom part of the lesson that bridges their understanding).3. Have the classes be in bite sized, easy to digest segments. 4. Allow for the learners to propose their own learning pace (we’d like to learn the basics of childbirth education over the next 1 week, 3 weeks, 12 weeks…).Join me as we think outside the box about childbirth education and meet today’s learners where they are. Let’s bring childbirth education home!
- Track: Choice
- Presentation Level: Beginner/Intermediate
- How to flip the childbirth education classroom by creating YouTube videos
- How to segment information into digestible parts for busy parents
- How to bring childbirth education into homes
- Patient outcome- improved birth experiences because they were able to get good information and resources before their birth
Rebecca Blankinship, ICCE, CEIM, is owner of Mama Nunu, Rock Star Birth and Parent Coaching serving families in Kirkland, Washington and globally through the magic of the internet. Rebecca is most passionate about helping parents build a foundation for success from the preconception period or as early in pregnancy as she can reach them! In what feels like a former life she owned a cultural exchange organization and connected people from diverse cultures through local activities and international trips. Rebecca’s dream is to continue the work of connecting people through community building in her hometown and traveling around the world to share her knowledge and passion with other educators and community leaders. She now runs a networking and community resource group called Eastside Birth and Family Resource. Rebecca is a proud member of ICEA’s International Relations Committee. Rebecca’s raison d’être is waking up each morning to the gift of her daughter’s presence and making a promise to create magic with and for her each day.