Walking the Line: Balancing Fact and Opinion
People come to childbirth education classes for evidence-based facts, not opinion. While separating fact from opinion may sound simple, it is often much more complicated. In the field of childbirth education and maternal care, some toe the line between opinion and fact. This is not always beneficial to the success of the family or the success of the field.
Join Jana McCarthy to explore both facts and opinions to see if there is a place for both in a prenatal class. Attendees will take a look at common biases and learn how those biases may affect the classroom. Additionally, attendees will walk away with methods that will help them share facts (and maybe even opinions) through meaningful storytelling.
Jana McCarthy is a native Southern Californian. She is a nurse, childbirth educator, lactation consultant, basic life support instructor, the mother of eight breastfed children, and grandmother to three breastfed children. She works for Kaiser Permanente where she is an Education Development and Learning Consultant, and she enjoys developing curricula, reading, writing poetry and short stories, and sleeping whenever she gets a chance.
Continuing Education Units: One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.