Birth and Parenting Skills

1st Edition

New Directions in Antenatal Education


  • Print ISBN 9780443074745

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the potential for antenatal education to make a positive impact on women's experience of birth
  • Points the way to accessing new sources of funding for antenatal classes
  • Illustrates new teaching strategies with the aim of accessing groups of parents currently not involved with antenatal education
  • Aims to show how antenatal education can be a central, rather than peripheral part of the holistic care provided to pregnant women and their families

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Childbirth and Parenting Education: what the research says and why we may ignore it

Chapter 2 : Context and Purpose: learning styles and principles of adult education

Chapter 3: Why Education for Birth is Important

Chapter 4: Birthing and Parenting Education for Men

Chapter 5: Are Midwives Empowered Enough to Offer Empowering Education?

Chapter 6: Innovative Practice in Birth Education: Birmingham Women's Hospital Bith Ideas Workshop 000

Chapter 7: Best Practice in Antenatal Education

Improving services for women of South Asian heritage

Parent education classes for South Asian Women: SAMPAD

The Albany Practice, South East London: antenatal and postnatal groups

The Bellevue Project: local classes for local women

4U Teenage Pregnancy Group

Blackburn Teenage Mothers' Group

The Cafe Class (National Childbirth Trust)

Chapter 8 : Education for Birth and Parenting: where next?



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Churchill Livingstone
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About the authors

Mary Nolan

Affiliations and Expertise

Antenatal Teacher/Senior Tutor, The National Childbirth Trust, London, UK

Julie Foster

Affiliations and Expertise

Parent Education Coordinator, Birmingham Women's Health Care NHS Trust, UK