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What types of learners are there?



What were Grant Reed's theories on labour and birth?

Fear/tension pain cycle;
Controlled deep abdominal breathing;
Breath holding for second stage;
Relaxation with eyes closed.


What is the main technique in Lamaze?

Controlled breathing techniques.


What is hypnobirthing?

Self-hypnosis taught for relaxation and stress relief;
Emphasis on positive language/thoughts;


Who was known to speak of swimming over waves/surges of labour contractions?

Sheila Kitzinger.


What is CAPEA?

Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia.


How has parenting / antenatal education changed in the last 20 - 30 years?

Self-teaching: everyone now has access to information online and can learn in their own way/time.
Classes have changed from larger groups listening in lecture style to smaller more interactive groups where women can set the agenda and participate.


What is calm birthing?

Childbirth education class that focuses on relaxation and coping with labour.


What types of antenatal education are available today?

Group education classes;
Hospital classes;
Specialised pain relief classes such as hypnobirthing;
Gender specific (ie classes aimed at dad's);
Refresher classes for multips.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of group antenatal classes?

Advantages: Interaction, mutual support, peer learning, socialising and community building.

Disadvantages: Some people may dominate the group meaning quieter women miss out on asking questions relevant to them, difficulty for CALD women, may not be as relevant to what specific groups may want to learn (ie teens).


What is lamaze?

Lamaze is a company that specialises in prenatal and postnatal education. They offer classes both online and in person, online videos, weekly information through email, and an app offering information as well. Their information is evidence based and adapted from WHO.

http://www.lamaze.org “Lamaze [aims] to help build your confidence and ensure that you have the support you need during pregnancy and birth.”


1.Let labour begin on its own.
2.Walk, move around and change positions during labour.
3.Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support.
4.Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.
5.Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s natural urges to “push”.
6.Keep mother and baby together - it is best for mother, baby and breastfeeding.


What are the advantages of learning in a group?

Ability to become an active learner, rather than passive. Requires the establishment of an environment of support and trust and fosters cooperative and nurtured learning. Enhances social skills and student learning.