Do you teach childbirth education classes or are you a childbirth educator?
If you are someone who teaches childbirth education classes, the following may be true:
- Someone has given you the opportunity to add teaching childbirth education classes to your existing job.
- The curriculum has been decided already and given to you.
- Your teaching strategies, models, charts and videos are also predetermined.
- The classes you teach meet at the same location(s), times and dates.
- You enjoy the interaction between yourself and your students.
- Teaching is a very nice part of your job.
If you are a childbirth educator, the following is most likely true:
- You feel a passion for all things birth. You doubt whether you could ever do anything else with your life. It's a calling.
- You are trained and certified by a national childbirth education organization.
- Most of your time on a computer is spent learning about the new evidence-based information.
- You have created or modified your own curriculum; picked out or created models, charts and class manuals/handouts; and previewed your videos.
- You know you teach what feels like 24 hours a day: a teachable moment in the grocery line or when someone notices the birth business decal on your car.
- Social media is a great forum for education of expectant parents and professionals.
- In social settings, you are known as the "baby lady".
- You have stacks and stacks of birth related journals, books and articles.
- Your children grow up knowing the internal side views of pregnant bodies and perhaps think that all uteri are made of blue or multi-colored yarn.
- Your partner/husband can repeat parts of your classes to help their friends or co-workers.
So let me know. Do you teach childbirth education classes or are you a childbirth educator?