Friday, December 15, 2006

ICEA Guide for Childbirth Educators

This evening, I finished re-reading ICEA's Guide for Childbirth Educators. It was written in 1988, but doesn't seem particularly out of date. ICEA's philosophy and style of childbirth education is different than my own, but I still was reminded of several teaching ideas while re-reading the book. They have a heavy focus on information/physiology of birth and my focus is evolving towards an emphasis on emotional preparation for birth and parenthood and on trust in birth (basically, on overcoming birth fright!). I'm struggling to remember to talk less and listen more--I think this will help the people I work with much more than all of the "information junkie" stuff I tend to offer!

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