NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - parent education resources

Title

Mothers only classes

Description

Some single women feel uncomfortable with couples or do not want to come along without their mother or friend, because they have no partner. The purpose therefore was to open up friendships, and to make it more possible for mothers who wanted to come to mothers only classes to speak more openly about how they were feeling.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Hospital based education

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Pain relief
  • General advice on feeding
  • Parents choice of topic(s)

Accessibility

  • Welcome fathers
  • Welcome non-partners

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

The figures are sent through to Quality Control.

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Couples' Classes

Description

More and more people do not want to go through parent education on their own. The couples classes were designed because the midwives felt they were needed as a standard for QIS (Quality Improvement for Scotland), and were put in place before the visit from QIS. The midwives felt that fathers were being left out and that mothers wanted to come with their partner. Classes take place during pregnancy and pre birth, delivered by midwives and speech and language therapists.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education
  • One-to-one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Recognising the signs of delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Birthing options
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding
  • Partner and impact on relationships
  • Reasons for induction e.g. being over the date, diabetic mothers, the baby being born early and steroids before delivery.

Accessibility

  • Accessible for people in rural areas
  • Welcome fathers
  • Welcome same sex partners
  • Accessible to parents for whom English is not the first language
  • Operates in local communities.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

They send the information over to Quality Control. Small points that come up e.g. the room is too hot, the room is too small, the midwives talk too much and repeat things, more paperwork could be used.

These comments come from the fathers however, as the paperwork does not get read and some of the fathers fall asleep, perhaps some of them are being forced to come along by their partners? By contrast, the mothers are delighted with what they get and the feedback is that they are very happy.

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Title

Young mothers' classes

Description

It was difficult to start this class, as the young mothers did not want to come to hospital and saw themselves as not needing any help. By getting them to come in, it would give them confidence and the information they would need about their benefits and how they could get back to full-time work or school. The idea was to try not to let them be out in the community with no help at all. It was to let them know that they are important, that there is life after having a baby and that they will get help once their baby is born e.g. on coping, and dealing with money issues.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Recognising the signs of delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Birthing options
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General parenting skills
  • Registering baby's birth
  • Contraception

Who is it for?

  • Young women
  • Partners

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

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Title

Breastfeeding workshops

Description

These classes aim to educate and make people aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby and mother. Workshops are run by a midwife, and the Department for Aural Health, Speech and Language during pregnancy (try for 32 - 36 weeks) or post birth (some attend as gave birth early or want to know they are doing things correctly).

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education
  • One-to-one visit

Topics covered

  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding

Accessibility

  • Welcome fathers
  • Accessible to parents for whom English is not the first language

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Twins Classes

Description

Mothers having twins deliver differently and breastfeed differently; everything for them is enhanced. Because of this, it was felt that it was important for them to have a class on their own to talk about the equipment, labour and outcomes for twins delivery. Classes are delivered by a midwife and by the Department of Aural Health, Speech and Language. Mothers expecting more than two babies would also be welcome to attend.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Co-bedding

Who is it for?

  • Women having twins or multiple births

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Please note:

Obstetric physiotherapy has input into all parent education classes across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  Women can also access musculoskeletal physiotherapy services by contacting their hospital directly.  There is also a daily physiotherapy service in the postnatal wards.

 

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