NHS Lothian - parent education resources

Title

Breast Feeding Support Groups

Additional Information

Unable to obtain further detail

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Title

Muslim Women's Group

Description

This group is led by the Pregnancy and Parenting Centre (independent organisation like NCT), with input from midwives. The purpose is largely to provide a social interaction environment for isolated pregnant women, some of whom may be embarrassed to discuss certain topics in front of partners. The group is open to all women i.e. not only Muslim, including those who want to attend on their own e.g. single mothers.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Antenatal classes
  • One-to-one visit

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General parenting skills
  • General advice on feeding
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding

Who is it for?

  • Women from an ethnic minority

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Title

Antenatal Classes

Description

Delivered by a midwife, each class has a different aim. They give women the chance to get together in an informal setting, and they provide antenatal education as required. By meeting the educational and information needs of the group, they increase knowledge, confidence and skills prior to birth.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • DVD
  • Antenatal classes
  • One-to-one visit
  • There are additional resources for mothers with literacy issues. It’s not about doing different things within the group it’s about doing things differently.

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Birthing options

Accessibility

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

Additional Information

Service could be improved by improving facilitation, training for midwives, training for the workshops and meeting the needs of more groups by making them more inclusive and providing better premises e.g. crèche facilities.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

No formal evaluation.

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Title

Twins and multiples groups

Description

This class gives parents the opportunity to meet other parents of multiples, to ask relevant questions and to see the special care baby unit. It is delivered by a midwife and the infant feeding advisor at RIE and St Johns.

Delivery method

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

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Birthing options
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General advice on feeding

Who is it for?

  • Parents expecting twins

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

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Title

Young Mums 2B

Description

Delivered by a midwife and the Sure Start team, the earliest time to attend would be 16 weeks but usually around 22-24 weeks. This is a targeted group that meets in an informal setting to:

- provide antenatal and other services, as required

- promote peer support to reduce feelings of isolation and improve mental health

- increase knowledge, confidence and skills prior to birth.

Delivery method

  • Antenatal classes
  • Delivered in a variety of different ways. The person who leads the group is always the same, accompanied by different professionals.

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Tour of hospital/labour wards
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • General advice on feeding
  • Social issues and life skills
  • 'Get Chilled' 
  • Crafts
  • 'How prepared are you?' (quiz).

Who is it for?

  • Young women

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Young Dads 2B

Description

Based in West Lothian, this is similar to Young Mums 2B in that it engages with hard to reach or teenage fathers. It looks at their needs, builds their confidence, self-esteem and skills, and enables them to support their partner. Education is delivered during pregnancy by a midwife and a Sure Start worker.

Delivery method

  • DVD
  • Antenatal classes
  • One-to-one visit

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Social issues and life skills
  • Partner and impact on relationships

Who is it for?

  • Partners
  • Fathers with drug, alcohol, anger management and non-contact issues.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Polish antenatal classes

Description

These classes provide a social setting for parents to increase their confidence and skills, and a forum for them to ask questions and obtain knowledge about health services while maintaining the same antenatal aims. The classes are delivered by midwives and health visitors along with interpretor or Polish peer, at any stage during pregnancy.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • Antenatal classes
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • General advice on feeding
  • Differences between healthcare in Scotland and Poland. How to access services. Where to go for help if the baby is not moving. What does the midwife/HV do? Why do I not see a gynaecologist?

Who is it for?

  • English not first language

Additional Information

Would benefit from more resources e.g. there is a problem with the interpreters because they are very stretched.

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

Comments on evaluation

Not formally evaluated although what the attendees wanted was put in place i.e. moving to one session with the consequent change in practice.

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Title

Family Nurse Partnership

Description

Introduced in January 2010 in this area (pilot site for Scotland), this is an evidence based programme involving one-to-one visiting with a trained family partnership nurse (could be a midwife or health visitor with additional training), and is a pure model i.e. it follows a very specific programme. Five nurses have been appointed and each has a caseload. Education is delivered during pregnancy and after birth.

Delivery method

  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Substance use/withdrawal
  • General parenting skills
  • Smoking cessation, alcohol consumption, diet and nutrition

Who is it for?

  • Young women

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Currently being evaluated externally

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Title

Self-hypnosis for childbirth

Description

This class is delivered by a midwife from around 28 - 32 weeks. It provides mothers with a self help tool to use in labour and birth to enable deep relaxation and to enhance labour hormones. It also increases mothers' self- confidence and provides social support.

Delivery method

  • Antenatal classes
  • CD for practice at home and for use in labour ward

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery

Accessibility

  • Welcome same sex partners
  • Welcome non-partners
  • Accessible to parents for whom English is not the first language

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Physiotherapy

Description

This resource provides parents with information, skills and education to prepare them for birth and early parenting. It aims to increase confidence and health improvement and prevent problems and is available during early pregnancy and at 30 weeks.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • Community/local project
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education
  • One to one visit
  • Provided at St. Johns and in some community settings

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery

Accessibility

  • Welcome fathers
  • Welcome same sex partners
  • Operates in local communities

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Baby Resuscitation

Description

The purpose of this resource is to provide parents with information, skills and education to prepare them for birth and early parenting. It aims to increase confidence and health improvement and prevent problems, and is delivered by a health visitor.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Community/local project
  • Hospital based education
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Child health, development and safety

Accessibility

  • Welcome same sex partners
  • Welcome non-partners

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

one to one support

Description

Provides mothers who cannot attend groups with information, skills and education to prepare them for birth and early parenting. It also increases confidence. Support is delivered by a midwife during pregnancy, from around 28 to 38 weeks.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • DVD
  • Community/local project
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Relevant to needs identified by own midwife

Who is it for?

  • English not first language
  • Mainly used by non English speakers but can be offered to anyone who can attend groups

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Dads to be

Description

There is a defined purpose i.e. increasing men’s confidence by providing a social setting for them to explore their own needs and feelings, and how they can support their partners through labour and birth. The training is delivered towards last trimester or nearer the birth (26 weeks or 34 weeks) by a midwife, Sure Start and NCT antenatal teacher.

Delivery method

  • Book
  • Antenatal classes

Topics covered

  • Labour & delivery
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General advice on feeding
  • Partner and impact on relationships

Who is it for?

  • Partners

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Evaluated in 2008

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Title

Prepare Team

Description

The Prepare Team is part health and part Council led, involving midwives, Health Visitors and social work. It is dedicated to hard to reach groups who often do not engage with services, and works particularly with women with a drug or alcohol problem. It reaches out to those mothers and is not specifically geared towards providing antenatal education. It is available during pregnancy and post birth.

Delivery method

  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Child protection
  • Substance use/withdrawal
  • Social issues and life skills

Who is it for?

  • Vunerable women

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Change Book

Description

This is a resource for working with people with a learning disability during pregnancy, delivered by a learning disability nurse.

Delivery method

  • Book
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General advice on feeding

Who is it for?

  • Women with a learning difficulty

Additional Information

There is a huge gap in the service. Ready Steady Baby is very literate and wordy, while the Change Book is geared towards those with all levels of learning disability. However, there is nothing for people who have literacy issues or learning needs.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Baby Massage

Description

This course is usually provided from six weeks although some teenage mothers may start earlier. The purpose is to promote bonding and interaction with infants, and to stimulate them. It is delivered by a midwife, health visitor and Sure Start workers.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • One to one visit
  • Groups - course of between 4 and 8 weeks.

Topics covered

  • Postnatal care – baby

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

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Title

Baby Basics

Description

Baby basics is being piloted with one community team, due to start in March/April 2010 and will involve midwives and the literacy team (CLAN) working with mothers in clinics throughout pregnancy. If mothers have difficulty reading or are unable to read, or if English is their second language, it will increase awareness of reading skills, direct them to where they should go to learn reading and highlight what they will have to do for their baby in the future e.g. form filling. The purpose is to engage with parents who need more support with literacy.

Delivery method

  • Book
  • One to one visit

Topics covered

  • Ready Steady Baby

Who is it for?

  • Women with literacy difficulties

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Too early to be evaluated

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Title

Aqua natal Classes

Description

Exercise - comes under the heading of informal education. It is delivered during pregnancy (when reasonably advanced) and post birth by a midwife and a trained fitness instructor.

Topics covered

  • Exercise class with chance to chat, air concerns and worries - ask questions

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

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Title

DVDs

Description

Four DVDs - one about birth, one is a tour of the labour ward, one about breast feeding and one about baby brain development. They are supplied by a midwife during pregnancy.

Delivery method

  • DVD

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Tour of hospital/labour wards
  • Child health, development and safety
  • General advice on feeding
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding

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Title

PEACHIE

Description

Parent Education and Child Health in Edinburgh (PEACHIE). This service engages with  vulnerable inequality groups e.g. teenage mothers, minority ethnic communities, single parents,  and parents in socially deprived areas (some of it is area-based).

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • DVD
  • Antenatal classes
  • One-to-one visit

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • General parenting skills
  • General advice on feeding

Who is it for?

  • Young women
  • Vunerable women
  • Women from an ethnic minority

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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