NHS Tayside - parent education resources

Title

DVDS

Description

Four available: 'Follow Me Mum', 'Dad Work', 'Birth' and 'Early Days'.

Delivery method

  • DVD

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • General parenting skills
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding
  • Partner and impact on relationships

Additional Information

Unable to obtain further information

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Title

Postnatal Reunion

Description

Mothers decide if they want to meet again post birth.

Additional Information

Unable to obtain detailed information

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Title

Aqua natal

Description

This is an exercise class, but offers opportunity for informal chat about parent education with the midwife.

Additional Information

Unable to obtain detailed information

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Title

Antenatal exercise class

Description

To provide a safe exercise environment for pregnant women, from 12 weeks to term. The class is delivered by a midwife.

Delivery method

  • Antenatal classes
  • Before the class starts, they carry out a physical health check.

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Exercise class.

Additional Information

The plans are to increase the availability of this class and target it to women with a raised BMI or who are diabetic. The respondent and consultants are in the final stages of putting together a physical checklist to make sure that they will not cause additional problems such as with the heart or blood pressure, for someone who is obese.

Because of the current obesity situation, and because they are not doing enough to meet it, they are now going to target women with a raised BMI. Exercise is one of the things that reduces gestational diabetes, so they are going to target women at booking who have a raised BMI and invite them along. The hope is that they will be able to start introducing exercise on a regular basis and reduce some of the disadvantages that a raised BMI can cause in pregnancy.

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

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Title

Baby Bumps

Description

It is a group specifically aimed at young, vulnerable mothers, starting at around 17 - 18 weeks of pregnancy until giving birth. It is delivered by a midwife.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Book
  • DVD
  • Weekly drop-in

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Substance use/withdrawal
  • Social issues and life skills
  • Dental health
  • Mental health
  • Smoking cessation
  • Home Start
  • Action for Sick Children (some of the girls may end up having their baby in hospital)
  • Pampering session - beautician
  • Sexual health

Who is it for?

  • Young women
  • Vunerable women

Additional Information

It could be improved if 100% of the young girls came along to the group, and if the needs of their partners could also be met. The respondent does not feel that they meet the partners’ needs as much as they could, but this would have to be done in a separate group because not all of the girls have partners.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Beyond Bumps

Description

Delivered by a health visitor and a home start volunteer.

Delivery method

  • Community/local project

Who is it for?

  • Young women
  • Single women
  • Vunerable women.

Additional Information

Unable to obtain detailed information

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Title

Breastfeeding support groups

Description

This group aims to provide women with support to continue breastfeeding. Antenatal women who want to breastfeed can also go along. The education is delivered by a midwife, along with a public health nurse, the Real Nappy Network, and a first aid expert.

Delivery method

  • Community/local project
  • One to-one-visit

Topics covered

  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • General advice on feeding
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding.

Who is it for?

  • Women who are or plan to breastfeed

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

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Title

Talking Babies

Description

The purpose of the group is to provide postnatal support. Women are invited two weeks post birth and classes run for six weeks, led by a health visitor, with other workers dropping in.

Delivery method

  • Community/local project

Topics covered

  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • General advice on feeding
  • Baby massage.

Additional Information

At the time of data collection this group was on hold because of swine flu.

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Title

St Andrews Project

Description

This new project is being run as a pilot. It allows young parents to meet people and access support throughout pregnancy. Although midwives feed into it, it is not run by them. It is a six week rolling programme and each session is lead by someone different. If parents miss a session in one cycle they can go to the same session in the next cycle.

It was set up to run in conjunction with a young parents support group in the afternoon. It is run on Thursday mornings from 10.30 as they hope they’ll stay on for lunch then meet people in the postnatal group and so they will get continuing support. Also because it is a charity they can offer the mums freebies e.g. pamper packages. To get young people along they have to see they are getting something out of it. It’s a way of offering them information, with visits from a community dentist and midwife.

Delivery method

  • Community/local project
  • Antenatal classes

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • Social issues and life skills
  • Partner and impact on relationships
  • Smoking cessation

Who is it for?

  • Young women

Additional Information

If and when staff change for Baby on Board and it doesn’t continue, some of the women may be directed to the St Andrews Project. At the moment they are running both and there is no reason why mums couldn’t go to both. They will also see if the format for the young parents to be group is anymore successful than the baby on board group, including the venue and what’s being offered.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Not been evaluated yet, but will be.

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Title

Baby on Board

Description

Antenatal classes specifically aimed at mums under 21 and are held at ‘The Corner’, a facility specifically for young people (outwith the hospital). Baby on Board tries to encompass not just their antenatal care but other issues they may have. They are trying to take things out of the hospital as they think the young people are more comfortable in other surroundings. Education is delivered by midwives, social work and benefits agencies, and women can attend from 26 weeks onwards.

Delivery method

  • Community/local project
  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education

Topics covered

  • Labour and delivery
  • Birthing options
  • Tour of hospital/labour wards
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Specific advice on breastfeeding.

Who is it for?

  • Young women
  • Partners

Additional Information

More funding for more midwife hours. It is the usual problem with parent education in any form. It is an extra rather than a priority so when they are short of resources it’s the first thing to go.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Not clear whether this specific initiative has been evaluated or not, they referred to a similar pilot project that has been evaluated.

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Title

Antenatal classes

Description

These classes are multi focus, with 6-12 couples per session. A couple can be woman and partner or women and birth partner, and there are also women only sessions. It is up to the women to decide what they want to go to.

Classes are delivered by a midwife and a physiotherapist. They create an informal atmosphere to allow women (and partners if applicable) to interact with the midwife and help the midwife to find where they are at in terms of knowledge. The women set the agenda, as some are more informed than others. The aim is to provide information on late pregnancy to first six weeks post birth, and women usually attend from 28 weeks.

Delivery method

  • Leaflet
  • Antenatal classes

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Recognising the signs of labour and birth
  • Pain relief options
  • Birthing options
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Partner and impact on relationships
  • Early days, bonding, attachment and communicating with baby

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

Training should be offered and national programme for antenatal education established.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is underway.

Comments on evaluation

Participants complete a ‘How are we doing?’ form, a two page questionnaire developed by Dundee University. Forms are sent to an external evaluator for analysis. Not consistently used across whole of HB but is being rolled out.

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Title

Twins

Description

This class deals specifically with issues related to having twins. Women can attend at any time during pregnancy, and will have access to a midwife and a consultant.

Delivery method

  • Antenatal classes

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Postnatal care – baby

Who is it for?

  • Women having twins

Additional Information

Unable to obtain detailed information

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