NHS Western Isles - parent education resources

Title

Early Pregnancy Class

Description

This class offers staying healthy in pregnancy advice on different topics, and general information as early as possible. 

Women/couples have the opportunity to attend one session approx 4-5 weeks, delivered by a midwife and a dietician. Plan to include other agencies including Action for Children and staff to advice re finances.

Delivery method

  • Antenatal classes
  • Hospital based education

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Common ailments
  • Importance of attachment

Accessibility

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

Monitoring and evaluation

Plans for an evaluation are currently in progress.

Comments on evaluation

Asked women to fill in questionnaires a few years ago, no report but took a note of comments. Lead to another class focusing more on parenting due to feedback from the questionnaires.

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Title

Pre-natal classes (antenatal classes)

Description

The purpose of these classes is to give prospective parents more information about good health in pregnancy, prepare for labour, childbirth and becoming a parent, and to remove barriers and fears by giving adequate information. Sessions are delivered by a midwife, health visitor and physiotherapist. Women usually attend at 28-33 weeks.

Delivery method

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

Topics covered

  • Early pregnancy advice
  • Labour and delivery
  • Recognising the signs of delivery
  • Pain relief
  • Tour of Maternity Unit (if appropriate)
  • Child health, development and safety
  • Postnatal care – baby
  • Postnatal care and sources of support – mother
  • Attachment
  • Contraception
  • Focus on resource pack as per Scottish Antenatal parent education pack

Accessibility

  • Accessible for people in rural areas
  • Welcome fathers
  • Accessible to parents for whom English is not the first language

Additional Information

Breastfeeding used to be covered in the classes; however, it was decided that it would be given more focus if it were discussed at a separate two-hour session. Women are now invited to attend a breastfeeding class quite early in their pregnancy, and to come back after delivery, if they wish. The revision class runs alongside the antenatal classes, and is targeted at women who have delivered before, but just need a refresher. There is no specific format.

Monitoring and evaluation

Plans for an evaluation are currently in progress.

Comments on evaluation

Formerly a letter was sent out offering a reunion class 2-3 months post delivery, and enclosing an audit form. However, this has not been done recently. The respondent stated that it should be done again, but that it had not been done yet because of a change of secretarial support

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Title

Breastfeeding classes (now incorporated into Early Pregnancy class)

Description

These classes aim to educate pregnant women about infant feeding, and to attract more women who are interested in both forms of feeding; breastfeeding and artificial feeding. Delivered by a midwife, they help to prepare women for frequent feeds and to make them aware of any potential problems, such as expressing milk, so that they can be given support to resolve them.

Delivery method

  • DVD
  • Antenatal classes
  • Flip charts
  • Interactive session

Topics covered

  • Specific advice on breastfeeding

Accessibility

  • Accessible for people in rural areas
  • Welcome fathers

Monitoring and evaluation

No evaluation plan is currently in place.

Comments on evaluation

Progress monitored via Baby Friendly progress western isles currently working on achieving Stage 2 of Accreditation

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