Abstract

This research project explores one aspect of the modern parent’s dilemma during the childbearing years: access to evidence-based information and its effect on birth and postpartum outcomes.  There is much to learn and for which to be prepared when embarking on the parenting experience.  Childbirth education, a valuable tool, is often considered by expectant parents who recoginze names such as Lamaze; however, attendance is relatively low.  Reasons include timing, expense, and accessibility, but even more importantly, an umbrella of common concerns have been established under one universal sentiment: “the available childbirth education options do not resonate with us”.  With all the ‘methods’, recommendations, and trends, it is difficult for parents to determine how or why CBE would benefit them and why it would be worth the expense, especially in comparison to hospital-based classes. The intersection between attendance and participarion in a CBE course is remarkable (Stoll & Hall, 2012).  This capstone elaborates further on the problem, CBE’s benefits, and suggests a solution by delivering a well-rounded, comprehensive childbirth education curriculum that does not espouse one “method” and is written to engage and resonate with the modern parent by including the six healthy practices, mindfulness, and wellness instruction through the mode of yoga and relaxation techniques. By including academic research/theory, evidence-based knowledge, and mind-body wellness techniques, a new curriculum will benefit parents and hoepfully, improve birth and postpartum outcomes.

Stoll, K. & Hall, W. (2012).  Childbirth education and obstetric interventions among low-risk Canadian women:  is there a connection?  Journal of Perinatal Education.  21(4), 229-237.

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